Running Coaching from David & Megan Roche
SEXY SCIENCE CORNER! What differentiates athletes late in endurance events like marathons and ultras? Why can some athletes train the same, pace the same, fuel the same--yet have different results? The answer may be found in the emerging study of "fatigue resistance." Fatigue resistance does not have a set definition, but is generally classified as the extent of performance deterioration late in events, often unexplained by normal physiological profiling while fresh. This episode takes a deep dive into some of the sexiest science and training theory of how the brain and nervous system influence late-race fatigue. We take you on a thrilling ride featuring neurotransmitters, genetics, metabolic variables, and much more, with the goal of highlighting what contributes to physiological breakthroughs over time. It concludes with 10 training theories you can put into practice to accomplish some big, scary goals.
We rocked some very teal, very tight spandex to talk about stories from the Gorge 100k and 50k (highlighted by some amazingly fun breakthroughs!), great health news for Megan's heart, athletics as an opportunity to shine your light with FULL LUMINOSITY, Jerrod Carmichael's wonderful new comedy special, being yourself, the courage of Lia Thomas, why inclusion must be the default, and why trans athletes rights are human rights. We love you all! WOOHOO!
We rallied from low WHOOP recovery scores to talk about everything we saw and learned at the 2021 Western States 100. Good days are always earned, but bad days can be unlucky. Give your body a chance. And we're in this together. Plus lots more! Thank you all! WOOHOO!
We got bib numbers to the 2021 Tour De No Pants before talking about the physiological importance of practicing playfulness in training, an update on the journey with family planning (we are at the fun part!), why walking is trail running, and key principles for thinking about training heading into 2022 (particularly with the distribution of intensity). Science is sometimes sexy metaphorically, and on this episode it's also sexy literally. Happy holidays everyone, we appreciate you all so much! WOOHOO!
We got EXTRA STRENGTH creative juices flowing before talking about a study on how self-talk can influence performance, the connection that emotional state can have to long-term adaptation, recognizing and improving self-talk and why that matters long-term, the best strength exercise (step-ups!) and how to take them to the next level, and how to prevent and treat side stitches. Plus lots of the usual asides, from Salt-N-Pepa to sex dreams. As always, it gets weird! Thank you all for everything! WOOHOO!
We got white hot and passionate before talking about some wildly cool studies on speed training science, how simple training changes can improve performance for most athletes, our questionable move to a caffeine-free lifestyle (nooooooo!), the power of DNFs in racing and in life, movie reviews and recommendations, and the importance of celebrating everything about mental health (via Taylor Tomlinson's amazing new stand-up special). Plus the usual sexy science! Thank you so much for being a part of this journey! WOOHOO!
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