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.
“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.”
Coralville Heartland Soles
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!!