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123. How to Build Mental Toughness & Mindset Mastery

The Strength Running Podcast

Release Date: 01/30/2020

224. Tarkine Startup Founder Sam Burke on Making Eco-Friendly Running Shoes That Last 600+ Miles  show art 224. Tarkine Startup Founder Sam Burke on Making Eco-Friendly Running Shoes That Last 600+ Miles

The Strength Running Podcast

Sam Burke is the founder of , one of Australia's largest running media sites. Recently he jumped into the competitive running shoe industry as the founder of Tarkine, a new startup shoe company for endurance runners. Runner’s Tribe began in 2008 and has grown into a home for an enormous array of running-related information, including news, product reviews, podcasts, articles, and training diaries from elite runners. Sam’s new company, , is focused on making an environmentally responsible running shoe that reduces its ecological footprint in all stages of the shoemaking process. Links &...

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223. How to Rehab an Injury the Right Way, with Jimmy Picard DPT show art 223. How to Rehab an Injury the Right Way, with Jimmy Picard DPT

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Jimmy Picard is a doctor of physical therapy in Salt Lake City. He emphasizes the importance of taking an active role in the recovery process, rather than leaving your recovery in the hands of others.  With his physical therapy expertise working with endurance athletes, his history as a former cross-country runner at the College of William and Mary, and his experience as a Cat 2 cyclist, Jimmy has unique and valuable insights into effective injury rehab for runners. When it comes to healing yourself, Jimmy believes in the science behind the active components of injury rehab - including...

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222. How to Cut Your Injury Risk, with Performance Coach and Sports Scientist David Joyce show art 222. How to Cut Your Injury Risk, with Performance Coach and Sports Scientist David Joyce

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David Joyce is an expert on optimizing athletic performance in a variety of sports from soccer to football to rugby and more. David joined us last year on the podcast to , and he is back this year to focus on prevention. David is the co-editor of , the second edition. He holds master’s degrees in both sports science and sports medicine, as well as an MBA, and has over 50 publications in the field of sports performance. David has worked in Olympic programs in the UK, China, and Australia and has trained and rehabilitated multiple world-class athletes. David and Jason discuss facets of injury...

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221. Strength Coach Tony Gentilcore Answers YOUR Weightlifting Questions show art 221. Strength Coach Tony Gentilcore Answers YOUR Weightlifting Questions

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Strength training is critical for runners who want to get the most out of their training. While it’s easy to skimp on weights in favor of running more miles, has so many benefits:  Increased speed and power Greater running economy that helps improve endurance The ability to handle a greater workload (i.e., you can run more!) Improved injury resistance In short, there’s no good reason NOT to strength train if you’re a runner! To help answer all of your questions about strength, Tony Gentilcore has joined us. He's a former collegiate baseball player who graduated Magna Cum Laude...

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220. The 2021 New York City Marathon Episode, with 17x Finisher Richard White show art 220. The 2021 New York City Marathon Episode, with 17x Finisher Richard White

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The New York City Marathon is the largest marathon in the world, and its unique course makes it a bucket-list event for many runners. When it comes to navigating the logistics of the New York City marathon, there are few people who know it better than Richard White.  Richard is a fixture of the NYC running scene and a 17-time finisher of the race.  After more than 4 decades of racing, Richard will be going for his 18th NYC finish and his 60th marathon finish this weekend.  Richard is passionate about the race itself as well as its history, and he’s an invaluable resource on...

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219. Western States 100 winner Cat Bradley on Career Pivots, Self-Belief, and Training Staples show art 219. Western States 100 winner Cat Bradley on Career Pivots, Self-Belief, and Training Staples

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Cat Bradley is an athlete that absolutely loves the sport. She's an ultra-endurance runner coached by who I had the pleasure of meeting this past August at the Endeavorun retreat in Boulder, CO. Her resume is shocking, in the best of ways: Winner of the 2017 Western States 100 Miler Winner of the 2017 Canyons Endurance Run 100k Former Fastest Known Time record holder of the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim in 7:52 (first woman to break 8 hours) Winner of the 2016 Rio Del Lago 100 Miler Winner of the 2018 Moab Red Hot 50k Winner of the 2018 Quicksilver 100k Winner of the 2019 Castle Rock Trail...

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218. Well-Being Expert Brad Stulberg on Sustainable, High Performance Running show art 218. Well-Being Expert Brad Stulberg on Sustainable, High Performance Running

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Brad Stulberg is a well-being expert, author, and a contributing editor to Outside Magazine. His work has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Wired, and many others. Brad also coaches entrepreneurs, executives, pro athletes, and physicians on how to be a top performer, sustainably. He has written 3 powerful books on performance: , , and . Brad's focus on sustainability informs how we as runners can go after our big goals in a way that doesn’t burn us out. We all want to train harder, achieve our lofty aspirations, and do so for years to...

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217. 5 Tips for Your Debut Ultramarathon (with the hosts of Becoming Ultra’s My First Ultra) show art 217. 5 Tips for Your Debut Ultramarathon (with the hosts of Becoming Ultra’s My First Ultra)

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Years ago I set out to run . While it wasn't exactly the debut I had hoped for, my fascination with ultras only grew since then. I have interviewed numerous ultra runners to get their take on the demands of the sport and what drives them. You can listen to episodes with: On today's podcast, I'm sharing my tips to successfully training for and completing your first ultra. And next time around, I'll make sure to follow these suggestions myself! This episode is a repost from the  show, part of the podcast, with Kris and Carly. I met them at the where we bonded over running,...

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216. The 2021 Boston Marathon Episode with Peter Bromka show art 216. The 2021 Boston Marathon Episode with Peter Bromka

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Our guest today is Peter Bromka, who is a 2:19 marathoner, publisher of the Positive Split newsletter, and a recipient of The Best Sports Writing in 2021 award. We spoke earlier this year after he . Now he has his eyes set on his 8th Boston Marathon. This episode is an in-depth conversation about changes made for the 2021 Boston Marathon. We also talk about other specifics to the course and marathon racing in general: COVID precautions for a major marathon How to break the race up into segments to help you overcome the tough parts Energy of the crowds and how to use it to your...

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215. How to Engineer a Comeback: Author Matt Fitzgerald on Overcoming the Odds show art 215. How to Engineer a Comeback: Author Matt Fitzgerald on Overcoming the Odds

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Matt Fitzgerald is a 2:39 marathoner, acclaimed author, triathlete, nutritionist, and running coach. His most recent book is , available now. The subject of his book is both timely and personal, as Matt is currently working through being a COVID long hauler. He first got coronavirus in March of 2020, got healthy, but then 6 months later started getting long haul symptoms. He’s still mostly unable to run, which makes this conversation so pertinent to him. In this conversation we’ll be talking about the 3-step process for recognizing reality, digging yourself out of any hole that you might...

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In high school, my indoor track coach always told our team to “get out of your comfort zones!” This valuable mental toughness training always reminded us that racing is certainly not comfortable…

And over the years, my ability to hone mental toughness into a skill to be used at will became easier and easier.

In the beginning, it wasn’t that way:

  • I sandbagged workouts just because I didn’t feel good
  • I “settled” on placing 2nd or 3rd in races because I was afraid to believe in myself
  • I’ve even dropped out of races for no good reason other than my head wasn’t in the right place

Even now, I have experiences that shake my sense of self-belief.

In 2015, I DNF’d an ultramarathon (my first and only attempt).

In 2019, I was disqualified for cutting the course (by accident) of a trail race.

These experiences shook my self-confidence and made me question whether or not I even possessed any mental toughness.

But I soon realized that I wasn’t approaching mental toughness in the right way. It’s not an issue of whether you “have it” or “don’t have it” – it’s an issue of, “are you working on it?”

That’s because mental toughness training is an ongoing practice that must be cultivated over time.

You’re never “done” with developing this valuable mental skill – just like you’re never “done” with workouts, long runs, or recovery runs as a runner.

This episode also includes an announcement about Mindset Mastery, our new coaching program. It's now open for up to 20 runners but registration closes on Monday, February 3rd!