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Running and coaching tips for beginner and advanced runners with Coach Jason Fitzgerald. Featuring guests like Nick Symmonds and Shalane Flanagan, listeners will learn how to race faster, stay healthy, prevent running injuries, and get stronger in this informative and fun podcast.

Running and coaching tips for beginner and advanced runners with Coach Jason Fitzgerald. Featuring guests like Nick Symmonds and Shalane Flanagan, listeners will learn how to race faster, stay healthy, prevent running injuries, and get stronger in this informative and fun podcast.
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Running and coaching tips for beginner and advanced runners with Coach Jason Fitzgerald. Featuring guests like Nick Symmonds and Shalane Flanagan, listeners will learn how to race faster, stay healthy, prevent running injuries, and get stronger in this informative and fun podcast.




Episode 112: Train Your Mind: How to Get Mentally Fit with Dr. Marc Bubbs

Dr. Marc Bubbs, ND, CISSN, CSCS is a former strength coach and the current Performance Nutrition Lead for Canada Basketball. He's written the new book Peak: The New Science of Athletic Performance That is Revolutionizing Sports that discusses: He regularly presents at health and medical conferences around the world and has consulted with the NBA, MLB, NFL, and NHL professional sports leagues in the United States. On the Strength Running Podcast, we're discussing a host of issues related...


Episode 111: Base Training, the Maffetone Method, and Why You're Not 'Lungs with Legs'

Base training gives runners a foundation of fitness in three major areas: aerobic capacity, strength, and neuromuscular coordination (or leg speed). Aerobic capacity is built through easy mileage, long runs, and workouts like tempos, progressions, and fartleks. Strength is also built with high mileage and long runs, but also includes strength routines and core workouts. Neuromuscular coordination is built through strides, hill sprints, and small amounts of race-pace running. Just like...


Episode 110: Jason Coaches a Runner on Race Strategy, Pacing, and Tune-up Race Strategy

Jason is back with another coaching call episode, this time featuring a runner named JT who is committing to train more diligently for his upcoming 5mi race on Thanksgiving. He's currently training through the Texas summer heat and curious about setting an appropriate time goal, how to work through tune-up races, whether time trials work the same way, and how to pace his goal race. JT is a member of Team Strength Running, a group coaching program for runners passionate about improvement....


Episode 109: Filmmaker and Endurance Cyclist Jeremy Green Discusses Running Smarter

Our conversation today features the creative lead and owner of XPollination Productions, Mr. Jeremy Green. Jeremy is a road cyclist and was damn close to being a pro during his younger years. He’s taken that same drive and intensity to his filmmaking. His company makes educational video courses for coaches and athletes and has focused on several track and field disciplines as well as golf and tennis. Now, it’s time for endurance running with the release of Running Smarter, Running...


Episode 108: Build Confidence, Intrinsic Motivation, and Drive with Matt Pendola

To help us think more clearly about our mental skillset, I'd like to introduce you to Matt Pendola. Matt Pendola is a polymath and exactly the type of person I love bringing on the podcast. His diverse background includes success in not just coaching, but his education and his athletic career. Athletically, he's posted quite a few major accomplishments: He’s also a Road Runner Club of America certified running coach, massage therapist, creator of Pendola Training, and has a host of...


Episode 107: Tina Muir Cohosts to Answer Your Strength Training Questions

Today's episode is all Q&A about strength training for endurance runners featuring a guest cohost, Ms. Tina Muir! Tina is the host of the incredibly popular Running for Real podcast, a past guest here on the Strength Running Podcast, and a former professional runner. We're discussing many aspects of strength work: The answers to these questions - in much more detail - are also found in Strength Running’s email series about weightlifting for runners. It’s an email a day about the benefits...


Episode 106: Listen to a Coaching Call About Running Your First Half Marathon

What you’re about to listen to is a coaching call where we talk about Riley’s running background, the types of training he has experience with, and how he can structure the next 4 months of his running to not only finish his first half, but also race it well. Riley is a member of Team Strength Running, the most affordable virtual coaching group you can join. These behind the scenes coaching call opportunities are only available to team members so if you’d like to learn more about the team,...


Episode 105: District Track's Tom Brumlik on How to Train for the 800m

Us distance runners are used to metering out our effort, cautiously sipping fuel to conserve energy, and waiting for the perfect moment to strike. We're creatures of patience, willing to grind for miles and execute a well-planned pacing strategy over the course of a race. But none of that happens in the 800m. In the half mile - possibly the "perfect" middle distance event - caution and patience are liabilities. Sipping fuel would be competitive suicide; blasting the after-burners is the...


Episode 104: Katy Sherratt on the Power of Running to Combat Homelessness

Katy Sherratt joins us on the podcast today to discuss the mission of Back on My Feet and the power of running to combat homelessness. And it is quite powerful! The organization has helped more than 7,000 and every dollar invested into Back on My Feet returns $2.50 to the local community. Talk about a positive return on investment! In this conversation, we're discussing: Getting up at 5:30 in the morning to run requires commitment. And for those who can commit, they'll be rewarded with a...


Episode 103: The Results of the Podcast Survey and the Future of the Strength Running Podcast

After 100 episodes of the Strength Running Podcast, Jason announced a survey to get your feedback. What format episode is your favorite? Do you prefer longer or shorter episodes? What would you like to see MORE of? And of course, what can be improved? After analyzing hundreds of responses, there are some clear trends on what you like and would like to see in this podcast. In this episode, Jason talks through the main takeaways from the survey and what changes to expect in the...


Episode 102: Running Form Expert Matt Phillips on Gait Retraining and Cues

Matt Phillips is a running injury and performance specialist from England who's written for most major media platforms and has spoken at numerous international conferences. You might recognize him! He's a massage therapist, video gait analyst, and is also the host of the Run Chat Live Podcast (I was recently a guest here!). In this conversation, we're covering a lot: If you'd like to reinforce proper form, improve your efficiency, and make running more economical you can do so using "form...


Episode 101: Menachem Brodie on the Finer Details of Strength Training for Endurance

Menachem Brodie is an exercise scientist, USA Cycling Expert level coach and USA Triathlon certified coach, and a graduate of an American College of Sports Medicine Accredited program with a bachelors in Exercise Physiology. He also has experience working in physical therapy, Emergency Medicine, and even with sports like basketball and CrossFit. By now, you've noticed that I love speaking with guests on the podcast with a wide diversity of experiences. And Menachem clearly fits the...


Episode 100: Body Care, Mobility, and Recovery with Alex Ellis

Alexandra Ellis is a polymath, having studied and worked in many different areas of exercise science, fitness, and coaching. She has a degree in Exercise Biology and has amassed nearly 1,000 hours of yoga training. Alex also has additional education in: As you can see, she has experiences that most coaches would envy (human dissection and NSCA training in particular). And I'm always looking for new perspectives that will help us improve our running. Alex delivers in a fun episode that...


Episode 99: Recovery 3 Ways - Acute, Training as Recovery, and Long-Term Rejuvenation

Today's episode is about recovery, and specifically recovery through three different perspectives: acute recovery - or what you do immediately after a hard workout or race, recovery as preparation - or what you do in training that makes recovery easier, and finally long-term recovery from season to season so you can avoid over-training and burning out. It’s helpful to talk about recovery from different perspectives but also different time scales. Because recovery can happen in the micro and...


Episode 98: Chris McClung of Rogue Running on Training Theory

Today's podcast episode features one of the lead coaches for Rogue Running, a massive running group in Austin, Texas. After discovering the Running Rogue podcast and learning more about the group, I instantly recognized Chris McClung as a thoughtful coach who truly "gets" training (he's not going to tell you to run less, run faster...). In this conversation, we focus on three key areas: This episode is an excerpt from Team Strength Running, our group coaching program that connects you to...


Episode 97: Fast Kate Grace on Growing Up Fit, Staple Workouts, and Courage

Borrowing an idea from our mutual friend Nicole Antoinette, Kate has decided to choose courage over comfort when it comes to showing up and racing. When it comes to getting the most from our bodies, all of us have some trepidation about the discomfort of racing. It can be unpleasant and downright painful. But deciding to "go all in" and embrace that fear is the only way we can reach our potential. It's not an easy choice. Comfort is far easier: the comfort of sleeping in, not signing up...


Episode 96: Matt Fitzgerald on Suffering, Love, and why Life is a Marathon

You’re about to listen to Strength Running’s first live show with author Matt Fitzgerald. If you’re not familiar with Matt, he’s written more than 20 books about sports nutrition, endurance, running, and the marathon including my favorites, The Endurance Diet, Brain Training, Racing Weight, and Diet Cults. This was recorded in front of a live audience at the Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver, Colorado. Matt's latest book is a memoir called Life is a Marathon that chronicles his career as...


Episode 95: Peter Bromka on the Fear and Hope of the Marathon

I ran competitively against Peter while we were both in college. He was at Tufts University while I ran for Connecticut College. Bromka was faster. In college, he was consistently a Varsity runner for their competitive Division III cross country team. But while he was a very good college runner, I wouldn't say he was a standout athlete. Things started to change post-collegiately when Peter started running marathons. His first was 2:56 - a relatively pedestrian time by a former collegiate...


Episode 94: How to Avoid the Dark Side of Passion and Build a Sustainable Running Obsession

Brad Stulberg is a polymath whose first book with coach Steve Magness, Peak Performance, was one of my favorite reads from 2018. His work focuses on helping athletes, business executives, and other top performers improve their chances of success by work on: His latest book is also coauthored by Steve Magness, titled The Passion Paradox: A Guide to Going All In, Finding Success, and Discovering the Benefits of an Unbalanced Life. In this conversation, we spend time focusing on the nuances...


Episode 93: 3:53 Miler Craig Engels on Training for Speed and his '80s-era Mustache

You might know Craig as the 2013 Pan-American Jr. Games 1500m champion or the 4th place finisher at the 2016 US Olympic Trials in the 1500m. More recently, Craig won the USATF indoor mile and set a blazing 3:53 mile PR. His list of personal bests is eye-popping: Craig is a fun guy to talk with because he doesn’t take running too seriously. He’s a fierce competitor but you’ll also see how his running really took off in college when he was able to have fun with his team. (it's funny how you...