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Interviews with Elite Athletes, Professional Coaches, Sport Scientists and Thought Leaders in the Sport of Running.

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Interviews with Elite Athletes, Professional Coaches, Sport Scientists and Thought Leaders in the Sport of Running.

    #35 - Alex Hutchinson (Part 2)

    #35 - Alex Hutchinson (Part 2)

    In Part 2 of our interview with Alex Hutchinson we discuss:
    * Ways to diminish your perception of effort and therefore enhance your performance.
    * Why self-belief and positive self-talk can be so significant when trying to push to your limits.
    * Alex’s involvement with Nike’s Breaking2 Project.
    * Where does technology fit into all of this?
    * Where Alex sees marathoning in the future.
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    • 54 min
    #34 - Exploring the Limits of Human Endurance with Alex Hutchinson (Part 1)

    #34 - Exploring the Limits of Human Endurance with Alex Hutchinson (Part 1)

    Alex Hutchinson is a Canadian journalist, Cambridge University trained physicist and ex-national level runner. He is also the author of a fantastic book called Endure – Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. The book is the product of a decade-long quest to explore the limits of human endurance, collating the experience and data of hundreds of athletes, explorers, scientists and experts in the field.
    In our conversation Alex shares some of the findings from his work exploring the factors that determine the limits of endurance, as well as how we can do our upmost to push beyond the barriers that our minds and our mounting sense of effort can begin to erect when we are approaching our limits.
    “The essence of pushing your limits in Endurance sports is learning to override that instinct so that you can hold your finger a little closer to the flame – and keep it there, not for seconds, but for minutes or even hours.”
    Some of the topics we cover in Part 1 of our conversation include: * The Central Governor Theory and why our brain stops us from going over the edge. * The trainability of pain tolerance and why embracing discomfort is integral to endurance performance. * Fallacies around hydration and what the science says. * Nutrition – why low-carb high-fat diets have been promoted so heavily in the world of ultra-endurance, why glucose is still the fuel of choice for the top marathon runners, why making binary categories like I’ve just done is completely wrong when discussing fuelling a run with carbs/fat.

    In Part 2 (coming next week), some of the topics discussed include: * Ways to diminish your perception of effort and therefore enhance your performance. * Why self-belief and positive self-talk can be so significant when trying to push to your limits. * Alex’s involvement with Nike’s Breaking2 Project.
    * Where does technology fit into all of this? Where does Alex see marathoning in the future?

    • 56 min
    #33 - Training With Eliud Kipchoge

    #33 - Training With Eliud Kipchoge

    Three chapters read aloud from the book Eliud Kipchoge - History's fastest marathoner: An insight into the Kenyan life that shapes legends.
    Detailing the experience of spending several weeks immersed in Kenya’s rich running culture – an incubator of running’s elite – and the most striking components of Eliud’s training, the book explores the ascetic devotion of this group of men and the aspects of Eliud’s life that have supported and propelled him to reach such vertiginous heights.
    The book is available on Amazon.
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    • 30 min
    #32 - German Silva

    #32 - German Silva

    German Silva is a retired Mexican Olympic distance runner, winner of the 1994 and 1995 New York City Marathon and the Mexican half marathon record holder (60:28).
    Silva made a name for himself after his dramatic 1994 New York City Marathon victory. With under a mile remaining, Silva was running stride for stride with co-leader and training partner Benjamin Paredes. As the pair ran through Central Park, the camera car veered right, pulling off the course and Silva followed. Silva calmly turned around when he realised his mistake, mustering the strength to regain the pace he had been setting, and set about reeling in the twelve second handicap he had just given himself. Silva timed his surge perfectly and passed Paredes with only about 100m remaining to claim his first World Major Marathon victory. This win changed a lot of things for German, it also earned him the moniker ‘Wrong Way Silva’.
    In this episode we share a conversation Sweat Elite's Tait Hearps has with German Silva covering:
    * German’s journey into athletics as a young boy growing up in rural Mexico
    * Early racing (running his debut marathon in preparation for a 10,000m)
    * Many anecdotes from his time as a junior
    * Transitioning to the marathon distance
    * Wrong Way! How this mistake changed his career
    * Dealing with other mishaps, what went wrong before the Atlanta Olympic Marathon
    * Training at very high altitude, including on 4680m Nevado de Toluca
    * Training sessions he used to run
    * How he manipulated altitude to prepare for different races
    * The conditions he and his training partners used to train in
    * Why Mexicans were so much more dominant on the roads then than they are now.
    Read: German Silva – The Wrong Way to the Top https://bit.ly/2ZA2F9Y.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    #31 - Kílian Jornet (Part 2)

    #31 - Kílian Jornet (Part 2)

    Part 2 of our interview with ultrarunning and skyrunning extraordinaire Kilian Jornet. Sweat Elite's Head of Journalism Tait Hearps chats with Kilian Jornet about:
    * Training – what a week of training looks like for him and how he has been changing training over time
    * Nutrition – how he fuels his adventures
    * Self-experimentation and the importance of exploring your own limits, including a few experiments that some might just call crazy
    * What he has learned from his mentors
    * Journaling training and following progress
    * Altitude training and a lot more
    Continued reading: Kilian Jornet – Exploring The Limits Of Human Potential, Above The Clouds www.sweatelite.co/kilian-jornet-exploring-the-limits-of-human-potential-above-the-clouds/
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    • 58 min
    #30 - Kílian Jornet (Part 1)

    #30 - Kílian Jornet (Part 1)

    Some people defy what we can conceive to be within the realm of possibility. Some manage to do it again and again.
    A hero to many, one of the most accomplished and inspiring athletes in the world, a man with a beautiful message. Kilian Jornet has been an enigma since he took the world of mountain sports in the late 2000’s (I can’t just say mountain running because he also was winning world championships in ski mountaineering and taking on FKT expeditions).
    Having the opportunity to sit down with an idol was such a privilege, and Kilian did not disappoint. From his home in Norway, Kilian generously gave a few hours of his time to discuss his adventures, the training that powers these incredible feats, and what is driving him. Kilian is a long-time subscriber of Sweat Elite and he was happy to delve into the specifics of what his training looks like (more of that in Part 2). He is charming and beautifully expressive, with a humility that belies his jaw-dropping list of achievements.
    This is Part 1 of the interview with Kilian Jornet. Part 2 will be released next week.
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    New articles on the Sweat Elite website:
    Kilian Jornet – Exploring The Limits Of Human Potential, Above The Clouds: https://bit.ly/2YTuA4m
    Emil Zatopek – How Grit, Innovation, And Sportsmanship Created A Legend: https://bit.ly/3boXITK
    Taking To The Trails – How It Will Help You Be A Better Runner: https://bit.ly/2LkLqBh
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    • 45 min

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