275 episodes

Running and coaching tips for beginner and advanced runners with Coach Jason Fitzgerald. Featuring guests like Nick Symmonds and Shalane Flanagan, listeners will learn how to race faster, stay healthy, prevent running injuries, and get stronger in this informative and fun podcast.

The Strength Running Podcast Jason Fitzgerald

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    • 4.7 • 7 Ratings

Running and coaching tips for beginner and advanced runners with Coach Jason Fitzgerald. Featuring guests like Nick Symmonds and Shalane Flanagan, listeners will learn how to race faster, stay healthy, prevent running injuries, and get stronger in this informative and fun podcast.

    275. Stability Training the Right Way, with Physical Therapist and Researcher Jay Dicharry

    275. Stability Training the Right Way, with Physical Therapist and Researcher Jay Dicharry

    What exactly is stability and how does it impact our running?
    Stability allows us to transform strength into speed. The good news is that building stability doesn’t require hours of strenuous workouts - most of what we need can be accomplished in a few short sessions.
    This week’s podcast guest has a Masters of Physical Therapy and is a board certified sports clinical specialist. Jay Dicharry is an author, innovator and coach who has built an international reputation as an expert in biomechanical analysis. Jay has written 2 books many runners may be familiar with: Anatomy for Runners and Running Rewired.
    Jay is also the inventor of the MOBO board, a tool that helps you build stability in multiple planes of motion. The board is unique in how it teaches you to drive your big toe into the ground - an essential concept in creating a more stable foundation for your running.
    Use code STRENGTHRUN10 to save 10% on your MOBO Board!
    In our discussion, Jay and I focus on the importance of stability and how to build it in your running and daily life. We address:
    How injury is more impacted by stability than strength What it means to “drive the big toe” into the ground Why stability is the foundation of training (& why you can’t fire a cannon from a canoe!) How a lack of balance and stability can impact us as we age The importance of varying your footwear Why and how to implement stability-focused workouts into your routine Jay's expertise and ability to translate complex concepts into actionable advice is sure to benefit your running,  Enjoy!
    Links & Resources from the Show:
    Learn more about the MOBO board (Code STRENGTHRUN10 saves 10%) Visit Jay's website Follow Jay on Instagram Visit Jay on Linked in and YouTube Listen to our previous discussion on pain free running Thank you MOBO Board! Invented by renowned physical therapist Jay Dicharry, MOBO helps you stabilize your stance with an innovative rocker board that’s set up on two fins. The design effectively forces you to drive your big toe into the bboard to improve your stability. I was pretty arrogant going into my first session on the MOBO Board. How hard can it be to balance, right? Well, I was humbled pretty quickly!
    Even if you’re a good runner, better balance, stability, and proprioception is going to help you have a more powerful stride and prevent more running injuries. You’ll learn how to improve the efficiency of the kinetic chain from your hip to your big toe. Because as Jay likes to say, it’s not just how strong you are, but how well you use that strength. Save 10% with code STRENGTHRUN10 at checkout at moboboard.com.
    Thank you Elemental Labs! A big thanks to Elemental Labs for their support of this episode! They make electrolyte drinks for athletes and low-carb folks with no sugar, artificial ingredients, or colors. And you can get a free sampler pack of 4 flavors and 8 individual packets when you pay $5 in shipping.
    Elemental Labs' products have some of the highest sodium concentrations that you can find. Anybody who runs a lot knows that sodium, as well as other electrolytes like magnesium and potassium, are essential to our performance and how we feel throughout the day.
    The citrus flavor has quickly become my favorite. I’m drinking one a day now to help me get enough fluids in our dry Colorado air. It’s tasty and delicious and I find that I’m not peeing every 45 minutes throughout the day, which might be an indication I wasn’t eating enough sodium.
    There’s now mounting evidence that higher sodium intake levels are not unhealthy – and athletes need substantially more than your typical sedentary person. Of course, ask your doctor if you’re worried. But for those athletes running outside in the heat, an electrolyte replacement makes a lot of sense. So check out Elemental Labs to try their new flavor or get a free sampler pack.
     

    • 56 min
    274. Training Fundamentals, “Full” Marathons, Road vs. Trails, and more (with Travis Macy)

    274. Training Fundamentals, “Full” Marathons, Road vs. Trails, and more (with Travis Macy)

    This week’s episode is with ultra endurance athlete Travis Macy. It was originally published on his podcast, The Travis Macy Show. Travis interviews me on a wide variety of topics, including training and strength work, running after COVID, and how I developed Strength Running, one step at a time.
    We also talk about:
    My background and development of my lifelong love for running The value of running both roads and trails How fueling options have changed for the better Why strength training only gets more important with age My gradual approach to developing a multi-faceted online business Why you should never, ever say “full” marathon Travis is always a pleasure to talk to and I hope you enjoy our conversation!
    Links & Resources from the Show:
    Learn more about Travis Follow Travis on Instagram Listen to the Travis Macy Show Podcast Read my past interviews with Travis on finding adventure and signs of overtraining Let me help you with your running! Read Travis' new book A Mile at a Time Thank You InsideTracker! This episode is brought to you by InsideTracker, 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 of how well you’re responding to training.
    Understanding your body’s biomarkers, from stress hormones to testosterone to Vitamin D, can help you figure out if you’re over-training, under-training, optimally training, or if you have a health issue that might be affecting your running. But the best part is that they give you personalized optimal ranges for each of these biomarkers and a host of ways to improve these markers through diet, lifestyle, or exercise changes.
    I’ve gotten several Ultimate tests from them and the process is simple, easy, and very eye-opening if you haven’t done a deep dive on your biomarkers yet.  Of all the investments you can make in your running, this one is like getting a detailed checkup or regularly scheduled maintenance for your internal physiology. I scheduled another Ultimate test for myself soon and it’ll be interesting to compare with the test I got in February. Get yours today!
    Thank You Athletic Greens! Thank you to our sponsor, Athletic Greens! They are a health and wellness company that makes AG1. This is a category-leading greens mix that has 75 vitamins and minerals, prebiotics, probiotics, antioxidants, and adaptogens.
    One scoop per day is what I’ve been doing to help me fill in any nutrition gaps in my diet. It also provide a nice boost of energy and focus throughout the day. With all 3 of my kids in school, I know I need to support my immune system or else I’m getting sick and can’t train.
    I also love that AG1 has changed over the last decade. Athletic Greens has made 53 improvements to the formula based on the latest research to make these nutrients more absorbable.
    For our listeners, they are offering a year's worth of free Vitamin D and 5 free travel packs of AG1 with your first purchase. You can sign up for single shipment or for a monthly drop - the choice is yours. Check out Athletic Greens to redeem your offer today.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    273. A Behind-the-Scenes Coaching Call on How to Escape a Rut

    273. A Behind-the-Scenes Coaching Call on How to Escape a Rut

    Whether it's illness, injury, or stale training, most runners have found themselves stuck in a rut at times. Learn the best way to assess your running and start making progress again with this one-on-one coaching call.
    This week’s episode features a coaching call with Ivan, a Team Strength Running member. Ivan was a runner in high school and came back to the sport after over a decade away. Ivan had a successful buildup to a strong half marathon last year, but has struggled with his running after some recent setbacks.
    Like many of us, Ivan's bout with COVID earlier in the year made for a slower than expected return to training.  He has struggled with finding the right volume and intensity in training to both feel good and make progress.
    Our discussion focuses on putting all the pieces together - looking at his past and present running - to help him get back on track and feel positive again. Ivan and I talk about the factors that impact his training, including:
    All the things Ivan has been doing right with his training Why more time off requires a longer base phase The importance of pacing training runs correctly What Ivan's training history says about his racing potential Why lower mileage is the right plan to focus on for now Ivan's long term goals for 2023 and beyond This is a conversation everyone can relate to. I hope you enjoy my coaching call with Ivan!
    Thank You InsideTracker! This episode is brought to you by InsideTracker, 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 of how well you’re responding to training.
    Understanding your body’s biomarkers, from stress hormones to testosterone to Vitamin D, can help you figure out if you’re over-training, under-training, optimally training, or if you have a health issue that might be affecting your running. But the best part is that they give you personalized optimal ranges for each of these biomarkers and a host of ways to improve these markers through diet, lifestyle, or exercise changes.
    I’ve gotten several Ultimate tests from them and the process is simple, easy, and very eye-opening if you haven’t done a deep dive on your biomarkers yet.  Of all the investments you can make in your running, this one is like getting a detailed checkup or regularly scheduled maintenance for your internal physiology. I scheduled another Ultimate test for myself soon and it’ll be interesting to compare with the test I got in February.
    Thank you Elemental Labs! A big thanks to Elemental Labs for their support of this episode! They make electrolyte drinks for athletes and low-carb folks with no sugar, artificial ingredients, or colors. And you can get a free sampler pack of 4 flavors and 8 individual packets when you pay $5 in shipping.
    Elemental Labs' products have some of the highest sodium concentrations that you can find. Anybody who runs a lot knows that sodium, as well as other electrolytes like magnesium and potassium, are essential to our performance and how we feel throughout the day.
    The citrus flavor has quickly become my favorite. I’m drinking one a day now to help me get enough fluids in our dry Colorado air. It’s tasty and delicious and I find that I’m not peeing every 45 minutes throughout the day, which might be an indication I wasn’t eating enough sodium.
    There’s now mounting evidence that higher sodium intake levels are not unhealthy – and athletes need substantially more than your typical sedentary person. Of course, ask your doctor if you’re worried. But for those athletes running outside in the heat, an electrolyte replacement makes a lot of sense. So check out Elemental Labs to try their new flavor or get a free sampler pack. 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    272. The Hidden Causes of Running Injuries, with Brodie Sharpe

    272. The Hidden Causes of Running Injuries, with Brodie Sharpe

    Most runners are familiar with common training flaws that can lead to injury - like running faster or farther than your body can handle. But understanding subtle causes of injury can make you a smarter, healthier runner and competitor.
    Our guest is Brodie Sharpe, a physiotherapist, the host of the Run Smarter Podcast, and author of the new book, Run Smarter.
    Brodie and I dig into some of the more subtle factors that can sabotage your training. Our discussion focuses on a number of elements that have a bigger impact on your running than you realize:
    Why all types of stress have the same impact on your body as training How our perfectionist tendencies can both help and harm our running The importance of reflection in training and injury prevention Why you need to learn the subtleties of your body's language The importance of trial and error in training How to make early injury detection your new superpower Brodie is full of intuitive, actionable advice that can improve your running and prevent injury. Enjoy!
    Links & Resources from the Show:
    Follow Brodie on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Check out Brodie's YouTube channel Listen to the Run Smarter Podcast Visit the Run Smarter website Listen to my previous episodes with Brodie on running a PB and training essentials Learn more about injury prevention Thank You InsideTracker! This episode is brought to you by InsideTracker, 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 of how well you’re responding to training.
    Understanding your body’s biomarkers, from stress hormones to testosterone to Vitamin D, can help you figure out if you’re over-training, under-training, optimally training, or if you have a health issue that might be affecting your running. But the best part is that they give you personalized optimal ranges for each of these biomarkers and a host of ways to improve these markers through diet, lifestyle, or exercise changes.
    I’ve gotten several Ultimate tests from them and the process is simple, easy, and very eye-opening if you haven’t done a deep dive on your biomarkers yet.  Of all the investments you can make in your running, this one is like getting a detailed checkup or regularly scheduled maintenance for your internal physiology. I scheduled another Ultimate test for myself soon and it’ll be interesting to compare with the test I got in February.
    If you’re ready to take control of your health and optimize your training, get 20% off any of their blood tests with code STRENGTHRUNNING at InsideTracker.
    Thank You Melin! We are also supported by Melin hats! Quite possibly the best looking, most attractive hats I’ve ever worn, Melin makes premium hats for both casual use and for running. They’re durable, water-repellant, high quality, incredibly detailed, and stylish. You can also go check out our latest video on YouTube to see my full collection.
    After eyeing Melin Hats for a long time on Instagram, I’m thrilled that we’ve partnered together. Get 20% off your first order at Melin.com with code STRENGTHRUNNING. A Melin hat is likely the last hat you’ll ever buy - they’ll last practically forever. 
    Even if you find that you don’t like your Melin hat, no worries. You can return it within 30 days with no questions asked, according to their Perfect Fit Promise. Pick one up and let me know what you think!

    • 56 min
    271. The Philadelphia Marathon Course Guide, with Race Director Kathleen Titus

    271. The Philadelphia Marathon Course Guide, with Race Director Kathleen Titus

    The Philadelphia Marathon is unique in its ability to provide big city race amenities coupled with an accessible, runner-focused event. This is your all-inclusive guide to Philly marathon weekend, from pre-race logistics to the post-race fanfare.
    Joining us is Philadelphia Marathon Race Director, Kathleen Titus. Kathleen has more than 25 years of experience in the marathon, ultra-distance and triathlon world, coupled with extensive work in event planning. She owns All Fitness Events, a digital marketing firm that specializes in endurance events.
    The Philly Marathon has special significance to me as the home of my personal best, so I was excited to meet Kathleen at the Endeavorun Boulder retreat last summer. Her energy, experience and attention to detail have made this marathon a top notch event.
    Kathleen and I discuss all aspects of the event, from pre- and post-race logistics to intricate details of the course itself, including:
    What makes the Philly marathon so unique The best way to get to the start line on race morning Why Philly is a top Boston qualifier What part of the course is most challenging The best pacing strategy for each section of the race How the race finish remains focused on the runner experience If the Philly Marathon isn’t on your radar yet, you should definitely consider it! Our conversation will help you get the most from this fantastic event.
    Links & Resources from the Show:
    Follow Kathleen on Instagram and Linked In Learn more about the Philadelphia Marathon Follow the Philadelphia Marathon on Instagram and Facebook Read a case study on running a faster marathon Looking to PR your next marathon? Thank you Elemental Labs! A big thanks to Elemental Labs for their support of this episode! They make electrolyte drinks for athletes and low-carb folks with no sugar, artificial ingredients, or colors. And you can get a free sampler pack of 4 flavors and 8 individual packets when you pay $5 in shipping.
    Elemental Labs' products have some of the highest sodium concentrations that you can find. Anybody who runs a lot knows that sodium, as well as other electrolytes like magnesium and potassium, are essential to our performance and how we feel throughout the day.
    The citrus flavor has quickly become my favorite. I’m drinking one a day now to help me get enough fluids in our dry Colorado air. It’s tasty and delicious and I find that I’m not peeing every 45 minutes throughout the day, which might be an indication I wasn’t eating enough sodium.
    There’s now mounting evidence that higher sodium intake levels are not unhealthy – and athletes need substantially more than your typical sedentary person. Of course, ask your doctor if you’re worried. But for those athletes running outside in the heat, an electrolyte replacement makes a lot of sense. So check out Elemental Labs to try their new flavor or get a free sampler pack. 
    Thank You Melin! We are also supported by Melin hats! Quite possibly the best looking, most attractive hats I’ve ever worn, Melin makes premium hats for both casual use and for running. They’re durable, water-repellant, high quality, incredibly detailed, and stylish. You can also go check out our latest video on YouTube to see my full collection.
    After eyeing Melin Hats for a long time on Instagram, I’m thrilled that we’ve partnered together. Get 20% off your first order at Melin.com with code STRENGTHRUNNING. A Melin hat is likely the last hat you’ll ever buy - they’ll last practically forever. 
    Even if you find that you don’t like your Melin hat, no worries. You can return it within 30 days with no questions asked, according to their Perfect Fit Promise. Pick one up and let me know what you think!

    • 50 min
    270. The Born to Run Training Philosophy, with Chris McDougall and Eric Orton

    270. The Born to Run Training Philosophy, with Chris McDougall and Eric Orton

    Born to Run inspired runners all over the world with its story of the Tarahumara Indians alongside Christopher McDougall’s quest to run with more joy and less pain. The follow up book digs into the details of training principles you can apply to your own running.
    Joining us are Christopher McDougall and his longtime coach, Eric Orton.  Their newest book - Born to Run 2 - lays out the path that McDougall followed as he went from chronically injured to successful ultrarunner.  
    Their new book helps runners revitalize their running through a combination of training principles and supplementary work that prepares the  body to run efficiently. We  focus on several important concepts of the Born to Run approach, including a “speed first” mentality, ways to instill better form, and how to use shoes and barefoot running to your advantage.
    Whether you’re trying to bounce back from injury or find a new way to approach and improve your running, our conversation is filled with practical, actionable training philosophy, including:
    The value of working on speed before distance How faster running naturally enables better running form Ways that runners can analyze their own form and work on better technique The Rock Lobster cue you’ll never forget! What it means to have a supple body that is ready to run Practical ways to implement minimalist running, and how "supershoes" fit into the picture I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did!
    Subscribe to the podcast in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, or Google Play.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

NorwegianEntrepreneur ,

Strength runner from Norway

Trustworthy running podcast for amatures to already great runners. The subjects are good and I use this as a credible source to learn more about running, resting, nutrition and other aspects of this amazing sport. Keep going, Jason!

MatsNordqvist ,

One of the best running podcasts

Very informative. Jason Fitzgerald has a knack of selecting interesting guests and asking the right questions, while using his own (personal and from coaching) experiences to expand on topics. I consider myself an experienced runner (+15 years of continuous training) , and I have listened to and read a lot on the subject, but I still find an occasional gem in here. Also, there is a much needed focus on strenght training, as a way to not only directly improving running, but also inderectly, as a way of ensuring consistency through injury prevention by enhancing overall athletic ability. Good stuff!

mikalmo ,

Great for runners!

Thorough and informative. Something to learn for most people. Interesting guests, great topics and Jason himself is a really good host with a lot of knowledge.

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