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Dec 20, 2017

Welcome to episode 68 of the Final Surge Podcast where we welcome competitive runner and coach Korey Konga of Upper Left Distance Training. Korey came to running as a way to change his health. Korey has a successful ultramarathon resume and has transitioned into coaching. If you enjoy this episode please remember to share the love and share it with a friend.

  • How did you get your start in running?
    • Change of lifestyle
  • Started running ultras and picked up sponsors
    • Moved into coaching
  • What was it that triggered you to change your lifestyle and get into running?
    • Jogged a lot on job
    • Friend suggested run a half marathon
    • Running replaced drinking
  • What was the process like developing as runner and becoming an ultra runner?
    • Read blogs and got inspired
    • 6 months after his half marathon he qualified for Boston
    • 3 months later did his first ultra
    • Training errors lead to injuries
  • You mentioned you got hurt a lot the first year. As a coach, what advice do you give newer runners who may run into those injuries problems?
    • Easier said than done, but listen to body
  • What signs are you looking for when working with your athletes to recognize they may be pushing the envelope too far?
    • Watch Final Surge feedback ratings
  • When did you make the transition into coaching?
    • Been coaching for a while, but two years ago opened the business
  • What does your typical athlete you are coaching look like?
    • 1/2 marathon to 100-mile ultra races
  • What was the biggest difference with training between a 1/2 marathon runner and an ultra running?
    • Time commitment and volume
    • As move to more specific stages changes, ultra do a lot of long hill repeats
  • You mentioned the base season may be similar between the 1/2 and ultra, are you talking types of workouts or volume?
    • Volume can be different, but workouts similar
    • All do short hill sprints, strides
  • You mentioned a runner in a pancake flat area, if I had a restriction on hills available to me, how would you recommend someone trains to get in some hill type work?
    • Treadmill
    • Really short hills for sprints
    • Stadium stairs for strength
    • Parking Garage can work
  • When you are building volume for long runs for ultra runners how often do you utilize back to back long runs?
    • Depends on the individual, but not as much as some people
    • Big run on mountains on Saturday, then come back with a faster flat run
  • Do you focus on feel, pace per mile, heart rate, power?
    • Mostly feel
    • Some CV work will use pace per mile
  • What advice do you have to runners looking to make that change about becoming fat burners and if that is important in ultra running?
    • With volume and easy long runs, it just happens
    • Will use depletion runs occasionally
  • For someone making that jump from 1/2 marathon to longer races is fueling the biggest obstacle you face?
    • Mental game
  • Many new runners are probably not thinking about getting a coach. What type of advise do you have to runners who are considering getting a coach, when is the time right?
    • Any time is a good time to have a coach
    • Can avoid a lot of problems and progress quicker
    • Not for everyone
  • Are the athletes you work with mostly online or in person?
    • Almost all virtual coaching
  • Walk me through the process of what it may look like if I reached out to you and what do those conversations look like?
    • Why are you reaching out
    • History, family life, work/life balance
    • Questionnaire
    • Final Surge Invite
  • Do you build in pre/post strength routines or just running plans?
    • Different options
  • We are now entering into winter months, what advice do you have for ultra runners who are going to be spending hours on the trails for training in the winter?
    • No such thing as bad weather, just soft people
  • One of your recent posts recounted an encounter with bears, cougars and more. How do you stay safe?
    • Ton of bear and mountain lions in Oregon and never been an attack, but be aware of surroundings
    • Make sure someone knows where you are going, what loop you are doing
  • You have been very active with your updates and blogging on the site, what information are you trying to provide?

Final Surge 5 questions in under a minute
Favorite running book? - Science or Running by Steve Magness
Current trainers you are wearing? - Adidas Adios
Favorite race? - Orchas Island 50k
Favorite recovery meal or recovery drink? - Pizza
Your favorite workout -  Gnarley hill repeats

Resources

UpperLeftDT.com

Upperleftdt@gmail.com

Korey Konga on Twitter

Korey Konga on Instagram

 

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