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123. How to Build Mental Toughness & Mindset Mastery

The Strength Running Podcast

Release Date: 01/30/2020

339. Is Everything We Know About Pain Wrong? Ryan Whited on a Better Way to Treat Pain show art 339. Is Everything We Know About Pain Wrong? Ryan Whited on a Better Way to Treat Pain

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Ryan Whited is an elite climber, personal trainer and strength & conditioning coach who owns Paragon Athletics in Flagstaff, Arizona. Together with author and coach Matt Fitzgerald he has written .  His approach to pain is a novel one and requires you to think about it in a much different way than most of us currently do. Learning to use “training as treatment” and recognize the positive aspects of pain are just a few of the concepts we discuss today. Before pain starts, !  We also cover: Why pain can be a tool that is used to your advantage Understanding pain as a...

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338. Trials Marathoner Andrea Pomaranski on Defying Age at 41, Running 120 Mile Weeks, & How She Lifts show art 338. Trials Marathoner Andrea Pomaranski on Defying Age at 41, Running 120 Mile Weeks, & How She Lifts

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Andrea Pomaranski just completed the 2024 Olympic Trials marathon, finishing 27th of 117 finishers in a time of 2:34:35. Andrea ran shorter distances in college and set the American under-20 record in the steeplechase in 2001. Then 22 years later, she also set the American Master’s record in the 50k. Des Linden is currently the only woman who has recorded a faster 50k! Andrea has qualified three times for the Olympic Trials in the marathon, and finished 27th this year only 20 days after racing the Houston Marathon. She credits her success to her long term consistency in training alongside...

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337. Ask the Physical Therapist! Caitlin Alexander, DPT Answers Your Injury Questions show art 337. Ask the Physical Therapist! Caitlin Alexander, DPT Answers Your Injury Questions

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My guest on today’s episode in Dr. Caitlin Alexander. Caitlin is a physical therapist, a professional triathlete, and a certified triathlon and running coach. Three years ago she joined me on to talk about long-term injuries, and now she is here to answer reader questions on injury reduction. Caitlin owns in downtown Boulder, Colorado. She works with a wide variety of athletes, from weekend warriors to competitive triathletes and elite runners. In addition to physical therapy, Caitlin also offers professional bike fitting, personalized strength and conditioning, and endurance coaching....

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336. How to Schedule & Balance Strength Training with Your Running, with Jimmy Picard DPT show art 336. How to Schedule & Balance Strength Training with Your Running, with Jimmy Picard DPT

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In recent years, runners have come to accept that is a necessity to stay healthy and perform optimally. Learn how to periodize your strength work into 3 distinct phases to take your training to the next level! As a physical therapist, Jimmy Picard specializes in treating endurance runners and mountain athletes to help them stay healthy. He is also a certified running coach and strength coach. Jimmy’s experience in competitive endurance sports combined with his expertise in PT allow him to offer valuable insights to runners so they can avoid and recover from injury. On this episode with...

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335. The Endurance Episode: Zach Bitter on How to Push the Boundaries of Endurance show art 335. The Endurance Episode: Zach Bitter on How to Push the Boundaries of Endurance

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Do you want to have a monster aerobic engine? No matter what your level of experience, you can learn how to build volume safely and implement intensity to get the most from your training miles. Zach Bitter was formerly the 100-mile world record holder, and is currently the American record holder in the 100-mile and 12-hour events. He's a four time national champion at the 50-mile, 100k and 100-mile distances between 2012 and 2021. Zach has won some of the country’s most competitive ultra races and competed on Team USA’s 100k world team on three occasions. He is also a coach and host of the...

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334. TrainingPeaks Founder Dirk Friel on AI, the Future of Coaching, and New Tech for Runners show art 334. TrainingPeaks Founder Dirk Friel on AI, the Future of Coaching, and New Tech for Runners

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Dirk Friel is the co-founder of , the largest training platform in the world for athletes. He’s also a talented athlete who explores the mountains through cycling and ski mountaineering. In 2017, Dirk was named Business Person of the Year by Boulder, Colorado’s Chamber of Commerce. What began as a coach-focused triathlon training platform now includes running, cycling and a host of other sports,  And soon they’ll be launching for coaches as well! Dirk and I discuss how training has evolved since the early days of faxed training plans, and where it is headed with the rapid advances...

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333. Entrepreneur Sam Parr on the Longevity Lifestyle: Running, Weightlifting, and Living to 130 show art 333. Entrepreneur Sam Parr on the Longevity Lifestyle: Running, Weightlifting, and Living to 130

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Sam Parr founded in 2014, a business newsletter that he grew to over 3 million readers (and 8 figures in revenue) before selling it to Hub Spot. His most recent company, , is a membership community for entrepreneurs, founders and CEOs. Sam also hosts the incredibly popular business podcast called . In high school and college, Sam ran competitively at a variety of distances, and has completed several half ironman triathlons. While running is no longer his primary focus, he sets quarterly fitness goals that have pushed him to some pretty incredible accomplishments. Last year he completed the...

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332. Power, Speed Development, and “Output” with Coach David Roche (repost!) show art 332. Power, Speed Development, and “Output” with Coach David Roche (repost!)

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If you haven’t thought much about power as it relates to your running, you’re not alone. As runners, power isn’t something that we often consider in our training.  To help us understand power, we have David Roche with us today. David Roche is an elite trail runner, author, and running coach. He is a two-time USATF trail national champion and the 2014 Sub-Ultra Trail Runner of the Year. David publishes regularly in Trail Runner Magazine and wrote the book, , with his wife Megan. He also contributed to our . Although the subject of power and mechanical output may sound...

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331. Phil Batterson, PhD Interviews Jason: Training Philosophy, Strength Workouts, and the Art vs. Science of Coaching show art 331. Phil Batterson, PhD Interviews Jason: Training Philosophy, Strength Workouts, and the Art vs. Science of Coaching

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The tables get turned on this episode and Jason is interviewed by last week’s guest, ! This episode was initially recorded for the . Our conversation takes a broader look at the "why" behind our training philosophies.  Here are some of the topics our conversation covers: in running and coaching The importance of maximizing consistency  Why optimization is going to be different for each athlete Distinguishing between utilization and Why Jason considers himself “a developmental coach” How running teaches values that are universally applicable The evolution of Training...

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330. How to Improve the 3 Running Thresholds (Z2, LT, and VO2 Max), with Phil Batterson, PhD show art 330. How to Improve the 3 Running Thresholds (Z2, LT, and VO2 Max), with Phil Batterson, PhD

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Today on the podcast I have Phil Batterson, a competitive runner, former running coach, and the founder of Critical Oxygen. Phil has a PhD in human bioenergetics and a love for all sorts of endurance sports, from rowing to track and field and ultras. His goal with Critical Oxygen is to teach athletes and coaches how to optimize their physiology to maximize endurance performance. Phil breaks down some of the complex physiology behind the three different thresholds to make it more accessible, as well as providing practical ways to apply it in training. Some of our discussion includes: Phil’s...

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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!