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The Value of Challenges: Sally McRae on Seeking Out Adversity & Scary Goals

The Strength Running Podcast

Release Date: 05/30/2024

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Sally McRae is known worldwide for her mental fortitude and ability to push through extreme discomfort.

As a professional mountain and ultra runner for Nike, Sally is a two-time Top 10 Western States finisher, the Badwater 135 Champion, Tarawera 100 Champion, Mozart 100 Champion and Moab 240 Champion. Sally is also an author, podcast host, business owner, and a strength and running coach.

In this episode, Sally and I talk about:

  • The pros of using a treadmill for distance training
  • The whole body needs to be strong for endurance races, not just the muscles
  • How Sally structures strength training depending on the race season to build muscle and endurance
  • Mobility, stretching, and hip and glute work to combat the weakening effects of sedentary lifestyles
  • Training for 200-mile races, including eating and sleeping strategies, gear, and mental prep
  • The mental aspect of long distances can make or break a runner's performance
  • Power hiking and weight training for 200-mile ultra preparation
  • Mental muscles, believing in your potential, and focusing on the story you want to tell yourself
  • Sally's first experience with foot and heel blisters during the Cocodona 250
  • Training for the Western States Endurance Run

Listen to this episode to hear from one of the most hardcore and kindest runners you'll ever meet.

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