Why I Listen to the Strength Running Podcast
The Strength Running Podcast provides subscribers with practical guidance through inspiring interviews with runners from a variety of backgrounds. The podcast is hosted by Jason Fitzgerald, an American running coach and bestselling author of multiple running books. As a competitive runner and head coach at Strength Running, his advice is comprehensive and based on extensive experience.
The podcast analyses the careers and mindsets of many successful and elite runners, including Nick Symmonds, Shalane Flanagan and Dathan Ritzenhein, as well as pro ultrarunners such as Travis Macy and Magdalena Boulet.
Episodes also feature recreational runners and health care professionals who examine different perspectives on running. Jason shares his own marathon experiences throughout to illustrate important racing principles.
Every episode offers brilliant value to all runners but two stand out to me.
Episode number 10 reveals Dr Justin Ross’ views as an American sports psychologist. He outlines mental techniques to get the best out of your running and discusses an intriguing concept called the Social Facilitation Theory. It proposes that performance is enhanced when competing or training with others, as opposed to going it alone all the time. He emphasises the importance of awareness of every aspect of yourself, and the habits and messages we create in our minds must be positive, even though they take time to establish.
Episode number 31 explores Tina Muir, a former professional runner from Great Britain, who gives her honest and brave account of taking a break from running at the top level. She explains the problems running may cause, such as bone weaknesses and iron deficiencies, and promotes the importance of stopping when running becomes more of chore than a hobby. Her website is a great platform to remind yourself to share the lows, as well as the highs, of running.
I subscribe to The Strength Running Podcast because Jason asks insightful questions to a mix of passionate runners and renowned experts in fields such as nutrition, psychology and sports science. Jason also comes across as a humble man, who prioritises the foundations of exercise, including injury prevention and strength training.