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"Tropical" John Medinger has been involved in the sport of ultrarunning since 1981, when the first issue of UltraRunning Magazine was published. His impact has been widespread - from the Western States president to publisher of UR, to founder of some of the sport's most notable races including Quad Dipsea and Lake Sonoma 50. Needless to say, he's e…
 
Jeff Stern recently set the FKT on the Backbone Trail in Southern California. After most of his races were canceled this year, he completed extensive research and proper scouting on the the trail in order to go for the FKT. In this episode, we talked about his background as an athlete, what it takes to prepare, and what he learned from his first FK…
 
Tracy Beth Høeg, MD, PhD is a sports doctor who happens to specialize in ultrarunning injuries. She is an accomplished ultrarunner herself, and continues to pursue a balance of being a working mom, wife and ultrarunner. We discuss how she found ultrarunning and became interested in studying the sport, her medical research at Western States, and how…
 
John Trent has become a fixture in the ultrarunning community on the West Coast and is one of the best storytellers in the sport. Not only has he been on the Western States board since 2004, he's also a race director and 10-time finisher of Western States. We discuss John's big plans for 2020 prior to COVID-19 and his incredible ability to tell peo…
 
In our very first episode, we talk with Erika Hoagland - an amazingly talented ultrarunner and author of the column, I Am an Ultrarunner in URM. We sit down to chat about her race plans (pre-COVID), training for 100-milers while being a mom, the experience of fastpacking around Lake Tahoe on her honeymoon, and what (and where) she hopes to run in t…
 
In Part 2 of our interview with Alex Hutchinson we discuss: * Ways to diminish your perception of effort and therefore enhance your performance. * Why self-belief and positive self-talk can be so significant when trying to push to your limits. * Alex’s involvement with Nike’s Breaking2 Project. * Where does technology fit into all of this? * Where …
 
Alex Hutchinson is a Canadian journalist, Cambridge University trained physicist and ex-national level runner. He is also the author of a fantastic book called Endure – Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. The book is the product of a decade-long quest to explore the limits of human endurance, collating the experience …
 
Three chapters read aloud from the book Eliud Kipchoge - History's fastest marathoner: An insight into the Kenyan life that shapes legends. Detailing the experience of spending several weeks immersed in Kenya’s rich running culture – an incubator of running’s elite – and the most striking components of Eliud’s training, the book explores the asceti…
 
German Silva is a retired Mexican Olympic distance runner, winner of the 1994 and 1995 New York City Marathon and the Mexican half marathon record holder (60:28). Silva made a name for himself after his dramatic 1994 New York City Marathon victory. With under a mile remaining, Silva was running stride for stride with co-leader and training partner …
 
Part 2 of our interview with ultrarunning and skyrunning extraordinaire Kilian Jornet. Sweat Elite's Head of Journalism Tait Hearps chats with Kilian Jornet about: * Training – what a week of training looks like for him and how he has been changing training over time * Nutrition – how he fuels his adventures * Self-experimentation and the importanc…
 
Some people defy what we can conceive to be within the realm of possibility. Some manage to do it again and again. A hero to many, one of the most accomplished and inspiring athletes in the world, a man with a beautiful message. Kilian Jornet has been an enigma since he took the world of mountain sports in the late 2000’s (I can’t just say mountain…
 
A selection of three of the most popular articles read aloud from the Sweat Elite website focused on the elite Japanese running scene. In the marathon distance, Japan comes in third place behind Kenya and Ethiopia when looking at the number of athletes in the top thousand marathon times in history. Japan has over one-hundred athletes that have run …
 
Sara Hall became the 6th fastest female American marathoner of all time when she ran 2:22:16 at the Berlin Marathon in September 2019, lowering her best time over the distance by four minutes. Sara has competed at the elite level of distance running for 15+ years, transitioning from the middle distances on the track to the road in 2014-2015 with co…
 
Jim Walmsley has been named "Ultrarunner Of The Year" for the last four years (2016-2019) by Ultrarunning Magazine and is the course record holder of several of the most competitive Ultrarunning events in the world including Western States 100, Tarawera Ultramarathon and Lake Sonoma 50. Jim has blazed a unique trail over the past few years, reachin…
 
Brett Larner is the man behind Japan Running News - ” the world's window into elite japanese distance running.” In this podcast episode, Brett answers our questions: Where did the Japanese reverence for long distance road racing come from? What is Ekiden all about and how did the road running scene revolve around this event? What is it about the ru…
 
Tom Evans is an elite British ultrarunner. Having only recently devoted himself to running full-time – leaving the military to focus on athletics – as we got started, Tom said, “I’m really excited to share some of my knowledge, some of my wisdom that I’ve built up over my very short running career so far.” Tom made an incredible debut on the Ultra …
 
Danish Marathoner Thijs Nijhuis ran an Olympic Qualifying standard of 2:10:57 at the Seville Marathon on 23rd of February 2020 and he returns to the Sweat Elite podcast this week to share his race recap. Thijs describes each segment of his race at the Seville Marathon in detail, including sharing the short story of requiring a quick pit-stop. In ad…
 
“Coach said: “Do you know why we aren’t doing a tempo run today? When you do a tempo run, guess what you do? You get locked into the same form that I don’t want you to run in right now. You’re training for a 5km and a 1500m. When you’re training for those races, I want you on your toes. I want you feeling good, I want your chest up, I want your arm…
 
“Being a great coach is like being a great chef. The food that Gordon Ramsay creates versus an average chef can be significantly different. His tastes better, but he probably uses 95% of the same ingredients. He uses flour, he uses spices – the same as the other trained chef. But he knows how much to put in, when to put it in and at what temperatur…
 
Frank Shorter is known by many to be the father of the modern day running boom. Frank won gold in the Marathon at the 1972 Olympic Games, won silver in the Marathon at the 1976 Olympic Games, was the USA XC Champion 4 times, was the USA 10,000m Champion 6 times and won the Fukuoka Marathon 4 times. He was also the chairman of the USA Anti Doping ag…
 
Lee Troop is an Australian distance running legend – with personal best times from the 1990’s and 2000’s of 2:09:49 for the Marathon, 1:01:00 for the Half Marathon, 27:51 for the 10,000m, 13:14 for the 5000m and 7:41 for the 3000m. Lee is now an elite distance running coach (among other things) with a wealth of training and racing knowledge. Lee co…
 
Scott Fauble (Hoka NAZ Elite) is currently one of America’s fastest Marathoner’s, with a personal best of 2:09:09 set at the 2019 Boston Marathon where he placed 7th. Scott will line up at the USA Olympic Trials for the Marathon this coming weekend (Feb 29 2020) in hopes of finishing top 3 and securing a place on the USA Olympic Team this year. In …
 
Thijs Nijhuis is a Danish National Champion in every distance from 1500m through to the the Marathon. These days his focus is on the Marathon and he placed 31st at the Doha World Athletics Championships in the Marathon in 2019. He has a current Marathon personal best time 2:14:18 and his short term goal is to run under the 2020 Olympic Games qualif…
 
Timo Limo is a professional Kenyan distance runner and coach – specialising in technique, strength work and core stability for runners. He is one of the most well respected Kenyan athletes/coaches in Iten and assists elite athletes such as Mary Kietany and Abel Kirui with strength work, core stability and technique. He’s also run some fast times ov…
 
Betsy Saina is an elite Kenyan distance runner with personal bests of 30:07 for 10,000m, 67:49 for the Half Marathon and 2:22:43 for the Marathon. She placed 5th (not 6th as stated in the Podcast Intro) at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the 10,000m, won the Paris Marathon in 2018 and before these two achievements - attended Iowa State University whe…
 
At the age of 8, Philipp Pflieger told his parents that he would run at the Olympic Games one day after watching Haile Gebrselassie and Paul Tergat battle it out in the home straight of the 10,000m at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. His parents laughed at him. In the following two decades Pflieger endured growth problems in his knees which sideline…
 
This podcast episode features a conversation with Thomas Potzinger – assistant coach to Renato Canova. Renato Canova is one of the most successful elite distance running coaches in the world. He has coached more sub 2:05 male and sub 2:22 female marathoners than any other coach in the world. Thomas Potzinger (interviewee) has worked closely with Re…
 
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