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038: Running Without a Finish Line

podcast running May 31, 2018

 

In this world of immediate gratification and all information at our fingertips, everyone wants a quick fix and immediate results. 

Want to get in better shape? Try HIIT training.

Want to get faster?  Try sprints.

Want to lose weight? Try extremely restrictive diets.

Want more money? Click one of those online ads to make $25k this month.

Running isn't like that though.  Distance running is about slow and steady results.  We need to look at running as a journey rather than a single destination.

There is a great benefit to building the aerobic base, but it does not usually deliver quick feedback.  Classic periodization builds a big base and then tries to use speed later in the season to refine the aerobic base into speed.

New runners and old runners off of a break try to circumvent this strategy by hitting speed early and can see positive early results.  In the long run, pure speed will reach a limit quickly and progression will likely stop,...

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037: Running in the Heat

podcast running May 24, 2018

 

 Summer is coming!  It’s important to be aware that heat and humidity can change running in many different ways.  Down here in Florida, we understand the importance of dealing with heat and humidity, but this is important no matter where you live.

Let's review of what happens to body temperature when we exercise: 

  • Body temperature goes up so the body sweats to try to cool it body temp down
  • Body cools down as the sweat evaporates from our skin
  • Body also sends more blood to the skin to cool us down, but during exercise the blood is also being sent to our working muscles - this can lead to overheating
  • Body can divert more blood to skin, but then not as much going to muscles, so muscles have to work harder to produce the same effort

Heat in a dry climate:

  • Dry air evaporates sweat from your body almost as quickly as you’re producing it so you can become dehydrated much more quickly.
  • As you become more and more dehydrated throughout a run, your...
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036: Overcoming Running Fatigue - Mind vs. Body

podcast running May 17, 2018

 

 

Why am I so tired?

Runners know what it is like to be tired.  As real life runners, with jobs, families, and other responsibilities, we definitely know what it is like to be tired.  But what exactly is fatigue?

Scientists used to try to figure out what exercise-induced fatigue was through strictly physiological models.  They figured that the body just ran out of fuel at some point, which caused us to feel fatigue. They talked about fueling, the build-up of by-products in the body (why do you think everyone knows about lactic acid!?), and the other physical changes that occured within our cells.  

Sure, that can explain fatigue, but is it the whole story?  As busy parents, we know that it’s not just physical things that cause us to be fatigued.  When we have a lot of mental stress or a million things going on in our lives, we can feel tired, even though we may be getting enough sleep or eating the right food.  What, then, is the...

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How to Use the Final Surge Coaching App

coaching May 16, 2018

Today, let's talk about Final Surge.  It is an awesome app that we use to coach all of our clients, to make sure that you have your workouts right at your fingertips with no headaches.  

After you purchase a training plan or personalized coaching from us, the next step is to create a Final Surge account and download the app onto your device.  Here are the steps:

To access your program on Final Surge: 

  1. Go into the App Store on your iPhone or Android device
  2. Search for Final Surge
  3. Download the app
  4. Open the app and create a login with username and password (you can also create an account online at Finalsurge.com then just login to the app after you download it)
  5. Accept the coaching invitation that we sent to you
  6. After you accept our coaching invitation, we will be able to load your program onto your account.

Here is a very helpful link to the Final Surge YouTube channel.  Here you will find lots of tutorial videos to help you navigate the app, learn...

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035: Food Is More Than Fuel

food podcast May 10, 2018

 

 

 What is food?  Food is fuel, but food is so much more than just fuel.  Food describes who we are, where we come from, and how we live our lives.  The choices that we make about our food are far-reaching and say a lot about us.

 In today's episode we talk about: 

  • What is food?
  • How does food fuel us?
  • What else does food do besides just fuel us?
  • What is good nutrition?
  • How is good nutrition different for different people?
  • What does it mean for our food to be sustainable?
  • What are the two kinds of sustainability?
  • Is there one best diet?
  • How can we be more mindful about our food choices?

Hope you enjoy it!! Let us know if you have any questions that you would like answered on our show!  

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034: Running Unplugged

podcast running May 03, 2018

 

 

Maybe you are one of those runners that never leaves the house without headphones.  Maybe you are one of those runners who can't stand the idea of having something in your ears.  We have each been both of those runners at one point in our running journey.  Which one is which now?

There are definite benefits of running with music and definite benefits of running unplugged.  Which is better?

Today we talk about:

  • The benefits of running with headphones
  • How music can help cadence
  • How running with headphones can help productivity
  • How running with headphones can help you run longer and farther
  • The benefits of running unplugged, without headphones
  • How running without headphones can help you tune into your body better
  • How running without headphones can improve your view of the world around you
  • How you can use your runs to connect better with others
  • And so much more! 

 Hope you enjoy it!! Let us know if you have any questions that you would like...

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033: When A Race Doesn't Go Well

podcast running Apr 26, 2018

 

 

Sometimes racing goes well.  We have that day when we hit a PR and all is right in the world.  Then there are those days when it doesn't.  We don't hit our goal, we don't PR, and we feel like crap.  

Kevin had one of those races this weekend and today we talk about what went wrong.  There a lot of gems in this episode, so we hope you like it.  

We talk about: 

  • Mental strategies to use when you're not feeling it
  • Different ways to block out the pain
  • What to do when you just want to throw in the towel
  • And so much more!

Hope you enjoy it!! Let us know if you have any questions that you would like answered on our show!  

Thanks for Listening!!

To help out the show:

If you have a topic you would like us to talk about, please send us an email at [email protected]    

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Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help...

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032: When More Doesn't Make You Better

podcast running Apr 19, 2018

 

 

In a world where everyone wants more all the time, is that really what is best?  When is more a good thing, and when is more just, more?

This is a big pitfall for a lot of runners.  People get better and faster when they start adding more miles or more speed work, so they think that continuing to add more will continue to get them better and faster.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case.  

More mileage will make you a better runner.  Speed work will make you a faster runner.  However, we can't just endlessly add mileage or keep dropping times in our workouts just for the sake of doing so.  Many times, our bodies are well-served by maintaining a given training level until our body has reaped all of the benefits from that level before moving on to the next.  

Today, we talk about: 

  • The 4 fundamentals of running that every runner needs to focus on in order to continue to reap the benefits of training and stay healthy...
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031: Running for Weight Loss

food podcast running Apr 12, 2018

 

 

We all want to look good, feel strong, and be in good shape.  That's why a lot of people start running in the first place.  However, while some people naturally lose weight in the process, it's not so easy for others.

What gives?  If we start running, shouldn't the weight just fall off?  Unfortunately for most of us, that's not the case.  There are a lot of factors that go into our body weight, so changing one thing may or may not lead to weight loss.  Running alone does not guarantee weight loss and a thin body.  Look at the starting line of any marathon.  There are people of all shapes and sizes, all of them about to run the same distance, and most of them have been running and training for months or years for it.  Running alone does not lead to a certain body type, weight, or shape.  

Today we talk about the many, many factors that go into our body weight, and why running may or may not be the best avenue for...

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030: Rebuilding After Injury

injury podcast running Apr 05, 2018

 

 

Injury.  The runner’s nemesis. Sometimes it is avoidable.  Other times, it is not. Sometimes we trip and fall.  Sometimes the injury is a result of overtraining. Either way, many runners will find themselves needing to rebuild their mileage after injury.  

Today, we talk about rebuilding speed and power after injury.  We start out with some tips on how to prevent those little aches and pain from turning into a bigger injury (Hint, when in doubt, ice it out!).  

Unfortunately though, not all injuries are preventable.  Some are more serious. Some require the dreaded time off.  If you do find yourself injured, there are definitely good and bad ways to get back into running and rebuild your fitness.  

Today we talk about:

  • What you can do to avoid injury
  • Ways to self-treat to prevent little aches and pains from becoming something bigger
  • Ways to stay in shape while rehabbing from injury
  • How to safely get back into running...
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