Podcast 008 – Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta is one of the premier strength and conditioning coaches in the world. But, unlike many of his peers, his roots are in track and field. He considers himself a coach, first and foremost.

Many of you are familiar with his blog and the balance he shares between the nuts and bolts of helping athletes become better athletes and the art of coaching.

Interviewing Vern is a real treat for me as he’s a coach I’ve looked up to for many years.

Vern will be speaking at the Boulder Running Clinic’s 2015 July High School Coaches clinic. He’ll be presenting in both the formal classroom setting as well as outside in a “learn by doing” session.

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Podcast 007 – Nate Jenkins

Nate Jenkins is our seventh guest on the Run Faster Podcast.

Nate is an American marathon runner who has taken the time to share his training logs over his career at nateruns.blogspot.com.  Nate does a wonderful job explaining why he does what he does.  He’s self effacing and the first to be critical of any mistake he’s made in his training.

Nate finished seventh at the 2008 Olympic Trials, in a star-studded field.  He has a marathon PR of 2:14.

Nate started running seriously in 8th grade and learned by his senior year in high school that high mileage worked for him.  

In this interview he talks about his interpretation of Renato Canova’s training system and how he’s implemented that into his training.  He also discusses his use of workouts like Aussie Quarters and the Mona Fartlek.

This interview runs a few minutes longer than most for the simple fact that I had so many questions for Nate.

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Podcast 006 – Bart Yasso

Bart Yasso is our sixth guest on the Run Faster Podcast.

Bart has the title of Chief Running Officer at Runners World.  What is that you ask?  Bart explains in this interview.

Bart has been running for 38 years and has a wealth of knowledge about training and racing.

Obviously we discuss the Yasso 800 workout but we also discuss easy days and long runs and how Bart thinks you should run those days.

Bart is a special man and I thank him for his time.

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Podcast 005 – Lee Troop

Lee Troop is my guest on the fifth episode of the Run Faster Podcast.

Lee represented Australia in three different Olympics.  He broke Ron Clarke’s Australian national record in the 5k, a record that stood for 33 years.  He then moved up to the marathon where he ran a personal best of 2:09.

In 2013 Lee finished 15th in the Boston Marathon, running 2:17 at age 40.

Lee is the founder of the Boulder Track Club and coach of the reigning women’s US cross country champion, Laura Thweatt.

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Podcast 003 – Bob Kennedy

Bob Kennedy joins us for the third episode of the Run Faster Podcast. Bob won both the high school national championship, which was then called the Kinney National Championship, and won the NCAA Division I Cross Country Champions as both a freshman and a senior.

Bob Kennedy was the first non-African to break 13 minutes for 5k. Many of you may remember when he took the lead of the penultimate lap of the 5,000m at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA. Some runners may have even raced in the shoe Nike named after him, the Zoom Kennedy.

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Run Faster Podcast 002 – Dathan Ritzenhein

Dathan Ritzenhein is a three-time Olympian who is working hard to make his fourth Olympic team in 2016. Prior to becoming one of the best professional runners in the U.S. and in the world (with a marathon best of 2:07:47 and a half-marathon best of 60:00) he won both the Footlocker and NCAA titles.

He twice won the Footlocker Cross Country Championships in high school, beating Alan Webb and Ryan Hall his senior year. In 2003, he won the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship in a brutal dual with Ryan Hall.

I got to know Dathan and his wife Kalin during my time as an assistant coach at the University of Colorado. Dathan is one of the toughest, most focused athletes I’ve been around. It was a pleasure to reconnect with him in this interview.

Thank you for your time, Dathan, and I wish you the best in your quest to make a fourth Olympic team.

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Run Faster Podcast 001 – Jorge Torres

Jorge Torres joins me for the first episode of the Run Faster Podcast.

Jorge won the Footlocker Cross Country Championship in 1998 as a high school athlete and went on to the win the NCAA Division I Championship in 2002 as a collegiate athlete. Only five men have won both championships (Bob Kennedy, Adam Goucher, Dathan Ritzenhein and Edward Cheserek being the other four).

I got to know Jorge during my time as an assistant coach at the University of Colorado where he was an athlete. I’m fortunate to count Jorge as a friend and, as you’ll hear in this interview, he’s both serious and playful, a mixture that I believe helped him take his training seriously when he had to, but also allowed him to relax when it was time to rest.

Thanks, Jorge, for your time and for a great interview.  Listen below or go to the iTunes page.  If you like the show, please leave a review on the iTunes page.  Thanks!

 

Run Faster Podcast

I want to share my new podcast, the Run Faster Podcast,with you. This podcast will be a bit more focused than my previous effort, the Coach Jay Johnson Podcast.

Each week I will do my best to give information designed to help you run faster. At the end of each episode I pose a simple question to each guest: “What do you think runners need to do to run faster?”

The first four guests are fantastic. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing four of the five men who won the High School National Cross Country Championship and NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship . Those men are Bob Kennedy, Adam Goucher, Jorge Torres and Dathan Ritzenhein. Oregon’s Edward Cheserek is the fifth man in this elite group and perhaps in the future he and I can chat on the podcast.

The first interview is with Jorge Torres and the second interview is with Dathan Ritzenhein.  Bob Kennedy follows, then Adam Goucher, my roommate in the dorms our freshman year at the University of Colorado, rounds out the first four interviews.

I hope you will take the time to listen to these interviews. You can find them on iTunes at this link, or you can simply search “Run Faster Podcast.”

If you like the show, please take a few moments to rate it and write a comment on the iTunes page. The more popular the show becomes, the more time I can devote to putting out more shows and bringing you interviews with the best minds in the sport.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the Run Faster Podcast.