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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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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.

    147. The Big Hydration Episode, with Sports Scientist Andy Blow

    147. The Big Hydration Episode, with Sports Scientist Andy Blow

    Today's conversation is a long overdue episode on hydration. I'm thrilled to have Andy Blow on to share his expertise.
    Andy is a Sports Scientist with a degree from the University of Bath, focusing his expertise on sweat, dehydration and cramping. He's also a former elite level triathlete with numerous Top 10 finishes and an Xterra World title. He's now the CEO of Precision Hydration.
    As runners, we're all familiar with cramping, electrolytes, and hydration - but Andy really breaks these down for us. We talk about:
    Fluid loss, dehydration, and over-hydration (known as hyponatremia) Electrolytes Environmental factors Determining your sweat rate What to do if you are a salty sweater Andy helps us understand how to apply all this in training and in races. And I really appreciate his emphasis on simplifying hydration, depending on the environmental conditions and duration of workouts.
    I hope this topic will be as fun for you to learn about as it was for me.
    Thank You Naked Nutrition I want to thank Naked Nutrition for their sponsorship of this podcast. They make great dietary supplements without artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors. Only the purest ingredients - and everything is made in the USA.
    I've been taking their Vanilla Whey Protein Powder for a few months now and can confidently say that it's the best protein powder I've ever had: it tastes great and I know I'm not ingesting what I don't need. I've used a lot of different protein powders over the years and this is definitely my favorite.
    I love that this protein powder has only 3 ingredients and the whey is sourced from grass fed cows' milk. For those looking for a plant-based option, Naked Nutrition has vegan protein powders as well, also made from clean ingredients.
    I've also started taking their Naked Greens supplement, which is basically a powder of different vegetables, grasses, and leafy greens. It certainly tastes like grass (that's the point, I think) but I like the fact that I'm giving my body an extra dose of veggies. I know many of us can all use a boost in our nutrition and this is a great way to do it.
    Check out all their products and let me know what you think!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    146. Amelia Boone on Battling Your Inner Critic, the Nuances of Confidence, and Improving Self-Talk

    146. Amelia Boone on Battling Your Inner Critic, the Nuances of Confidence, and Improving Self-Talk

    Amelia Boone is a giant in the obstacle course racing world and she's started competing in ultramarathons over the last few years as well. Many of her fans know she has struggled with an eating disorder and spent time in treatment last year. She’s now in recovery, she just moved to Colorado, and she’s been riding her Ellipti-Go on the Front Range’s big climbs over the last few months. 
    Jason has always looked up to Amelia and admired her work ethic, her talent, and her drive. But also her vulnerability and how she invites us along as she deals with her struggles.
    Amelia gave Jason some courage last year to share how losing his grandfather was so incredibly hard and the toll that it took. In this podcast, she gives us a glimpse of how she pushes through challenges and the things that she continues to struggle with.
    In this episode as Jason and Amelia discuss:
    Reframing criticism The fine line of "trusting your body" Self-talk and mantras during a race The slippery slope of too much confidence I hope you take away some lessons from this episode because no doubt, there’s a lot to learn from such an admirable human being.
    Thank You PATH Projects! PATH Projects continues to be a great supporter of this podcast! I'm grateful for their partnership and want to share more about their products - I think you'll love them as much as I do.
    PATH Projects is an online-only retailer of high-quality running gear and apparel. That means there is no retail markup, making their products quite affordable.
    Currently, I’m wearing the Sykes 5″ Shorts (see them in action in this video) and I'll be getting a pair of their new Wildcat 3” racing shorts soon. If you know me, you won't be surprised that I'm really excited about this! I know they will be my go-to shorts for running.
    PATH uses new technical fabrics and innovations to create award-winning apparel for endurance athletes. In fact, their Brim shorts and Tahoe base liner won Runner’s World’s 2018 Gear of the Year award. And the Pyrinees hoodie was named one of the best six sweatshirts for running in the cold by Gear Patrol.
    You know you'll be wearing the best when you select PATH Projects!

    • 47 min
    145. How to Build Mindset Mastery and the Mental Skills to Thrive

    145. How to Build Mindset Mastery and the Mental Skills to Thrive

    At Strength Running, we're focusing on mastering our mindset in 2020. How do we build the mental fitness to have unstoppable confidence, the mental toughness to persevere, and the fortitude to stay consistent with your training month after month?
    In this episode, coach Jason Fitzgerald discusses:
    The benefits you should expect from sports psychology Common mistakes he wants you to avoid A story of his first experience with the performance psychology strategy of visualization Two strategies for improving your mental fitness  Today's sponsor is our newest training program: Mindset Mastery.
    This course makes performance psych approachable for all runners by focusing on the 5 core mental skills for endurance athletes: Focus, Anxiety Management, Intensity, Mental Toughness, and Confidence. 
    It includes video presentations, guidance from renowned sports psychologists, mental exercises, a complete Training Plan Library, and the Mindset Toolbox of bonus resources.
    See all the details at strengthrunning.com/mindset/

    • 23 min
    144. Dr. Cindra Kamphoff on Managing Fear and Reframing Adversity

    144. Dr. Cindra Kamphoff on Managing Fear and Reframing Adversity

    In today’s episode, we’re discussing how to reframe adversity and manage fear.
    Cindra has numerous tools that she talks about for reframing adversity. One that I liked, in particular, is asking yourself "why is this happening for me?", instead of "to me". This helps to view challenges in light of the growth opportunities. She also suggests asking yourself questions like:
    What is the opportunity here? How is this situation a gift? What is amazing about my life/family? What can I be grateful for? Cindra shares facts about fear to highlight that fear is universal and that we can choose to act courageously.
    In this conversation, Cindra also provides actionable steps for:
    Overcoming negative bias Developing mental toughness Ways to train your mind daily with Grit Priming Exercises Dealing with fear I hope you'll enjoy listening to this episode and putting these strategies into action for yourself.
    I want to thank Naked Nutrition for their ongoing sponsorship of this podcast. They make great dietary supplements without artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors. Only the purest ingredients - and everything is made in the USA.
    I've been taking their Vanilla Whey Protein Powder for several weeks now and can confidently say that it's the best protein powder I've ever had: it tastes great and I know I'm not ingesting what I don't need. I've used a lot of different protein powders over the years and this is definitely my favorite.
    I love that this protein powder has only 3 ingredients and the whey is sourced from grass fed cows' milk. For those looking for a plant-based option, Naked Nutrition has vegan protein powders as well.
    I've also started taking their Naked Greens supplement, which is basically a powder of different vegetables, grasses, and leafy greens. It certainly tastes like grass (that's the point, I think) but I like the fact that I'm giving my body an extra dose of veggies.
    Check out all their products and let me know what you think once you try them out!

    • 51 min
    143. Confronting Inequality, with Black Girls RUN! CEO Jay Ell Alexander

    143. Confronting Inequality, with Black Girls RUN! CEO Jay Ell Alexander

    Our guest today is Jay Ell Alexander. She’s the owner of The Vaughn Strategy, a public relations strategy consulting firm. And in 2018, she become the owner and CEO of the Black Girls RUN! Organization.
    Black Girls RUN! wants to encourage African-American women to make fitness and healthy living a priority. Their goal is to create a movement to lower the disproportionately high health outcomes in the female African-American community and subsequently, lower the number of women with chronic diseases associated with an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle.
    Our discussion today focuses on the history of Black Girls RUN, the health disparities African-American women experience, how we can all work together to create a more equal playing field, and how you can get involved with Black Girls Run. 
    Thank You PATH Projects I also want to express my gratitude for the ongoing support from PATH Projects. They make affordable running gear that’s incredibly high quality. You can find everything from running shorts to headwear on their site.
    Currently, I’m wearing the Sykes 5″ Shorts (see them in action in this video), the Pyrinees hooded sweatshirt, and the Torch base liner. Their gear is unique, stylish, and a premium quality that feels great to wear. And because they are a direct to consumer shop, PATH skips the retail markup and keeps prices affordable.
    I personally love how functional their gear is – both for running and wearing around the house. Check them out, you won’t be disappointed!

    • 41 min
    142. Master Your Mental Game with Pro Sports Psychologist Justin Su’a

    142. Master Your Mental Game with Pro Sports Psychologist Justin Su’a

    Justin is currently the Mental Performance and Leadership Coach with the Tampa Bay Rays, a major league baseball team. Prior to that, he worked for the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Browns. He works with both coaches and players to improve the overall performance of their organizations.
    Justin holds a Master of Science degree in Sport and Performance Psychology and his framework for improving performance will give us a glimpse of how he works with a variety of his clients.
    We also address questions such as:
    What happens when you focus on results versus the process? Is it possible to "teach an old dog new tricks"? Should you tinker with your training plans to improve faster? Does goal setting work for everyone? I hope you find this conversation filled with useful suggestions and ideas on how you, too, can improve your mental game.
    Thank You Naked Nutrition I want to thank Naked Nutrition for joining as our newest podcast sponsor. They make dietary supplements with the purest ingredients with no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors - and everything is made in the USA.
    I've been taking their Vanilla Whey Protein Powder for several weeks now and can confidently say that it's the best protein powder I've ever had: it tastes great and I know I'm not ingesting what I don't need. I've used a lot of different protein powders over the years and this is definitely my favorite.
    I love that this protein powder has only 3 ingredients and the whey is sourced from grass fed cows' milk. For those looking for a plant-based option, Naked Nutrition has vegan protein powders as well.
    I'm also getting a shipment of their Naked Greens powder soon. I'll tell you about it after I test it out.
    Check out all their products and let me know what you think once you try them out!

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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548 Ratings

548 Ratings

Fred Herrman ,

First In Class Podcast

Jason Fitzgerald’s Strength Running podcast is best in class. Because of his personal experience and accomplishments and multiple decades of work in running, Jason is able to get the most varied running athletes in the field onto his show and pick their brains as a listener would hope to do for tips and stories. Equally, he brings out the most useful and poignant insights from the periodic “in-show” coaching calls he does with every day runners who are working to improve their race times and to reduce their injury rates. As you listen to his guests, you will find that the knowledge of elite runners translates to us mere mortals, because as you will discover, running ability and improvement is all on a continuous spectrum. Running comprises unique characteristics of both allowing us to race in the same field as elite runners, and also of allowing us to go through the same training process as elite athletes, albeit, at lower intensities. Jason is able to bring out the lessons from every level of runner to the listener in a way that shows us that we are not alone in our milestones or in our injuries. We all make the same mistakes, and we can all learn from each other through the Strength Running Podcast. If you are interested in improving you’re running, staying injury free for as long as possible, and gaining more “joy of performance” out of your training and daily running with the help of some mental reframing, this is the show for you.

EmilyPetrieWalker ,

Where’s the response from Maffetone?

I was a college/scholarship runner. You need to give Maffetone an opportunity to respond. This one sided criticism may have aspects of validity but it is clear to me that you haven’t read his books as you only understand a portion of the protocol. We live in a world where harder, longer, tougher is always better… It’s very difficult to wrap one’s brain around the fact that a gentle approach actually works. It has definitely worked for me. I would start with considering the fact that he does state that if you’re accumulating PRs this isn’t a necessary approach. This approach is for those of us that did put in the time and still couldn’t maintain performance levels.

mimodpt ,

Super impressed

As a running coach and physical therapist who treats runners, I love the info and stories you get from this podcast. I can say that the medical professionals brought on by Jason are top notch and give current evidence based perspectives for runners. Also HUGE job of starting conversations about race and how to begin to take actionable steps to be part of the solution of uniting fellow humans in this country. Every platform has a chance to either help or hinder those steps and this one has chosen to help. (Interview with Jay Ell Alexander w/ Black Girls Run very timely and pertinent) Great stuff!

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