Athlete On Fire

Coach Gruse and his Cave Spring High School basketball team are a few games into their season and illness has spread through the team.  The teams' leader and point guard, Devon "Mookie" Beckner joins us on the show to talk about leadership, his first impressions of his coach, and what his short and long term goals are. 

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates.  Go to to support the show and learn more.  If you end up calling instead, let them know the code “aof” as a referral!

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Coach Gruse and his Knights opened the season last Friday with a tough match up. Listen to the takeaways and overall rating of the first game of the season. Also, suit and tie for basketball coaches, what's the deal?  We get some insight on the show!

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The first game of the year.  That's what Cave Spring High School has to look forward to this week. Coming off a scrimmage with one of the best teams in the state and a long week with every day building up to a season opening Friday night game, the nerves are running high as is the excitement.  Enjoy this dive into high school basketball from a coaches point of view.

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Coach Gruse had a week that would wear out most athletes, but, he is a coach.  This is what he signed up for.  A big scrimmage and coming of age for some young players.  Injuries and illness plagues the early season and a charity kick off event for the Knights. Catch up every week to see how they are progressing!

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Episode two and Coach Gruse is already passing out on the coach at times designated for newborns and the elderly.  We talk about the crazy schedule of the coach.  It was the first week of the season so tryouts were the main theme.  We learn about some of the rules of the high school basketball world and really start to dive in by learning about his favorite drill for finding out who has that grit and heart.


Enjoy the show.

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The founder of non-biased, running shoe review site joins us to talk all things running shoes.  How to choose them? Which do best on his site? How the site stays free of bias? 

We delve into his running career and how he was discovered on  a track one night.  The belief that anyone could train to a 15 minute 5k and more.  

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Building new skills as athletes and runners specifically is important.  We hear so many runners stressed that they won't be ready for their trail race when it comes because they don't live where trails are.  Well, we have some things you can do to train specifically.  We hope this helps!

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Most people who have a big goal in the endurance world, especially running, self coach themselves.  Some considerations that really should help you along the way based on the same same mistakes people are making.

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Meet Coach Jacob Gruse. Roanoke is nestled in the mountains of Virginia. Cave Spring High School has churned out such big names as Tiki and Ronde Barber and JJ Redick. With expectations high and tryouts starting the next morning which coach calls "the worst day of the year", we dive in to the career leading up to this very moment.  The balance of family life. Coaching philosophy will be revealed.  Oh, the host is life long friend from college so there is that. 

Enjoy Episode 1.

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John Abate is a cyclist who partnered with, yep, another cyclist to make some of the most unique bars on the market for athletes.  We had a chance to dive into his town of Encinitas, CA to get an idea of the cycling and laid back culture as well as how they came up with this product in the first place.  

Diving in to the entrepreneurial aspects of starting a food based company was interesting and the process to launch a successful Kickstarter, which is underway as we release this show!

There is a little something for everyone here. Enjoy the show!

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