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Feb 28, 2020

In this podcast, Coach Michael talks about some of the interesting things happening within the RC circle that runners like you can take advantage of, an event you should watch out for this weekend and then shares a truly inspiring story about one of our athletes that teaches the importance of focus and perseverance. Listen to our new special weekly episode!

Feb 27, 2020

In today's podcast, Coach Hayley shares her three favorite ways to incorporate races as part of your training. Tune in now!

Feb 26, 2020

Neely Spence Gracey has running in her blood--her Olympian dad, Steve Spence, was running the Boston Marathon the day she was born and her mom ran that day too!

She became a four-time state champion in high school and went on to turn pro after college.  She has qualified for the Olympic Trials three times, but due to injury, hasn't been able to toe the line and race for a spot.

Until now.

On this episode of Run To The Top, Claire talks with the 2:34 marathoner about journey she has experienced for the past year and a half. From injury, to pregnancy, to qualifying for the Olympic Trials in Atlanta this weekend, she shares it all.

Not only that, Neely shares her wisdom for staying focused and healthy; the same tips she gives the athletes she coaches herself. Neely has a wonderful attitude and tremendous insight to performance athletes. We can't wait to cheer her on in Atlanta!

 

Questions Neely is asked:

 

3:30 What made you change your mind to go for the Olympic Marathon Trials?

9:34 How was your mental state while you were injured?

12:12 What do you think makes a good coaching relationship?

14:52 What was your experience running through your pregnancy and how do you coach your runners who are pregnant?

21:54 Do you think you will come back stronger post-pregnancy?

23:47 Do you have any stroller-running tips?

26:05 How did you use Walk/Run to ramp back up post-pregnancy?

30:01 How did it feel from an ‘ego’ standpoint to be Walk/Running?

32:45 What are your goals for Atlanta on February 29th?

34:21 What advice would you give yourself back when you started running and weight training?

35:48 What is the best gift running has given you?

37:18 How can people connect with you?

Quotes by Neely:

 

“I was just hoping that either it was going to happen or I was going to be far enough off that that it wasn’t realistic. Because , I did not want to be one of those very heartbreaking, tragic stories of the people who have just missed it by a few seconds.”

 

“As a coach, I try to really educate my athletes and help them learn about their bodies and build up their confidence and their own intuition of what they should be able to do and what they shouldn’t do.”

 

“There’s times where you have to push through, there’s times where it’s not a lot of fun. But, there’s also that really key line of when to push and when to not. It’s always better to err on the ‘not’.”

 

“The biggest thing is every person is so different. That doesn’t change whether you are pregnant or not, whether you’re a male or a female, each athlete is so unique.”

 

“When we try and force things, when we try and rush things it’s never going to go well. My goal for the year is to not ride that red-line at all, to be really conservative, to listen to my body, to rest when I need to rest, to not force a workout just because I think I have to, to not run that extra 2 miles at the end of a long run if I’m feeling fatigued.”



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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 25, 2020

After weeks and months of training and preparation for your goal race, the last thing you want is the race getting cancelled.  How to cope and modify your plans when your race is cancelled? Find out in today's episode from Coach Laura.

Feb 24, 2020

We're changing things up at the Run to the Top!  Listen to hear what is new.

Feb 19, 2020

Going to the gym to strength train is often the last thing most of us who are not elite-level runners want to add into our busy lives. So this is often why we neglect it. And, for those who actually do strength training, are we really doing what we should to improve our running?

 

This week, Coach Claire talks with Sam MacIntosh, powerlifter, triathlete, and marathoner. Formerly a rugby player in her 20’s, Sam switched to strength training and weightlifting several years ago. She is also a British Weightlifting Level 2 coach and a Precision Nutrition Level 2 coach. Having coached over 200 online clients to become leaner and stronger, she specializes in coaching masters-level athletes to maximize their performance.

 

Listen as Sam describes how we can get maximum strength gains without spending hours at the gym. She also busts several nutrition myths and gives us great tips and an interesting strategy for best nutrition.

 

Questions Sam is asked:

 

3:09 How do you balance being a champion weightlifter, a triathlete, and a marathoner?

4:26 How much strength training does a marathoner need? 

6:05 What kind of exercises are the most important?

8:57 Is it better to do a high or low number of reps?

9:55 How can we improve our running form while running and while strength training?

11:30 Is it possible to gain muscle AND lose fat at the same time?

14:43 How would one periodize nutrition while building up for a marathon?

15:32 How can timing nutrition phases really help?

16:38 On a macro level, what do runners really need for nutrients and how should they go about measuring portions?

21:20 Are ‘palm-fuls’ and ‘thumb-fuls’a better way of portioning than a food calculator like My Fitness Pal?

23:08 How does nutrition differ for weightlifters and runners?

24:33 What supplements, if any, do runners need?

26:06 What are some of the biggest nutrition misconceptions do you help people overcome?

27:38 What do you eat before, during, and after a run?

29:55 What advice would you give yourself back when you started running and weight training?

31:52 What is the best gift running has given you?

32:50 How can people connect with you?

Quotes by Sam:

 

“I think we can get everything we need from the food we eat. That said, I think everyone on a standard, Western diet, can benefit from an Omega-3 supplement.”

 

“If you want to reliably gain muscle and lose fat at the same time, it’s very difficult to track that. What’s better is to a periodized dieting approach like you would do with a training block for running.”

 

“If you learn how to keep your core integrity in strength exercises, that will transfer over into your running without even trying. Your body is a full system, so if you're learning it while you’re doing squatting and deadlifting and that sort of thing, you will carry that over into your running.”

 

“Two (strength training) sessions a week is what I usually prescribe for people who are training for marathons, but that can be really appropriate for a 5 or 10k racer, as well.”

 

“For runners, and this is regardless of level, if they’re asking me about supplements and gels and the nitty gritty, and they’re plate for three meals a day is awful, don’t worry about gels, don’t worry about supplements; you need to sort THAT out first.”

 

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Run To The Top Winners Circle Facebook Community

RunnersConnect Facebook page

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Dr. Alex Harrison on Run To The Top

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Book: Mindset by Carol Dweck




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The best way you can show your support of the show is to share this podcast with your family and friends and share it on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media channel you use.

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 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.

The best way you can show your support of the show is to share this podcast with your family and friends and share it on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media channel you use.

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.

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