The mental aspect of competition often takes a backseat to making sure that you have racked up the miles of preparation. In this episode, we cover one of the worst outcomes of any race...choking. We spend some time going into the nuances of another chapter out of Matt Fitzgerald's book How Bad Do You Want It? to dive into the details of what choking is and how to avoid this terrible race result.
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Technology has paved the way for huge advancements in running. While not many are going to argue the benefits of shoe updates and wicking fibers, the picture becomes a little less clear when you look at activity trackers and phone apps. Have we become so dependent on technology that we are missing the human component of running and training?
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Running is bad for your knees, right? That's what we all hear from everyone around us that doesn't run, but is it true? Today, we get a little medical, and talk about a condition that plagues a LOT of runners: knee pain. Here's the spoiler: Running is NOT bad for your knees, when done correctly. Unfortunately, knee pain does tend to affect a lot of runners, so we are here today to help you out a bit.
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Goal setting: It's something that we know we should do, but do we always do it? And if we do, are we setting effective and appropriate goals that are pushing us to succeed or setting us up for failure?
When we look at our lives and want to improve our health, our running, or just our life in general, we should be setting goals. In this episode, you will learn:
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What the heck is periodization of training? It's a fun vocabulary word that refers to cycling your training plan. If you are shooting for a goal race, or if you just want to keep improving and getting faster, training cycles are very important.
Macro cycles are the big chunks of your training plan that have one goal in mind, like one season of the year. Micro cycles are the weeks within that larger macro cycle, where you vary your mileage and purpose of your workouts to make the most gains and avoid injury.
Today's episode is chock FULL of some pretty technical stuff and guidelines on planning out your training cycles to allow your body to make the gains it needs to get faster. Cycling your training is also very important for injury prevention and to avoid boredom.
If you like going out on a run just for fun, you might want to skip this one. It's pretty technical, so if that doesn't interest you, no biggie! If you want to...
In a world of distracted drivers and stories of runners being hurt, thinking about running safety is now more important than ever. We tell you all about why this has become very important to us recently, with the development of a new medical condition. In this episode, we talk about running safety, especially the topics of:
This was a pretty personal episode for us, and we discussed something that we have been dealing with lately that has not been easy. We hope you enjoy it.
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In case you hadn't heard, Kevin and Angie are high school cross country coaches. Kevin has been coaching for over 10 years, and Angie joined the team a few years ago. We just got back from the state championship last weekend, so we wanted to think about what lessons we have learned over the course of the season and figure out ways to improve next year.
Anytime we train, we should always take time to evaluate how it is going, what we have been doing, and how we can improve. We need to do that in running and in life, so we think this will be a helpful episode for anyone out there, not just people involved in cross country.
There are some really great connections between being a part of the cross country team and how that applies to us as people, parents, spouses, and runners.
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We all want to feel better while we run, and running does not have to be a chore! Today, we discuss three things that you can start focusing on today to make your running feel better and be more efficient!
What are these three magic things, you wonder? Listen to this one to find out. As always, we give you actionable steps to take to make a few adjustments, as well as the research and experience behind these recommendations.
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Some of the most common questions that we get asked are about running shoes. What kind of shoes do we wear? What kind of shoes should I wear? My friend likes this type of running shoe; would that be good for me? I was told I have flat feet, so what kind of running shoe should I buy?
In this episode, we talk about the different kinds of running shoes, how to figure out what type of shoe to wear, and some of our other recommendations regarding shoes, orthotics, and running footwear.
Running shoes can be categorized into neutral, stability, minimalist, racing flats, trail shoes, ultra cushioning shoes, and motion control. What's the difference between them and which one is right for you? By the end of the episode today, you should hopefully know the answer to that question!
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For the next series of episodes, we will be discussing Matt Fitzgerald's new book, How Bad Do You Want It?
Spoiler alert: We loved it. Matt breaks down a very important topic in sports psychology: how our brain mind can either improve or inhibit our running and athletic performance.
Until about the 1990s, sports performance research was limited to the physical domain. In other words, what physiological factors could be affected in order to improve our performance as athletes. Things such as VO2max, lactic acid threshold, heart rate training, glycogen storage and usage, and other "measurable" factors were what all of the research and training focused on.
However, in the 1990s, a new model of performance enhancement came into play: the psychobiological model. This model explores the connection between the brain and the body and how our thoughts can either improve our performance or hold us back.
And as always, we...
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