We talk to Ben about how he got his strat in running and talked to Ben about what his high school running career was like.
With Ben having run at a D-II school we talked about how high school kids who may not be good enough to run at a D-I school should not give up their running dreams.
Ben goes into depth about the possibilities that D-II and D-III schools offer for runners. His advice about finding the right fit for you after high school is pure gold for any high school distance runner.
We then talked about how Ben made the transition into coaching after being a runner for the Hanson Brook's distance project.
We discussed how his Northern Arizona Elite team ended up in a deal with the Hoka running company.
Ben spends a lot of time explaining exactly how his current squad got together to form one of the top teams in the world.
We spend a few minutes talking about the unique uniforms for Hoka NAZ-Elite.
We talk about the marathon Olympic Trials where NAZ-Elite had a top 6 finisher on both the men and women's side. We also discuss the deep NAZ-Elite 5k and 10k teams in the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials where 3 of the 24 runners on both sexes are NAZ-Elite members.
Ben discusses why he believes there is an advantage to running as a group when training as an elite athlete.
We also discuss the overall healthy of the potential U.S. Olympics Team where Ben believes we have medal opportunities from the 800m through the 10k.
Final Surge announced Northern Arizona Elite as a partner just recently. We discuss how NAZ started using Final Surge.
We talked about how he has been using Final Surge with his team and how his favorite part is you can tell it is made by runners, for runners.
NAZ-Elite is making all their running logs available online at FinalSurge.com/NAZElite. Any coach, using Final Surge or any other log should have their athletes look at the NAZ logs to see the types of information that are being included in logs.
NAZ-Elite's mission statement is "Train hard, race fearlessly and share every part of our journey with our fans." That is why they completely open up their training logs.
We then discussed a recent Scott Smith log entry which ended included:
Run - Easy Run + drills/strides/plyos
Normal drills. 8 x 150 meter hard but smooth strides. Plyos= 2 x all single leg exercises. 1x all squat jumps/bounds.
Ben has a theory that he doesn't want to be just runners, he wants to be athletic. The biggest thing he works on is getting off the ground as quick as possible as many times as possible which is why they do explosive plyo work.
This question came in from Twitter… Coach, you have a lot going on in your life right now with the team, writing, family, any time management tips you have for busy athletes?
— Doug Petrick (@DougPetrick1) June 18, 2016
Ben has agreed to give one listener a signed copy of his HS XC book Tradition, Class Pride; you can find out details on that give-a-way at Finalsurge.com/promo.
You can get a copy of that book at traditionclasspride.com. Ben can be found in the following places:
Former Boston Marathon Champ and longtime Runner's World editor Amby Burfoot joined us for a great talk about his half-century in running and his new book, First Ladies of Running.
Amby got his start in running when he was a sophomore in high school. Amby has run over 110,000 miles in his career, which is equivalent to running around the equator more than four times. With all those miles he has had very few injuries. Amby talks to us about why the mind is so important to our running as we get older.
Amby is now more involved and concerned with the overall general health of society these days. Amby talks about the irony of us becoming a more obese society in the middle of a fitness revolution which we have gone through.
Being so plugged into the sport first as a winner of the Boston Marathon, then the last what 38 years at Runners World, Amby has had a front-row seat to the evolution of training. We talk about training secrets and just like the two coaches we have had on before Amby, it seems to come down to hard and consistent work?
We like to open up questions on Twitter to our followers, and one question that Angela wanted us to ask was What Running Myths would you like to get rid of once and for all?
Amby Burfoot has recently released his sixth book, First Ladies of Running. We talk about some of the early women running legends including Joan Benoit, Kathrine Switzer, and the first women to run Boston, Bobbi Gibb.
Amby also talks about an entertaining story he discovered when he was writing the book from Grace Butcher, a farm girl from Ohio.
Amby talks in depth on why he included Ophrah Winfrey in his book on the first ladies of running.
We also talk about the future of women's running and how the Internet has greatly affected the time high school girls scene.
We finish the interview with some stories about the early days of New England road races in the 60's and early 70's.
You can get a copy of Amby's book here, and we will be giving away a signed copy, you can find out details at FinalSurge.com/promo
Coach Brad Hudson starts out by telling us about how he got started in running. Being an average soccer player he tried running one day and a cross country coach recognized his talent quickly. Hudson was fortunate enough to be coached early by a young Mark Wetmore. In high school, Hudson would have some weeks where he was running 140 miles in a week.
We talk about how Hudson made the transition into coaching from being a runner himself and selling shoes.
The Hudson Elite team is making some noise with recent successes in the running community. They have a unique group of runners. We talk about how the runners he coaches are developmental athletes with jobs and school and life trying to train and get better.
All of Hudson’s athletes do coaching and use Final Surge as part of their coaching program. You can find out more about his coaching programs at HudsonElite.com. Proceeds from the athletes coaching mostly go to the club to help support the athletes.
Everyone Hudson coaches, and every coach that works for Hudson Elite uses Final Surge. One of the reasons Hudson likes Final Surge so much is because it is simple to use, but has all the features he needs.
One book Hudson wrote with Matt Fitzgerald is Run Fast. Now he has released a new book The Little Black Book Redux. We talk about what is new in this book and what makes them so different. The Black Book Redux is all the workouts he has picked up over his running and coaching career. The new book has over 200 elite workouts. The book can be found at CoachHudson.com
We discuss how even though these are elite runners workouts, which any athlete can take them and adapt them for themselves. The book covers everything from 800 meters through the marathon.
We talk about what advice Hudson would have to a college runner who wants to continue running post-collegiate.
Not every elite runner starts out as an elite runner out of college. Many starts as a developmental athlete and Hudson gives us an example of what a typical day of a developmental runner looks like.
Hudson shares with us some of the things he is working on to help keep his runners healthy and running consistently as consistency is the most important thing in distance running.
Hudson stresses how he does not mess with runners form but works on making them more efficient with drills and strength exercises.
A couple of questions that came in from Twitter.
How many times a year should non-elite runners take a break from hard training and focus more on a traditional base phase
Second question form Twitter, how long after a goal race (not a marathon) can you re-race while maintaining specific endurance benefits.
In episode one of the Final Surge podcast, we talk with Coach Jay Johnson about how he became a coach, common running injuries and his upcoming book on marathon training for busy people.
Jay has a great podcast called the Run Faster Podcast.
Jay is always sharing information and advice on his website, and make sure you sign up for his email list too!
Jay has an amazing youtube channel where he shows you many SAM (Strength and Mobility) drills including the lunge matrix which we talk about in this episode.
And if you are a high school runner or coach, make sure you check out his Boulder Running Camps, one of, if not the top high school running camps in the country.