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Episode 60: How to Run a Fast Obstacle Course Race

The Strength Running Podcast

Release Date: 05/18/2018

175. Injury Expert Jay Dicharry on the 4 Physical Skills Needed for Pain-Free Running show art 175. Injury Expert Jay Dicharry on the 4 Physical Skills Needed for Pain-Free Running

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Jay Dicharry is a physical therapist who rose to prominence as an expert in biomechanical analysis as Director of the  at the University of Virginia. He has written two books that are highly recommended for our community:  and . Jay also consults for several footwear companies, the US Air Force, and USA Track and Field. Recently, Jay created and founded MOBO Board, an innovative foot stability tool.  In this episode we talk about the 4 skills that Jay deems absolutely necessary for healthy, pain-free running. Those are postural control, rotational stability,...

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174. Sprint and Speed Development for Endurance Runners with Coach Ryan Banta show art 174. Sprint and Speed Development for Endurance Runners with Coach Ryan Banta

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Ryan Banta is a coach with more than 19 years of experience and the author of the . At the high school level, Ryan has produced 135 All-State medalists, including 10 state champions and 15 runners-up. His teams have won 12 district championships and 5 top five state finishes in the last nine seasons. He has been elected Missouri Track and Cross Country Coaches Association (MTCCCA) president and served on the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) advisory board. In this podcast, we discuss: Prevention of sprinting-related injuries Common training errors in pursuit of speed...

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173. Tom “Tinman” Schwartz on Smart Training and the Secret Sauce of Tinman Elite show art 173. Tom “Tinman” Schwartz on Smart Training and the Secret Sauce of Tinman Elite

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Tom Schwartz, also known as Tinman, has over 30 years of coaching experience. He has worked with youth runners, masters, and professionals. Tom has developed dozens of D1 collegiate athletes, national champions, and national record holders and works with athletes across every distance and on every terrain from the track, road, to trail.  Tom has a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Coaching, a master’s in Human Performance, an MBA, and is currently working on his PhD in Health & Human Performance. You might recognize Tom as the coach of Drew Hunter, one of the...

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172. Off-Season Training: What to do In-Between Seasons show art 172. Off-Season Training: What to do In-Between Seasons

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This episode is all about the off-season. The "in between" time between seasons of running. You'll learn how to best structure this time based on your goals, weaknesses, and ability. This episode was the suggestion from a listener. He asked if I could talk about what runners should do after they run a marathon but before they start their next big training block. Now, whether you’re training for a marathon or any distance race, this is a great question. A good example is what to do after the Boston Marathon but before you start training for the NYC marathon. If you train for 16 weeks for New...

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171. Behind-the-Scenes of a Major Marathon: Eli Asch on Directing Big Races show art 171. Behind-the-Scenes of a Major Marathon: Eli Asch on Directing Big Races

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Eli Asch is currently the Race Director for the Twin Cities Marathon. Prior to this role, he directed the California International Marathon (CIM), which hosted two USATF marathon national championships. Under his direction, CIM was the fastest-growing major marathon in America. Eli also served as the Logistics and Operations Manager for the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon events. He holds an MBA in Sports Business from San Diego State University and a BA in English from Whitman College, where he was captain of the cross country team. I wanted to bring Eli on the podcast to share the details...

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170. Noah Droddy on Rapid Improvement and Engineering Your Next Performance Breakthrough show art 170. Noah Droddy on Rapid Improvement and Engineering Your Next Performance Breakthrough

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Noah Droddy is a professional runner, 2-time Olympic Trials Qualifier, 2-time collegiate All-American, and a 2:11 marathoner. He is sponsored by Saucony and trains under Richard Hansen in Boulder, Colorado for the Roots Running Project. His sights are currently set on breaking the 2:10 marathon barrier, which he shares about in this podcast. Noah's path to professional running was indirect, to say the least. He ran through high school and college but didn't take it too seriously. In fact, Noah attributes this casual approach to his decision to go all in on the sport. Noah is also one of very...

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169: Busting 10 Running Myths (BQ's, Weight Loss, Stretching, and More!) show art 169: Busting 10 Running Myths (BQ's, Weight Loss, Stretching, and More!)

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Have you wondered if a  for you? Or if you’re “good enough” to ? Or maybe you’re still sorting out where running fits in with muscle building versus weight loss? We have you covered. On today’s episode, Anya and Jason  discuss the common misconceptions, set the record straight, and offer our own experience while debunking the myths. Anya has joined Jason on previous episodes and if you’d like to hear more, listen to a  and a . Anya has over a decade of running experience as a triathlete, marathoner, and ultra runner. She brings an interesting...

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168. Olympian Molly Huddle: How to Stay Driven, Be a Role Model, and Run Mentally Tough show art 168. Olympian Molly Huddle: How to Stay Driven, Be a Role Model, and Run Mentally Tough

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Molly is one of the best runners in the world. She holds the American Record in the 10k, 20k, and the half marathon. She represented the United States at the 2012 Olympics, qualifying for the 5,000m final and finishing 11th. Molly set the American Record in the 10k at the 2016 Olympics, finishing 5th overall. Later that same year she made her marathon debut at the NYC Marathon, making the podium in a 3rd place finish. Molly's talents are indisputable. Not only does she have range in her performance across a variety of distances, but she also has longevity. Molly has been a professional runner...

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167. The Ultimate Taper Episode with Author Alex Hutchinson show art 167. The Ultimate Taper Episode with Author Alex Hutchinson

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Alex Hutchinson holds a PhD in Physics from Cambridge, a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia, and is a former national-class runner in Canada. He has written for Runner’s World, Outside Online, The Globe and Mail, Popular Mechanics, and many other major media. I am a big fan of his fitness books as well. He wrote:     Alex and I have partnered together before to bring you expert advise. We also recorded a podcast . On today's episode, I wanted to have an in-depth conversation about all things related to tapering. I asked you, our Strength Running community on and Twitter, for...

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166. Dr. Amber Shipherd on Building Confidence, Self-Efficacy, and Positive Self-Talk show art 166. Dr. Amber Shipherd on Building Confidence, Self-Efficacy, and Positive Self-Talk

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Self-efficacy is one of the most important concepts in the world of . Most of us understand this idea as "confidence" but it's actually more specific than that. It means: "Self-efficacy refers to an individual's belief in his or her capacity to execute behaviors necessary to produce specific performance attainments." Now you might have a lot of questions: How can we better prioritize our mental fitness so that we believe in our abilities? What are the sources of self-efficacy so we can draw from them during training? How can we use to our advantage? Are there strategies for building...

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Warrior Dash is a fun vacation from more traditional road racing. If you’re bored and need a new challenge, an obstacle race might be just the cure.

They’re fun – but you need the right training to prepare yourself for the challenge of completing a difficult obstacle course. With obstacles every few hundred feet on courses that are almost always hilly with uneven terrain, it’s downright difficult to maintain your pace and get in a groove.

For most runners, it’s a challenge just to run in between each obstacle!

But there are specific ways that you can train to ensure you have a successful race. Make no mistake: whether you’re running a Warrior Dash or Tough Mudder, these aren’t your typical road races. It takes a particular mindset to conquer them. Here’s how.