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

The Strength Running Podcast

Release Date: 09/30/2021

231. Dr. Victoria Sekely on Bodyweight Strength Training, Progression, Best Exercises, and More show art 231. Dr. Victoria Sekely on Bodyweight Strength Training, Progression, Best Exercises, and More

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You may recognize this week’s guest: Dr. Victoria Sekely is a running coach, certified strength and conditioning specialist, and doctor of physical therapy who joined me on Victoria was a varsity tennis player at Georgetown University before getting her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from NYU. As a runner herself, she knows that we want to spend our time on the roads and trails rather than in the gym. But her experience as a physical therapist has taught her the enormous value of building and maintaining a strength training habit, even for as little as 20 minutes, twice each week. Victoria...

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230. Coach Jason Answers Your Questions: Side Stitches, Cadence, Off-Season, and More show art 230. Coach Jason Answers Your Questions: Side Stitches, Cadence, Off-Season, and More

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This week’s episode tackles a variety of questions about the training process, including off-season planning, the concept of sandwiching, addressing cramps and side stitches, and more! Drawing from Instagram and Twitter, Jason is directly answering your specific questions. We’re going to discuss the “sandwiching” concept, side stitches, optimal cadence, off-season training, muscle cramps, and more. Thank you to the athletes who submitted their questions. If you want to contribute in the future, make sure you connect with Jason on and . Here's where you can find some of the questions I...

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229. Nutrition Science PhD Stephanie Howe on Marathon Fueling, Quick Meals, and Fad Diets show art 229. Nutrition Science PhD Stephanie Howe on Marathon Fueling, Quick Meals, and Fad Diets

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Stephanie Howe is a heavy hitter from the ultra-endurance world who holds a PhD in Nutrition and Exercise Science. As an elite trail and mountain runner, Stephanie has won the Western States 100-mile Endurance Run and holds the course records for the Bandera 100k and Lake Sonoma 50 miler.   Stephanie's doctoral dissertation focused on the influence of exercise intensity on appetite in endurance-trained women. She is passionate about helping people learn how to fuel for competition and long-term health, and currently coaches runners and provides nutritional counseling. Stephanie...

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228. Broken to Healthy: How Ultrarunner Connor Meakin Overcame Years of Injury show art 228. Broken to Healthy: How Ultrarunner Connor Meakin Overcame Years of Injury

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Recovering from injuries is challenging when they keep you away from running for days or weeks. But injuries that linger for years require a special type of perspective and perseverance. This week’s podcast guest received the kind of news you hope never to receive from a doctor - that you might never run again.  Connor Meakin had been an elite athlete long before he took up ultrarunning. He was a member of the Canadian Men’s National Field Hockey Team for four years before completing a road marathon. He quickly discovered his love for the mountains and trails and seemed to have found...

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227. Elite Ultrarunner Geoff Burns, PhD on the Science of Super Shoes show art 227. Elite Ultrarunner Geoff Burns, PhD on the Science of Super Shoes

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Geoff Burns, PhD helps us understand the changes in regulations in running footwear, as the industry figures out how to handle the performance impact of carbon-plated “super shoes.” His understanding of the technology, from both a personal and professional perspective, is uniquely informative. Geoff has competed at the highest levels of ultrarunning and was the 2016 US national champion at 100km, where he ran 6:30. He competed at the collegiate level for the University of Michigan, and went on to represent the USA over the 50km and 100km distances, and finished 5th at both the 2016 and...

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226. 2 x Olympian Nick Willis on What it Takes to Run a Sub-4 Mile for 19 Years Straight show art 226. 2 x Olympian Nick Willis on What it Takes to Run a Sub-4 Mile for 19 Years Straight

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Nick Willis exemplifies longevity not only in the competitive world of elite running, but even more so in an event that typically favors young, powerful runners. He is the 2008 Olympic silver medalist and the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist in the 1500m. Nick’s PR of 3:29 established him as one of the fastest 1500m runners in history. Nick also holds a unique record of being the most consistent miler in history. For the past 19 consecutive years, he has run a sub-4 minute mile. On January 1st at midnight, he’ll be attempting his 20th year of sub-4 miles at the Armory in New York City. ...

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225. Planning a 5k PR: A New Behind-the-Scenes Coaching Call with Coach Chris Robinson show art 225. Planning a 5k PR: A New Behind-the-Scenes Coaching Call with Coach Chris Robinson

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This week's guest on the podcast has raced distances ranging from 5k to ultras. Although he's always been willing to put in the work, he has felt challenged by trying to create a successful training structure for himself. Chris Robinson is a member and the Cross Country Head Coach at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois. While his work as a coach has sometimes made his training take a backseat to that of his athletes, he’s setting some exciting new goals for 2022.   Chris is 49 and set some speedy PRs several years ago, including a 1:37 half marathon and a sub-20 5k.  Looking...

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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

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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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Matt Fitzgerald is a 2:39 marathoner, acclaimed author, triathlete, nutritionist, and running coach. His most recent book is The Comeback Quotient, 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 find yourself in, and getting back on track.

You can immerse yourself in other content focused on mental strength, too:

For more resources, check out the free guide to mental toughness for runners.

We discuss some of my favorite and recurring topics:

  • Mental strength and how the pros approach challenges
  • Value of journaling and training logs
  • Dealing with training setbacks
  • How to self-coach

Links & Resources from the Show:

Thank you Elemental Labs!

A big thanks to Elemental Labs for their support of this episode! They make electrolyte drinks for athletes and low-carb folks with no sugar, artificial ingredients, or colors. And you can get a free sampler pack of 4 flavors and 8 individual packets when you pay $5 in shipping.

Elemental Labs' products have some of the highest sodium concentrations that you can find. Anybody who runs a lot knows that sodium, as well as other electrolytes like magnesium and potassium, are essential to our performance and how we feel throughout the day.

The citrus flavor has quickly become my favorite. I’m drinking one a day now to help me get enough fluids in our dry Colorado air. It’s tasty and delicious and I find that I’m not peeing every 45 minutes throughout the day, which might be an indication I wasn’t eating enough sodium.

There’s now mounting evidence that higher sodium intake levels are not unhealthy – and athletes need substantially more than your typical sedentary person. Of course, ask your doctor if you’re worried. But for those athletes running outside in the heat, an electrolyte replacement makes a lot of sense.

They just released their first new flavor of 2021, their most requested flavor, watermelon salt. So check out Elemental Labs to try their new flavor or get a free sampler pack. 

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