Episode 138: Jason Fitzgerald of Strength Running. Jason has been blogging and creating online courses for about a decade. Jason has a new program out called Running Smarter, Runner Stronger. This program is 17 chapters of high-quality video to make you a better runner. Check out Jason's program and if want to train with a purpose head over to FinalSurge.com for your free account, now onto the show.
1:33 How Strength Running Started
4:45 You have been doing this for a decade now, but when I saw your new trailer I knew this was next level stuff
6:25 Who is this new course designed for?
9:00 We expect strength training and injury prevention content from you, but this is so much more, does this take place of a coach?
10:50 One of the things you talk about is overstriding, in this video series what is the structure of the advice they would get?
15:25 One thing you hear often is you don't want to change form too quickly in their running for. What are some of the things you work on to do this?
18:50 Overstriding vs long stride
23:12 A new runner the cardiovascular system grows and develops faster than the body, how does your program deal with mileage buildup?
26:41 One of the chapters is on speedwork, can you give an example of what may be found in that chapter?
29:54 Where can people find out more online and get a sample lesson?
Episode 137: Brad Curtis is the cross country coach of a small school in Arizona. Their boy's team this year is a top ten school in the state, not bad for a school of only 200 kids with only 12 boys on the team. We talk to Brad about the struggles of being a coach from such a small school and how he has built a strong culture.
1:10 When did you start in running?
2:08 His background in boxing and how far the boxing career went
4:02 How did that lead to being a cross country and track coach?
4:59 How old is the school and how big is it?
4:58 You are competing in a state where some schools have 3-4,000 kids
6:23 Small school makes it tough in what way?
7:52 How many kids are on the high school team?
8:15 When you took over the program from Josh how big was the team at the time?
9:00 When your team is not big and not competitive how do you entice kids to come out and get involved?
10:50 How big is your middle school program?
11:38 Are you losing them because you are a small school without the resources or facilities?
13:29 You have 25 kids and 12 boys, and you are looking at a top 10 school in the state this year. How hard is it to keep kids so you can build this?
16:00 When you have 3500 kids and you have 50 boys on the team it is much easier to develop and find those top driven kids, when you only have 12 you have to get the most out of each one of the kids, what is the secret to keeping them all driven and focused?
18:33 Has the success of Jordan Black helped by getting people working harder or does it discourage people because they cannot keep up with him?
22:21 How did you change the culture in the program?
24:33 How has training changed, what has been your philosophy?
26:40 What does a normal day look like at your practice?
27:40 What does the week look like?
29:38 So how many miles is that a week?
30:35 Small schools can fluctuate, what advice do you have to make the program more consistent?
33:00 Did it help with recruiting?
34:45 If you have only 12 boys, and some are really fast and some are really slow and then in between, that doesnt leave large packs, how do you monitor how much people are running and at what effort?
37:23 Do you find it beneficial for those who do log their miles?
38:35 Do you have a workout you repeat to kind of gauge your level of fitness and progression?
40:03 Are your 1k's at CV pace?
Final Surge 5 questions in under a minute
Favorite endurance/running book? - Running with the Buffalo's
Current trainers you are wearing? - Brooks Ghost
Favorite race? - 5k
Favorite recovery meal or recovery drink? - Chocolate Milk
Your favorite workout - 1k repeats
Episode 136: Reed Fischer of the Tinman Elite Group has had quite a year. He has set a PR in everything from the 5k to the half marathon and just came in 5th in the 20k National Championship. This is quite an accomplishment for someone who didn't break 23 minutes in a 5k his freshman season or 5 minutes in a mile until he was a sophomore in high school. We talk to Reed about his growth and about the success of his team.
1:15 How did you get started in running?
4:20 When you were a freshman/sophomore what type of times were you running?
6:50 Where was it that you made your biggest change that set you on this path?
9:53 You had a steady progression after that, when was it you realized that college running may be a possibility?
12:14 Did you think you had a shot at making the team at Drake?
14:21 Who started working with Tom first you or Brogan?
15:45 How did you end up teaming up with Tinmen?
18:31 Most of you are not the NCAA Champions but you have tremendous success as a team and competing for national championships so what is it that is making you guys so successful?
23:40 Tom has been fairly open about his training, what has been the biggest change in your training since you joined him?
27:33 Breaking down the 7/7/7 a little more and many PR's this year, what is the plan with the marathon?
29:00 Does your success this year make you want to give the 800 a go and see what you could do?
30:37 The first marathon is always an experience, so going into your first one what are your expectations and goals?
35:00 Next year is an Olympic year, what will your focus be?
36:55 You are a very young team how has the reception been from other teams?
Final Surge 5 questions in under a minute
Favorite endurance/running book? - Running with the Buffalos
Current trainers you are wearing? - Asics GT-2000
Favorite race? - Drake Relays
Favorite recovery meal or recovery drink? - Cheeseburger
Your favorite workout - Tempo and a long run