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

The Strength Running Podcast

Release Date: 12/30/2021

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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239. Collegiate Strength Coach Angelo Gingerelli on Resistance Training for Endurance Runners show art 239. Collegiate Strength Coach Angelo Gingerelli on Resistance Training for Endurance Runners

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Resistance training should not be considered cross-training for runners - it’s essential! Seton Hall Strength and Conditioning Coach Angelo Gingerelli has worked in the field for two decades and has extensive experience working with kids, collegiate athletes, and pro athletes. Angelo’s work in the strength and conditioning field, combined with his personal experience as a runner, gives him a unique perspective on how best to integrate the two. His recent book  helps runners address common weaknesses and build a foundation of general and specific strength. Angelo also digs into a...

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238. Movement Expert Kate Galliet on How to Prevent Your Next Big Injury show art 238. Movement Expert Kate Galliet on How to Prevent Your Next Big Injury

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What runner doesn’t aspire to become unbreakable? It’s never too late to learn how to listen to your body to make yourself a healthier, more durable athlete! Our guest is an expert on how to understand and speak your body’s language. Kate Galliett is a movement specialist and coach who has worked with a wide variety of athletes to help them become unbreakable.  After getting her degree in Exercise Science, Kate earned multiple certifications as a personal trainer and in functional movement and mobility. She is an accomplished outdoorswoman who hikes, rock climbs, hunts and skis....

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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 his calling, winning multiple races in 2014.  

What began as a bad ankle sprain in 2014 quickly devolved into a much more serious injury. Connor tried to continue running and racing but the injury worsened and created new issues with his foot.

Soon, a radiologist told Connor he had one of the worst injuries he had ever seen. The doctor recommended he take up cycling and told him that he might never run again, especially in any sort of competitive fashion.

In the face of this grim news, most athletes would give up hope. But 5 years later, he's back to winning races!

Connor discusses a number of the strategies that did contribute to his recovery, including

  • Facing the reality of the severity of his injury
  • Finally resting
  • Cross-training 
  • Gait retraining
  • Digging into scientific research on rehabilitating injuries
  • Physical therapy

Whether you’re struggling physically or mentally with an injury, or just trying to avoid them altogether, you’ll find something in Connor’s journey that you can relate to.

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