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164: 18 Proven Ways to Run Faster

The Strength Running Podcast

Release Date: 11/05/2020

180. Pro Dana Giordano on Betting on Yourself, Taking Risks, and Making Running More Fun show art 180. Pro Dana Giordano on Betting on Yourself, Taking Risks, and Making Running More Fun

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Dana Giordano is a middle-distance pro runner for Adidas and the . Prior to becoming a pro, she worked at Reebok for several years as a Product Manager, while keeping up with running as a lifestyle sport. She was also an All-American at Dartmouth University and reflects often on those years of running. Dana has had an interesting year as a pro, given the global pandemic that we are all facing. Her impact goes well beyond her performance, as the host of the  podcast, where she features stories of women in the sport. Dana left her job in pursuit of her Olympic dreams and shares the...

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179. Dr. Caitlin Alexander on Long-Term Injuries, Self-Treatment, and Disrupted Motor Patterns show art 179. Dr. Caitlin Alexander on Long-Term Injuries, Self-Treatment, and Disrupted Motor Patterns

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Dr. Caitlin Alexander is a physical therapist at Build Sports Performance Lab & Physical Therapy in Boulder, Colorado with a certification in Applied Functional Science. She's a certified triathlon coach, running coach, and has experience working with elite-level athletes. She's also an incredible athlete herself! Caitlin has qualified for the Kona World Ironman Championships and is a category 3 cyclist. In our conversation today, we’re talking about what happens when you have an injury for a very long time. You see, our movement patterns live in our brain. Your brain is what controls...

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

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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 . We’re going to talk about the beginnings of Xero Shoes, the benefits of minimalism, how to transition, plus feature a whole host of...

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177. How to ‘Make the Leap’ and Create Your Next Performance Breakthrough show art 177. How to ‘Make the Leap’ and Create Your Next Performance Breakthrough

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Our guest today is Bryan Green, the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Go Be More apparel, host of the Go Be More Podcast, organizer of the Ignite Sendai Conference in Japan that connects entrepreneurs, and author of the new book Make the Leap. Bryan ran for UCLA from 1997 - 2002 where he was a 2x National Qualifier for cross country, captain of the track team, and 3rd place finisher at the 2001 Pac-10 10,000m final. In this conversation, we’re focusing on the mental side of training. The mindset that is required for high performance and all of the little things that enable us to...

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176. Unlocking Dominance: Exploring Ethiopia’s Running Culture with Professor Michael Crawley show art 176. Unlocking Dominance: Exploring Ethiopia’s Running Culture with Professor Michael Crawley

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Michael Crawley is an anthropology professor at Durham University in England. A 2:20 marathoner, he spent 15 months training with the best runners in Ethiopia to figure out the secrets to their success. His book, , is a beautiful story of a culture where for many, "running is life." From their very different relationship to easy runs, metrics and pace, and even the social aspect of running, this episode will open your eyes to a different way of approaching running. But more than that, you’ll see how running is life for many in Ethiopia and how the sport is an integral part of the Ethiopian...

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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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How do you train differently? What are the low-risk, high-reward activities that will prompt you to keep improving?

Sometimes, a fresh set of eyes on your training is what it takes. Use the improvement suggestions in this episode to help you think more strategically about your training, challenge yourself to try something new, and get out of your comfort zone. 

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