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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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Now displaying: June, 2020
Jun 25, 2020

At Strength Running, we're focusing on mastering our mindset in 2020. How do we build the mental fitness to have unstoppable confidence, the mental toughness to persevere, and the fortitude to stay consistent with your training month after month?

In this episode, coach Jason Fitzgerald discusses:

  • The benefits you should expect from sports psychology
  • Common mistakes he wants you to avoid
  • A story of his first experience with the performance psychology strategy of visualization
  • Two strategies for improving your mental fitness 

Today's sponsor is our newest training program: Mindset Mastery.

This course makes performance psych approachable for all runners by focusing on the 5 core mental skills for endurance athletes: Focus, Anxiety Management, Intensity, Mental Toughness, and Confidence. 

It includes video presentations, guidance from renowned sports psychologists, mental exercises, a complete Training Plan Library, and the Mindset Toolbox of bonus resources.

See all the details at strengthrunning.com/mindset/

Jun 18, 2020

In today’s episode, we’re discussing how to reframe adversity and manage fear.

Cindra has numerous tools that she talks about for reframing adversity. One that I liked, in particular, is asking yourself "why is this happening for me?", instead of "to me". This helps to view challenges in light of the growth opportunities. She also suggests asking yourself questions like:

  • What is the opportunity here?
  • How is this situation a gift?
  • What is amazing about my life/family?
  • What can I be grateful for?

Cindra shares facts about fear to highlight that fear is universal and that we can choose to act courageously.

In this conversation, Cindra also provides actionable steps for:

  • Overcoming negative bias
  • Developing mental toughness
  • Ways to train your mind daily with Grit Priming Exercises
  • Dealing with fear

I hope you'll enjoy listening to this episode and putting these strategies into action for yourself.

I want to thank Naked Nutrition for their ongoing sponsorship of this podcast. They make great dietary supplements without artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors. Only the purest ingredients - and everything is made in the USA.

I've been taking their Vanilla Whey Protein Powder for several weeks now and can confidently say that it's the best protein powder I've ever had: it tastes great and I know I'm not ingesting what I don't need. I've used a lot of different protein powders over the years and this is definitely my favorite.

I love that this protein powder has only 3 ingredients and the whey is sourced from grass fed cows' milk. For those looking for a plant-based option, Naked Nutrition has vegan protein powders as well.

I've also started taking their Naked Greens supplement, which is basically a powder of different vegetables, grasses, and leafy greens. It certainly tastes like grass (that's the point, I think) but I like the fact that I'm giving my body an extra dose of veggies.

Check out all their products and let me know what you think once you try them out!

Jun 11, 2020

Our guest today is Jay Ell Alexander. She’s the owner of The Vaughn Strategy, a public relations strategy consulting firm. And in 2018, she become the owner and CEO of the Black Girls RUN! Organization.

Black Girls RUN! wants to encourage African-American women to make fitness and healthy living a priority. Their goal is to create a movement to lower the disproportionately high health outcomes in the female African-American community and subsequently, lower the number of women with chronic diseases associated with an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle.

Our discussion today focuses on the history of Black Girls RUN, the health disparities African-American women experience, how we can all work together to create a more equal playing field, and how you can get involved with Black Girls Run. 

Thank You PATH Projects

I also want to express my gratitude for the ongoing support from PATH Projects. They make affordable running gear that’s incredibly high quality. You can find everything from running shorts to headwear on their site.

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 they are a direct to consumer shop, PATH skips the retail markup and keeps prices affordable.

I personally love how functional their gear is – both for running and wearing around the house. Check them out, you won’t be disappointed!

Jun 4, 2020

Justin is currently the Mental Performance and Leadership Coach with the Tampa Bay Rays, a major league baseball team. Prior to that, he worked for the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Browns. He works with both coaches and players to improve the overall performance of their organizations.

Justin holds a Master of Science degree in Sport and Performance Psychology and his framework for improving performance will give us a glimpse of how he works with a variety of his clients.

We also address questions such as:

  • What happens when you focus on results versus the process?
  • Is it possible to "teach an old dog new tricks"?
  • Should you tinker with your training plans to improve faster?
  • Does goal setting work for everyone?

I hope you find this conversation filled with useful suggestions and ideas on how you, too, can improve your mental game.

Thank You Naked Nutrition

I want to thank Naked Nutrition for joining as our newest podcast sponsor. They make dietary supplements with the purest ingredients with no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors - and everything is made in the USA.

I've been taking their Vanilla Whey Protein Powder for several weeks now and can confidently say that it's the best protein powder I've ever had: it tastes great and I know I'm not ingesting what I don't need. I've used a lot of different protein powders over the years and this is definitely my favorite.

I love that this protein powder has only 3 ingredients and the whey is sourced from grass fed cows' milk. For those looking for a plant-based option, Naked Nutrition has vegan protein powders as well.

I'm also getting a shipment of their Naked Greens powder soon. I'll tell you about it after I test it out.

Check out all their products and let me know what you think once you try them out!

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