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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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Nov 25, 2021

Jimmy Picard is a doctor of physical therapy in Salt Lake City. He emphasizes the importance of taking an active role in the recovery process, rather than leaving your recovery in the hands of others. 

With his physical therapy expertise working with endurance athletes, his history as a former cross-country runner at the College of William and Mary, and his experience as a Cat 2 cyclist, Jimmy has unique and valuable insights into effective injury rehab for runners.

When it comes to healing yourself, Jimmy believes in the science behind the active components of injury rehab - including physical therapy exercises and strength training -  where you are the driving force behind the process.

In the podcast, Jimmy also discusses how your outlook and planning for recovery can make all the difference, including:

  • Taking a holistic approach to recovery
  • Avoiding catastrophic thinking
  • How to manage the 2 buckets of recovery: calming down and building back up
  • Avoiding extremes in the recovery process: why shutting it down and pushing through an injury are both ineffective

For more on staying healthy, get Strength Running's best advice here.

Whether you’re injured or not, you’re bound to learn a lot from this comprehensive discussion about injury rehabilitation!

Links & Resources from the Show:

Thank You InsideTracker!

Our show is supported by our longtime sponsor InsideTracker. Today, more than ever, it's essential that we’re making the right decisions to keep our bodies healthy. To help us be resilient, prevent over-training, and optimize our running to get the most from it.

InsideTracker is the ultra-personalized nutrition platform that analyzes your blood and DNA biomarkers along with your lifestyle habits to help you optimize your body and reach your goals.

InsideTracker’s patented system will transform your body's data into knowledge, insights, and a customized action plan of science-backed recommendations. The data can help you determine whether you’re running too much, not enough, or have some other issues that could be affecting your recovery or performance.

I've had my own blood drawn with InsideTracker several times and have been amazed at the valuable information that they provide. Not only are the results very detailed, but they also share guidance for how to improve any markers that are out of range.

If you’re ready to take control of your health and optimize your training, InsideTracker offers a selection of plans that best suit your needs with a limited time 25% discount.

Thank you Elemental Labs!

A big thanks to Elemental Labs for their support of this episode! They make electrolyte drinks for athletes and low-carb folks with no sugar, artificial ingredients, or colors. And you can get a free sampler pack of 4 flavors and 8 individual packets when you pay $5 in shipping.

Elemental Labs' products have some of the highest sodium concentrations that you can find. Anybody who runs a lot knows that sodium, as well as other electrolytes like magnesium and potassium, are essential to our performance and how we feel throughout the day.

The citrus flavor has quickly become my favorite. I’m drinking one a day now to help me get enough fluids in our dry Colorado air. It’s tasty and delicious and I find that I’m not peeing every 45 minutes throughout the day, which might be an indication I wasn’t eating enough sodium.

There’s now mounting evidence that higher sodium intake levels are not unhealthy – and athletes need substantially more than your typical sedentary person. Of course, ask your doctor if you’re worried. But for those athletes running outside in the heat, an electrolyte replacement makes a lot of sense.

They just released their first new flavor of 2021, their most requested flavor, watermelon salt. So check out Elemental Labs to try their new flavor or get a free sampler pack. 

Nov 18, 2021

David Joyce is an expert on optimizing athletic performance in a variety of sports from soccer to football to rugby and more. David joined us last year on the podcast to discuss injury rehabilitation, and he is back this year to focus on prevention.

David is the co-editor of High-Performance Training for Sports: The Authoritative Guide for Ultimate Athletic Conditioning, the second edition. He holds master’s degrees in both sports science and sports medicine, as well as an MBA, and has over 50 publications in the field of sports performance. David has worked in Olympic programs in the UK, China, and Australia and has trained and rehabilitated multiple world-class athletes.

David and Jason discuss facets of injury prevention you may not have considered, even though they are easy to implement:

  • The impact of advancements in technology for runners
  • Why a good coach will always be essential alongside technology
  • How to find a rhythm to your training by polarizing your efforts - keep your easy runs easy and make the hard ones count
  • Know the appropriate range of your running efforts and (mostly) train within them.
  • The importance of developing consistency by eliminating friction in your schedule 
  • How “motion is lotion” and why you don’t want to “allow the rust to settle”

Enjoy this discussion with one of the top performance experts in the world!

Sign up here for coach Jason's best injury prevention advice.

Thank You InsideTracker!

Our show is supported by our longtime sponsor InsideTracker. Today, more than ever, it's essential that we’re making the right decisions to keep our bodies healthy. To help us be resilient, prevent over-training, and optimize our running to get the most from it.

InsideTracker is the ultra-personalized nutrition platform that analyzes your blood and DNA biomarkers along with your lifestyle habits. Their goal is to help you optimize your body and reach your goals.

InsideTracker’s patented system will transform your body's data into knowledge, insights, and a customized action plan of science-backed recommendations. The data can help you determine whether you’re running too much, not enough, or have some other issues that could be affecting your recovery or performance.

I've had my own blood drawn with InsideTracker several times and have been amazed at the valuable information that they provide. Not only are the results very detailed, but they also share guidance for how to improve any markers that are out of range.

If you’re ready to take control of your health and optimize your training, InsideTracker offers a selection of plans that best suit your needs with a limited time 25% discount.

Thank You Athletic Greens!

Thank you to our newest sponsor, Athletic Greens! They are a health and wellness company that makes AG1. This is a category-leading greens mix that has 75 vitamins and minerals, prebiotics, probiotics, antioxidants, and adaptogens.

One scoop per day is what I’ve been doing to help me fill in any nutrition gaps in my diet. It also provides a nice boost of energy and focus throughout the day. With all of my kids in school, I need to support my immune system or else I’m getting sick. Then, I can’t train!

I also love that AG1 has changed over the last decade. Athletic Greens has made 53 improvements to the formula based on the latest research to make these nutrients more absorbable.

For our listeners, they are offering a year's worth of free Vitamin D and 5 free travel packs of AG1 with your first purchase. You can sign up for a single shipment or for a monthly drop - the choice is yours. Check out Athletic Greens to redeem your offer today.

Nov 11, 2021

Strength training is critical for runners who want to get the most out of their training. While it’s easy to skimp on weights in favor of running more miles, weight training for runners has so many benefits: 

  • Increased speed and power
  • Greater running economy that helps improve endurance
  • The ability to handle a greater workload (i.e., you can run more!)
  • Improved injury resistance

In short, there’s no good reason NOT to strength train if you’re a runner!

To help answer all of your questions about strength, Tony Gentilcore has joined us. He's a former collegiate baseball player who graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY-Cortland with a degree in Health Education with a concentration in Health and Wellness Promotion. After almost going pro in baseball, he worked as a personal trainer for several years in NY, CT, and MA.

Tony opened a sports performance gym with two other trainers that has grown into one of the premier baseball training facilities on the east coast. He has contributed his strength training expertise to numerous publications, including T-Nation, The Boston Herald, and BodyBuilding.com, amongst others.

In today’s podcast, Tony addresses many common questions related to weight lifting. But this episode is unique because the questions come directly from members of our High Performance Lifting Program, including the following:

  • How do runners find a great strength coach or gym? What are the top 1-3 things to look for?
  • Should strength training routines be modified for older runners?
  • If an athlete wants to avoid any Olympic lifts but still wants to develop power and explosivity, are there alternative exercises that would be helpful?
  • How can runners tell if they are over or under training with regard to strength?

Check out the podcast to hear the answers to these questions and more. These questions are only a sample from the full 90min Q&A! Be sure to join HPL so you can get your hands on the full conversation!

Links & Resources from the Show:

Thank You InsideTracker!

Our show is supported by our longtime sponsor InsideTracker. Today, more than ever, it's essential that we’re making the right decisions to keep our bodies healthy. To help us be resilient, prevent over-training, and optimize our running to get the most from it.

InsideTracker is the ultra-personalized nutrition platform that analyzes your blood and DNA biomarkers along with your lifestyle habits to help you optimize your body and reach your goals.

InsideTracker’s patented system will transform your body's data into knowledge, insights, and a customized action plan of science-backed recommendations. The data can help you determine whether you’re running too much, not enough, or have some other issues that could be affecting your recovery or performance.

I've had my own blood drawn with InsideTracker several times and have been amazed at the valuable information that they provide. Not only are the results very detailed, but they also share guidance for how to improve any markers that are out of range.

If you’re ready to take control of your health and optimize your training, InsideTracker offers a selection of plans that best suit your needs with a limited time 25% discount.

Thank you Elemental Labs!

A big thanks to Elemental Labs for their support of this episode! They make electrolyte drinks for athletes and low-carb folks with no sugar, artificial ingredients, or colors. And you can get a free sampler pack of 4 flavors and 8 individual packets when you pay $5 in shipping.

Elemental Labs' products have some of the highest sodium concentrations that you can find. Anybody who runs a lot knows that sodium, as well as other electrolytes like magnesium and potassium, are essential to our performance and how we feel throughout the day.

The citrus flavor has quickly become my favorite. I’m drinking one a day now to help me get enough fluids in our dry Colorado air. It’s tasty and delicious and I find that I’m not peeing every 45 minutes throughout the day, which might be an indication I wasn’t eating enough sodium.

There’s now mounting evidence that higher sodium intake levels are not unhealthy – and athletes need substantially more than your typical sedentary person. Of course, ask your doctor if you’re worried. But for those athletes running outside in the heat, an electrolyte replacement makes a lot of sense.

They just released their first new flavor of 2021, their most requested flavor, watermelon salt. So check out Elemental Labs to try their new flavor or get a free sampler pack. 

Nov 4, 2021

The New York City Marathon is the largest marathon in the world, and its unique course makes it a bucket-list event for many runners.

When it comes to navigating the logistics of the New York City marathon, there are few people who know it better than Richard White.  Richard is a fixture of the NYC running scene and a 17-time finisher of the race.  After more than 4 decades of racing, Richard will be going for his 18th NYC finish and his 60th marathon finish this weekend. 

Richard is passionate about the race itself as well as its history, and he’s an invaluable resource on all aspects of the NYC Marathon. In this episode he’ll let you in on some of the useful tricks he’s learned from his 17 NYC finishes, including:

  • How to segment the course to make it more approachable.
  • Making the most of the energy from other runners and spectators.
  • COVID-related changes that make this year unique.
  • Tips for tackling the most challenging parts of the race.
  • The physical, mental and emotional aspects of the course.
  • Suggestions for navigating the post-marathon crowds.

Richard’s familiarity with the course provides so many useful ways to navigate the New York City marathon, whether you’re a new or seasoned marathon runner. In our conversation we discuss:

  • How knowledge of the course details will help you run a smarter race
  • The importance of managing your effort in the early miles
  • How to approach the 3 most notable hills on the course at miles 1, 14 and 23
  • Digging deep and using mental strength to help you through the final hill on 5th Avenue
  • Breaking up those last 10 miles into manageable chunks
  • Why expecting the worst is sometimes the best strategy!

Whether you’re running the New York City Marathon this year or plan to in the future, this episode is full of useful insider information you won’t want to miss!

Thank You InsideTracker!

Our show is supported by our longtime sponsor InsideTracker. Today, more than ever, it's essential that we’re making the right decisions to keep our bodies healthy. To help us be resilient, prevent over-training, and optimize our running to get the most from it.

InsideTracker is the ultra-personalized nutrition platform that analyzes your blood and DNA biomarkers along with your lifestyle habits to help you optimize your body and reach your goals.

InsideTracker’s patented system will transform your body's data into knowledge, insights, and a customized action plan of science-backed recommendations. The data can help you determine whether you’re running too much, not enough, or have some other issues that could be affecting your recovery or performance.

I've had my own blood drawn with InsideTracker several times and have been amazed at the valuable information that they provide. Not only are the results very detailed, but they also share guidance for how to improve any markers that are out of range.

If you’re ready to take control of your health and optimize your training, InsideTracker offers a selection of plans that best suit your needs with a limited time 25% discount.

Thank You Athletic Greens!

Thank you to our newest sponsor, Athletic Greens! They are a health and wellness company that makes AG1. This is a category-leading greens mix that has 75 vitamins and minerals, prebiotics, probiotics, antioxidants, and adaptogens.

One scoop per day is what I’ve been doing to help me fill in any nutrition gaps in my diet. It also provide a nice boost of energy and focus throughout the day. With all 3 of my kids in school, I know I need to support my immune system or else I’m getting sick and can’t train.

I also love that AG1 has changed over the last decade. Athletic Greens has made 53 improvements to the formula based on the latest research to make these nutrients more absorbable.

For our listeners, they are offering a year's worth of free Vitamin D and 5 free travel packs of AG1 with your first purchase. You can sign up for single shipment or for a monthly drop - the choice is yours. Check out Athletic Greens to redeem your offer today.

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