18 episodes

The Coaching Runners Podcast helps coaches hone their craft via in-depth interviews with elite coaches and accomplished athletes, as well as sports scientists and strength and conditioning coaches. Jay Johnson hosts the show. Links and notes from each episode can be found at www.coachjayjohnson.com.

Coaching Runners Podcast Coach Jay Johnson

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    • 4.9, 37 Ratings

The Coaching Runners Podcast helps coaches hone their craft via in-depth interviews with elite coaches and accomplished athletes, as well as sports scientists and strength and conditioning coaches. Jay Johnson hosts the show. Links and notes from each episode can be found at www.coachjayjohnson.com.

    017 - Special Covid-19 episode with Jeff Messer, PhD

    017 - Special Covid-19 episode with Jeff Messer, PhD

    Jeff Messer, PhD, and Jay discuss how coaches and athletes can view training during the Covid-19 pandemic.
    Dr. Messer references two papers and summaries them in this podcast.
    1. Debunking the Myth of Exercise-Induced Immune Suppression: Redefining the Impact of Exercise on Immunological Health Across the Lifespan. Campbell JP1, Turner JE1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29713319 2. The compelling link between physical activity and the body's defense system David C. Niemana,⁎ and Laurel M. Wentzb https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6523821/ At the end of this podcast is a coupon code for $12 off any BoulderRunningClinics.com videos, clinics that Dr. Messer has both spoken at and attended.

    • 52 min
    016 - Tony Holler - Part 2

    016 - Tony Holler - Part 2

    Tony and Jay spend most of this episode focused on training, specifically discussing what distance coaches can adapt from the sprint world to improve performance.
    If you listened to episode 005 with Tony you know he strongly recommends distance coaches use wickets (aka mini-hurdles) with their athletes. He tweaks that suggestion a bit and points out that it's very common for distance runners to run a set of wickets with poor mechanics. He then goes into detail with a progression of drills coaches can use to teach proper mechanics.
    And just as John O'Malley said it's important to watch this video with Jeff Boele, Tony gives his reasons for why it's a must-watch for serious distance coaches.
    Combine this episode with episode 014 and you have almost three and a half hours with Tony!

    • 1 hr 28 min
    015 - John O'Malley, Dr. Jeff Messer and Jeff Boelé

    015 - John O'Malley, Dr. Jeff Messer and Jeff Boelé

    Three former guests on the podcast discuss a variety of topics, starting with a definition of the term “speed” and how that term fits into the training of distance runners. Specifically, Jeff Boelé and John O’Malley discuss acceleration and why it may or may not be useful for distance runners.
    The conversation then moves on to a discussion of terminology across a spectrum of intensities, including threshold and vVo2max running. Later in the podcast John and Jeff Boelé address a question Joan Hunter submitted regarding sub-max velocity work and their answers are fantastic. 

    This podcast is in many ways an extension of the conversations these three men and Jay Johnson have been engaging in via a text thread for the past year. 

    While technical at times, the majority of the information in this podcast will be useful for coaches with two years of experience, coaches with 20 years of experience and everyone in between. 

    For complete show notes visit CoachJayJohnson.com. Included is the link to the 20-minute video of Jeff Boelé’s neural session practice, the video that John O’Malley says is a must-watch. If you'd like some transcribed excerpts of this podcast please join Jay’s email list by visiting CoachJayJohnson.com. 

    Finally, John, Dr. Messer and Jay all spoke at the 2020 Boulder Running Clinics and at the end of the podcast Jay shares a coupon code that will give you $10 off those videos. Visit BoulderRunningClinics.com to purchase the videos.  


    John O’Malley  

    A Brooks “Top 25 Most Inspiring Coaches” award winner, Coach O’Malley has an unprecedented coaching resume. He has had the unique ability to coach the “average” runner in addition to being able to take elite runners to the highest levels in Illinois and United States history. His cross country teams at Sandburg H.S. have qualified for state 14 years in a row, which accounts for every year he’s been coaching. His teams have placed in the top 10 in state eight separate occasions out, including three top-four finishes, a runner up in 2014 and a state championship in 2015. Without their #2 runner, his team placed 4th at NXN in 2015 after qualifying and placing 16th in 2014. In addition to coaching two NXN teams, he has coached two individual qualifiers.  

    He coached two-time Illinois state champion, 8:29 2-miler, 3:59 miler, only double Footlocker and Nike National Champion, Lukas Verzbicas. Last year Dylan Jacobs won Footlocker Midwest Regional, making Coach O’Malley the only coach to have coached two Footlocker Midwest Regional champions. Jacobs would go on to be a double All-American at NXN and Footlocker as a junior. At Detweiller Park, the Illinois state cross country course since 1972, two of O’Malley’s runners have broken 14:00, a feat only achieved by a total of six runners in Illinois history. His ability to create a culture in which all his athletes are fully engaged and determined is perhaps best exemplified by David Gleisner who as a healthy senior did not manage to make the team’s top seven and run at state or nationals, but would run 9:16 for 3200 that spring.  

    On the track, O’Malley has coached five runners who have run 4:10 or better for 1600 and 15 runners 1:57 or better in the 800. His 4 x 800 relays have been most dominant. Having run 7:46 or better for the last six consecutive seasons, they placed in the top five in state seven times, including two state champion relays and setting the Illinois State Record of 7:37.3. In all, he’s had ten different foursomes run under 7:48. Additionally, Sean Torpy set the all-time Illinois State Record in the 800 of 1:47.9. His 4 x mile relay won the 2016 New Balance Indoor National title. Sean Torpy would go on to become the Illinois state champion in the 1600, Chris Torpy the Il

    • 2 hr 35 min
    014 - Tony Holler - Part 1 of 2

    014 - Tony Holler - Part 1 of 2

    Note: Explicit content in this episode.
    Tony Holler (@pntrack) is the head track coach at Plainfield North High School in the Chicago area. Tony Holler has coached track for 38 years, football for 28, and basketball for 15. In June of 2019, Tony retired after his 38th year of teaching (Chemistry). He remains as the head track coach.
    Holler’s teams have won three state championships. In 2018, his Plainfield North team swept the sprints in Illinois, winning the 100m, 200m, 4x1, and 4x2, setting new state records in the 100m and 4x1. In 2019, Plainfield North again featured the state champion in both the 100 and 200.
    Tony Holler and Chris Korfist own the Track Football Consortium, providing education for coaches twice a year (December and June). TFC will expand in 2020 to Dallas (Jan 25-26) and St. Louis (Feb 7-8).
    Tony Holler is the originator of “Feed the Cats” and speaks at clinics and seminars from coast to coast. In September of 2019, Holler did a five workshop “Feed the Cats Tour” in England and Ireland, hosted by Jonas Dodoo.
    Tony Holler produced a track and field video for Championship Productions in 2019, Feed the Cats: A Complete Sprint Training Program. The DVD/VIDEO was the #1 seller of all the videos sold for Championship Productions, ALL SPORTS.
    Holler is also the author of nearly 200 articles about coaching, high performance, and education.

    • 1 hr 56 min
    013 - Scott Steffen

    013 - Scott Steffen

    Scott Steffen is the boy’s and girl’s coach at Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, IN.
    His boys team won the state cross country championship in 2019. Indiana has a single classification championship and Concordia Lutheran has an enrollment of just over 700 students. His boys went on to finish 4th at the NXR in unquestionably one of the toughest regions.
    In this podcast Scott talks about the challenges of coaching at a small school and the challenges of having a small team.
    Scott is a member of all three seasons of High School Running Coach and he talks about how that resource, and Jay’s Fundamentals Education course, have impacted his coaching.
    Finally, go to CoachJayJohnson.com and the Coach Runners Podcast page to find a link to the notes for this episode. Included in this episode are transcribed excerpts of the highlights of this episode.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    012 - Jay Johnson - New Format

    012 - Jay Johnson - New Format

    Just a quick update to let you know that a new episode will be released every Monday. Most episodes will be interviews, but every so often Jay will do a Q&A.
    Jay goes into a bit of detail about the 2020 Boulder Running Clinics, which is an example of the only ads that will be on the podcast - ventures that help Jay keep the podcast going.
    Please join his email list by going to coachjayjohnson.com.
    If you have a question that you'd like him to answer on the podcast please send it to jay@coachjayjohnson.com with "podcast" in the subject line.
    Finally, if you're on iTunes and would be willing to rate the podcast that would be greatly appreciated.

    • 15 min

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37 Ratings

"Coach A" ,

Awesome !

As someone who coaches HS XC/TF I can not recommend this cast enough. There is something in every episode that you can take and use. I’ve shared numerous episodes with some of my coaching colleagues as i feel the information here is valuable.

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Always informative and interesting!

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So valuable for coaches and athletes alike!

A real gift that Jay Johnson is back hosting a podcast! Great guests and a wealth of knowledge for coaches and athletes of any level!

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