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    What is Runners Connect

    Tired of reading fluff articles about how to run a marathon in 5 weeks or how to run faster without trying? So are we. Our mission is to provide you with unparalleled expertise and knowledge about training and racing to help make you a smarter, fitter, and faster runner. We're fellow runners and experts in one thing only - improving your running. If you've ever started a run at 3am or run circles in a parking garage to make sure you got in your run for the day, this site is for you.

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:

  • How to find a doctor that will help you heal from running injuries
  • The benefits of running slowly and slow jogging
  • How to approach becoming a barefoot runner
  • What makes a good running shoe
  • Illnesses, injuries and symptoms runners may face
  • The dangers of ultramarathons
  • His tips on how to lose weight that have little to do with intense exercise and more to do with exercising easy and often and eating habits

Mark shares his thoughts on how the body handles marathons and how it heals. He feels that if you’re going to run, run for the joy and health of it. As a marathon runner himself as well as a physician, Mark’s information should leave you with a better understanding of how the runner’s body functions and the benefits to running slowly and for the joy of it.

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I have been thinking for a while that it is time to change it up. I loved the idea of having panel of experts on at the same time, I just needed a topic that would allow it.

Recently on my personal blog, I wrote about why runners need to cross train, even if they are not injured, and it got me thinking about cross training more and more. Until recently I was scared to cross train, I thought I was too good to cross train, and I associated injury with cross training.

We hear the experts telling us how important it is, and even the womens soccer World Cup Champions were multi-sport athletes before they focused on Soccer (the article is below). So why do we as runners not want to listen?

If you are like me, your excuse was that you love running. You do not WANT to do other forms of exercise. However, now I am in a routine of doing it every week, I find I actually enjoy it. Hopefully by the end of this episode, you will be prepared to give it a try, and see the results for yourself, especially as we have given you different ways to do it, and you know you will be a stronger runner for it.

So why is this a special edition?

We have three guests for you; including one American Record Holder, two sub 4:00 milers, and one coach to Olympic athletes.

Today, my guests are:

Alan Webb

  • American National Record Holder in mile- 3:46:91, PRs of 1:43 800, 3:30 1500, 7:39 3k 13:10 5k
  • Represented US in 2004 summer Olympics in 1500
  • Now focusing on triathlon with goal of competing in Rio 2016.

Darren Brown

  • 3 time All-American
  • Sub 4:00 miler (3:58), first father son duo to accomplish
  • Won Inaugural Boston Road Mile
  • Coached wife Sarah to PRs in every distance, most recently 4:03 in 1500
  • Marketing Manager for EllipitGO, the worlds first elliptical bicycle

Lynda Huey

  • Founder of Hueys Athletic Network and CompletePT
  • Pioneered use of water rehabilitation with Olympic and professional athletes in the 1980s, athletes from all over the world
  • Written 5 books on water exercise

Today we are going to talk about:

  • Why cross training is no longer a dirty word,
    • You may not believe this, but you can actually have fun, especially on ElliptiGO
  • How cross training helped many of the best runners in the world run faster, even after injury
  • Why pool running is so effective, and how it prepares you for a race
  • How pool training can help you train harder more often without injury
  • Bonus Alan Webb shares his experience of day he broke the American record (3:46 in the mile)
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Jul 8th, 2015 by runnersconnect at 12:01 am

With the running boom that has been going on for a few years now, we have learned more and more about running, and added so many things that we need to pay attention to in order to get the best out of our running, but are we making things too complicated? My guest today has so much research and knowledge behind him, but is encouraging runners to go back to basics, keep things simple and focus on the things that really matter, the things that do not keep changing as new research comes out.

As runners this can be tough for us, as we tend to go overboard when we learn something that might help us, but hopefully this interview today shows you what really matters, and how an outside opinion from a coach could be just what you need to get the most from your running, rather than following the latest and greatest information.

Greg Lehman

  • Physiotherapist and chiropractor
  • One of only 2 students to receive graduate scholarhip to train with Professor Stuart McGill in his occupational biomechanics laboratory
  • Part of over 20 peer reviewed papers in manual therapy and exercise biomechanics field
  • MSc Spine Biomechanics and Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • Researcher of the Year 2006 from Ontatio Chiropractic Association

Greg and I are going to talk about:

  • Why it is important to treat runners and their injuries from the psychological and social aspect as well as the physical pain and treatment
  • Why his favorite study was the one he was wrong!
  • Why greg values getting a coach as one of the most important things you need to do as a runner
  • What greg has learned over the years as a physiotherapist and chiropractor, and how his thinking has changed
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We all have to run on our own sometimes. Those moments where you can be alone with your thoughts, and your mind runs wild. It is always fascinating to reflect on the places your mind goes, and what you end up thinking about.

Do you ever find that you come up with a crazy idea, something you would like to challenge yourself to do, but then you swat it away, nah, I could do that. What a silly idea you think to yourself. But what if you didn’t swat that idea away, what if you added that to a list, a list that you work your way through and push yourself in new ways as often as you can.

That is what my guest today is known for. He takes inspiration and ideas from all over the running world, and tries all kinds of challenges.

Before you start thinking so, my guest was not an all star in college, he has not broken 4:00 in the mile, and when he raced his first marathon, he was in the back corrals, wondering if he would ever make it across the start line to actually begin the race.

My guest today is real proof that you will never know unless you try. This podcast is really going to get you thinking, about what you can achieve, and maybe, just maybe the next time that idea comes into your head about a way to challenge yourself, maybe you will act on it, and learn more about yorsuelf than you ever have before.

So who is this brave, challenging loving guest?

Mike Wardian

  • Sponsored by 25 companies including hoka one one, Nathan, The Stick, Sweetgreen, inside tracker
  • 5th place in Tarawere Ultramarathon 100k in Rotura NZ (1st master)
  • 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 US 50k champion
  • 2008 100k champion
  • WR pushing stroller marathon 2007-2009 (2:34:37)
  • Fastest 50k (2:59:47) on a treadmill
  • Four-time recipient of the USA Track & Field Ultra Runner of the Year award
  • Bronze 2009-2010 50k world champs
  • Silver 100k world champs 2011

Mike and I talk about

  • How different challenges all have their own unique way of making you stronger, even if they are all races
  • How to know when to pull the plug on a race, and what things to listen to your body about while racing
  • Why its fun to do things that scare you, even if it does not work out
  • Why you should try things you are not particularly good at, even if it means coming in last
  • Mikes story about how he ran 2 50k races within 36 hours on a cruise on a treadmill, both world record attempts (and successes)
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Jun 24th, 2015 by runnersconnect at 12:01 am

The Chicago marathon: one of the 6 marathon majors that almost every marathon runner wants to complete during their running career. One of the fastest, and most recognized marathon races in the world, it is one to watch every year.

Last year, I was given the opportunity to race in it as an elite, and while in the elevator a few days before the race, I met the driving force behind it; race director Carey Pinkowski. Someone who had so much to do, and has so much responsibility, took the time to talk to a nervous, overwhelmed British woman, to reassure her that she did belong to be there. Carey has been the race director for the Chicago marathon for 26 years, you can only imagine how many people he has met during that time. How many hands he has shaken, yet he is the most down to earth, fun, genuine guy, who loves the city of Chicago, and loves the sport. That moment was one of the highlights of the Chicago marathon weekend for me, and that is one of the reasons I brought him on the podcast for you today, you are going to love him!

Carey Pinkowski

  • Inducted into National Distance Running Hall of Fame
  • Executive Race Director of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon since 1990
  • Responsible for recruiting and developing the world class elite athlete field each year
  • Honored in 2001 with the Road Race Management Race Director of the Year Award, presented by the Running Times

What are Carey and I going to talk about today?

  • What makes the Chicago marathon so special
  • Some of the highlights of the Chicago marathon over the 26 years he has been RD (I didn’t even know half of these!) and his ultimate favorite
  • What a day in the life of carey pinkowski on the morning of Chicago marathon looks like
  • What the Chicago and the other world marathon majors are doing to maintain a drug free sport
  • The advice for your first Chicago marathon from the guy who knows it better than anyone else

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Jun 17th, 2015 by runnersconnect at 1:00 am

I have always been fascinated with the minds of runners. At one point in my life I even looked into becoming a sports psychologist. Today, I had the opportunity to ask those questions I have always wondered with a well known sports psychologist, who has studied distance runners in detail, and has come to some fascinating conclusions on why we act the way we do. You are going to learn so much in this interview, and it will make you change your whole outlook on life, especially if you want to be successful, and get the most out of your running goals.

My guest today is Dr. Stan Beecham

  • Started as Sport Psychologist and Leadership Consultant based in Roswell, Georgia.
  • Beecham started the Sport Psychology Program for the Athletic Department at UGA, he helped UGA win numerous individual and team championships.
  • Now works with collegiate, Olympic and Professional athletes, and in 2013 brought out his award winning book Elite Minds, talk about today
  • world-class speaker with a focus on helping athletes and corporations perform to the best of their ability

Today Dr. Stan and I are going to talk about:

  • Why curiosity and openness could be the keys to success in your running and life
  • Why we need to get back to being human beings instead of human doings
  • Why you need to let go of some of the control in your life, and how this will change your perspective on injuries to view them as a gift
  • Why you need to change the way you treat yourself, and how self belief will lead to the result you have always dreamed of

Why You Need to Believe You are Good Enough- Dr Stan Beecham

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Jun 10th, 2015 by runnersconnect at 12:01 am

There are many topics that are covered over and over again, and some that you can ask someone about, or type into a search engine, and almost hear the crickets as you realize there is nothing on that topic. Runners are dedicated, determined, and love to research what they can do to run faster, so why is there absolutely nothing on women’s issues and running.

If you are a guy, you may want to switch off now, but it would also be a great idea for you to listen in to this interview, to learn more about it. And to the female listeners, this may be a first ever for how deep and detailed we go into these topics, but it will be informative, and I am sure you will learn something valuable that you can apply to your training.

My guest today is Sarah Crouch

  • Assistant Coach for Runners Connect
  • 13 time All-American
  • Professional runner for Zap and Reebok since 2011
  • 3 time Olympic Trials Qualifier
  • PRs of 15:49, 32:37, 2:32 M
  • Overall winner of 2013 church baking contest with a luscious blueberry pie!

Today Sarah and I are going to talk about:

  • The effects (both good and bad) of various forms of birth control on runners
  • The two types of amenhorrea, and why you need to pay more attention to ovulation rather than just having a period
  • Why hormonal and womens cycles are not talked about more in our society
  • Why you should not be worried about not “looking like a runner”, and why dropping weight quickly is just not worth it
  • What supplements are important for women, and how to take them for maximum effectiveness (and minimalizing stomach upsets!)
  • The effect your cycle has on your racing, and how you can make slight manipulations to make sure you are not on your period during a race.

Many of you requested more insight into the lives of the runners connect coaches, and many more of you requested insights into female related issues, well, your wish is my command, lets do both!

Runners and Fertility: What You Need to Know- Sarah Crouch

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Jun 3rd, 2015 by runnersconnect at 12:01 am

One of my favorite quotes is by Neal Donald Walsh; life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Even though this quote is very well known, and we often tell ourselves that we are great at taking those leaps of faith, I often wonder, are we really? One person who has embraced this to the fullest is my guest today. She is one of the figureheads of womens running, and a photo of her in the Boston Marathon was voted one of the 100 photos that changed the world. Not only did she change it that day in boston in 1967, but she has kept that momentum going and is still encouraging it, breaking those barriers, pushing those boundaries, and making sure the women of the future have as much opportunity as men.

My guest today is Kathrine Switzer

  • Was Inducted into the U.S.A. National Women’s Hall of Fame
  • In the first class of inductees into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame
  • The first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon
    • Time-Life’s “100 Photos that Changed the World.”
  • Won the New York City Marathon in 1974.
  • Ran her personal best in 1975, finishing second in Boston (2:51:33).
  • Emmy award-winning TV commentator
  • Author of Marathon Woman

After Kathrine shares her monumental story behind those iconic photos from her Boston Marathon race, we are going to talk about:

  • Why running leads to empowerment, and when that empowerment is combined with education it can lead to freedom for women all over the world
  • Why the grassroot movement by women taking on running themselves was what changed the world not the induction of the womens marathon into the olympics
  • Why running can be seen as a common language between us all, and how we are all part of one big community brought together by running side by side with runners all over the world
  • How social movements occur, and how you can contribute to this movement
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May 27th, 2015 by runnersconnect at 12:01 am

We know you love the science. We know you love diving deep into topics within running where other podcasts and running blogs wont go. We even know most of you are very skeptical of the big companies. 

That’s why today we are talking to a professor who completed a research study on a pair of shoes that can increase your running economy, and actually make you run faster. 

No. This podcast has not been sponsored by anyone, nor was anyone paid to complete the study, this is just a really interesting study that was completed on a new type of shoe, not made by any of the big guns. If you love hearing about new technologies and advances within the running world, you are going to love this! 

My guest today is Ken Riess

  • Instructor & researcher in the school of health sciences at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
  • Assistant adjunct professor, faculty of rehabilitation medicine, University of Alberta
  • PhD in rehabilitation medicine
  • Coaches masters athletes in endurance training
  • 2:57 (M) and 10:14 (ironman)

Today Ken and I are going to talk about:

  • What ken learned about kidney and heart transplant patients, and how his findings relate to running
  • How losing his suitcase on his way to the Boston Marathon led to his discovery of a new product, which he then tested in his lab and found shocking results
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Inspiration. We can find it almost anywhere. The running world is surrounded by it. However, there are some people that just give off so much energy and passion that they inspire you just by being around them. My guest today is one of those people. From not knowing what a marathon was at age 35, to qualifying for the Olympic trials within a matter of years, my guest today is the textbook example of chasing your dreams, at any age.

My guest today is Susan Loken.

  • Took up running at the age of 35, after the birth of her third child.
  • Finished second in 2004 masters marathon championships and returned to win in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2010
  • Qualified for 2004, 2008, 2012 olympic trials, and currently training to qualify for her 4th for 2016
  • Founded Believe Train Become (BTB) coaching to help runners and aspiring athletes to achieve personal success

Today Susan and I are going to talk about:

  • How Susan started as a run-walker at age 35 and progressed to her 2:41 marathon PR at age 45
  • The choices susan made to reach her goals and how you can do the same to live the running lifestyle
  • Importance of training partners to inspire one another
  • Why running is secondary to prehab or physical therapy, how her approach to training has changed as she has aged, and what recovery tools she values most
  • What to do as a female masters runner as your body changes and why you need to get your hormone levels checked reguarly
  • Susans advice for setting goals as you get older
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If you are listening to this podcast, unless you are my mum or dad, you have probably been bitten by the running bug. It can be hard to describe, and maybe you did not see it coming, like my guest today, but running is addictive, and it will change your life in ways you never imagined.

Sure it gives you toned muscles and the ability to get out of the pouring rain quicker than you would have otherwise, but running gives you so much more than that.

My guest today went from running an injury plagued first marathon to running 32 marathons all healthy, and setting up an online training website.

There are many ways running changes our lives for the better, and today my guest and I talk about the process, how running always gives back more than it takes, and how perseverance can lead to your greatest accomplishments.

My guest today is Angie Spencer. Angie is the co-founder and host of Marathon Training Academy blog and podcast, which she set up with her husband Trevor. They have 3 children, and are experts at organizing their time to fit in everything they need to do.

  • Angie graduated from Montana State with a Bachelors of Science, and is now a registered nurse
  • She is a USATF and Road Runners Club of America certified coach, and has many clients whom she coaches from the marathon training academy website.
  • Angie has a personal best marathon of 3:35:41, and ran this years boston marathon followed by the Lincoln marathon 2 weeks later.
  • Angie specializes in beginners for the marathon and really believes in the importance of running being able to transform lives.

Today Angie and I are going to talk about:

  • How angie’s life changed forever when she took up running
  • Why running 3 days a week is enough, and what you can do to stay healthy
  • How to fit marathon training in with 3 kids and a full time work schedule
  • What mistakes first time marathoners make, and how to overcome them
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May 6th, 2015 by runnersconnect at 12:01 am

My guest today is honest. Not interested in telling you what you want to hear, but instead using his knowledge as a doctor to teach you how to make yourself more healthy, rather than giving you something to treat the symptoms, but never really addressing the true source of the problem.

Today I am talking to Steve Gangemi, also known as the Sock Doc.

  • Dr Gangemi is doctor who focuses on holisitic health care, focusing on the entire body rather than just the areas that are giving you trouble to look at why you are having an issue, to prevent it from happening again.
    • Sock doc is not what you think!
  • He has completed 16 ironmans, and has been a competitive triathlete and runner for most of his life- understands runners
  • Dr. Gangemi has had training in functional neurology, biochemistry, acupressure, applied kinesiology and dietary and lifestyle medication methods.

Some of the topics we will cover today include:

  • Which area of the body is an issue for most people, even runners, and how keeping it loose could improve your performance. You will be surprised!
  • What the Sock Doc has attributed his injury free streak of almost 20 years to
  • How to transition safely to minimalist shoes, and why you need to spend more time barefoot
  • How to change your eating habits to allow your body to heal better naturally, rather than relying on anti-inflammatory pills. This will help you heal quicker than you expect!
  • Why eating more butter could change your life for the better, and make you run faster!
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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 have to say.

I then knew that I had to bring him back on the show. Not only did YOU want him, but now I had all these questions that I wanted to ask, that I was sure you would be curious about too.

My guest today is

Matt Fitzgerald

  • Author of over 20 books;
    • Racing Weight, Brain Training for Runners, Diet Cults, and most recently 80/20 Running
  • Writer for Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Outside, Shape, Stuff, and Women’s Health.
  •  Certified by the International Society of Sports Nutrition
  •  Served as a consultant to numerous sports nutrition companies
    • Serves as a training intelligence specialist for PEAR Sports
  •  Endurance sports coach
  • Cherry Marketing Institute ambassador 

Some of the topics Matt and I are going to discuss today include:

  • Why there is no one right way to eat, especially when it comes to chosing a particular diet
  • The importance of having a healthy relationship with food
  • The psychology behind why we tend to put ourselves in the moderate intensity level within our running even when we know we need to run easy
  • Three ways you can measure to see if you are running at the right threshold to allow for recovery
  • The importance of developing power as a runner, and how you can use it to become faster at every distance
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Apr 22nd, 2015 by runnersconnect at 12:01 am

Today we are going to chat with Jason Fitzgerald (Founder of Strength Running) and Anne Money, the creators of the Nutrition for Runners Program.

Nutrition is complicated, and can be a somewhat confusing topic, so we are going to focus on actionable tips that you can use right away to start eating better.

Jason and Anne are going to give you two awesome tips for exactly what it means to eat real, whole foods, and how you can make a quick decision when you are at the grocery store.

We are also going to talk about topics like

  • The most common struggles face, and how you can combat them
  • Why dieting is the wrong way to look at your nutrition
  • Misconceptions runners have about breakfast
  • How to avoid the most common nutrition related problems

Even though this interview is only about 30 minutes long, I found about 8-10 immediate  actionable takeaways, that you will be able to implement in your training right away to start fueling and training smarter.

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Apr 15th, 2015 by runnersconnect at 12:01 am

I am not gonna lie, when I start each podcast, I am nervous. I am well aware that I am talking to someone who has given up their most precious resource to share their knowledge with the runners connect community. When I received the confirmation email about the interview with my guest today, I was over the moon.

However, that excitement soon turned to panic as I realized just how influential this guest is within our running world. I am pretty sure almost everyone listening has read or at least heard of the book born to run, and when you hear that people like Matthew Mchonaguey read the book, and requested to play one of the main characters in the upmcing film, it is hard to not be intimidated.

Chris McDougall is a legend in the running world. However, from the moment I began talking to chris for this interview, I felt at ease. He told me he was excited for the interview questions, and at the end of the interview, he stated that he would have been happy to continue recording and talking. WOW.

I am sure you are going to enjoy this interview as much as I enjoyed talking to chris, and you will learn so much, in addition to wanting to read his new book, natural born heroes, as soon as you possibly can!

Chris McDougall

    • Best known as the author of 2009 Book, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. It spent 178 weeks on the NY Times Bestseller list, was selected as one of Amazon's 100 books to read in a lifetime, and was voted the Forbes and Washington Post book of the year. Born to run is currently being made into a feature film.
    • Chris created the Outside Magazine series "Art of the Hero, and has also written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Men's Journal, and Men's Health.
    • His new book, Natural Born Heroes-How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance releases this week, and is available for purchase from Amazon, which you can access through the link below.

Some of the topics chris and I are going to discuss today include:

  • How Chris knew Born to Run was going to be a success and what he would change about it if he could go back
  • What gave Chris the inspiration to travel to crete to learn about the unsung heroes of WWII and how they were able to accomplish what should have been impossible tasks
  • How Chris changed his perception of what a hero is, and why we need to move away from the stereotypical Hollywood image of a hero towards the true traits of heroes- strength, skill, and compassion
  • Why we have become obsessed with competing, and performing, and what we can do to get back in tune with our bodies
  • Why most of our problems are linked back to a product to change a behavior
  • What we can learn from a baby goat
  • What role the fascia plays in our human movement, and why it has not become more popular in studies
  • Why you should try to put yourself in a situation where you are forced to confront doubt every single day
  • How you can use the maffetone method to retrain your body to no longer reach out for sugar or go into panic mode to look for fast fuel
  • Why our social media sharing culture is actually good for us, and why we will bring more joy to our lives if we step away from the race culture to get back into sharing instead
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As runners we love to see how running intersects with our other passions and areas of interest, but have you ever considered how your running could be making you a mentally stronger person who is better prepared for the challenges in life that we do not expect?

We choose to put ourselves through the discomfort of training, but often our biggest obstacles are those aspects of our lives that we are not training for. 

I had never really thought of it that way, and I am guessing many of you had not either, but if you think about it for a moment, when you complete a workout that you struggled through, or you overcome an injury and get back into great shape, dont you feel like you could take on anything.

We often do not think about how it impacts the rest of our lives, but it does. We joke about runners being a "different breed", but maybe there is something about us, and not in a bad way. If we can just spin our perspective a little, we could become unstoppable in every area of our lives.

My guest today is Travis Macy

  • Author of upcoming book; The Ultra Mindset- an endurance champion’s 8 core principles for success in business, sports and life
  • A motivational speaker, coach and professional endurance athlete
  • Travis holds record for Leadman; an epic endurance event consisting of a trail running marathon, 50 mile mountain bike race, Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race, 10k Road run, and Leadville 100 run, all above 10,200 ft in the rocky mountains
  • He has competed in over 100 ultra, adventure, and trail events 

Today Travis and I are going to discuss:

  • Why it is important to find your own running path; you do not need to follow the traditional step up in distance path that most follow, if you follow your heart, you will find your way
  • What fixed and growth mindsets are, and how you can change your outlook to grow in every area of your life
  • What you learn and practice through your training, and how you can apply those lessons to your life
  • How to identify role models, and how to learn from them to become a better runner
  • Why you need to ask for help to get better, and why you should not be afraid of reaching out to people you look up to, even if they are competitors
  • How to use internal and external motivators during the ups and downs that training and racing brings
  • How self control can be compared to a muscle that needs to be trained, and what to do when that muscle tires

This is a great episode, and I am sure you are going to enjoy, lets meet Travis!

How to Use the Ultra Running Mindset to Improve Your Running (and Life!): Travis Macy

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Apr 1st, 2015 by runnersconnect at 12:01 am

Have you ever met someone whose excitement and passion is so infectious that you cannot help but be in awe of them? How about someone who you struggle to even wrap your head around their incredible accomplishments? We all know those storytellers who have so many great stories to share, you could sit there for hours listening to them telling you their adventures.

My guest today is all three of those, and someone who could make even the biggest running hater love the sport.

My guest today is

Doug Kurtis

  • World Record holder for most career sub 2:20 marathons-76
  • Winner of 40 marathons- Detroit 6 times, grandmas 2 times, Bangkok 3 times
  • 5 time OTQ
  • Road Runners Club of America Hall of Fame in 1998
  • Total of 205 marathons, 200 under 3 hours
  • Best marathon 2:13:34, and ran 2:15:47 at age 42, masters winner
  • Director of many Michigan races including the Detroit Thanksgiving Turkey Trot and Corktown
  • Used to write for Detroit free press, currently writes for Run Michigan and Michigan Runner
  • Motivational speaker, course designer, and coach

Some of the topics Doug and I are going to discuss today include:

  • Why running in a group or with training partners is more important than most people realize
  • How dougs first marathon involved running into a drug store, having his blisters popped, and jumping back into the race
  • Dougs secret to how he was able to train for the 200 sub 3:00 marathons
  • Advice on how to run your first marathon, and why you should consider your hometown marathon for your debut
  • How to overcome nervousness on race day
  • Dougs best advice for marathoners on getting through the bad patches
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Mar 25th, 2015 by runnersconnect at 12:01 am

Runners are continuously searching for answers, we always want to know what we can do to get better, and how we can keep improving. I don’t know about you, but I always love learning from the experts to find out what they have discovered throughout their career.

At runners connect you know we are all about the science. We love to dive into the research, and give you the most up to date findings without the bias. My guest today is a well known writer for runners world who also does the same thing. He has been on the podcast before, but has so many insights that I thought he would be a great guest to have on the show again. I had the opportunity to ask some questions that I have always wanted to know the answer to. I am sure many of you will have wondered the same thing, well I hope so anyway! This is an interesting interview, and I am sure you will learn many practical tips that you can take to improve your running in the future.

My guest today is

  • Former physicist, lifelong runner, and science journalist who writes for runners world- blog sweat science, the globe and mail, NY times, the walrus, and more
  • Author of Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights: Fitness Myths, Training Truths and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise
  • Sweat science- what does evidence show? What RC is all about; the studies and evidence within the running and fitness world
  • National magazine award winner 

Today Alex and I are going to discuss:

  • Why you need to balance the scientist and artist within you to get the most out of your running
  • The importance of responding to intuition and why you should consider not taking measuring tools with you on runs to force yourself to listen to how you feel
  • Why Alex thinks the “running will kill you” claims keep coming back into the limelight
  • Why caffeine, creatine, and beta alanine are three supplements that you should consider to improve performance
  • How caffeine affects the body, and when you should take it
  • Whether coffee drinkers should stop taking caffeine the week before the race, to get the maximum effect on race day
  • Why middle distance runners should consider beta alanine to improve finishing kick
  • Why stacking performance enhancing products will not necessarily lead to multiple performance improvements
  • Why what has worked for you in the past will work for you less and less as time goes on, and why you need to continually look for new workouts to add into your training
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Mar 18th, 2015 by runnersconnect at 12:01 am

It may not come as a surprise, but injury related topics are our most popular articles on Runners Connect. No-one wants an injury, and it is the most frustrating part of being a runner, especially as a lot of non-runners roll their eyes at us. But wouldn’t it be nice to talk to a professional who did not think runners were crazy, and could understand the treatment and scientific side of injuries as well as the drive and passion we have for our sport?

That is exactly what you will find from todays podcast. My guest today has his doctorate in Physical Therapy, and specializes in running injuries. All runners need to listen to this podcast, and I am sure most of you will be nodding your head as we go through this interview.

Jeremy Stoker

  • Physical Therapist working at Mountain Land PT Kaysville Clinic
  • Graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy
  • Specializes in treating running injuries; we wont be getting the rolling eyes some other Physical Therapists give us!
  • Ran his first marathon at age 15
  • Certified USATF coach
  • Regular speaker at events
    • Recently American Physical Therapy Association National Conference

Todays Episode will cover

  • Why 65% of runners and up to 90% of marathon runners will go through some kind of injury each year.
  • How making cross training a part of your routine can reduce injury risk, help maintain fitness during injury, and return to running faster, and why you can use almost any form of cross training to get the benefits.
  • How new runners can increase with their training without becoming injured, and Jeremy’s hopes for developing a scale for safe progression as runners.
  • Why rotating your shoes can lead to a 39% lower risk of injury, and what you need to look for when you select your running shoes.
  • The three things to consider if you have pain while running, and how to use these to determine whether to stop running or keep going.
  • In what situations runners need to alter their racing plans or ultimately pull the plug on a race.
  • Why the decisions you make during your return to running post injury are critical to the rest of your running life, and what you can do to make sure your return to running progresses correctly.
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I just want you to imagine how tired you feel at the end of the furthest race you have done, be it a 5k, marathon or ultra.

Think of how much of an accomplishment that is.

Now imagine doing a 100 mile race, how would that feel?

How about 100 mile race through the Himalayas?

Makes me feel tired even thinking about it, but how about if not only did you have to run 100 miles through the Himalyas, but you ran that 100 mile race carrying a colostomy bag, and only 2 years prior you were in a high dependency unit wondering if you would ever eat again.

That is what you are going to hear about today from our guest, one inspiring woman. This is a story you do not want to miss!

Our guest today, Sarah Russell, was recently featured in the Telegraph (a prestigious newspaper in the UK). Sarah is

   Consultant Editor for Running fitness Magazine, and a writer for Runners Connect

   Running, Biomechanics & Corrective Exercise Specialist

   Coach and founder of Sarah Runs- group for beginners and intermediates; with over 350 members

   Represented Great Britain as an U23 lightweight rower in 1993

   Part of Team GB at the European and World Duathlon Championships in 2006 and 2007.

   Race Director Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon.

Todays Episode will cover

    How Sarah went from having 5 serious surgeries in 3 years to racing 100 miles across the Himalayas within 3 years

   The perspective change that occurred within Sarah's attitude towards challenges

   How it felt to wake up at altitude with views of Mount Everest after 5 months in hospital wondering if she would ever be able to eat again

   How the race taught Sarah the raw appreciation of what we are capable of, and how that sense of achievement resulted in one of the best moments of her life

   What the Himalayan 100 experience involved; from sleeping in tin sheds, wearing every item of clothing she had with her, covered in blankets, to trekking through the jungle and rainforest in sweltering temperatures

   Why Sarah believes life is all about creating memories with those you love, and sharing experiences with other runners.

Never Eating Again to Racing the Himalayan 100 Mile: Sarah Russell

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