For The Long Run
Summary: Exploring the why behind what keeps runners running long, strong, and motivated. The cover photo is my Why: finishing my first 50k, which was a last minute change of plans due to TNF50 cancellation, supported and surrounded by some of the best humans in the trail running world.
Seth Waltz is a runner living in Boston with a running squad about as big as his goals. Seth, or "Common Athlete" not only knows everyone in the Boston running community, but runs with just about all of them on a weekly basis. We talked training, motivation, and how he went from nearly a 4 hour marathon to his goal of lining up in the elite corral at the Boston Marathon... and why that's important to him.
Adrienne Langelier is a sport psychology consultant and we dove into the mental side of training. We talked about how to crush anything from a 5k to a marathon and beyond, and more about the value of being able to accept that a race is going to (and should) be painful. There are some great tips for dealing with and managing injuries, as well as many other awesome takeaways from this one!
Magda Boulet is the VP of Innovation at GU Energy Labs and runs for Hoka. She has many podiums and race wins to her name, including the prestigious Western States 100, and she’s also a US Olympian in the marathon. In today’s episode we talked about how Magda got her job at GU nearly 20 years ago, and how things have changed since then. We also talked about GU’s partnership with InsideTracker, and how Magda and her team have used a science based approach when it comes to product innovation. Magda clearly loves the running community, and what got her out the door the first time was simple: to make friends. Magda shared some tips on how to manage a busy career alongside her training and family life, as well as what gets her excited when it comes to training, travel, and racing. What Magda seems to have the most pride in talking about is how she is able to inspire other runners as well as her son Owen to see that anything truly is possible, and that dreams are certainly worth chasing, no matter how big they are.
"Sometimes you have to listen that there's no fire within." I sat down to chat with Sarah while she was in Boston to get some practice on the course on a mid January weekend. We shared the magic of the Newton Hills, full of runners and volunteers handing out water, and it stoked the fire for Sarah's upcoming training cycle. We talked about motivation, taking time off, and how to keep that fire lit.
Allie Kieffer is a professional runner for Oiselle and Asics, We talked about how she got into the sport, how she briefly got out of it and then back in again. Allie shared her passion for body positivity, and we talked about trends in social media and the requirements of being an athlete in today's day and age, and much more. Find Allie on Twitter at @AllieKieffer and Instagram at @KiefferAllie
I sat down with Ben Rosario, head coach of the HOKA Northern Arizona Elite team to talk about his background in running, and how he brings out the best in his athletes. We covered the benefit of a process oriented approach versus being goal/time oriented, leaning into the pain of a tough race, a look into what it's like to train as a pro athlete, why you should sign up for something out of your comfort zone... and much more!