Run Matters Launches New Podcast Episode with Edward Cheserek

November 19, 2020

Skechers Performance Fueled Podcast Speaks to Running Community on Importance of Resiliency

Run Matters Powered by Skechers Performance is a new podcast that offers a unique take on the sport of running during the pandemic era. The six-episode series, which debuted earlier this fall, is quickly gaining traction with runners thanks to exclusive segments featuring Skechers elite runners Meb Keflezighi and Edward Cheserek, along with well-known running coach Amanda Brooks, plus in-depth discussions with leading run specialty retailers to provide their perspective on the sport.

The series is hosted by Running Insight’s Mark Sullivan, who has written about the sport of running since 1984, and Neil Schwartz, a self-described data/insights guy and experienced podcast host. The second monthly episode was just released on runmatters.com, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and most major podcast platforms.

“This will not be like other run podcasts out there,” says Schwartz whose goal it was to take Run Matters in new directions. “Since the pandemic, there are more people running because they can’t go to the gym or their fitness classes. It will be interesting to see how they behave in the coming months and years. Will they sign up for races, join run groups and shop at run specialty stores? Those are just a few of the topics we’ll cover in our conversations.” Schwartz continues, “with an award-winning lineup of running footwear and an impressive roster of elite runners; Skechers Performance was the ideal partner to help share these topics with runners nationwide.”

Run Matters mixes the personal with the practical, sharing stories from running greats alongside helpful tips for runners and insight from industry leaders. In episode two, featured retail guest Justin Craig of RUNdetroit discusses how his store is figuring out new ways to service runners in the Covid-19 era and the opportunities the “new normal” brings to his business. The second episode also features tips from Amanda Brooks on a subject that has dogged runners forever: motivation.

“I prefer to rely on habits rather than motivation. If you get consistent with your schedule, that helps you not rely on feeling motivated.” Brooks also shares her “five-minute rule,” which tells runners that even on days when they are not feeling it, they should run or walk for five minutes in an effort to get started. “After five minutes if you’re not feeling it, then you can stop because your body is saying you should rest that day.”

Episode 2 also features the debut of “The Ches Lounge,” where Skechers elite runner Edward Cheserek explains how he got started in the sport and discusses his running career today. Cheserek kicks off his segment with stories of transitioning from soccer player to runner in high school, trying out football in college and sharing how he came to be known as “King Ches.”

Recurring guest Kurt Stockbridge, vice president of product development for Skechers Performance, also joins the Run Matters team to discuss the materials that are being used in shoes today, including a rubber outsole developed in partnership with Goodyear®, best known for their performance tires.


Based in Manhattan Beach, California, Skechers designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle and performance footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. The Company’s collections are available in the United States and over 170 countries and territories via department and specialty stores, and direct to consumers through 3,770 Company- and third-party-owned retail stores and e-commerce websites. The Company manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, Israel and Mexico, and wholly-owned subsidiaries in Canada, Japan, India, Europe and Latin America. For more information, please visit about.skechers.com and follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and TikTok

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