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178. Are Minimalist Shoes For You? Xero Shoes CEO Steven Sashen on the Promises of Minimalism

The Strength Running Podcast

Release Date: 02/11/2021

190. New Coaching Call! How to Train For Your First Hilly Trail Race show art 190. New Coaching Call! How to Train For Your First Hilly Trail Race

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This episode features a coaching call about how to best prepare for a hilly trail race when you’ve never run one before. Even if you’re not gearing up for trails or hills, this is a valuable discussion on sound training for different types of terrain.  Aileen is a member of and has very little experience with hills or trails. But she wants to "go for it" and do her first very hilly trail race coming up soon.  How can she best prepare? What opportunities exist for building strength for hills and trails? What must her long runs and faster workouts look like? As Aileen adds all new...

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189. Former LA Lakers Strength Coach Tim DiFrancesco on Why Runners Must Get Strong show art 189. Former LA Lakers Strength Coach Tim DiFrancesco on Why Runners Must Get Strong

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Tim DiFrancesco is the former Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Los Angeles Lakers professional basketball team. After spending more than six seasons in the NBA, he left to grow TD Athletes Edge, his performance-oriented strength facility in Salem, MA. He earned his BS in Exercise Science & Athletic Training from Endicott College and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His experience includes professional athletes, sub-elite athletes in the NBA-Development League, and recreational athletes across numerous disciplines. In this...

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188: Harness the Power of a Growth Mindset with Professor Alison Pope-Rhodius show art 188: Harness the Power of a Growth Mindset with Professor Alison Pope-Rhodius

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Alison Pope-Rhodius is a professor of Applied Sport and Performance Psychology and a Program Director at Holy Names University in California. She is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant and the co-editor of . As an expert in this field, Alison got to travel the world working with elite archers and coaches, culminating in working with the U.S. team and U.K. number one archer at the 2004 Olympics. She has been an active member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) for many years and was made a Fellow in 2018.  Alison brings an approachable understanding of what...

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187. Get to Know the Coach: An Interview with Strength Running Founder Jason Fitzgerald show art 187. Get to Know the Coach: An Interview with Strength Running Founder Jason Fitzgerald

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Jason Fitzgerald started Strength Running in 2010 with a small blog after he ran his first marathon in 2:44 and suffered through a severe IT Band injury. 11 years later, Strength Running is now a multimedia company with a , , award-winning , and . He also provides a number of training programs, including the popular and . In addition to all this, Jason is the head coach of  - an engaged community of runners who cheer each other on while getting the resources they need to propel their running forward. And of course, there is the , which is where we're catching up with Jason today. In...

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186. The Physiology of Altitude: What Training at 10,000 Feet Does to Your Body show art 186. The Physiology of Altitude: What Training at 10,000 Feet Does to Your Body

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Today, we're talking to Jonathan Levitt who took his high altitude training seriously. Not only is he paying attention to how he performs at 9,600 feet, he's also using blood tests to track important biomarkers that indicate how his body adapts. Jonathan is a sub-3 marathoner, sales manager for (code strengthrunning saves you 20% on any test), and host of the podcast. Jonathan shares not only anecdotal stories of how his body is responding, be he also has the data to back it up. He is lucky enough to have a . In our conversation, Jonathan and I talk about: Adjusting workouts when first...

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185. Ultrarunner Candice Burt on Running 800 Miles, Hallucinating, and Discovering Yourself show art 185. Ultrarunner Candice Burt on Running 800 Miles, Hallucinating, and Discovering Yourself

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Candice Burt holds the FKT - or Fastest Known Time - on the 171-mile Tahoe Rim Trail, the 95-mile Wonderland Trail, and the 20-mile Enchantment Lakes Traverse. She won the Delirious W.E.S.T. 200-mile (which is actually 219 miles) and placed 4th at the HURT100 Endurance Run in 2019. She also has podium finishes at countless ultras over the years. Along with working out the arrangements for this year's races, Candice is currently getting ready to cover the Arizona Trail, which is 800 miles long. She shares details of her planning, logistics, and other intricacies of what it takes to run for...

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184. How to Engineer a Marathon Breakthrough: A Behind-the-Scenes Coaching Call show art 184. How to Engineer a Marathon Breakthrough: A Behind-the-Scenes Coaching Call

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Brian is a consistent runner with two decades of experience and over 25 marathons under his belt. While his fastest marathon was 2:59 back in 2013, he hasn't been able to set a new PR since. As a member of , Brian has the opportunity for these coaching calls. In this episode, listen to Jason and Brian talk about: His history and background as a runner What he's doing right in his training (and should continue) The improvements he can take to keep getting faster Why Jason is encouraged that he will meet his big goal! Brian is currently following the Half Marathon Training Plan from the ...

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183. Dr. Duncan Simpson on Brain Training and Why Focus is the Top Mental Skill show art 183. Dr. Duncan Simpson on Brain Training and Why Focus is the Top Mental Skill

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Dr. Duncan Simpson has a PhD in Sport Psychology and is the  at , a multi-sport training institution in Florida. He has worked with children, high school students, and professional and Olympic athletes in a range of sports. Duncan was formerly an Associate Professor in the Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Program at Barry University. He is also a certified consultant with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. Given his experience and education, Duncan possesses a deep knowledge of the mental game that athletes are faced with. In our conversation, Duncan covers a...

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182. Tension, Impact Force, and Energy Return: A Running Technique Masterclass show art 182. Tension, Impact Force, and Energy Return: A Running Technique Masterclass

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Shane Benzie is a running coach, movement specialist, researcher and the founder of the Running Reborn coaching platform. He has worked with beginners to world record holding runners all over the world to help them harness their elasticity and improvement their movement. His work has taken him to six continents and many different environments, where he lives with and trains with elite athletes, tribes and indigenous people to crack the code of natural human movement and how to turn it into human performance.  This conversation covers: Why impact doesn't cause running injuries but...

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181. Trail Runner Magazine’s Zoe Rom on Environmental Justice and Why it Matters show art 181. Trail Runner Magazine’s Zoe Rom on Environmental Justice and Why it Matters

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Zoë Rom is the Associate Editor of , host of the  and an outspoken advocate for environmental justice. She has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Journalism from the University of Colorado and has a deep passion for our public lands. Zoë lives, plays, and works in the mountains of Colorado. She has a firm belief that access to outdoor recreation should be equal for all. At the same time, the negative impacts of industrial development should not be weighted on certain racial or income groups. In today’s episode, we dive into many topics such as institutional...

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Steven Sashen is a Master’s All-American sprinter and one of the fastest sprinters over 50 in the United States. He’s a former All-American gymnast, a professional stand-up comic, a cognitive psychology researcher, and he previously tought Tai Chi and Zen Archery.

Steven has quite the background which is probably needed for starting a successful company in one of the most competitive industries in the world: footwear. He's now the cofounder and CEO of Xero Shoes.

We’re going to talk about the beginnings of Xero Shoes, the benefits of minimalism, how to transition, plus feature a whole host of questions from members of Team Strength Running, our group coaching program. If you’d like to impact future podcast episodes, you can learn more about the team at strengthrunning.com/join/

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