Craig Engels. The man. The legend. Craig Engels joins the Sweat Elite podcast two weeks before one of the biggest days of his life - the USA Olympic Trials in which he has his sights set on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games in the 1500m (and possibly 800m).
Craig Engels, for those unfamiliar, is one of USA's fastest middle distance runners with personal bests of 1:44.68 (800m), 3:33.64 (1500m) and 3:51.6 (Mile). He is the 2019 USA national champion over 1500m and hopes to add another...
Lee Troop joins the Sweat Elite Podcast for the third time to have a conversation about Jake Riley's build up to the Tokyo Olympic Games Marathon. We discuss how Jake's preparation has been so far, what the plans are for the next couple of months, if the Olympics will allow coaches and/or spectators and more.
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Mersha Asrat is the co-coach of Kenenisa Bekele who is a three-time Olympic champion and former world record holder in the 5000m and 10000m on the track. Kenenisa Bekele is also the second fastest of all time over the Marathon and considered one of the greatest distance runners of all time.
Mersha holds a Masters of Sports Science at the University of Addis Ababa and coaches a strong group of emerging Ethiopian athletes in Addis Ababa area.
In this podcast episode we discuss how Mersha...
All things Marathon Training! Here we answer the 7 most common questions that have come our way at Sweat Elite Coaching about marathon training.
1. What is the recommended longest run during a marathon training block? How many times would you recommend training over 30km (18mi)?
2. How fast (and at what intensity) should recovery runs be done at?
3. How can one avoid slowing in the final stages of the Marathon?
4. What should overall training volume look like for someone aiming...
"I'll never forget one race, one of my best 5km races was last year at Payton Jordan (2019) and that was when I was really at the height of my mindfulness practise. I was meditating every day - I would wake up and meditate for 10 minutes, I was so aware of what I was doing and how I was feeling throughout the day through mindfulness. I would meditate at night. There was so many moments in that race where I wanted to give up, I was not in shape to run 13:22 for 5km that day, hell no! But I...
Welcome to the Road To Tokyo Podcast Series.
During this podcast series we will join athletes and coaches on their journeys preparing for the Olympic Games in distance running events. Interviews featuring their preparations will be shared with Sweat Elite podcast listeners.
This episode is a conversation with Lee Troop - the coach of USA Marathoner Jake Riley who has been selected for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and will toe the line in a little over four months.
Lee Troop was a superstar...
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 sees marathoning in the future.
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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 and data of hundreds of athletes, explorers, scientists and experts in the field.
In our conversation Alex shares some of the findings from his...
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 ascetic devotion of this group of men and the aspects of Eliud’s life that have supported and propelled him to reach such vertiginous heights.
German Silva is a retired Mexican Olympic distance runner, winner of the 1994 and 1995 New York City Marathon and 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 Benjamin Paredes. As the pair ran through Central Park, the camera car veered right, pulling off the course and Silva followed. Silva calmly turned...
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 importance of exploring your own limits, including a few experiments that some might just call crazy
* What he has learned from his mentors
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 running because he also was winning world championships in ski mountaineering and taking on FKT expeditions).
Having the opportunity to sit down...
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 sub-2:10 in the marathon. Compare this to the USA: with a population nearing triple that of Japan – and massive infrastructure surrounding their...
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 coaching assistance of her husband and past elite distance runner Ryan Hall. Since the move to the half marathon and marathon Sara has experienced...
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, reaching the pinnacle of ultrarunning and amassing a cult following in the process. His latest undertaking – turning his attention to the marathon....
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 running system and infrastructure in Japan that produces so many high level athletes?
Why is there a relative lack of talent in the shorter...
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 Trail Running scene when he placed 3rd in the gruelling Marathon des Sables in 2017 – a 251km multi-stage self-supported race across the desert –...
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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 report. 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 addition to his Seville Marathon race report, Thijs shares more information about his training leading into the Seville Marathon and discusses...
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“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 arms back. If I give you ten four minute reps, you’re going to rest and you’re going to attack going into each one of those reps. You’re going to get...
“Coach said: “Do you know why we aren’t doing a tempo run tod
“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 temperature. That’s the difference. As a coach, i’m constantly refining my skills and knowledge. I constantly hold the belief that I don’t know...
“Being a great coach is like being