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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 30, 2020

Angie Spencer is the cohost of the Marathon Training Academy Podcast and someone who just finished the 50 state challenge.

But she added two important twists: first, not every race was a marathon. Some of them were ultramarathons!

And she didn't run all of the marathons just to finish them. In fact, her 50th marathon this past January in Hawaii was a substantial Personal Best.

How in the world did Angie run a PR in the marathon - a BQ no less - more than a decade after starting the challenge?

She's on the pod to talk about just that. We're also discussing:

  • How she maintained her motivation over more than 10 years to finish the 50 state challenge
  • The mistakes she'd avoid if she were to start over again
  • How her training evolved to make her into a more resilient, stronger, faster marathoner
  • What's next for Angie after completing such a long-term goal

If you're thinking about committing to a monumental goal like a multi-year running streak, 50 marathons in all 50 states, or even a time-based goal like a sub-3 marathon, this episode with Angie Spencer is for you.

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Thank you Angie for sharing your story with us on the podcast! Be sure to say hi on Instagram!

Enter to Win with PATH Projects

This episode of the Strength Running Podcast is sponsored by PATH Projects. They’re an online-only retailer of high-quality running gear and apparel that I’m falling in love with (and they’re giving away three $75 gift cards!).

Currently, I’m wearing the Sykes 5″ Shorts (see them in action in this video), the Pyrinees hooded sweatshirt, and the Torch base liner. Their gear is unique, stylish, and a premium quality that feels great to wear. And because there’s no retail markup, PATH is quite affordable.

They’re using new technical fabrics and innovations to create award-winning apparel for endurance athletes. In fact, their Brim shorts and Tahoe base liner won Runner’s World’s 2018 Gear of the Year award. And the Pyrinees hoodie was named one of the best six sweatshirts for running in the cold by Gear Patrol.

Check out their full lineup of shorts, tops, hats, and base liners on their site – and don’t forget to enter to win one of three $75 gift cards at PathProjects.com (the giveaway ends on May 3rd!).

Apr 23, 2020

One of my goals with Strength Running is to prevent you from making the same mistakes that I've made in my own running career. Because I've made almost all of them!

Some of my "favorite" mistakes have been:

Now, my coaching philosophy is more balanced. There's less pressure on any one individual workout and more on the total body of work completed during a training cycle.

And today on the podcast, I want to show you what that looks like in practice.

Brian is in his mid-40's and started running about five years ago. He's run a variety of races but only one marathon. A big reason why is that he's had a lot of injuries from knee pain, glute problems, and IT Band Syndrome.

We're discussing:

  • How Brian typically prepares for the marathon
  • His background in other sports
  • The steps he can take to prioritize healthy, pain-free running
  • Marathon training fundamentals

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Thanks Brian for sharing your running life with us!

Thanks PATH Projects

PATH Projects made this episode of the podcast possible. They’re an online-only retailer of high-quality running gear and apparel that I’m falling in love with (and they're giving away three $75 gift cards!).

Currently, I’m wearing the Sykes 5″ Shorts (see them in action in this video), the Pyrinees hooded sweatshirt, and the Torch base liner. Their gear is unique, stylish, and a premium quality that feels great to wear. And because there’s no retail markup, PATH is quite affordable.

They’re using new technical fabrics and innovations to create award-winning apparel for endurance athletes. In fact, their Brim shorts and Tahoe base liner won Runner’s World’s 2018 Gear of the Year award. And the Pyrinees hoodie was named one of the best six sweatshirts for running in the cold by Gear Patrol.

Check out their full lineup of shorts, tops, hats, and base liners on their site - and don't forget to enter to win one of three $75 gift cards at PathProjects.com.

Apr 16, 2020

Victoria Sekely was a varsity tennis player at Georgetown where she got her undergraduate degree in human sciences. She then went to New York University and earned her doctorate in physical therapy.

She's a USATF-certified running coach, certified Kinesio Taping practitioner, and received her certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) certification from the National Strength & Conditioning Association.

In this episode of the podcast, we're discussing a variety of weaknesses that are common in runners and how to address them:

  • A history of repeated and chronic injuries
  • No strength training or a lack of strength
  • An inability to run higher mileage
  • Poor technique

With races cancelled for the foreseeable future, now is the time to put in the real work of improving (instead of racing). Focus on training, identify your weak areas, and make your comeback to racing stronger than ever.

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Thank you Victoria for sharing your expertise and helping us stay healthy!

Thanks PATH Projects!

PATH Projects made this episode of the podcast possible. They're an online-only retailer of high-quality running gear and apparel that I'm falling in love with.

Currently, I'm wearing the Sykes 5" Shorts (see them in action in this video), the Pyrinees hooded sweatshirt, and the Torch base liner. Their gear is unique, stylish, and a premium quality that feels great to wear. And because there's no retail markup, PATH is quite affordable.

They're using new technical fabrics and innovations to create award-winning apparel for endurance athletes. In fact, their Brim shorts and Tahoe base liner won Runner's World's 2018 Gear of the Year award. And the Pyrinees hoodie was named one of the best six sweatshirts for running in the cold by Gear Patrol.

Check out their full lineup of shorts, tops, hats, and base liners at PathProjects.com.

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.

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