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219. Western States 100 winner Cat Bradley on Career Pivots, Self-Belief, and Training Staples

The Strength Running Podcast

Release Date: 10/28/2021

249. Ultramarathoner Krissy Moehl on the Value of Adventures, Training Logs, and Reflection show art 249. Ultramarathoner Krissy Moehl on the Value of Adventures, Training Logs, and Reflection

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This week’s guest on the podcast, Krissy Moehl, is an elite ultramarathoner and coach who has had unique longevity in the sport and is helping her athletes to do the same. Krissy has completed hundreds of challenging races and has more than 50 first place female finishes, along with several overall wins. For both herself and the athletes Krissy coaches, reflection is an important part of the process. Reflection allows us to see where we’ve been, know how to move forward, and can give us more confidence to reach daunting goals. Training is one piece of the complex and busy lives most of us...

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248. Running Form Best Practices and Gait Analysis with Dr. Anh Bui, DPT, CSCS show art 248. Running Form Best Practices and Gait Analysis with Dr. Anh Bui, DPT, CSCS

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Dr. Anh Bui is both a runner and an expert on running form and gait analysis. She competed in cross country and track at UC San Diego and her interest in physiology and biomechanics, in addition to helping injured runners, led her to become a physical therapist. Anh completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy at Columbia University. She also furthered her education with a focus on advanced orthopedics, women’s health, and management of the running athlete. In her work at Columbia’s RunLab Clinic, Anh performed gait evaluations and provided individualized plans to high level runners. As a...

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247. Football Player to 2:52 Marathoner: How Brent Ran 48 Minutes Faster Over 26.2 Miles show art 247. Football Player to 2:52 Marathoner: How Brent Ran 48 Minutes Faster Over 26.2 Miles

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If you didn't start running from a young age, can you still get really fast? Yes! Today's guest is Brent, a member of our group, and he’s a prime example of how a commitment to consistent training and improvement can help you achieve some impressive, speedy goals. Nine years ago Brent ran his first marathon in 3:40, and by fine-tuning his training over the years he took more than 48 minutes off that time on the challenging Boston course this past April. Brent and I discuss all aspects of his training and over the years, including: The path he took to becoming a runner The lessons he...

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246. The Big Stress Fracture Episode with Dr. Emily Kraus show art 246. The Big Stress Fracture Episode with Dr. Emily Kraus

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Stress fractures are an injury feared most by runners. And with good reason - they require extensive time off for healing and recovery.  By understanding common risk factors, you can stay healthy and prevent this distressing diagnosis. Joining us is Dr. Emily Kraus. She is the Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford Children’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center, specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation sports medicine. She researches bone stress injuries at Stanford's Healthy Runner Project, which is focused on bone stress injury prevention in collegiate distance...

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245. Running Explained’s Elisabeth Scott on Pacing, Easy Runs, Zone 2, and More show art 245. Running Explained’s Elisabeth Scott on Pacing, Easy Runs, Zone 2, and More

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Elisabeth Scott has coaching certifications from RRCA, USATF, and UESCA. She's also the host of the enormously popular Running Explained podcast. In this episode, we take listener questions! We're answering Questions from Jason's Instagram page on pacing, intensity, zones, distribution of effort over time, and more. Links & Resources from the Show: Visit Check out the Follow Elisabeth on and Can ? Thank You InsideTracker! This episode is brought to you by , one of the most reputable blood testing companies in the world. They were founded in 2009 by aging, genetics, and biometrics...

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244. Recovery 101: The 5 Best Ways to Recover From Hard Running show art 244. Recovery 101: The 5 Best Ways to Recover From Hard Running

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Without recovery, all those long runs, workouts, and training won't help you become a faster runner. We improve when we rest, so let's make sure we're recovering the right way! In this episode, Jason shares 5 of the most effective recovery methods - so you can focus on what matters and ignore the hype. Resources from the show: Thank You InsideTracker! This episode is brought to you by , one of the most reputable blood testing companies in the world. They were founded in 2009 by aging, genetics, and biometrics scientists to help you analyze your body’s data and get a firm idea...

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243. How to Build Real-World Mental Toughness (a behind the scenes coaching call) show art 243. How to Build Real-World Mental Toughness (a behind the scenes coaching call)

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Training your brain to handle the difficult moments in workouts and races is an essential skill for runners. If you’re new to the mental training, this coaching call will help you learn the practical ways to develop and implement these techniques. Joining us is Patrick, a member of our coaching program. Patrick began running a decade ago to improve his health, and discovered his love for the marathon.   Patrick is a 3:39 marathoner who wants to improve his mental toughness along with his race times. Patrick wants to improve the disconnect between body and mind that slows us down...

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242. Dr. Noel Brick on How to Think When Running Gets Difficult show art 242. Dr. Noel Brick on How to Think When Running Gets Difficult

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Dr. Noel Brick is a lecturer and researcher in sport and exercise physiology who focuses on attentional focus and cognitive strategies in endurance performance. You’re likely to know an athlete he has had an impact on: marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge. Kipchoge is known for his serene smile in the most grueling moments of the marathon, a technique to reduce the perception of effort that Dr. Brick discovered. Noel is the co-author of  has run more than 30 marathons and ultra-marathons, including the Marathon des Sables and the Irish 24-hour Championships. We discuss: The...

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241. Molly Huddle on the Ultimate Road Map for Female Distance Runners show art 241. Molly Huddle on the Ultimate Road Map for Female Distance Runners

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Molly Huddle is a two time Olympian and one of the greatest American distance runners in history. She is the current American record holder in the 10k and has set national records in the 20k and half marathon. She represented the United States in the 2012 London Olympics in the 5k, and set the American 10k record in 2016 in Rio. Molly has also found success at the marathon distance, earning a 3rd place finish in her debut marathon in NYC. This week, Molly is here to discuss her passion for the women’s running community and the completion of her book with coauthor Sara Slattery called . Links...

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240. Strength vs. Power: How to Strength Train So You Race Faster with Professor Andy Galpin show art 240. Strength vs. Power: How to Strength Train So You Race Faster with Professor Andy Galpin

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Andy Galpin, PhD has been an assistant professor at California State University Fullerton for more than a decade. He formerly won a Division 3 national football championship while earning his exercise science degree at Linfield College. He then got his Master’s in Human Movement Sciences and his PhD in human bioenergetics. He serves on many advisory boards in the area of human performance, wrote the 2017 book Unplugged, and is a sought after speaker and high performance coach. In this conversation, we’re focusing on the principles that influence the strength workouts of endurance runners...

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Cat Bradley is an athlete that absolutely loves the sport. She's an ultra-endurance runner coached by Matt Fitzgerald who I had the pleasure of meeting this past August at the Endeavorun retreat in Boulder, CO.

Her resume is shocking, in the best of ways:

  • Winner of the 2017 Western States 100 Miler
  • Winner of the 2017 Canyons Endurance Run 100k
  • Former Fastest Known Time record holder of the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim in 7:52 (first woman to break 8 hours)
  • Winner of the 2016 Rio Del Lago 100 Miler
  • Winner of the 2018 Moab Red Hot 50k
  • Winner of the 2018 Quicksilver 100k
  • Winner of the 2019 Castle Rock Trail Festival 50k
  • Winner of the 2020 TransRockies Run stage race (team division)

I could go on, but I think you understand now that Cat Bradley is one of the best ultra runners in the United States.

Cat didn't start out as a distance runner. In fact, she was an 800m specialist at the University of California - Santa Barbara. At about a half-mile, the 800m distance might as well be a different sport than ultras!

Soon, Cat realized that she didn't love the track. She wanted some adventure and found herself taking time off from her college career to focus on through-hiking the Appalachian Trail.

That's where she fell in love with mountains, woods, and losing yourself in the visceral beauty of nature.

Within a few short years, Cat's passion for ultra distances bloomed and her competitive drive propelled her forward. Soon, she became one of the most dominant ultramarathon runners in the country.

In this conversation, we discuss:

  • How she made the switch from 800m track athlete to Appalachian Trail through-hiker to ultra runner
  • The training demands of a 120 mile, 6-day stage race vs. a 100-mile ultra
  • How she mentally grappled with pivoting her running career almost 180 degrees
  • What made her start to believe she could run professionally
  • How she trains for the Grand Canyon R2R2R FKT

Whether you're about to run your first ultra or you're a seasoned veteran, you'll love this conversation with one of the sport's greats.

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