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The Strength Running Podcast

Coach Jason Fitzgerald shares running advice for new and veteran runners who are passionate about getting stronger, preventing running injuries, and racing faster. Featuring guests like Olympians Nick Symmonds and Shalane Flanagan, best-selling authors Alex Hutchinson and Matt Fitzgerald, and other Physical Therapists, Sports Psychologists, and Coaches. You’ll learn what it takes to run fast, stay healthy, and become a better runner with practical no-nonsense advice.
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Apr 9, 2020

Luke Tyburski has overcome more in his relatively short life than most of us. His dream as a child was to play professional soccer on the world stage. And he accomplished exactly that as an adult, playing in lower-level professional leagues in California, Louisiana, and the UK.

But his dreams were cut short after a series of debilitating injuries. He couldn't maintain the workload of a high-level soccer player without getting hurt.

Soon, he succumbed to severe clinical depression. With no backup plan and thoughts of suicide running through his mind, Luke felt lost.

But then he discovered endurance sports.

Reinventing himself as an ultra-endurance adventurer, Luke started competing in the most brutal events on the planet:

  • The Ultimate Triathlon - a 12-day, 2,000km triathlon across multiple countries
  • Marathon des Sables - a 6-day, 156-mile ultramarathon in the Sahara Desert
  • The Everest Ultramarathon - a 40-mile ultra going down from Base Camp (elevation 17,000 feet)

And these are just the most extreme events!

Now, Luke is still focused on ultra-endurance events but also in sharing his journey.

In this episode of the podcast, Luke and I talk about his background as a soccer player and how he decided to become an ultra-endurance athlete.

Specifically, we discuss:

  • What he learned from being injured so frequently as a soccer player
  • How those injuries influence his training for running events
  • The shifts in mindset that were required to transition from soccer to ultra running
  • How running helped him fight his clinical depression
  • What keeps Luke motivated today

Luke is a teacher and has a way of lifting up those around him. I felt inspired, motivated, and in a positive state of mind after I spoke with him and I know you will, too!

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Thank you SteadyMD

Our sponsor for this episode of the podcast is SteadyMD. They pair you with a primary care doctor, online, who’s available via phone, text, or video for all of your needs. It's tele-medicine at its finest.

And not just any doctor, but a fellow runner who understands the training process, your recovery needs, repetitive stress injuries, and can easily order you blood work, referrals for specialists, and more. Dr. Josh Emdur leads the program and he's a sub-3 marathoner!

Visit SteadymD to learn more about this innovative medical service for endurance runners and reserve your spot.

Apr 2, 2020

Today on the podcast, we're talking with Emma Coburn on the incredible success she's had over the last few years.

For nearly a decade, Emma Coburn has been a force to be reckoned with in the 3,000m steeplechase - a notoriously difficult race that requires strength, coordination, and an unwavering focus.

In this conversation, we're discovering how Emma has engineered such a tremendous career over a long period of time. Emma and I talk about:

  • What she's doing right now to maintain her momentum now that the 2020 Olympics have been postponed
  • The training staples that are consistently present in her training
  • Advice for runners who've had their spring races cancelled
  • The elements of her training that have changed over time
  • Her advice for high school girls transitioning to college track and cross country
  • When she knows its time to move out of her comfort zone

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Thank you Elevate Running Camp

A big thanks to our new sponsor, Elevate Running Camp! This is an awesome opportunity to enjoy some of the best trails in the country and a mecca for distance running in Boulder, Colorado.

Elevate is a 4-day, 3-night adult running camp with pro athletes, doctors, and other experts to help you make the most from the retreat. You'll be able to get a post-run massage, do some outdoor yoga, and most importantly, connect with other runners just like you. Plus, you get a swag bag and professional camp photos to post all over your Instagram account!

All ages and paces are welcomed and the price, excluding travel to Boulder, is all-inclusive with lots of great food for runners as well.

While registration is currently closed because of the coronavirus, I encourage you to sign up for their email list on their site. You’ll be the first to know when registration reopens and when it does, you can use code elevatestrength200 to save $200 off a camp of your choice.

Mar 26, 2020

Abby Stanley is the assistant cross country and track coach for Cal Baptist and the cohost of the Up and Running Podcast.

She's also my teammate for Rambling Runner's Virtual Race Series Podcaster Challenge. And I'm happy she's on my team - she's a 2:52 marathoner, too!

Her first race ever was a marathon in college - not the best introduction to racing, but it got her hooked. Now, she surrounds herself with running as a coach and podcaster.

On the Strength Running podcast, we're discussing a wide-ranging set of issues designed to help you improve:

  • What aspect of fitness do most runners need to develop?
  • How does she focus on injury prevention - and what are the most effective prevention strategies?
  • Should beginners race "complex" or challenging races?
  • How can we adapt the lessons she's learned working with college athletes to us adult runners?

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This episode would not have been possible without Inside Tracker, who is offering a 10% discount on any of their tests with code strengthrunning.

Mar 19, 2020

This episode answers the #1 question runners have asked over the last week: 'now that my spring race is canceled, what do I do now?'

You'll hear from Jen Miller, author of Running: A Love Story and the person behind the New York Times weekly running newsletter. She had a marathon and a 50k on her plate this spring but both races are canceled. Jason and Jen discuss what she can do now and her unique circumstances that take priority over running.

Team Strength Running - our virtual team - is open indefinitely to help you stay connected to the running community. This is our group coaching program where you get a coach, a library of training plans, strength and core routines, ongoing education with a new expert interview every week, and the support and camaraderie of having a network of other runners just like you. It’s a team, after all!

If you’d like to see more details and potentially join, go to https://strengthrunning.com/join-the-team/ to learn more.

A virtual race series that I’ve joined is The Rambling Runner series. You can find more info at https://www.theramblingrunner.com/virtualraceseries or you can simply search for the rambling runner club on Strava and join from there. It’s entirely free and this is one of the best opportunities to stay connected in the coming months.

Mar 16, 2020

This is an extra episode this week about the coronavirus. All of our lives have been disrupted over the last few weeks and things seem to be getting worse, so I wanted to give some advice to runners out there on how to handle their training and race schedule in a time like this. 

Beth Skwarecki joins us to discuss pandemics from a historical perspective, talk more about why this is unlike the flu, and what you can do to keep yourself and loved ones healthy and safe.

Beth is the Health Editor of one of the largest blogs in the World, Lifehacker and runs their health and fitness vertical called Vitals. She has published two books - Genetics 101 and Outbreak! 50 Tales of Epidemics that Terrorized the World. Her work has been featured in Science, Medscape, Scientific American, and many other major media sources.

Be sure to stay tuned after our conversation; I’ll be talking about what you can do to stay fit if you’re isolated at home or if your spring race has been cancelled.

Use these routines to stay fit and strong at home:

Mar 12, 2020

Justin ran his first marathon last year in 3:53 after a few years of consistent running. But he's recently taken the last 6 months off from running for a move and a new PhD program.

His goal is to run a much faster marathon this fall. Without much race history and a relatively low training age, we're left with many questions:

  • How will he do it?
  • What aspects of his training demand improvement?
  • What elements of training from his last cycle should remain the same?
  • Should he start training for a fall marathon now?
  • How can he take "the next step" with his running but also stay healthy?

The marathon is a uniquely difficult event so our preparation must be methodical. It's the longest distance that's not considered an ultra marathon. And while many ultras are on trails, most marathons are on the roads, providing far more stress and impact than a trail race.

Moreover, the human body is only capable of storing enough carbohydrates for about 20 miles of hard exercise. Hitting the wall - or the infamous marathon bonk - is because runners don't have enough carbs to fuel their high-intensity running.

Clearly, we need to take the marathon seriously.

And Justin is ready to do just that. In this episode, we're going to learn:

  • His background and how long he's been running
  • What his training was like for his first marathon
  • His history with injuries and other race distances
  • The strategy from March - October for a faster marathon
  • What he should right now (note: it's not start training for his fall marathon)
  • The concrete training upgrades he ought to make for a faster race

Justin is a regular runner just like all of us. He's a 25-year old PhD student living in Philadelphia who started taking running more seriously after he fell in love with his progress.

And now, he's starting to think about qualifying for Boston and potentially running a sub-3 marathon.

Mar 5, 2020

A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Metzl is one of the most highly regarded doctors for runners. He delivers lectures around the world and has published numerous peer-reviewed papers.

In addition to his medical practices in New York and Connecticut, Jordan has written several books for athletes including:

He’s the creator of the IronStrength workout for runners and is a multiple marathon and Ironman finisher.

Today on the podcast, we’re discussing how to keep you healthy and running stronger.

Our topics of discussion include:

  • The importance of having a strong butt
  • Strength training’s (bloated?) injury prevention benefits
  • Balancing high mileage with staying healthy
  • The injury risks of highly cushioned shoes like the Nike Next%

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Mar 2, 2020

On Saturday, February 29, 2020 history was made in Atlanta Georgia as hundreds of athletes vied for the top 3 spots in the men's and women's Olympic Trials Marathon.

This episode was originally recorded for the Road to the Olympic Trials podcast, where it was released one day before this episode. It features a recap of the 2020 Men’s & Women’s Olympic Trials Marathons with Matt Chittim, host of that podcast as well as the Rambling Runner podcast.

This episode is sponsored by Inside Tracker, a company that helps endurance athletes optimize their training after taking a simple blood test. Figure out if you’re over- or under-training so you catch these problems early and train more effectively. Use code strengthrunning (no space) to save 10% on any of their blood testing kits at insidetracker.com.

At this Olympic Trials, history was made, lifetime dreams were accomplished - and shattered, and Olympians were minted.

Nothing is more exciting than a 4-year quest to represent your country in the most competitive contest on Earth. The Olympic Games represent the best in humanity - and you’re about to hear from two very excited running geeks who just watched the trials marathon. Matt and Jason had a blast talking about the breakaway performances, the unique difficulty of the Atlanta course, and surprises from this Olympic Trials.

Feb 27, 2020

Chris Johnson is a physical therapist, Ironman triathlete, coach, and a three-time All-American triathlete.

He started studying physical therapy as an undergraduate while he was captain of the tennis team at the University of Delaware. Chris then earned his PT degree while completing an orthopedic and sports graduate fellowship before working in New York City as a physical therapist and researcher.

Chris then moved to Seattle where he started Zeren Physical Therapy. He's also a certified triathlon coach, three-time All American triathlete, two time Kona Qualifier, and is currently ranked 16th in his age group in the country for long course racing.

I’m excited to bring you this conversation focused on injury prevention. We’re exploring a lot of fascinating topics:

  • Stride smoothness
  • Form drills and corrective exercises
  • Injury assessments (like the Functional Movement Screen)
  • Predicting injuries
  • Rehabilitation exercises vs. prevention exercises

Chris possesses a wealth of information about movement fluency, injury prevention, and treatment. I was honored to speak with him and I hope that you get a lot of value from this conversation.

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More Prevention Advice From the Best

One of my favorite projects recently was asking nine elite athletes about their favorite injury prevention strategies.

The result is The Little Black Book of Prevention & Recovery. It features:

  • Dathan Ritzenhein – 3x Olympian, 3x National Cross Country Champion
  • Devon Yanko - 100k National Champion and 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier
  • David Roche – 2x National Trail Running Champion
  • Amelia Boone – 3x World’s Toughest Mudder Champion
  • Andy Wacker – Trail Half Marathon National Champion
  • Ian Sharman – 3x winner of the Leadville Trail 100
  • Joseph Gray – Mount Washington American Record holder and World Mountain Running Champion
  • Kelly O'Mara - Professional triathlete
  • Max King – US National Ultra Running Champion and 2x winner World Warrior Dash Champion

Each of these athletes share their most effective recovery or injury prevention strategy – and you'll see a lot of options for staying healthy.

Strategies include post-race recovery, why eating is critical for prevention, how to come back to running after you get hurt (and what mistakes to avoid), and the power of eliminating busyness from your life.

Pick and choose the tactics that most resonate with you. Start using them and you’ll start feeling a lot more resilient.

Click the image below to download the free book. Enjoy!

Feb 20, 2020

I first met Doug in 2012 for a trail run in Rock Creek Park. At the time, he had only been running for a few years but was quickly smitten by the peaceful grandiosity of trail running and exploring the woods.

As someone who ran his first marathon on a whim (he agreed to it after a few beers one night...), Doug quickly transformed himself into a competent and experienced trail ultramarathoner.

He's now run 100 miles (or more) five times. His idea of a fun weekend is going on a 12-hour adventure summiting peaks in the Great Smoky Mountains. And he has a 100-mile race coming up in May...

You might know Doug as the creative force behind Rock Creek Runner or as the cohost of No Meat Athlete Radio with Matt Frazier.

Or, from one of our earlier conversations about trail running.

But today we're not talking about trails or ultras. We're talking about development, progress, improvement, and growth.

We're discussing how Doug went from non-runner to ultra endurance athlete - and how you can, too.

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I also want to thank SteadyMD for sponsoring this episode. SteadyMD pairs you with a primary care doctor, online who’s available via phone, text, or video for all of your needs.

And not just any doctor, but a fellow runner who understands the training process, your recovery needs, repetitive stress injuries, and can easily order you blood work, referrals for specialists, and more.

Visit SteadymD to learn more about this innovative medical service for endurance runners and reserve your spot.

Feb 13, 2020

A Senior Staff Editor and OpDocs producer at The New York Times, Lindsay Crouse's most-read and watched work includes:

Lindsay is one of the foremost voices for women in running, helping us better understand structural inequities that lead to gender inequality and power disparities in the sport.

After earning a history degree from Harvard University while competing in track and field and cross country, Lindsay moved to New York City and worked in a variety of editing and journalism awards before finally landing at The New York Times.

As a senior producer of OpDocs, she's produced memorable videos about the marathoner Memo and Walk, Run, Cha Cha (which earned a nomination for an Academy Award).

Lindsay is at the forefront of current affairs in the running world, highlighting how power is often unjustly wielded by the powerful against those with very little of it.

But she's not just a running journalist - she's a runner! And quite a fast one at that... just this past fall, she raced 2:53 at CIM, scoring a sub-3 marathon and improving on her PR by a massive 6 minutes.

In this conversation, Lindsay and I discuss her work, its real-world impact on the running community, and what draws her to these stories.

We also talk about:

  • The changing culture of distance running
  • Why representation matters, particularly for female athletes
  • How we shortchange women runners through coaching and science
  • Whether being a runner has helped her break these huge stories
  • Why so many runners consider quitting (but shouldn't)

Lindsay Crouse is someone to watch in the world of running. As a near-Olympic Trials Qualifier working for the "newspaper of record," breaking the biggest stories in running, she's an exciting figure in the industry.

This episode would not have been possible without Inside Tracker, who is offering a 10% discount on any of their tests with code strengthrunning.

Jan 30, 2020

In high school, my indoor track coach always told our team to “get out of your comfort zones!” This valuable mental toughness training always reminded us that racing is certainly not comfortable…

And over the years, my ability to hone mental toughness into a skill to be used at will became easier and easier.

In the beginning, it wasn’t that way:

  • I sandbagged workouts just because I didn’t feel good
  • I “settled” on placing 2nd or 3rd in races because I was afraid to believe in myself
  • I’ve even dropped out of races for no good reason other than my head wasn’t in the right place

Even now, I have experiences that shake my sense of self-belief.

In 2015, I DNF’d an ultramarathon (my first and only attempt).

In 2019, I was disqualified for cutting the course (by accident) of a trail race.

These experiences shook my self-confidence and made me question whether or not I even possessed any mental toughness.

But I soon realized that I wasn’t approaching mental toughness in the right way. It’s not an issue of whether you “have it” or “don’t have it” – it’s an issue of, “are you working on it?”

That’s because mental toughness training is an ongoing practice that must be cultivated over time.

You’re never “done” with developing this valuable mental skill – just like you’re never “done” with workouts, long runs, or recovery runs as a runner.

This episode also includes an announcement about Mindset Mastery, our new coaching program. It's now open for up to 20 runners but registration closes on Monday, February 3rd! 

Jan 15, 2020

Dr. Justin Ross' areas of expertise include:

  • Mitigating anxiety, depression, and stress
  • Managing the psychological impact of injury
  • Developing high performing athletes
  • Mindfulness and pain management

He uses cognitive behavioral therapy, performance psychology, and mindfulness training to help athletes improve their inner self-talk and develop the mental skills to lead more productive and successful athletic lives.

Justin joins us on the podcast to discuss a wide variety of issues:

  • The most important psychological skills for endurance runners
  • How to teach performance psychology for runners
  • How mental fitness skills impact the rest of our life
  • Reinforcing habits through mental training
  • And more…

Every runner has struggled with the mental side of the sport: doubts, despair, boredom, anxiety, lack of confidence, and no motivation.

Dr. Justin Ross is here to help us conquer that inner critic, use performance psychology to stay motivated, and get in control of our mindset.

Dec 30, 2019

This was an incredible year for the Strength Running Podcast and I have you and our guests to thank! If you have shared the pod with your running group, left a rating or review in Apple Music, or supported our sponsors I want to thank you for making all of this possible.

In 2019, we hit one million downloads for the podcast, we’ve already surpassed 1.5 million and are quickly en route to 2 million downloads. These are surreal numbers - and they're because of you.

In this episode, host Jason Fitzgerald recaps the most popular lessons, ideas, and principles from the last year of the podcast.

Dec 9, 2019

I first met Peter at the US Trail Running Conference in Estes Park, CO. We sat together at lunch, had a great conversation, and I'm excited to bring his perspectives to the Strength Running Podcast.

Peter is on the podcast today to discuss a wide-ranging set of issues that affect runners:

  • What counts as "trail running" (especially if you live in a city)
  • How you can get involved with trail maintenance in your area
  • Plogging and how we can leave spaces better than we found them
  • His favorite type of race
  • The ATRA trail race calendar

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Please be sure to say hi to Peter on social media and thank him for coming on the podcast!

Also, a big thank you is in order for SteadyMD for sponsoring this episode of the podcast! Learn more about their medical services for runners and how you can benefit from a physician who understands runners.

No wait times, no copays, no office visits. Just a doctor who understands runners who's always available for you 24/7.

Dec 2, 2019

This coaching call is with a runner named Dena about training and goal setting as a Master’s Athlete. She’s about to turn 41, she’s running well, but she wants to make sure that she continues to do so as a Master’s runner.

And there’s no doubt that when you start getting older, running starts getting harder. Recovery is slower, adaptation takes longer, injury risks are higher, and we all experience declines in reaction time, muscle mass, VO2 Max, and so many other factors that affect our running.

In this conversation with Dena, we’re talking about the training updates that Master’s Runners can make to stall the aging process, continue to improve, and reduce their injury risk. We also discuss goal setting and how Dena can continue to keep things interesting as she runs far into her 40’s.

You’ll notice that I spent a fair amount of time encouraging Dena to train for shorter races and to lift weights. Both of these goals are similar in that they are strength and power oriented - precisely the skills that we must word harder to preserve as we get older. 

In fact, you can see a big case study on a runner named David at strengthrunning.com/david/, who at age 73 (!), recovered from a major injury and qualified for the Boston Marathon, by focusing on his strength and power.

If I could have every runner over the age of 40 practice two simple things, it would be speedwork and weightlifting. Not just for the strength and speed, but just as much for the hormonal benefits of both. These activities provide a big hit of testosterone and growth hormone, helping spur adaptations, muscle growth, and recovery. Exactly what older runners need.

I encourage you to visit our website at strengthrunning.com/strength/ and learn more about the incredible benefits of weightlifting for runners, get some example exercises and other case studies, and see how your running can be transformed with a focus on strength and power. And of course, our email courses are always free.

Nov 25, 2019

Abby Levene is relatively new to the ultramarathon distance but has been racing for most of her life. She competed for the University of Colorado at Boulder as a grad student and has a background in the 5k and 10k.

But as it happens so frequently to Colorado residents, the mountains came calling. In just the last few years, Abby has made a name for herself as an Adidas sponsored trail runner.

And just about two weeks ago, Abby placed 5th at the renowned North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile Championships in her first 50-mile race ever. Talk about a debut!

In this conversation, we discuss:

  • How track prepared her for long trail races,
  • How her love for trail running began in Boulder, CO
  • What her transition was like from the track to the trails
  • The mindset shifts that are necessary as you start trail running
  • Her advice for aspiring trail runners

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Abby is a genuine pleasure to hang out with and her joy for the sport of running is practically tangible. I hope you enjoy this conversation and if so, an honest review on Apple Music means a lot!

Our sponsor for this episode is Inside Tracker. I’ve been a big fan of Inside Tracker for years because of their science-backed, evidence-based system of helping runners avoid burnout, overtraining, and injury through their blood testing service. Take a selfie from the inside and go to insidetracker.com, use code strengthrunning to save 10% on any test at checkout, and discover if you have any deficiencies that are impacting your running.

Nov 18, 2019

"Fast Kate" Grace is one of the United States' most decorated and accomplished middle-distance runners. She's an Olympian, Olympic Trials champion, and a runner-up at outdoor nationals in the 1500m.

She was also our guest on Episode 97 of the podcast.

Kate is a Nike-sponsored athlete, a member of the Bowerman Track Club, and a 4:22 miler.

She joins us on the podcast to discuss how an elite runner like herself plans an entire season from start to finish. We're discussing:

  • Overall length of the season, tune-up race scheduling and strategy, and planning
  • Her support team of coaches, experts, and clinicians that makes it all possible
  • Linear vs. nonlinear periodization and the progress of her workouts

But she's not the only guest on the podcast today! You'll also be hearing from my old friend and former teammate, Jake Tuber.

Jake is the mastermind behind Endeavorun, a new coaching program that gives regular runners like us the "pro athlete experience" with:

  • A kickoff retreat in Tracktown USA at the University of Oregon
  • Coaching and custom training for every registrant
  • A team of PT's, dietitians, and elite runners (like Kate Grace) to keep your running on track
  • VIP race experience and ongoing support - just like the pros

It's a coach, running camp, strength programming, fan experience with pro runners, training program, and nutritionist rolled into one program. 

The running community has not seen a program this comprehensive; it virtually defies definition and I'm excited to be a part of it next year.

Code JASON will also save you 15% on the registration fee and gets you a free pairs of shoes of your choice!

Please also take the Endeavorun survey to help us create the best program possible.

Nov 11, 2019

Pro ultramarathoner and trail runner Abby Hall joins us to discuss transitioning to longer distances after being a middle-distance athlete, when she thinks it’s a good idea to drop out of a race, what surprised her most when she started competing in long trail races, and what she considers her biggest failure.

Abby has placed in the top 10 at races like UTMB CCC, Lake Sonoma, and North Face 50 Mile Championships.  She's a global athlete for adidas and is also sponsored by Ultimate Direction, LEKI, Unived, and CTS.

Our sponsor for this episode is SteadyMD. SteadyMD pairs you with a primary care doctor, online who’s available via phone, text, or video for all of your needs. And not just any doctor, but a fellow runner who understands the training process and can easily order you blood work, referrals for specialists, and more. Go to steadymd.com/strengthrunning to learn more and reserve your spot. 

Don't miss Episode 113 of the podcast where Jason asked Abby as well as two other pro runners how they fuel for different types of runs, races, and what might change if the distance of their race was a lot shorter.

Nov 4, 2019

I first became aware of Max King in 2014 when he won the World Warrior Dash Championship. I realized - after winning my own Warrior Dash in 2012 - that runners are often the best OCR competitors.

Before I first interviewed Max, I studied his career and was absolutely amazed by his accomplishments in virtually every discipline there is in the sport of running:

  • Trail races
  • Ultramarathons
  • Cross country
  • 3,000m steeplechase on the track
  • Road marathons
  • Obstacle course races
  • Mountain running

If it involves mostly running, Max King is a dominant athlete.

And he's not just a finisher - or even a medalist. He's often the ultimate victor, having won world Warrior Dash and mountain running championships and trail and ultramarathon national championships. He's even dabbled in triathlon and adventure races.

That's a major reason I asked Max to contribute to our Little Black Book of Recovery & Prevention (9 pro runners shared their favorite injury prevention advice). I wanted to know how such a versatile athlete stayed healthy and prevented injuries.

But today, we're discussing something different: how Max King trains.

Oct 30, 2019

Anna Mae is actually a recent entry into the world of ultramarathons. She debuted at the 2015 Way Too Cool 50k - only to have her finish time qualify as a top-10 all-time performance.

Today, her sponsors include:

  • HOKA ONE ONE
  • Suunto
  • Honey Stinger

She's the current course record holder (and 2019 winner) of the Speedgoat 50 Miler. You can usually find her exploring trails and mountains near her home in Marble, Colorado.

Anna Mae joins me on the Strength Running Podcast to discuss her training. Specifically, we talk about:

  • The (big) role cross-training plays in her ultramarathon preparation
  • How she mitigates and takes advantage of altitude
  • What a typical, heavy training day looks like for her
  • Her average weekly mileage and vertical gain
  • How she recovers after a 100 miler vs. a 50k ultra
  • Injury prevention strategies for ultra runners (and the rest of us!)

Please support our sponsor Inside Tracker (code strengthrunning saves 10% on any test) who help athletes determine if they have any overtraining problems, hormonal imbalances, or vitamin deficiencies. These problems could lead to reduced performance or injury so learn what's wrong so you can take action to improve. 

Oct 23, 2019

Today you’re going to hear from three Ultramarathoners on how they fuel for races, what their post long run fueling looks like, and how things might be different if they were training for shorter races.

It’s helpful to study ultramarathoners when it comes to fueling, even if you have no interest in running ultra distances, because it’s here that fueling becomes virtually as important as the training itself. It doesn’t matter how fit you are if you don’t fuel well as an ultra runner...

We’re doing this today because we’re celebrating the relaunch of our fueling program Finish Strong. I’ve added new material, updated our fueling schedules, included more expert interviews, and there’s now an extra discount for Tailwind Nutrition. You can see all the details of Finish Strong here.

Abby Hall placed 8th at CCC earlier this year (which is known as UTMB’s sister race). Anna Mae Flynn won the Speedgoat 50k this year and Abby Levene placed 9th at this year’s Way Too Cool 50k.

I’m going to ask all three of these athletes the same 3 questions: 

  1. How do you fuel during an ultramarathon? Give us an overview of what that looks like.
  2. When you finish a long run, what does your post-run fueling look like?
  3. How would you fuel different for workouts and long runs if you were training for a shorter event like, say a 10k?
Oct 10, 2019

Dr. Marc Bubbs, ND, CISSN, CSCS is a former strength coach and the current Performance Nutrition Lead for Canada Basketball.

He's written the new book Peak: The New Science of Athletic Performance That is Revolutionizing Sports that discusses:

  • The microbiome and how to resolve gut problems
  • Sleep hygiene and circadian rhythms
  • Endurance nutrition and refueling
  • Emotions and mindset

He regularly presents at health and medical conferences around the world and has consulted with the NBA, MLB, NFL, and NHL professional sports leagues in the United States.

On the Strength Running Podcast, we're discussing a host of issues related to mastering your mindset:

  • How to use mindfulness to improve your running
  • Mindfulness tips & tricks (not so easy in today's social media culture)
  • Strategies for addressing negative self-talk
  • How mental and emotional health drives performance
  • Easy ways to get started with sports psychology concepts

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Sep 30, 2019

Base training gives runners a foundation of fitness in three major areas: aerobic capacity, strength, and neuromuscular coordination (or leg speed).

Aerobic capacity is built through easy mileage, long runs, and workouts like tempos, progressions, and fartleks.

Strength is also built with high mileage and long runs, but also includes strength routines and core workouts.

Neuromuscular coordination is built through strides, hill sprints, and small amounts of race-pace running.

Just like the foundation of a house can’t be built without concrete, plumbing, and reinforcements, you can’t build a running foundation without all of these ingredients. If you do, it’s not as strong as it could be.

But is the Maffetone Method effective for this phase of training? MAF as it's known has you run under your aerobic maximum heart rate at all times - which means all of your running will be quite slow.

In this discussion, Jason goes over the many priorities of base training and (hint, hint) why the Maffetone Method isn't ideal.

Sep 23, 2019

Jason is back with another coaching call episode, this time featuring a runner named JT who is committing to train more diligently for his upcoming 5mi race on Thanksgiving.

He's currently training through the Texas summer heat and curious about setting an appropriate time goal, how to work through tune-up races, whether time trials work the same way, and how to pace his goal race.

JT is a member of Team Strength Running, a group coaching program for runners passionate about improvement. You can sign up here to learn more.

This episode would not have been possible without Inside Tracker, who is offering a 10% discount on any of their tests with code strengthrunning.

They test over 40 biomarkers, like various stress hormones, to determine if you’re training too hard, too little, or have any physiological weaknesses that can be remedied by either diet, exercise, or lifestyle changes.

In other words, you learn about problems that have actionable solutions.

After getting your results, they communicate what you can do to lift or lower your results into the optimal range. For any runner who wants every advantage, to see what they’re truly capable of achieving, I highly recommend Inside Tracker. I’ve personally used their ‘Ultimate Package’ tier and loved the process and results.

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