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Feb 12, 2020

From War Zones to Ultra Podiums: How Running Makes Joshua Stevens Thrive

In this episode, Coach Claire digs in to find out how Joshua went from that shocking diagnosis to running his first ultra at age 44, and eventually becoming the Badwater Ultra Cup Champion. We also learn how he approaches training and injury prevention, his plant-based nutrition, and how he could run for 24 hours on a treadmill.

Joshua has incredible insight and is an inspiration, even if you don’t plan on running any farther than a local 5K. His experiences overcoming his injury, racing for 24 hours, and helping to pace and crew for friends are enlightening and huge confidence builders.

Questions Joshua is asked:

4:42 How do you look at aging and running performance?

6:27 What percentage of your training goes to all the ‘extra’ things beyond actually running?

7:17 How can people learn to stop worrying and love the treadmill?

9:38 What was it like to go through your spinal injury, receive a diagnosis that you’d never run again, and then actually start running again from scratch?

11:41 What were the steps you took to start running all over again?

12:52 What is the experience of pacing, and being paced, like?

14:49 How do you talk to somebody you’re pacing through the Dark Times of a race?

15:55 What is it like to be running an ultra really hard in the middle of the night and being sleep deprived?

18:25 What other learnings from your military experience carry over into your running?

19:36 How did you develop your running form and what tips would you share with us?

21:18 Is it easier to have better form in the gym than on the road?

22:47 What do you normally eat before and during a run?

26:14 Do you have any mantras that help you get through races?

27:59 Can you develop a positive voice when you’re not racing?

30:11 What advice would you give yourself back when you started running?

31:27 What is the best gift running has given you?

33:03 How can people connect with you?

33:35 What’s on your horizon?

 

Quotes by Joshua:

“It’s what you do with the other 20 hours. At least two-thirds to three-quarters of everything that I do is in support of the actual running.”

 

“If you have a negative mindset from the moment you step on the (treadmill) belt, it’s never going to be a good experience.”

 

“I’m just exceedingly stubborn. If you want me to do something, tell me not to do it, and I will make it my life’s mission; it will become my purpose to do it.”

 

“I didn’t know what I’d been missing until I got to pace and crew for some of my friends.”

 

“Where sleep is absolutely imperative is in the training and recovery cycles. I typically get between 8 and 10 hours of sleep a night. I try to be routine in that sometime between 9:00 and 10:00 is when I’m going down and getting up organically between 6:00 and 7:00.”

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Mentioned in this podcast: 

Run To The Top Winners Circle Facebook Community

RunnersConnect Facebook page

Art Loeb Trail

Run Rabbit 50 and 100 miler

Spring Energy Products

Wolf Pack - vegan-endurance-meal-for-athletes

SPEEDNUT WITH CAFFEINE (Vegan) - Extreme Efforts

Canaberry (Vegan)- Any Distance Fuel

Kodiak100

Antelope Island 50-Miler

Badwater 135

The Javelina Jundred

 

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We really hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Run to the Top.

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The more people who know about the podcast and download the episodes, the more I can reach out to and get top running influencers, to bring them on and share their advice, which hopefully makes the show even more enjoyable for you!

 

 

Feb 5, 2020

Running podcast to motivate & help runners of every level run their best. Coach Claire Bartholic interviews running influencers, scientists, psychologists, nutritionists, & everyday runners with inspiring stories.

Jan 29, 2020

The ongoing search for the best shoe for each of us is a challenge and an opportunity to improve our running. As we mentioned last week, better times, less injury, less pain, and terrain specific characteristics are some of what we are looking for in the perfect shoe.

Is there a best shoe for you? Julie Cattell from Milestone Running, an independent running store in the San Diego area, will give us her perspective on what’s hot and what’s not from a warmer climate perspective. Many of the shoes we learn about from Julie are different models than those Bryan picked for us last week. Because we really can’t have too many shoes to pick from, can we?

With running shoes being so important to us, we have devoted two episodes to this essential subject. Our first shoe episode was from the northern climes in Toronto, Canada where Bryan Smith offered us his thoughts on best shoes for all 4 seasons since Toronto experiences all of the weather elements including snow, ice, humidity, cold and hot days.

Today’s episode takes us to the southern part of California where, except for rain and fog, runners here can appreciate and, pretty much count on, moderate temperatures and outdoor accessibility almost every day of the year.

Jan 22, 2020

Is there a BEST SHOE for you? Bryan Smith is the area manager for Running Room, an independent running store, and he is here with us today to discuss the top 2020 running shoes from his perspective.

Shoes are probably the most important, and exciting, piece of a runner’s equipment. The ongoing search for the best shoe for each of us is a challenge and an opportunity to improve our running. Better times, less injury, less pain, and terrain specific characteristics are some of what we are looking for in the PERFECT SHOE.

 

Jan 15, 2020

Olympic Marathon Trials

There are few things more exciting than watching those who are the best of the best perform. Whether it’s sports, music, theatre, comedy, or anything else. And it’s a rare occasion that amateurs can compete along with them.

On February 29, 2020 (Leap Day), over 750 of the best American Marathoners will compete in Atlanta, Georgia for a select number of spots to represent Team USA in Tokyo this summer.

The Atlanta Track Club has the distinguished honor and responsibility of hosting the Olympic Marathon Trials in 2020. In this episode, we talk with Rich Kenah, Executive Director of the ATC, who shares some of the history of the Club, his own history as a high level competitive runner and lots of details about the upcoming Olympic Marathon Trials.

 

Jan 8, 2020

Dr. Eugene Charles experienced a sports injury in his teens that ended any athletic dreams he had. No one was able to diagnose the reason for his shoulder pain and after years of looking into and studying the problem he was no closer to a remedy.

Fortunately, Dr. George Goodheart had discovered a system of using movement and muscle testing to diagnose and treat health problems. Dr. Goodheart was giving a seminar nearby and after listening to this very knowledgeable man, Gene approached him about his shoulder. From watching him move and testing a few muscles, Dr. Goodheart immediately uncovered the underlying cause of pain, and in a few months it was completely healed. It changed Dr. Charles’ life.

Jan 1, 2020

What happens between Jan.1st and Feb. 1st? Why do the best intentions fail to become effective habits?

Performance psychologist, Dr. Michelle Cleere, is here today to discuss new year’s resolutions - How to Make Them, How to Keep them, How to Be Realistic and Still Reach High

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