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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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May 25, 2023

When it comes to health and fitness, Tony Horton needs no introduction. For over 40 years he has been involved in the fitness industry, and continues to be a model of health well into his 60s. Tony became a household name with the development of P90X, and has worked with a number of celebrities including Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty.

Although Tony does not run competitively, he explores his local California trails on the run each week as part of his regular fitness routine. Tony has long emphasized becoming a well rounded athlete in body and mind, and his training reflects this.

My discussion with Tony focuses on the mental and physical benefits of fitness. Without both elements, the journey is less valuable and meaningful. Some of the topics we delve into include:

  • How Tony got immersed in the world of fitness
  • The early impact of fitness on both his body and mind
  • The development and evolution of the popular P90X training system
  • How Tony has continued to evolve alongside the fitness industry
  • Why consistency and flexibility are key to making fitness a lifelong practice
  • The importance of optimizing essentials like sleep, diet, and recovery as you get older

Tony's message is valuable and relatable for all athletes.  Enjoy our discussion!

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Thank You Previnex!

We’re supported by our newest partner, Previnex. After resisting most supplements for the better part of my life, I’m cautiously changing my tune. I’m less than a year from being a Masters runner and in my personal life, I’m optimizing for longevity. I want to be my healthiest self for as long as possible and I’m excited to partner with Previnex to make that happen.

Previnex uses the most bioavailable, clinically tested ingredients, the optimal form and dose of each ingredient, pharmaceutical grade manufacturing, testing of raw ingredients and finished products. For every purchase you make, they also donate vitamins to kids in need.

I’ve been taking their Immune Support and multivitamin over the last month and  I feel great. I have more energy and clarity, not to mention peace of mind that I’m giving my body what it needs.  I believe Previnex works and I hope you experience the same benefits as I do. Use code jason15 for 15% off your order at Previnex!

Thank You GOODR!

If you watch my videos on YouTube you know that I’ve been wearing Goodr sunglasses for nearly a decade. They’re super affordable - starting at only $25, made for running so they stay on your face, and the styles are just wild. They’re also a 100% Carbon Neutral company, meaning they offset all of their carbon emissions, and they donate 1% of their profits to environmental causes. 

Goodr offers a 30-day money back guarantee and 100% satisfaction but I know you’ll find a pair you love from the hundreds of styles they have. Find yours here at Goodr to get free shipping.

May 18, 2023

This week we’re here to celebrate episode 300! Over the years several common themes have emerged from interviewing the best and brightest in physiology, strength, coaching and psychology.

Ultimately, finding joy in the process of improvement is what drives my long term love affair with the sport, and I encourage you to do the same. This can come in a number of different ways, including:

  • Knowing your “why” and finding your purpose - whether it’s running faster, further, or seeking new adventures
  • Discovering running friends that make the improvement process more fun
  • Immersing yourself in the sport with a coach, a club, or a like-minded community
  • Valuing the fun and challenge of workouts over metrics - improvement isn’t always about the numbers

I'm so grateful to have an amazing community or listeners, and look forward to the next 300 episodes!

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Thank you DrinkLMNT!

A big thanks to DrinkLMNT for their support of this episode! They make electrolyte drinks for athletes and low-carb folks with no sugar, artificial ingredients, or colors. They are offering a free gift with your purchase at DrinkLMNT. And this does NOT have to be your first purchase. You’ll get a sample pack with every flavor so you can try them all before deciding what you like best. 

DrinkLMNT's 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 watermelon flavor has 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. So check out DrinkLMNT to try their new flavor or get a free sampler pack.

Thank You Athletic Greens!

We’re also supported by AG1, the greens superfood mix by Athletic Greens. This is a category-leading greens mix that has 75 vitamins and minerals, prebiotics, probiotics, antioxidants, and adaptogens. It’s recommended by professional athletes and has over 7,000 positive reviews.

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.

May 11, 2023

If you are familiar with ketones, you know that they are commonly associated with a long term, low carbohydrate diet that can be challenging for runners to sustain. But what if you could get the benefits of ketones as a supplement, rather than a dietary change? 

This week’s guest is Dr. Latt Mansor. He is the lead researcher at HVMN, holds a PhD from Oxford in physiology, anatomy, and genetics, and also earned his Master’s degree from Columbia in biotechnology. Latt is a renowned expert in metabolic health and cardiovascular disease, and regularly consults with elite sport, military, clinical and research organizations.

Since this is far from my area of expertise, Latt explains the role of ketones in the body before we discuss their benefits for athletes. Some of the topics we focus on include:

  • How he got interested in the topic of ketones
  • The differences between endogenous and exogenous ketones
  • How ketone supplementation has evolved over time
  • Why ketones are a fuel source, not a stimulant
  • How endurance athletes benefit from ketone supplementation
  • A protocol for endurance athletes interested in supplementation

Ketones are a fascinating area of research with a lot of potential benefits. I know you'll enjoy our conversation!

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Thank You Previnex!

We’re supported by our newest partner, Previnex. After resisting most supplements for the better part of my life, I’m cautiously changing my tune. I’m less than a year from being a Masters runner and in my personal life, I’m optimizing for longevity. I want to be my healthiest self for as long as possible and I’m excited to partner with Previnex to make that happen.

Previnex uses the most bioavailable, clinically tested ingredients, the optimal form and dose of each ingredient, pharmaceutical grade manufacturing, testing of raw ingredients and finished products. For every purchase you make, they also donate vitamins to kids in need.

I’ve been taking their Immune Support and multivitamin over the last month and  I feel great. I have more energy and clarity, not to mention peace of mind that I’m giving my body what it needs.  I believe Previnex works and I hope you experience the same benefits as I do. Use code jason15 for 15% off your order at Previnex!

Thank you MOBO Board!

Invented by renowned physical therapist Jay Dicharry, MOBO helps you stabilize your stance with an innovative rocker board that’s set up on two fins. The design effectively forces you to drive your big toe into the bboard to improve your stability. I was pretty arrogant going into my first session on the MOBO Board. How hard can it be to balance, right? Well, I was humbled pretty quickly!

Even if you’re a good runner, better balance, stability, and proprioception is going to help you have a more powerful stride and prevent more running injuries. You’ll learn how to improve the efficiency of the kinetic chain from your hip to your big toe. Because as Jay likes to say, it’s not just how strong you are, but how well you use that strength.

I was just at a weekend physical therapy workshop (lol I was the only running coach) and learned how important (and rare) this simple movement is. Save 10% with code STRENGTHRUN10 at checkout at moboboard.com.

May 4, 2023

Traditional training plans focus on one distance at a time, whether it’s a fast 5k or a marathon PR. But what if your race schedule looks a little less traditional?

Today’s podcast answers a question from a listener named Mike who is curious about combining a fast road marathon and a hilly 50-mile ultramarathon into one training cycle. Is this possible? Is it risky to race a 50 miler only 2 months after a marathon?

On the podcast today I have my friend and former competitor, Mario Fraioli, to discuss how to approach training for this type of endeavor. Mario is runner, coach, and host of The Morning Shakeout podcast.

Over the past few months, Mario has run his own unique combination of races, including the Boston Marathon and an indoor mile. As an incredibly competitive Master’s runner, Mario had strong performances at both, running a 4:30 for the mile and a 2:34 at the Boston Marathon.

Mario and I discuss the best training approach for runners like Mike who are attempting two ambitious efforts in one training cycle and address questions including:

  • Is it best to do one longer cycle or two shorter training cycles?
  • What’s the best way to build in recovery after the marathon?
  • How should you balance flat road training with hilly trail preparation?
  • If you have a history of injury, what are the caveats?
  • What are the mental challenges for this type of training?

Mario is thoughtful and insightful, and his experience and knowledge will help prepare you for whatever distance you're racing.  I know you'll enjoy our conversation!

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Thank you DrinkLMNT!

A big thanks to DrinkLMNT 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.

DrinkLMNT's 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. So check out DrinkLMNT to try their new flavor or get a free sampler pack. 

Thank you to our Performance Training Journal!

We’re also brought to you by our very own Performance Training Journal, which is now available on Amazon. Since I started running in 1998, I’ve kept a hardcopy training journal. Holding a tangible log, writing in it daily, and reflecting on the ups and downs of running is a surefire way to improve. 

This hardcopy training journal helps you focus on the training metrics that matter, prioritizes a long-term outlook so you don’t take any shortcuts, and maintains your motivation with strategic self-praise. With a no-frills, functional design, the Performance Training Journal includes coaching advice on racing, injury prevention, strength training, and more. It will guide you through race scheduling, how to plan your race morning, the best workouts for endurance runners, and encourage you to track your personal bests over time. 

You have the space to make this journal your own whether you're a new runner or a professional, a trail or road runner, or a mid-distance specialist or ultra marathoner.⁣ So don't just track your running, learn from it with the Performance Training Journal! Check it out today on Amazon.

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