A lighthearted conversation by trail, road, and ultra runners about their lives as runners and the issues that are interesting or important to them and guests of the show. TJM is meant to be a companion to you as you run. Think of us as your running partners on days when you just need some friends to get you out on an easy run. The show is composed of 10 segments, one for each mile, and every 10 minutes or so we move on to the next topic, to keep things interesting. Among the hosts' experience are ten 100-mile finishes, dozens of half and full marathons, plenty of 50-milers, and some speedy 5ks and a BQ (and a handful of DNFs).
Scott Kummer is an attorney, doberman owner and quite possibly the most painstakingly average runner known to man. Scott has stumbled through numerous plus 4 and 5 hour marathons. He's DNF'ed the 150 mile, 100 mile, 50 mile and marathon distance. He was once kicked out of an ultra runing group due to allegations of cyber-bullying. He has a habit of offending people by accident while trying to help them. He is a co-founder of the Flatlander Ultrarunners in Chicagoland which has rapidly grown to over 600 members. He came up with the idea for Ten Junk Miles after becoming frustrated with hearing interview after interview of Scott Jurek and deciding that runners needed more: more discussions of bathroom breaks that went wrong, pacer stories from hell, DNF reports, stories of getting lost on the trail and other related matters.
Tony Silvestri, father, husband, ultra runner, took up podcast production on a whim in 2015 to help out the show. Simply put, if Al Gore hadn't invented the internet, Tony would have. He can grill a pizza on an open flame. He can create (and end) long lasting friendships faster than you can say "turn over a new leaf." He's still waiting for that first 100. Sometimes he talks wayyyyy too much on the show but we overlook that, because it is a little known fact that he once stopped a coyote from attacking the gang with a cold dad stare.
Amy Briggs was born with a piano attached to her fingers. Given no choice, she took up the Tuba. Not really. She teaches piano at one of the top 5 Universities in the country and has played with with the Chicago Symphony, one of the best in the world. When she is not focused on being at the top of her rather unusual field she hits the trails and Chicago Lakefront Path, training her ass off for her first 100 miler at Kettle Morraine in 2016 to accentuate her already stellar performances at the Marathon, 50K and 50 Mile distance.
Aaron German is a speedster, plain and simple. He's the only one in the group that has ever cracked the three hour marathon barrier and the only one brave enough to wear mandex in public. He's a Kansas City native and University of Chicago grad that found out by accident that losing tons of weight can make you run faster. Aaron trades stocks and fantasy baseball players while juggling the lack of commitments that comes with having no wife, no kids and no real job. In short, Aaron has nothing better to do than run long and fast and think about funny things to say.
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