Meet the New Kids in Town with the RMC Podcast

A few months ago the co-owner of a new specialty shoe store coming to town, reached out to me via my school e-mail address and was excited to show their support of our school running programs.  The shoe store is called Heartland Soles and they currently have a store in Johnston, IA and are opening up a new store in Coralville.  Yesterday, I finally got the chance to meet two of the store owners, Jordan Andrews and Madison Waymire.  They were good sports and let me run a Q&A with them, which I’m posting below as my inaugural RMC podcast episode called “Meet the New Kids in Town”.

A Little Background First

Two high school sweethearts from Kansas City, both avid runners, got married and opened their dream store together this summer in Johnston.

“We met on the high school cross country team, then we ran in college together,” Lindsey Andrews said. “We were undergrads at Columbia College in Missouri, where I was a six-time All American.”

A little background first – Lindsey and Jordan Andrews are the owners and operators of the Heartland Soles store in Johnston, IA and both have impressive running backgrounds.

Lindsey is from Lee’s Summit, Missouri and completed all 4 years of high school and in college in XC/T&F. In high School, she was never an all-state runner, but qualified for both XC and Track State meets. After high school, she competed at Columbia College where she dropped her 5k PR from 20:07 to 17:00 and earned 6 All-American honors. She then competed for the University of New Mexico for her 5th year and was part of the 2015 NCAA XC Champion team.
“We believe this is a great opportunity to serve high school athletes in the area, to help them stay healthy and have a great track and field/cross country season and career.”
Jordan also grew up in Lee’s Summit, MO and was able to compete in 2 high school cross country State meets and 2 NAIA National Championship cross country meets. Since the age of 15, he has wanted to work in a running store and loves learning about the differences of shoes and how they can greatly impact a runner’s success.

Coralville Heartland Soles

Lindsey and Jordan chose to expand on their vision of growth into the Coralville area and brought on board Madison Waymire to help them.  Madison has her own legit running history as well and is currently closing out her senior year running for the D1 local University of Iowa Hawkeyes.
Madison grew up in the Des Moines area and went to Dallas-Center Grimes High School. While at DCG she accomplished many top 4 finishes at the State meet including two 800-meter State Titles. In cross country, she was able to finish in the top 14 in all 4 years that she competed. After high school, she ran 1 year at the University of Missouri and transferred to the University of Iowa. Currently, she is competing in her last year of track. While at Iowa, she won the Big 10 Sportsmanship award and has been one of their top distance performers.
The new Coralville shoe store will have their grand opening this Friday and Saturday 3/30 – 3/31.
They have a great location right down on the Coralville Strip, close to the U of I and the bike/run trails.
They show their support of all the local schools and runners with a school singlet from each upon their walls.  Prairie High School is even amongst that mix too! 😉
“To extend our support for student-athletes we offer a 10% discount on their shoes and spikes. Along with this discount, we give the schools 5% of those sales right back to you at the end of each season.”  

Meet the New Kids in Town with the RMC Podcast

Madison and Jordan were great sports to take a few minutes out of their preparations for the grand opening to do a quick Q&A with me.  It was a fun way to get to know them each as runners and individuals.

This was my first Q&A with anybody as Runnermomcoach and the RMC Podcast I’m gearing up to start.  I promise to get better sound equipment for the future but hopefully, you’ll still enjoy listening and getting to know Madison and Jordan thru the recording below.

Willingness to Collaborate

I left the store yesterday excited about some collaborating ideas we came up with between Heartland soles and Prairie Girls XC program.  Perhaps a Q&A with Madison at our cross country camp so that our high school girls can hear first hand what life is like as a D1 runner and how to make that transition.  Or perhaps, we’ll do a run from the store up to the U of I Ashton cross country course, which was our State Qualifying course last season.  They were super supportive and willing to collaborate and now my head is spinning with all kinds of possibilities.  How fun!

Happy Fri-Yay and have a great long run this weekend!!