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Apr 24, 2020

Welcome to episode 159 of the Final Surge Podcast where today we welcome coach and performance lab expert Benjamin Tilus to the show. Ben is the host of the XLR8 Podcast and does work with the XLR8 Performance Lab in Iowa. We talk about how you can take your threshold and VO2 Max numbers and make them work for you.

:55 How did you get started in running?

4:10 Where did you run in college?

5:30 How did you get into coaching?

11:11 You are still coaching high school?

12:20 What is XLR8 Performance Lab?

16:54 Does that $60 get you just the VO2 test?

19:07 Some people are getting these results from their watch, how accurate are those?

21:14 Do you bring your team in or do you just offer it as a service?

22:18 What are you doing with the information you are getting to benefit the athlete?

26:39 You give them paces for training?

29:06 Is one of the online running pace calculators better than others?

34:05 What are you doing now with your athletes during the shutdown?

39:16 Are your tracks open?

40:45 How did the XLR8 Podcast come about?

44:32 What is one guest you have had on that you took a lot out of it?

49:14 What if someone from another state is interested in getting tested can they reach out for other resources?

Resources
XLR8 Website
XLR8 Twitter

Apr 17, 2020

Welcome to episode 158 of the Final Surge Podcast. We welcome back the most downloaded guest of all time, Coach Tom 'Tinman' Schwartz. We catch up on a few things including how his team is dealing with the current lockdown situation, what teams should be doing now to get ready for the fall season and we discuss the new training plans he has released which you can find on Final Surge.

1:00 How are you holding up with the Covid-19 epidemic?

2:35 You used to coach from a distance for years so that must help?

2:55 Everyone healthy?

4:04 We had a group of high school coaches talking about the long-distance until cross, so how do you plan your time?

6:21 Most programs will take 10-14 days, would you recommend they do it now?

13:53 You just recently released a couple of training plans on Final Surge

24:04 Your buildup plan you are doing workouts week one

30:06 So you a fan of speed ladders?

31:59 The other training plan is a longer non-high school buildup

33:51 With the summer training plan could you use that during cross country season too?

37:20 When you are talking about taking a break you said people make the mistake of taking two weeks off

42:10 Talk about your calculator and how people should use it

49:35 I use the calculator often but I have used the 1600 a lot for paces

Resources
RunFastCoach.com
Running Calculator
Training Plans
Tom on Instagram

Apr 10, 2020

Welcome to episode 157 of the Final Surge Podcast. Today we welcome Amanda Brooks. Amanda is a coach, but you probably know here from her running blog Run To The Finish. Amanda is one of the most successful running bloggers of all time. We talk to her about her blog, about coaching athletes, how she is coping with the stay at home orders and we discuss her new book.

:59 How are you holding up during these stay at home orders?

1:28 How did you get started in running?

2:40 Did that conversation about being awkward in running, did that not lead you to track or anything?

3:19 Did you have the flexibility issues when you ran your first half marathon?

4:14 What happened after your first race?

5:16 The next year how did you come up with a training plan?

6:06 How did the blog develop?

7:14 2007 Everyone was getting a blog, was Run To The Finish the first blog?

7:47 When did you start getting involved in coaching?

8:44 You went 5 years before you made the blog your career, how did you stay with it that long?

10:20 The running blog community was a great community early on, where were some of your early inspirations?

11:50 When you decided you were going to make this a career what was the hardest obstacle?

12:34 How has viewership changed with social media?

13:36 How many blog posts do you have?

13:58 What is your most popular post?

14:17 Is the half marathon your distance you like?

14:55 During the quarantine how had viewership changed?

15:34 I see a lot more people in the day, do you think there are more out there running?

16:27 Are your coaching clients more experienced or newbies?

17:12 What are their goals?

17:49 When you start working with a client how do you start and come up with a gameplan?

19:16 What is the best way you like to work with new clients? What type of plans are there?

21:06 New runners and coaches

22:32 What are the most common injury issues?

24:28 What do you do with low heart rate training?

25:20 How does the 4 months of low heart rate running work?

27:40 How strict are you with the heart rate

28:04 If you have someone been running for a few years how hard is it for them to not get discouraged?

29:18 What do you recommend for heart rate monitors?

31:28 That Vo2 max on a watch can be off by a lot

32:02 What do you do for weak hips?

33:16 How are you using Final Surge?

34:42 Tell us about the new book

36:18 Did the 13 years of writing for the website give you most of the content, or is there all new material?

37:00 Will there still be a book tour?

Final Surge round, 5 questions in under a minute

Favorite endurance/running book? -  80/20
Current trainers you are wearing? -   Nike Epic React
Favorite race? – Philly Marathon
Favorite recovery meal or recovery drink? – Almand butter and Cheerios
Your favorite workout – Long Run

Resources
Coaching
Website
Amanda Brooks on Twitter
Run To The Finish Book

Apr 2, 2020

Welcome to episode 156 of the Final Surge Podcast. Today we welcome back Tinman Elite runner Drew Hunter. Drew is coming off the first real injury of his running career. We talk about the setback and what that was like for him. We then get into the current Covid-19 situation and how that has impacted him and his team. Drew has some words of encouragement for everyone out there listening and some advice for those high school kids who lost their track season.

:54 How are you feeling after your first real injury?

3:28 Didn't the injury come in the last 200 meters of the race?

5:40 What was the hardest part of dealing with your first injury, was it physical or mental?

7:45 You mentioned you had a race on the calendar, what was that race?

8:47 How are you and your teammates dealing with not knowing when that next race is going to come?

11:56 You mentioned you looked at why you got injured, is there anything that you are doing differently now?

14:47 Have you talked about how you don't know when the next race is so you are going to just stay in a base training mode now?

16:08 Many states are shutting down their spring sports so the track season is done before it really gets going, what would you tell a kid on how to stay motivated?

19:00 What are you doing as a team to keep your sanity during this time of social distancing?

24:46 For your high school fan who may struggle to do the next workout what types of words of encouragement do you have?

26:10 When does the next round of Tinman gear drop?

27:13 What are you guys working on right now and filming?

28:28 So you have your own videographer now?

29:04 Where is the best place for people to follow this content?

 

Resources
Tinman Website
Youtube
Twitter
Instagram
Drew Twitter

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