Interview with Jason Fitzgerald about Strength Running

Get Stronger, Run and Race Faster, Prevent Injuries, And Feel Great While Running With These Expert Insights From Running Coach, Jason Fitzgerald

Jason Fitzgerald
Jason Fitzgerald – Founder of StrengthRunning.com

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jason Fitzgerald, who is a running coach and founder of the website Strength Running. I stumbled onto his site about a month ago, and given that both running and strength are mega-interests of mine, I started to pour through the archives. I quickly realized that not only is this guy knowledgeable about running, but he gets the “big picture” of health, fitness, strength, and athletics.

I signed up for his newsletter to get to know him and his work a little better, and am really glad I did. This guy really knows his stuff, and the more of his work that I’ve read, the more I liked him. So, it was only a matter of time before I asked the question, “may I interview you for my readers?” He accepted without hesitation and we picked a date. That date was yesterday, and man, we had an excellent discussion about all-things running and strength training.

Who Should Listen To This Interview

So, if you’re a runner, it’s a no-brainer that you’ll not only enjoy the interview, but you’ll get several actionable takeaways that you can use to help yourself become a better runner. Remember that word actionable. And if you’re a struggling runner, and I’ve been there, too, bub, then that is all the more reason why this interview is something you won’t want to miss. And finally, if you’ve been thinking about getting into running, and want to do it right (and not get injured like a staggering 50-90% of runners do, depending on which statistics you look at), then you’ll absolutely want to listen in.

We had originally planned on keeping this interview in the 30-45 minute range, but it was so good, we just kept going for over an hour. Admittedly, it was apparent from the outset that both Jason and I are hopeless training geeks. But hey, don’t hate now.

What You Can Learn From Jason Fitzgerald Today

Anyways, here is a quick summary of the topics we discussed to give you a taste of what to expect:

-Jason’s story of getting injured, being sidelined for months, and overcoming his injuries despite what his doctors told him
How Jason has stayed injury-free since 2009 (Yes, that’s FOUR years, folks), while still building his mileage and pushing the limits of his performance
-Jason’s biggest running accomplishments, and how he’s managed to keep getting better over the years
The secret to being a great runner that no guru wants you to know (that’s not really a secret, but is something nobody really thinks about)
-The real value of strength training for runners, and why it’s futile to avoid it
The best types of cross-training and strength training methods for runners
-How to begin a strength training program with no experience doing that
One actionable tip that will immediately improve your health, strength, and running performance from only 5-10 minutes of work
-The biggest mistakes people make in their running program, and how to avoid them
An injury-prevention tip that also doubles for performance enhancement
-Why so many runners get injured, and how to reverse that trend in your own training
How strength training and injury-prevention go hand-in-hand, and what methods are most effective for preventing pain, injury, and sub-par performance
-The most important recovery tool that you probably don’t want to hear (cold, hard truth)
-The one thing Jason wish he knew before he started running over a decade ago
-Coaching advice for go-getters and over-achievers who are looking to achieve extraordinary results
-And much more!

Anyways, that’s enough blabbing from me. Check out the interview if you want to be bombarded with ideas for becoming a healthier, stronger, better runner…


Interview with Jason Fitzgerald

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*Mp3 audio file, approximate length is 82 minutes


Final Words

I want to offer a BIG thanks to Jason for taking the time to do this interview. I had a great time, and would love to do it again in the future.

Now, if you would be so kind, please share this post if you got some value out of this interview and think someone else you know could, too. I’ve included some handy-dandy ways to do that on the left.

And don’t forget to check out Jason’s book on Amazon.com, especially if you want some actionable training advice that will make a difference in your health, fitness, and running performance:

101 Simple Ways to be a Better Runner: A Short Guide to Running Faster, Preventing Injuries, and Feeling Great

101 Simple Ways to be a Better Runner

And be sure to check out Jason’s website, where he has provided TONS of free resources for you (and sign up for the newsletter for a big bag of goodies!): www.StrengthRunning.com

More Info:

Now, please do not visit these links until AFTER you’ve checked out Jason’s resources at the links above. But if you are so inclined to do some more digging in the vault here at Physical Living, here are a few relevant places to start:

An Unconventional Guide On Strength Training For Runners

How to Supercharge Your Long Distance Runs with the new Anti-Comfort Zone Paradigm

100 Lessons I’ve Learned From 10 Years of Running

5 Ways to Run Effortlessly Using Lessons From Persistence Hunting

The Definitive Guide for Transitioning to Barefoot Running

The Holy Grail of HIIT

And if you’re looking for something else, you can always peruse the Archives. There’s lot’s of good stuff in the Running, Injury-Prevention, and Strength Training categories, and the Natural Movement and Barefoot categories have some good’uns, too!

And please join me in thanking Jason for enthusiastically sharing his methods and vision for bringing more strength to the running community. Questions, comments, and feedback can be made using the comment form below.

Happy trails/roads!

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Barefoot, Injury-Free Runner Since 2009

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