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Running podcast to motivate and help runners of every level, speed, and age run their best. Sinead Haughey interviews running influencers, scientists, psychologists, nutritionists, and everyday runners with inspiring stories.

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Running podcast to motivate and help runners of every level, speed, and age run their best. Sinead Haughey interviews running influencers, scientists, psychologists, nutritionists, and everyday runners with inspiring stories.

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Excited for Claire’s Impact

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I have been a long-time follower of Runner’s Connect and the massive amount of high- quality video and podcast content they produce. I look forward to listening to Claire as she takes this podcast forward with her point of view.

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Love the new host! Super down to earth and approachable! #gowomanhosts

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422 Ratings
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294
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33
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32

Excited for Claire’s Impact

By RWBoston - Feb 09 2020
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I have been a long-time follower of Runner’s Connect and the massive amount of high- quality video and podcast content they produce. I look forward to listening to Claire as she takes this podcast forward with her point of view.

Awesome!!

By Maria0000000000000 - Sep 15 2019
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Love the new host! Super down to earth and approachable! #gowomanhosts
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Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

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Rank #1: Jeff Galloway- Go Slow To Go Fast

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Wait... What?? 

That’s correct. 1972 Olympian, Jeff Galloway, who was self-coached and absorbed as much as he could from other runners has proven that to go fast, you should go slow. Hundreds of thousands of runners have trained with his method and the results he shares in this episode are nothing short of amazing.

Since starting his retail store, Phidippides, in Atlanta, Georgia in 1975, Jeff has listened to runners who were looking for better and better training strategies. He has developed training methods, retreats at multiple locations around the globe, written several books, trained runners directly and remotely, written for Runner's World, partnered with Disney… well, you get the idea.

We are so very lucky to have Jeff join us to tell us about his personal experiences with running and how his unique training philosophy has helped runners at all levels achieve great results while avoiding injury. This is likely to be one of those episodes that you listen to over and over because there is just so much good information. Be sure to check out the links below for even more tools and resources!

Here are some of the topics we’ll discuss today:
  • Jeff’s personal experiences running in college and his Olympic trials.
  • Jeff counterintuitive training methods including full distance training and Run Walk Run.
  • The benefits of group training.
  • How The Magic Mile accurately predicts a runner’s future race times.
  • How to leverage our human brain to keep our ‘Monkey Brain’ under control.
Questions Jeff is asked:

2:50 What are some of your favorite moments as a runner?

11:55 Do you think professional / elite runners today would give up a spot in a race to help a teammate advance?

13:30 How was it having a group working together in the early 1970’s?

15:06 What’s your theory on why there aren't more big groups of people who want to train together?

17:12 Should recreational runners train in groups?

19:26 How can people get involved in your training groups?

22:20 You have runners do a 26 - 29 mile run 3 weeks before their marathon at a slower pace for 6-7 hours?

24:38 So the only you’re adding on race day is running faster?

24:55 What exactly is the Magic Mile?

26:29 How do runners get their individual Magic Mile times?

26:59 Is it just running that mile as fast as you can?

27:51 What is the Run Walk Run method?

31:14 What would you like to say to runners who have a social stigma against walking?

33:51 Does the amount of walking differ for each person?

35:24 What is the ‘Monkey Brain’?

38:13 How long should the walk-breaks be?

40:00 How does it feel to have a training method named after you?

42:29 How does it feel to have a whole event series named after you?

45:07 What is involved in your retreats?

48:02 Do you have a favorite race you recommend all runners do at least once?

53:54 The Final Kick Round

Quotes by Jeff:
  • Even on the days when I was physically destroyed, which was most of the days during the first month, I felt better in my head and in my spirit than I had ever felt in my life.
  • I helped my father get into running when he was 52.
  • I never heard any of my Florida Track Club teammates brag unless they were being funny about something.
  • There is no doubt that when you have a stable of good runners you can get some really good workouts if the coach is monitoring the effort level and making sure the athletes aren’t running over their heads in workouts.
  • The reason our Group Retreats have expanded is because there is so much interest in getting individual help with running and learning hands-on: ‘How do you do these drills’, ‘What is my form like’, ‘Am I doing something wrong?’.
  • We found that people tend to hit the wall within about a mile of the that they ran on long runs within the last 3 weeks. And so, by going the (full race) distance, not only do people feel strong and have more belief that they CAN do it, but they actually run FASTER.
  • (The Run Walk Run) is a method that conserves resources that reduces injuries down to practically NOTHING and allows runners to run faster in long distances.
  • You are the captain of your ship. You are the one who determines how you’re going to run.

Mar 15 2017

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Rank #2: Strength Training For Optimal Running with Jeff Gaudette

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One of, if not THE, best way to improve your running AND prevent running injuries is by implementing strength training into your training program. But where do you start? How should you start?

This week’s episode features RunnersConnect founder, Jeff Gaudette. Jeff has been a runner for 25 years with personal times of 2:22  in the marathon and 28:45 in the 10k. Recently, Jeff has been focusing on strength training and injury prevention and he speaks with our host, Stephanie, on the science and philosophy of how important strength training is for runners.

Aug 01 2018

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Rank #3: Fuel for What You're Doing: Rethinking Fueling and Hydration with Dr. Stacy Sims

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Stacy Sims - Fuel For What You’re Doing: Rethinking Fueling and Hydration

There are a lot of options for fueling and hydration products on the market. But beyond taste and marketing lies efficacy: is the product doing the job you need it to do when you need it to do it? There are also some misconceptions and myths that, while generally accepted, are not actually based in physiological fact. And muddying the waters further are the inherent physiological differences between men and women. If you’ve ever been confused standing in front of a sports drink display, you’re not alone.

Enter Stacy Sims, an Environmental Exercise Physiologist and Nutrition Scientist specializing in sex differences of heat and/or altitude stress, recovery, genetics, and nutrition  to moderate adaptive responses for performance. Stacy is a Senior Research Fellow at The University Of Waikato and author of ROAR, which helps women understand and work with their physiology for better performance.

That’s not to say that there’s no information in here for men. Stacy passionately explains the why’s and when’s of fueling, hydration and more for both men and women. This episode will help you re-evaluate your fueling and hydration strategy to provide more optimal results.

 

Here are some of the topics we’ll discuss today:

  • Issues with the product functionality of the modern sports drink industry.
  • How to fuel and hydrate while training vs. while racing; and how needs change based on environmental conditions and gender.
  • What causes most cramping while running (it’s not what you think).
  • Why drinking more water isn’t necessarily helpful.
  • The specific needs of female athletes and how oral contraceptives compromise performance.
  • The best natural sources of sugar.

 

Questions Stacy is asked:

3:37 What is your background in endurance sports?

4:35 What prompted your interest in Nutrition Science and Environmental Exercise Physiology?

5:25 What was your mission with Osmo, what is your mission now with Nuun and what is the history of the sports drink industry?

6:59 Has the sports drink industry been geared more towards palatability than osmolality?

8:55 Have you discovered that it’s better to separate fueling and hydrating altogether?

10:55 How does this play into recovery & post-workout drinks?

12:45 What would be a good fuel strategy during a marathon or long run?

14:36 How do you feel about all natural gels?

16:01 Why are you not a fan of electrolyte pills or salt tabs?

18:34 Does cramping have anything to do with dehydration or potassium deficiency?

19:43 How should a runner determine how and when to hydrate as well as to take electrolytes?

21:57 How do women’s hydration needs vary throughout the stages of their menstrual cycle?

23:49 How should a woman who is having her period leading into a race alter her hydration strategy?

24:40 What do you mean by “Women are not small men” and how do men’s and women’s protein and carb requirements differ?

27:30 Are you not a proponent of oral contraception for high performance female athletes?

29:04 What would you suggest to female athletes as a safe alternative to the pill?

30:07 What is your take on the popular high fat / low carb diet in general and for men vs. women specifically?

33:01 Do women need carbs as endurance athletes?

33:36 Does sugar actually inhibit one’s ability to use fat as fuel?

35:01 Out of all the different types, which sugars are best?

36:39 What about honey?

37:06 What are the best solid foods to use to fuel for training and competition?

38:28 How does ambient temperature affect how people process different foods?

38:41 What should people consume post-run, especially post-workout or post-long run to facilitate glycogen repletion, fluid balance and overall recovery?

40:16 How has your partnership with Nuun been so far and what’s in the works with them?

43:08 What is the new product Nuun just released?

47:50 The Final Kick Round

Quotes by Stacy:

  • “No one’s really pushing down on ‘we need fluid first’, because you can live 3 or 4 days without hydration and you can live 7-90 days without food; so from a functionality and a physiological point, you really want to look at the hydration and not the carbohydrate intake.”
  • “A sports drink is like a sofa bed; it’s not a good bed, it’s not a good sofa, because you’re trying to merge two things that shouldn’t be merged.”
  • “When we think about all this engineered nutrition, you’re taking concentrated carbohydrate and putting it in this compromised gut.”
  • “It’s not about eating a whole bunch of food at once, it’s a sip, sip, nibble, nibble approach.”
  • “Use water for something up to an hour, but if something’s intense you need more than water, because water doesn’t hydrate.”
  • “After 2 hours… your thirst is not a very good representation of what’s happening.”
  • “Getting people to understand that what you read in a general scope does not necessarily apply to women because the research hasn’t been done on women.”

 

Take a Listen on Your Next Run

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Mentioned in this podcast:

Dr. Stacy Sims - The University of Waikato profile

Book - ROAR: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Unique Female Physiology for Optimum Performance, Great Health, and a Strong, Lean Body for Life

nuun performance

Urine Test Strips

Metromint Water

Dr. Constance Lebrun

"No Sweat": Nina Stachenfeld OCP research article

https://seleneyeager.com/

Running On Real Food blog

Kara Gaucher’s blog

mobilitywod gear

Book: Becoming a Supple Leopard - Kelly Starrett

Follow Stacy on Twitter

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Apr 26 2017

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Rank #4: 3 Simple Ways to Determine if You are Running Easy Enough: Matt Fitzgerald

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Before we reintroduced the podcast, Jeff and I created a survey for our subscribers to give their feedback on how we could improve the podcast, and what you would like to see in the future of the podcast. I was a little confused by one guest request that came up over and over; Matt Fitzgerald. Matt had already been on the show twice, would listeners not want someone different?

It was only once I listened to his two epiosdes that I could see why. He was absolutely fascinating, and such a pioneer within our running world. I loved his approach, and he is the kind of person you could go to a lecture from, and actually enjoy listening to what they [...]

Apr 29 2015

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Rank #5: Mental Toughness and How It Can Improve Your Running with Dr. Michele Ufer

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Yes You Can!

Leveraging his college experience organizing and leading expedition trips that helped people discover, and push past, what they thought were their limits, Dr. Michele Ufer has written a bestselling book on mental toughness training for runners. He is an internationally sought-after expert in sports and management psychology and a successful ultrarunner. As speaker, coach, and mental trainer, the bestselling author motivates athletes, executives, and other high performers, promoting top performance. 

Challenges beyond the marathon distance

As a runner and someone who pushes his own boundaries, he is attracted to challenges beyond the marathon distance, sometimes at great heights. Whether it’s a desert, rainforest, Himalayas, or the polar circle, Michele Ufer is at home on the most extreme running tracks. He has repeatedly achieved top 10 ratings in international (extreme) races covering a distance of up to 250km using his training methods. He researched psychological aspects in running, and presented his findings at lectures, scientific congresses, and in magazine articles.

Aug 21 2019

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Rank #6: What Makes You a “Real” Runner: Interview Jill Angie

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Have you ever felt that you weren’t (or aren’t) a ‘Real Runner’? Maybe it was because of a perceived lack of speed, perceived body image or something else. Well, you’re not alone and we have just the guest to help re-frame any negative self-talk that is holding you back from your best running self.

This week we are joined by Jill Angie - author, podcast host, Certified Running Coach, personal trainer and believer in those who have trouble believing in themselves.

Jill founded Not Your Average Runner which has blossomed into several books, a podcast, a Facebook Community and coaching program.

Jill believes that running should be running fun and accessible for runners of all shapes, size and speed. In this episode, she walks us through her own personal journey of running and how she now helps all types of runners gain a clearer perspective on what it means to run. And, while Jill’s primary focus is plus-size women, this conversation is one that every runner can benefit from.

Apr 25 2018

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Rank #7: Struggling to Lose Weight as a Runner? Here is the Secret with Runs for Cookies

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Thanks for tuning into this episode of Runners Connect.

Today we’re talking about the weight loss aspect of running. We’re talking with Katie Foster who’s lost 125 pounds from running and has become an inspiration to runners and non-runners alike. She has some great advice. She’s best known for her Runs for Cookies blog and chronicles her journey and her ups and downs and really is inspiring.

“I was willing to only do changes that I could make forever.” - Katie

Katie talks with us about how making a list of the changes you intend to make could be the difference between temporary and permanent results, how to still [...]

Dec 30 2015

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Rank #8: What Every Runner Needs to Know About How to Lose Weight- Mark Cucuzella

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Dr. Mark Cucuzzella is an accomplished marathon runner. He is also an Associate Professor at West Virginia University, a family physician, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves, the Chief Medical Consultant for the Air Force Marathon, and the owner of Two Rivers Treadsthe nation’s first minimalist shoe store which is located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

We cover a lot of ground with Mark as he discusses:

Jul 22 2015

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Rank #9: The Women's Guide to Health: Run Walk Run, Eat Right, and Feel Better.r - Women's Guide To Health

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Dr. Ruth Parker and Dr. Carmen Patrick Mohan share their insight as primary care physicians to help athletes achieve their health and fitness goals.

While focusing on women, they also offer practical tips and strategies for all genders, ages and levels of runners to become more fit and healthy.

Jan 30 2019

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Rank #10: Run Fast AND Get the Body You Want with Metabolic Efficiency Training – Bob Seebohar

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Contrary to popular belief, losing or even maintaining weight while training for a marathon can be incredibly difficult.

Many marathoners either find they can’t quite achieve the weight loss they want, or, on the flipside, they’re able to lose weight, but at the cost of performance.

It’s a hard balance to strike, but with the latest research it’s becoming much easier.

The research in question revolves around the two concepts of Nutrition Periodization and Metabolic Efficiency Training. Together they increase the body's ability to use fat as fuel during exercise and thus optimize both body composition and performance. 

Joining us in this episode is Bob Seebohar, the creator of these two concepts.

Bob is a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, USA Triathlon Level III Elite Coach. He also traveled to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games as a sport dietitian for the US Olympic Team and the personal sport dietitian/exercise physiologist for the Olympic Triathlon Team.

In this episode, Bob walks us through his findings on dietary efficiency and sheds some light on how best to achieve both the body composition and race day results you’re after.

Oh and for those wondering, here’s a breakdown of the “alphabet soup” behind Bob’s name:

M.S. - Bob has three college degrees. His undergraduate is in Exercise and Sport Science. His two graduate/Master's degrees are in Health and Exercise Science, and Food Science and Human Nutrition. He successfully defended two theses during his graduate studies and knows his way around interpreting research and aligning it with real-life applications.

R.D. - Registered Dietitian. A college degree studying food science and human nutrition is required to be able to sit for this national examination. Of course, this is after successfully completing a 9 - 12-month nutrition internship after graduation.

C.S.S.D. - Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. A certification only given to Registered Dietitians who have years of experience working with athletes. A rigorous national examination must be passed and frequent continuing education credits upheld to acquire and maintain this certification.

C.S.C.S. - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Bob has worked as a trainer/strength coach since the mid 1990's and specializes in creating strength programs for endurance athletes.

M.E.T.S - Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialist. Bob explains this in his interview. :)

Questions Bob is asked:

5:06 Can you tell us about who you are and what you do?

7:45 What is Metabolic Efficiency Training and how does it relate to your concept of Nutrition Periodization?

11:50 How does Nutrition Periodization come into play with all the training variability runners experience?

14:34 How does Metabolic Efficiency Training work with runners who are trying to lose weight while increasing performance?

21:43 Why does eating become less intuitive to us over time?

24:40 How difficult is it for your athletes to change their nutrition philosophy?

27:45 How can runners adjust their macronutrient intake ratios to use fat as fuel more efficiently?

32:40 What is your opinion of Low-Fat, High-Carb and other ‘extreme’ diets?

39:01 Have you been able to get significant research yet into the role genetics plays with this?

40:39 Is the long-term goal to see where trends are and individualize athletes’ diets based on gender, genetics, etc.?

45:14 Has there been any research on Nutrition Periodization and how it relates to menstrual cycles and menopause?

47:06 What do you mean by the ‘Metabolic Efficiency Point’?

53:28 How would someone go about manipulating this efficiency point via nutrition?

56:54 Is it hard to do Metabolic Efficiency Training with Vegan, Vegetarian and Paleo diets?

1:00:50 Do you offer personal consultations?

Quotes by Bob:

“Even for the leanest of the lean marathon runner, these elites that are almost breaking the 2-hour barrier, they still have about 30,000 calories of fat in their body but we’re very limited in our carbohydrate stores.”

“Metabolic Efficiency Training is really looking at the opportunity to use the fat that we have stored already, preserve our very limited carbohydrate stores and do that by altering the daily nutrition plan.”

“Nutrition Periodization is simply combining the right type and amount of nutrition to support physical training. So when you’re going through the ebbs and flows of physical training (running), you go through ebbs and flows of nutritional support.”

“The best thing about Metabolic Efficiency Training is that it’s not a diet. The worst thing about it is that it’s not a diet.”

“When we’re young kids, we have this intuitive eating; we eat when we’re hungry, we stop when we’re not hungry. …The environment shapes us… into becoming less intuitive eaters and more either habitual eaters… or (more) emotional eaters.”

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Mentioned in this podcast:

Book: Nutrition Periodization for Athletes: Taking Traditional Sports Nutrition to the Next Level

Bob's Author page on Amazon.com

eNRG performance homepage

Bob's eNRG performance Coaching Page

Email Sinead

Sep 20 2017

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Rank #11: Improve Your Marathon Nutrition with Jackie Dikos, RDN, CSSD, CLT

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In this episode, Jackie Dikos teaches us how to fuel and hydrate during training, taper and race day while explaining the importance of macronutrients and how to combine them for optimal energy.

She also talks about why she focuses on a ‘colorful pate”, how and why to calculate sweat-rate and what to do with that information to more effectively leverage aid stations during marathons.

Jackie’s firsthand knowledge and experience provide a host of great information, so don’t be surprised if you listen to this several times to fully absorb these nutrients of fueling wisdom.

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May 02 2018

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Rank #12: Why Running is Saving Your Life and Carbs are NOT Evil -Dr. Iñigo San Millán

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On today’s episode of Runner’s Connect, I’m speaking with Dr. Inigo San Millan, the Director of Exercise Physiology at the University of Colorado and a professional speaker on the topics of sports medicine, metabolic disorders and other types of health and performance issues.

 Today, weare discussing exercise and carbohydrates. Nowadays, so many of our health, weight and performance issues are blamed on carbs. Dr. San Millan assures us, however, that carbohydrates are not to blame for all of our woes.

 As a former athlete, having played for six years with Real Madrid soccer and having been a cyclist for two years, Dr. San Millan has the perspective of both a sports medicine expert and an athlete.

Some of the topics that you’ll [...]

May 04 2016

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Rank #13: Plantar Fasciitis and IT Band Injuries with Dr. Brianne Showman Brown

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Let’s face it: Nobody wants a seat on the injury bus. But sometimes we end up there anyway. It could start as a nagging niggle that progresses into a real sideliner or it could just be a persistent twinge that keeps us from performing our best. But how do you know what it is, where it’s coming from and how to keep it from becoming a potentially serious injury?

This week we speak with Dr. Brianne Showman Brown, a licensed Physical Therapist who works to treat athlete’s injuries without meds, injections or surgeries to facilitate a quick and safe return to running. She knows runners because she is a runner herself.

In this episode, Dr. Brown clearly explains what PF and ITB issues are and also what they may not be. She believes strongly in injury prevention and provides helpful tips on exercises that can be easily incorporated into even the busiest of lives.

We also discuss nutrition and hydration and the role they play in recovery and prevention. And although some self-diagnosis tips are shared, we also talk about when and why a professional should get involved in the diagnosis and treatment process.

There is an amazing amount of helpful information here and you may find yourself revisiting this episode more than once.

Oh, and if you participated in the Boston Marathon, this year or any other, please share your Boston Marathon experience on an upcoming bonus episode of Run To The Top by clicking here.

Apr 18 2018

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Rank #14: How to Distract Your Mind When it Tells You to Quit- Perry Newburn

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If you think it’s impossible to run 50+ miles day for weeks on end, our guest today is here to prove you wrong!

After overcoming a 16 year battle with heroin addiction, Perry Newburn is lucky to be alive. 

He realizes what running brings to our lives, and wanted to give back to the running community in the same way that he had been given a second chance. Perry became the king of long-distance running and he’s run numerous marathons, ultra races, and challenges like running around the outside of both islands of New Zealand and running for 72 hours straight wit [...]

Oct 12 2016

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Rank #15: The Most Common Mental Blocks for Runners and How to Hurdle Them with Adrienne Langelier

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When it comes to running, some days are great, some are mediocre, and some are, well, horrendous.

The same is true for runners of all skill level, and this volatility is not only what makes running one of the most mentally challenging sports out there but also one of the most rewarding.

If you know how to leap the mental barriers.

That’s why in this episode we’re speaking with runner, counselor, and sports psychology consultant Adrienne Langelier. 

A Woodlands, TX native, Adrienne combines her own athletic experience with a background in applied sports psychology to help runners hurdle the mental roadblocks so common in running.

Listen in as Adrienne shares her advice on how to strengthen your mind and overcome the mental blocks that might be holding you back.

Questions Adrienne is asked:

2:02 How did you first get into running and how did you decide to become a sports psychology consultant?

10:05 What do runners of all skill levels have in common when it comes to mental barriers?

13:57 How would advise runners set short, intermediate and long-term goals for themselves?

18:19 What is the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and what do they mean in terms of running?

19:51 How can extrinsically motivated runners stay driven once they achieve goals such as weight loss or set a PR?

22:37 How would you advise someone who is having negative thoughts going into a big race?

29:37 Do you use visualization with your clients and, if so, how?

32:33 How would you advise a runner who is experiencing difficulties or setbacks within a race?

36:28 How can runners not get swept up in a comparison trap to other runners?

43:03 How can runner’s improve their mental capacity?

 

Quotes by Adrienne:

“Yes we have limits - whether that’s genetics, environment, whatever it is - but a lot of runners tend to impose greater limits than that actually already exist.”

“One of the biggest obstacles that I see runners fall into is rigid goals.”

“Pick something that scares you, but it’s scary to where you want to run towards it. You want it to be challenging but not threatening to you.”

“Negative thinking has been shown in studies to increase muscle tension, which in turn affects our breathing negatively and affects our blood flow....If our body’s tight, our mind’s tight.”

“If there’s something like inputs in the environment or there are triggers that are driving the negative thinking, do your best to eliminate them if you have control over them.”

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Mentioned in this podcast:

Adrienne's Psychology Today Profile

Adrienne's Blog

Follow Adrienne on Twitter

Interview with Nick Symmonds

Book - A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey by Chrissie Wellington

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Aug 30 2017

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Rank #16: Pushing Your Limits with Matt Fitzgerald

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Author, coach, and nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald started running at the age of eleven when he completed the last mile of the 1983 Boston Marathon with his father (who had run the whole thing) and his two brothers.

By that time Matt was already a writer (specifically a comedic poet), having declared his intention to pursue a career in writing at the ripe age of nine.

He never changed his mind.

An expert on all things running, Matt especially loves to write about the psychology of running and has written several books and articles on the subject, including his popular book How Bad Do You Want It? Mastering the Psychology of Mind Over Muscle.

In this episode, Matt discusses what goes into a runner’s mental capacity and shares with us some tips as to how we can better push our limits.

Nov 08 2017

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Rank #17: How to develop mental toughness and breakthrough barriers

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How do you push through those inevitable thoughts during a race or tough workout that tell you to slow down or that "it's just too quick"?

On today's show we interview Gary Dudney, author of the Mindful Runner, about the techniques we can use to deal with pain when racing, push past it, and eliminate that doubt we all have.

This is a great episode if you've ever wanted to learn how to develop a tougher mindset when racing!

Dec 05 2018

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Rank #18: How to Unlock Your Best Stride and Avoid the Lifestyle Habits Holding You Back - Jonathan Beverly

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What if someone told you there is no “correct” stride? That, just like our fingerprints, everyone’s optimal stride is unique to them?

While this goes against the grain of what we runners have been taught, Jonathan Beverly has the proof to back it up.

The author of a new book called Your Best Stride, Jonathan is a coach, lifetime runner, and expert in running shoes and the running industry.

He writes for Runner’s World and Outside Magazine just to name a few, and he also served as editor of Running Times from 2000-2016.

Today Jonathan’s going to share with us some shocking information on the myths surrounding running shoes and what constitutes a perfect stride, how to counter those lifestyle habits detrimental to your stride, and how to master the best stride for you and your performance.

Here are some of the topics we’ll discuss today:

  • Jonathan’s new book Your Best Stride
  • Why there is no “correct” stride
  • Stride signature and preferred movement path
  • Why foot strike is overrated
  • The perils of sitting down and other lifestyle habits
  • How to counter the effects of these habits
  • How to avoid “ruts”
  • Universal form cues all runners should know

 

Questions Jonathan is asked:

3:48 What is your background and how did you become passionate about running?

6:32 What prompted you to start a writing career centered around running?

9:26 Can you tell us about Your Best Stride and what inspired you to write it?

16:03 Why is foot strike overrated and what should runners focus on instead?

19:30 You argue there is no “correct” stride. Why?

22:37 How does sitting down a lot affect stride? What are some other bad lifestyle habits for stride efficiency?

25:42 How does driving, typing, and scrolling through your phone affect posture and arm carriage?

27:27 How can people counter the effects of these lifestyle habits on their strides?

31:07 What areas of the body should runners focus on strengthening most?

38:01 How does switching up terrain and race distance help improve stride and overall performance?

41:53 Should runners switch the types of shoes they run in regularly?

44:05 What are the myths surrounding running shoes?

47:47 What are some universal form cues all runners should follow?

50:37 Is it more important to strengthen our weak spots than it is to try and consciously change our form?

52:01 How should runners determine which shoes are right for them and their bodies?

54:42 What’s next for you?

Quotes by Jonathan:

“The kinetic chain starts at the hips, and if your hips are off, then everything else is going to be off. So the focus needs to move up, and [foot strike] is the consequence of an effective stride - it’s not the cause of it. If you try to correct the consequence without addressing the cause, you end up with a mess.”

“You can think of your stride like your voice. I’m hearing you talk now and it’s the first time we’ve talked, but the next time I hear you I’ll recognize you. And you shouldn’t sound like me - you should sound like you. You vocal chords are different, the length of your neck is different, the size of your lungs is different - all of those things go into creating your voice. And it’s the same thing with your stride.”

“Because we’ve been sitting so long, a lot of us can’t actually [extend our hips] anymore….If we try, it’s sort of like opening a screen door that only has a hinge one way. If you’re pushing it the other way, you’re going to break the door frame.”

“[Running drills] aren’t cueing a certain type of stride - they’re just changing the motion, changing the muscle recruitment so that your body starts noticing that ‘oh, if I use the glute instead of the hamstring, we can go easier and faster’.”

 

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Mentioned in this podcast:

Book: Your Best Stride by Jonathan Beverly

Road Runners Club of America

Article: 5 Common Myths About Running Shoes by Jonathan Beverly

Run to the Top Interview with Irene Davis

Run to the Top Interview with Danny Dreyer

Book: The Story of the Human Body by Daniel Lieberman

Jonathan’s website

Follow Jonathan on Twitter

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