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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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Mar 31, 2022

Molly Huddle is a two time Olympian and one of the greatest American distance runners in history. She is the current American record holder in the 10k and has set national records in the 20k and half marathon. She represented the United States in the 2012 London Olympics in the 5k, and set the American 10k record in 2016 in Rio. Molly has also found success at the marathon distance, earning a 3rd place finish in her debut marathon in NYC.

This week, Molly is here to discuss her passion for the women’s running community and the completion of her book with coauthor Sara Slattery called How She Did It: Stories, Advice, and Secrets to Success from 50 Legendary Distance Runners.

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Thank You InsideTracker!

This episode is brought to you by InsideTracker, one of the most reputable blood testing companies in the world. They were founded in 2009 by aging, genetics, and biometrics scientists to help you analyze your body’s data and get a firm idea of how well you’re responding to training.

Understanding your body’s biomarkers, from stress hormones to testosterone to Vitamin D, can help you figure out if you’re over-training, under-training, optimally training, or if you have a health issue that might be affecting your running. But the best part is that they give you personalized optimal ranges for each of these biomarkers and a host of ways to improve these markers through diet, lifestyle, or exercise changes.

I’ve personally gotten three Ultimate tests from them and the process is simple, easy, and very eye-opening if you haven’t done a deep dive on your biomarkers yet.  Of all the investments you can make in your running, this one is like getting a detailed checkup or regularly scheduled maintenance for your internal physiology. 

If you’re ready to take control of your health and optimize your training, get 25% off any of their blood tests with code STRENGTHRUNNING at InsideTracker.

Thank you Therabody!

If you want sound recovery, a big part of that is circulation. One of the reasons why massage feels so good after a hard effort is because of circulation: it brings fresh, oxygenated blood to your legs. The RecoveryAir by Therabody does that without needing someone to give you a massage. Plus, you can do it on the couch while you watch Netflix.

What I love about the RecoveryAir Jetboots is that the pressure travels from your feet up to your heart and this graduated approach is more effective. The compression goes beyond your normal blood pressure while also monitoring it to prevent over-constriction. My personal preference is to use the boots the day after a hard day so I’m not giving my legs more than they can handle.

Sit back, relax and recover. Go to Therabody.com/Jason to get your Therabody RecoveryAir today!

Mar 24, 2022

Andy Galpin, PhD has been an assistant professor at California State University Fullerton for more than a decade. He formerly won a Division 3 national football championship while earning his exercise science degree at Linfield College. He then got his Master’s in Human Movement Sciences and his PhD in human bioenergetics. He serves on many advisory boards in the area of human performance, wrote the 2017 book Unplugged, and is a sought after speaker and high performance coach.

In this conversation, we’re focusing on

  • the principles that influence the strength workouts of endurance runners
  • how we can train power during our strength sessions
  • common mistakes in this area
  • how to lessen the risk of injuries during power-oriented training
  • his favorite at-home pieces of equipment

This episode is also brought to you by our newest training program, Bodyweight Power! I’ve partnered with Dr. Victoria Sekely - who’s a certified strength coach, running coach, and physical therapist - to bring you the only bodyweight strength program that prioritizes power, all possible in the comfort of your own home. We’re celebrating with launch week bonuses, so see all the details before this Friday night at strengthrunning.com/bodyweight-power/

Thank You InsideTracker!

This episode is brought to you by InsideTracker, one of the most reputable blood testing companies in the world. They were founded in 2009 by aging, genetics, and biometrics scientists to help you analyze your body’s data and get a firm idea of how well you’re responding to training.

Understanding your body’s biomarkers, from stress hormones to testosterone to Vitamin D, can help you figure out if you’re over-training, under-training, optimally training, or if you have a health issue that might be affecting your running. But the best part is that they give you personalized optimal ranges for each of these biomarkers and a host of ways to improve these markers through diet, lifestyle, or exercise changes.

I’ve personally gotten three Ultimate tests from them and the process is simple, easy, and very eye-opening if you haven’t done a deep dive on your biomarkers yet.  Of all the investments you can make in your running, this one is like getting a detailed checkup or regularly scheduled maintenance for your internal physiology. 

If you’re ready to take control of your health and optimize your training, get 25% off any of their blood tests with code STRENGTHRUNNING at InsideTracker.

Mar 17, 2022

Resistance training should not be considered cross-training for runners - it’s essential!

Seton Hall Strength and Conditioning Coach Angelo Gingerelli has worked in the field for two decades and has extensive experience working with kids, collegiate athletes, and pro athletes.

Angelo’s work in the strength and conditioning field, combined with his personal experience as a runner, gives him a unique perspective on how best to integrate the two. His recent book Finish Strong helps runners address common weaknesses and build a foundation of general and specific strength.

Angelo also digs into a variety of topics we don’t often think about in our typical run training, including:

  • The evolution of Functional Movement Screening and how to apply movement assessments to your running
  • Common movement dysfunctions for runners and other sport-specific athletes
  • The six essential foundational exercises for greater strength and athleticism
  • How we can learn from college athletes that there is no off season, just strategic downtime from your primary sport
  • What are anti-rotation exercises and how do they benefit runners?

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Thank You InsideTracker!

This episode is brought to you by InsideTracker, one of the most reputable blood testing companies in the world. They were founded in 2009 by aging, genetics, and biometrics scientists to help you analyze your body’s data and get a firm idea of how well you’re responding to training.

Understanding your body’s biomarkers, from stress hormones to testosterone to Vitamin D, can help you figure out if you’re over-training, under-training, optimally training, or if you have a health issue that might be affecting your running. But the best part is that they give you personalized optimal ranges for each of these biomarkers and a host of ways to improve these markers through diet, lifestyle, or exercise changes.

I’ve personally gotten three Ultimate tests from them and the process is simple, easy, and very eye-opening if you haven’t done a deep dive on your biomarkers yet.  Of all the investments you can make in your running, this one is like getting a detailed checkup or regularly scheduled maintenance for your internal physiology. 

If you’re ready to take control of your health and optimize your training, get 25% off any of their blood tests with code STRENGTHRUNNING at InsideTracker.

Thanks ROLL Recovery! 

ROLL Recovery is a Boulder, Colorado company that makes innovative massage and recovery tools that are so good, many are FDA-approved medical devices. They’ve consulted physical therapists and elite athletes to make the highest quality recovery products I’ve ever seen and their unique design makes them not only easy to use but so effective. 

I have the R8 Plus, the R3 foot roller, and my favorite foam roller - the R4Body Roller. Thank you ROLL Recovery for these unique tools! I’m using them almost every day and I feel like my muscles are more supple and ready for running. See for yourself at rollrecovery.com. You can also listen to an interview with their cofounder, pro runner Adriana Nelson, in episode 236.

Mar 10, 2022

What runner doesn’t aspire to become unbreakable? It’s never too late to learn how to listen to your body to make yourself a healthier, more durable athlete!

Our guest is an expert on how to understand and speak your body’s language. Kate Galliett is a movement specialist and coach who has worked with a wide variety of athletes to help them become unbreakable. 

After getting her degree in Exercise Science, Kate earned multiple certifications as a personal trainer and in functional movement and mobility. She is an accomplished outdoorswoman who hikes, rock climbs, hunts and skis. Kate recently released her book, Becoming Unbreakable: How To Build A Body You Love To Live In, to help others learn how to take charge of their health and create a blueprint for change.

My discussion with Kate will leave you feeling empowered to take charge of your own body and stay healthy by understanding some simple concepts, including:

  • Why being tuned in to your body will prevent minor pain from becoming a major injury
  • The 6 pillars of a building a healthy body
  • Adopting a science mindset to view aches and pains as data, with less emotional attachment
  • The 4 zones of tissue tolerance and where you should be spending most of your training time
  • Learning your own quirks and curating what works for you

Don't miss our best advice on preventing injuries.

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Thank You InsideTracker!

This episode is brought to you by InsideTracker, one of the most reputable blood testing companies in the world. They were founded in 2009 by aging, genetics, and biometrics scientists to help you analyze your body’s data and get a firm idea of how well you’re responding to training.

Understanding your body’s biomarkers, from stress hormones to testosterone to Vitamin D, can help you figure out if you’re over-training, under-training, optimally training, or if you have a health issue that might be affecting your running. But the best part is that they give you personalized optimal ranges for each of these biomarkers and a host of ways to improve these markers through diet, lifestyle, or exercise changes.

I’ve personally gotten three Ultimate tests from them and the process is simple, easy, and very eye-opening if you haven’t done a deep dive on your biomarkers yet.  Of all the investments you can make in your running, this one is like getting a detailed checkup or regularly scheduled maintenance for your internal physiology. 

If you’re ready to take control of your health and optimize your training, get 25% off any of their blood tests with code STRENGTHRUNNING at InsideTracker.

Thank You Athletic Greens!

Thank you to our 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.

Mar 3, 2022

Do you want to boost your training? Instead of focusing on new fads or training hacks, getting back to basic training essentials can pay big dividends with your running!

The tables are turned this week as I get interviewed by Brodie Sharpe (this interview previously aired on The Run Smarter Podcast).  Our discussion focuses on essential elements of training, including the components that can help reduce your injury risk.

Brodie and I tackle a range of topics that impact both new and experienced runners. We discuss a may aspects of training and racing, including:

  • Why almost every runner will benefit from an individualized training plan
  • How we can look to the elites to understand how to focus on fundamentals, not fads
  • The most common mistakes that athletes make with their training
  • How to schedule your strength training
  • Taper strategies that work for a wide variety of race distances.

Time, experience, and professionals like Brodie have helped me become a better student of running, and taught me the essential components of staying healthy and consistent. I hope you can apply our discussion on training fundamentals to benefit your own running too!

Links & Resources from the Show:

Thank You InsideTracker!

This episode is brought to you by InsideTracker, one of the most reputable blood testing companies in the world. They were founded in 2009 by aging, genetics, and biometrics scientists to help you analyze your body’s data and get a firm idea of how well you’re responding to training.

Understanding your body’s biomarkers, from stress hormones to testosterone to Vitamin D, can help you figure out if you’re over-training, under-training, optimally training, or if you have a health issue that might be affecting your running. But the best part is that they give you personalized optimal ranges for each of these biomarkers and a host of ways to improve these markers through diet, lifestyle, or exercise changes.

I’ve personally gotten three Ultimate tests from them and the process is simple, easy, and very eye-opening if you haven’t done a deep dive on your biomarkers yet.  Of all the investments you can make in your running, this one is like getting a detailed checkup or regularly scheduled maintenance for your internal physiology. 

If you’re ready to take control of your health and optimize your training, get 25% off any of their blood tests with code STRENGTHRUNNING at InsideTracker.

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