About the show

Hamstrings and Heartstrings is two friends, Chris and Ellie, catching up and having some straight running talk. One of us is real competitive with our running and the other is pretty chill. We'll leave it as an exercise to the listener to decide who is who. The answer may not be the same for each episode!

We promise to mostly talk about running and running-related things but don't be surprised if some general nerdery sneaks in. And definitely expect talk about what we're eating. Afterall, Food is running related!


  • 015: We Can Do Hard Things

    July 11th, 2020  |  37 mins 32 secs

    Okay... it’s been 4 weeks. Ellie is sorry for that. Chris isn’t quite sure how he feels about the whole thing. There’s a race this weekend. Neither of us are sure how we feel about that. How do we feel about races? Also, the Food Segment is kind of a mixed bag this week.

  • 014: My Own Private Entrance

    June 1st, 2020  |  43 mins 9 secs

    This week we start with some more Disney follow-up. Ellie is moving! Then Ellie goes on a woodland adventure and Chris has his first 100 mile month since July 2018. We finish it up with Nachos and Ellie finds a new ice cream, which spurs on a Ben & Jerry's discussion.

  • 013: Takin’ It In Stride

    May 29th, 2020  |  37 mins 59 secs

    We open with follow-up on Chris’s favorite Disney movies, Ellie’s hittin’ her times during the Photo Shoot, and Chris Visits The Muddy Sneaker Course. The main topic, what are race performances going to look like without the typical support? And what will really feel different when races open up again? And for food, we have cauliflower and beer.

  • 012: Really, Really Great

    May 22nd, 2020  |  34 mins 29 secs

    Chris and Ellie are back! We recorded a little late this week since Ellie's booking agent booked her PR tour over our regular recording spot. But that's cool because it gave our running chat a little bit more time to marinate. (You should check her out on Ridge Runners Podcast) We chat about how running things are going well for us, give some supporter shout-outs, and then we talk about those little things about running that make us feel really, really great. And the food segment brings us a tale of home-baked pretzel bites and dark cocoa overload!

  • 011: Dipping a Burrito in Yogurt

    May 12th, 2020  |  45 mins 19 secs

    Another Episode! And we’re discussing bad decisions. So it’s only fitting that we talk about Nicholas Cage, Fig Bars, Incorrect Shoes, and putting garlic in yogurt. Lots of links in this episode, check out the show notes to go deeper!

  • 010: Like Eating a Bag of Chips Before Dinner

    May 5th, 2020  |  39 mins 11 secs

    Our Tenth Episode Spectacular! We’re really settling in now. It’s book day! A discussion of four delightful tomes to help you while away the hours. Check the show notes for links to Amazon to learn more. (Buy’em local if ya can!) Also, Chris baked bagels and Ellie is eatin’ scones and oats!

  • 009: Mental Eating

    April 23rd, 2020  |  34 mins 32 secs

    Is this another Chris episode? Ellie asks Chris about a race he felt he actually trained for, and how that training went. Chris travels in the way back machine to dig up Muddy Sneaker 2015 Ellie steals (saves?) the show with yet another gourmet food segment.

  • 008: Feelings Are Real

    April 14th, 2020  |  36 mins 40 secs

    This week is... just another week. BTW, Ellie discovered casual short runs. So we chat about those. And in the middle of just chatting, Ellie asks Chris about how he got started running. Who knew this episode would be his origin story? And for the main course, we talk about feeling okay feeling how you feel. Also, More Brownies.

  • 007: Almost Normal

    April 7th, 2020  |  40 mins 28 secs

    What is normal anyway? This week we talk about resisting the urge to let this Social Distancing be the new normal, while still enjoying the feeling of "Feeling Almost normal" ... Plus, Ellie and Amelia raised like $1500 for their local Ithaca shops, (Finger Lakes Running and Triathlon Company, Finger Lakes Fitness and College Town Bagels) and Chris participated in the #RocOurShops virtual race to benefit Rochester Running stores, (Medved, Rochester Running Company and Fleet Feet Sports. )

  • 006: It's Like a Mullet

    March 28th, 2020  |  42 mins 8 secs

    Chris and Ellie might be loopy, but that ain't gonna stop us from droppin' a podcast. Ellie is putting on a fundraiser to raise money for some Ithaca small businesses (like #FLRTC). And lots of small businesses have ways you can help out during these times when their doors are closed. #SaveOurShops !
    Also, we finally chat about Ellie's experience at the Olympic Trials!

  • 005: I Don’t Even Remember the Olympic Trials

    March 19th, 2020  |  35 mins 40 secs

    Okay... so maybe things have changed a bit. Ellie is back from ATL and without a job; Chris has a job, but had to get new computer equipment; But we're both healthy and safe. And hoping you are as well. We're not exactly sure where we're going, but we know we'll get there... together. Listen to this one if you want a bit of company and commiseration. We'll talk about running in the next one!

  • 004: I Might Cry

    March 19th, 2020  |  31 mins 58 secs

    Ellie is Finally Stoked to go to the Olympic Trials! We talk of planning and how Ellie is going to live the posh life down in the A-T-L. And in Food Corner, Ellie has fake jerky and Chris is planning dinners 8 weeks from now in restaurants in other states.
    And nothing will ever, ever change. Ever.
    (Recorded February 26, 2020... a lifetime ago... before it all went down)

  • 003: Out of Food by Tuesday and a Half

    January 10th, 2020  |  39 mins 7 secs

    Ellie is in a bit of a training funk and Chris is a bit of a work funk. It’s not exactly pure joy around here at H2, but we promise to provide a few chuckles! We commiserate a little bit and gain a little bit of perspective along the way. Plus, there’s always comfort food!

  • 002: In the Corner, Just Drinking Franks

    January 8th, 2020  |  39 mins 20 secs

    Ellie and Chris get together on Christmas Evening to bring you some hot, hot content (and then wait to release it until 2 weeks later!) We talk about what we learned in 2019 and lessons we think we will bring forward with us into the future. And Ellie shares the recipe for her Hobo Stew!

  • 001: It Was Extremely Painful

    December 17th, 2019  |  32 mins 8 secs

    After training super well to hit a 2:41 Marathon, Ellie ran JFK 50 Miler and finished 3rd in a race where the top 3 women were separated by less than 2 minutes. Chris ran the Philadelphia Marathon on "Experience." And we dabble in a brief Food Segment.

  • 000: Introductions - This Show Can't Get Any Better!

    December 14th, 2019  |  7 mins 40 secs

    Chris and Ellie are two runners who come from different sides of the sport. One of us is a competitive road runner (like 2:41 Olympic Trials Qualifier) and the other of us spends lots of time in the woods. In this new podcast we'll chat about our running, how we feel about it, what it means in the greater context of humanity, and what goodies we are eating!