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Nike Running’s Global Head Coach Chris Bennett on Good Coaching, Community, & More

The Strength Running Podcast

Release Date: 06/13/2024

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The Strength Running Podcast

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Whether you love the mile or you want to continue running into your 40's or beyond, you'll be inspired by this Masters runner. Mario Fraioli is a Bay Area-based running coach who works with a number of Olympic Trials-level marathoners, top ultrarunners, and competitive age-group athletes. He’s one of the most competitive Master’s runners in the USA, having run the 2023 Boston Marathon in 2:34 and with his recent 3rd place finisher at the 2024 National Masters Road Mile. In this episode, Mario and I talk about: Mario's goal to break the 5-minute mile at age 42 Love for the mile: a perfect...

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As a runner, it's almost guaranteed that somebody has told you, "Running is bad for your knees!" Spoiler alert: It's not. Dr. Howard Luks has the education and experience to prove it. Howard spent more than 20 years as the Chief of Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy at New York Medical College, specializing in athlete care. As a board certified orthopedic surgeon, he focuses on a variety of joints but focuses on knee health. In this episode, Howard and I talk about: Squats for knee health: form and variety Functional strength training that mimics life activities Assessing risk with knee pain or...

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Brady Holmer knows a lot about running and a lot about science: a perfect combo for a conversation on the show. Brady is a lifelong endurance athlete who competed in cross country and track at the collegiate level. He currently works as a science writer and researcher, holding a Master’s degree in human performance. He also recently ran his PR in the marathon: a 2:37. In this episode, Brady and I talk about: The flexibility of heart rate zones and their impact on training adaptations Physiology is constantly fluctuating: zones aren’t static RPE (rating of perceived exertion) is a valuable...

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Nike Running’s Global Head Coach Chris Bennett on Good Coaching, Community, & More show art Nike Running’s Global Head Coach Chris Bennett on Good Coaching, Community, & More

The Strength Running Podcast

Chris Bennett is the Nike Running Global Head Coach and Senior Director Nike Global Running. Translation: Chris is an absolute powerhouse of a coach and runner. I got to chat with Chris about his role at Nike, how runners approach the sport from a variety of angles, what often prevents us from achieving our goals, his message to every runner in the world if he had the opportunity to speak to the global running population, and so much more. In this episode, Chris and I talk about: The multifaceted nature of coaching (it's not just creating workouts). Don't overcomplicate running; it can be...

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We're switching it up a bit this week so you can listen to the episode of The Drop where I was the guest! The Drop is hosted by Thomas Neuberger, Meaghan Murray, and Robbie Reddinger. Robbie wasn’t on this episode, but I had a great time chatting with Thomas and Meaghan and thought you'd enjoy a listen. We talked about: Preventing injury while high mileage training with proper warm-ups and cool downs Problem-solving in running: motivation, plateaus, and improving performance How training for a marathon can help build self-efficacy in the rest of life The difference in pain between a 5k and...

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Get a sneak peak into what we do every month in our coaching program. During these live calls, I'm on live video, taking any and all questions from the team's members. It's an opportunity for runners in the program to ask me anything about the many factors of strong, healthy running. Members get guidance on sticky running questions, problem solve training issues, and get the action steps they need to keep moving forward. If you’d like to attend our next live coach’s chat, you're invited to . We have members all over the world that use our library of more than 30 different training plans,...

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Chris Bennett is the Nike Running Global Head Coach and Senior Director Nike Global Running. Translation: Chris is an absolute powerhouse of a coach and runner.

I got to chat with Chris about his role at Nike, how runners approach the sport from a variety of angles, what often prevents us from achieving our goals, his message to every runner in the world if he had the opportunity to speak to the global running population, and so much more.

In this episode, Chris and I talk about:

  • The multifaceted nature of coaching (it's not just creating workouts).
  • Don't overcomplicate running; it can be simple and accessible.
  • How runners' motivations have shifted from performance-driven to stress relief and mental wellness.
  • How all runners can explore the sport beyond just competition and time.
  • The growth of running and its perception as a competitive sport.
  • You need more than just time goals.
  • Common obstacles to consistent and effective running training.
  • Adjusting training plans based on the athlete's needs and self-awareness.
  • Don't rely on a coach entirely; listen to your body and mind-- and speak up!
  • Self-sabotaging by "doing" too much without enough recovery.
  • Running with the legendary Joan Benoit Samson.

Send this episode to anyone who could use more play and exploration in their running goals.

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Thanks to The Performance Training Journal!

The Performance Training Journal is now available on Amazon and debuted as the #4 new release in the running category. Since I started running in 1998, I’ve kept a hardcopy training journal. Holding a tangible log, writing in it daily, and reflecting on the ups and downs of running is a surefire way to improve. 

This hardcopy training journal helps you focus on the training metrics that matter, prioritizes a long-term outlook so you don’t take any shortcuts, and maintains your motivation with strategic self-praise. With a no-frills, functional design, the Performance Training Journal includes coaching advice on racing, injury prevention, strength training, and more. It will guide you through race scheduling, how to plan your race morning, the best workouts for endurance runners, and encourage you to track your personal bests over time. 

You have the space to make this journal your own whether you're a new runner or a professional, a trail or road runner, or a mid-distance specialist or ultra marathoner.⁣ So don't just track your running, learn from it with the Performance Training Journal! Check it out today on Amazon.