Welcome to another installment of the LubDub show (formerly the Run Pub Podcast), brought to you by the Providence Heart to Start Program and the Oregon Brewery Running Series!

The LubDub is a weekly podcast and interactive video show where we talk to experts about running and walking and learn from program champions who provide motivation and inspiration as we embark on this 12-week journey as a community united in becoming our best, healthiest selves.

The Oregon Brewery Running Series hosts family-friendly, 5K fun running and walking events that start and end at some of Oregon’s best breweries. If you’re looking for an un-timed 5K in Portland or around the state, click the link below and join us!


In This Episode

This week we are joined by Evelyn Martindale, ARNP and Champion from the Walla Walla Heart to Start Program. She shares how she has been handling getting active during the pandemic, and also an inspirational quote for all of us.

We also get to chat briefly with a few women who shared part of their stories in our recorded video from episode seven. Tanisha, Katie, and Kim give us a bit more insight into their why’s.

And our main guest in this episode is Dr. James Beckerman, Heart to Start founder and a cardiologist at the Providence Heart Institute and medical director of prevention and wellness for the Providence Heart Institute in Oregon. Dr. Beckerman talks to us about the power of sharing our personal journeys and stories with others and encourages all of us to perhaps be a little bolder in sharing those stories.


The Power of Story

All of us have a story to tell. Our stories are a unique collection of experiences that make us who we are today. These stories, when shared in a community, can be a powerful way to grow and help others grow.

But sharing these stories takes a certain level of vulnerability that many of us may not be comfortable with. I know I’m not at times. But as Tanisha Perry (one of our amazing community members) shared with us during this episode,

“…everybody has a story to tale. Everybody is on a different journey and you never know how your story might impact someone else. So I would always be willing to share no matter what, because… we all learn something different about another person and their journey. And even though it might not have been something I said, I was like, ‘Oh, I’ve been on that journey to, you know, be an up and down and, you know, working on weight loss and that being one of the things we’re working on and trying to be comfortable with who you are and in your skin.”

Dr. Beckerman also shared that “…one of the reasons why I like to do these things is that it’s my way of accepting and loving other people. If you give other people what you want, it all comes back to you. We call it healing at forward.”

Healing it forward is this idea that the best way to help yourself is by helping somebody else. It might sound selfish, but it’s not. Dr. Beckerman says that “We all have the ability to make other people’s lives better. And it turns out that when you do that, your life gets better too.”

So when we reflect on our personal stories and take the time to process and share those reflections with others, we never know who might be impacted, and how we might grow in the process.

And be curious about others! You never know when someone else might need an invitation to share their story.


About Dr. James Beckerman

Each week, we are joined by an expert who shares a bit of their personal and professional story to help all of us on our own running, walking, and life journies. This week, Heart to Start program founder Dr. James Beckerman shares something profound with us.

Dr. Beckerman is a cardiologist at Providence Heart Institute and medical director of prevention and wellness for the Providence Heart Institute in Oregon. He also directs the Play Smart Youth Heart Screening program and is the regional director of cardiac rehabilitation in Oregon. He is the team cardiologist for the Portland Timbers and serves on the Sports and Exercise Leadership Council for the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Beckerman loves to experience new things; he is a runner, loves the outdoors, loves art, music, and a few years ago, he took up chainsaw art. For real!

During our chat, Dr. Beckerman said that he thinks personal identity discovery is a fascinating topic. We often look at someone else and assume their “identity” is a certain way or has always been that way. We take for granted all the experiences that have gone into building that “identity.”

“…with every phase that you enter or experience that you have, you actually are allowed to define who you want to be and what you want to do and what you’re going to experience.”


Dr. James Beckerman
Dr. James Beckerman

As a jack of many trades and master of most of them, Dr. Beckerman told us that his “why” is almost more of a “why not?” As a lover of life,

“…I’m the guy who, like every two years, I obsess about a new hobby. I’ll be like, I got to learn Italian, chainsaw carving yoga…”

Please listen or watch the episode to pick up on all of his wonderful nuggets of wisdom!

About Evelyn Martindale, ARNP

Evelyn Martindale has been working at Providence since 2012 as a Cardiology Nurse Practitioner and before that, spent 15 years as an ICU nurse. She lives in Walla Walla, WA, a rural but very cozy and a tightly knit community.

As a very active runner herself, she got involved with Heart to Start (and continues to be invovled) because it’s such an amazing way to help people to achieve their fitness goals as part of a strong, supportive community.

At the end of our time with Evelyn, she left us with this quote:

“Success is not owned. Success is rented and the payment is due today, and every day. So show up hustle and be intentionally present.”


About Providence Heart to Start

We’re excited to be partnering with our friends from the Providence Heart to Start program to offer you a FREE 12-week running/walking training program! Rather than focusing on pace or ability, Heart to Start encourages taking several small steps (i.e. weekly training) and working toward a remarkable finish (i.e. goal event) where we celebrate each other as a community.


Unlike our previous monthly challenges, this challenge starts Monday, November 16, and ends on Friday, February 5. Set a challenging 12-week mileage goal and work really hard to reach it by the end!

All are Welcome!

We don’t care if you’re a runner, walker, or something else. We just care that you’re active! While most of our participants are running, MANY are walking, pushing strollers, or finding other ways to participate.

About Us

The Oregon Brewery Running Series is about inspiring Oregonians to Be Active, Have Fun, and Give Back. We host family-friendly, 5K fun runs that start and end at some of Oregon’s best breweries. Register for our next run here! Our theme music, the Oregon Song, is written and performed by James Hoffman.