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Clean Sport Collective

Kara Goucher, Shanna Burnette, and Chris McClung

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The Clean Sport Collective is a community of powerful voices comprised of athletes, brands, events, clubs, fans and the public to support the pursuit of clean sport and athletics through the absence of performance enhancing drugs. With this podcast, we will celebrate clean athletes, educate you on issues in the world of clean sport, and bring hope that we can all believe in the power of fair play across all sports.
 
Three ex-collegiate runners trying to keep our running dreams alive and doing our best to keep other runners along for the ride by helping to keep them injury-free, provide training tips, and news of the sport and anything else that pops into our heads Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/distancedaddies/support
 
Hear inspiring stories leading up to Grandma's Marathon, a 26.2-mile road race along the scenic shores of Lake Superior and finishing in Duluth, Minn. Started in 1977 with only 150 runners, Grandma's Marathon is now the 12th largest marathon in the United States and brings approximately 20,000 participants to northern Minnesota each June. Our podcast is brought to you with the support of Essentia Health. Grandma's Marathon is proudly presented by Toyota, Members Cooperative Credit Union, and ...
 
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A self-proclaimed "marathon junkie," Chuck Engle has certainly earned the title. He's completed more than 475 marathons in his lifetime, and he's also the world record holder with more than 150 of those being completed in 3 hours or less. Engle travels nearly every week of the year to at least one race, and he has not only completed, but actually h…
 
With crazy lives and busy schedules, it's been a minute since we published an episode, but we are excited to release this roundtable on recent current events in the realm of clean sport. Hosts Kara Goucher, Shanna Burnette, and Chris McClung all join to provide life updates and discuss: - Bizarre cheating scandals in chess and fishing - Doping posi…
 
On this episode we welcome former All-American at Utah, World Mountain Champ, and professional track, road, and trail runner Grayson Murphy (@racin__grayson) . We discuss her later start into running when she walked on to the cross country team in college, learning the sport and training along the way, and becoming one of the most successful runner…
 
We like to complicate recovery by focusing on the latest whizz-bang tools and modalities that might be all the rage. Recovery, however, is actually very simple, and in most cases, absolutely free. In this episode, I talk about your 3 most important recovery tools - movement, sleep, and fueling - and then give you 8 simple tasks you can do to get yo…
 
Essentia Health ATC Cristina Nistler joins the podcast for the first of several installments ahead of the 2023 Grandma's Marathon weekend designed to help keep runners focused on the finish line while avoiding any common injuries and/or medical issues. As part of her role with Essentia Health, Nistler works part-time throughout the year in the Gran…
 
2:23 vs 2:39? Which is a better result for a marathoner? It would be easy to say the faster time, but Des Linden might disagree. She ran 2:39 in 2018 to win Boston. She also ran 2:23 in 2011 to place 2nd by just 2 seconds. Which is better now? Context matters. It's not necessarily about the time on the clock if you give your all. In this episode, I…
 
On this episode, we welcome 44 Louisiana state title winner, All-American at Furman, Team Boss member, and Professional Runner with Adidas, Gabbi Jennings (@the__gabs)! We talk about how she got into running growing up in Louisiana, having her dad as her coach, and emerging as a Louisiana legend before progressing that talent into running at Furman…
 
As a coach, I know at least two things for certain: 1. Everyone faces pre-race nerves and doubts regardless of your background and experience. 2. The pre-race nerves never go away, but you will become better at dealing with them. In this episode, I discuss 7 types of pre-race doubts with tactical steps to deal with each of them. You can't make them…
 
On today's episode we welcome 2x Olympian and professional runner with Nike, Kim Conley. We talk about her recent OTQ race at the Twin Cities Marathon where she and Eric actually both ran and were running together at times. We discuss how her training has changed as she moved up to the marathon distance, her exciting Olympic Trials race that she pu…
 
Most of us measure ourselves in all of the wrong ways, and it leads to injury, overtraining, burnout, and under performance. In this episode, I give you 7 ways to re-frame how you measure success in order to be a happy, healthy, sustainable runner who ultimately reaches their long term potential. For example, stop asking yourself "how fast did I go…
 
On today's episode we welcome All-American at Arkansas and professional runner with Hoka NAZ Elite, Krissy Gear! We start with her journey into running influenced by her running family, how running has changed her life, and how she went from using it as a means to just get into college to finding amazing success all the way to the national stage. W…
 
Fresh off her first career win at the Chicago Marathon, wheelchair athlete Susannah Scaroni joined our Gearing Up for Grandma's podcast. Not only did Scaroni win the 2022 Chicago Marathon, she also won her fourth career Grandma's Marathon this past June and broke her own event record in the process. Scaroni is a three-time U.S. Paralympian and won …
 
In this episode, Nicole Winter (@nicolemruns) asks me questions from her followers about final race week preparations. We discuss everything from choosing a race pace to race week eating to the taper and strength training (or not), plus much, much more. We also discuss an injury she is facing on her journey to qualify for Boston in February and how…
 
On this episode we welcome Jeff Merrill (@jedmerle) President of Portland Track (@pdxtrack) and founder and chief intern of Tracklandia (@tracklandia), a race streaming, broadcasting, and event coordinator for track races in Portland, Oregon. We discuss what Tracklandia is and all that it encompasses, how and why he started it with Andrew Wheating,…
 
One of the biggest mistakes I see made in training is a lack of variation within a training cycle and certainly across training cycles. If you want to reach your goals, you need to make sure that you are modulating your training in a way that allows your entire aerobic system to build vs. just smaller parts of it. In this episode, I ask you 8 quest…
 
In this episode, I talk about the age-old question for marathoners and half marathoners - should I carbo load before my big race? My answer might surprise you and is likely different than the prevailing wisdom. Does carbo loading work? Yes. Do I recommend it? No. Listen in to learn why and then stay for some final prep tips for those with races com…
 
On this episode, we welcome Clare Gallagher, a professional trail runner with Patagonia, 2 time Leadville 100 winner, Western States Winner and many more wins and records. We discuss how she got into trail running and doing ultra marathons, how her training looks for 100 mile races and her coach, David Roche's training philosophies, and how the rec…
 
Training mileage is a topic which encompasses the majority of questions I receive on a weekly basis. In particular, runners want to know how to build mileage, how to do it safely, and how much to do in total from week to week. In this episode, I give you 10 tips for building mileage in a way that will be incremental and sustainable, enabling you to…
 
We are joined by 2x Olympian Kara Goucher (@karagoucher) who has been involved in the sport since she was 6 years old and went from that first race with her Grandpa to a professional runner and now broadcaster for NBC. We discuss her career, how to help female runners struggling with the pressure to look a certain way to be faster, battling past ne…
 
Minnesota native and former US Olympian Carrie Tollefson has been involved with Grandma's Marathon for more than a decade, serving most recently as lead analyst for the women's marathon for our radio broadcast. Tollefson works primarily on race day with Chad Salmela, who has Olympic experience of his own in the broadcast booth. Together, they are p…
 
In this episode, I am joined by fellow running podcasters - Angie and Trevor from the Marathon Training Academy. We give quick intros on us and then get to questions from each of our audiences. We got great questions from you on running and aging, maintenance plans, back to back marathons, speedwork, fueling, the taper and so much more. Listen in t…
 
We are joined by 3 time Falmouth Road Race Winner, Canadian National Record Holder in the 10k, and professional runner with On, Ben Flanagan (@ben_flanagan). We talk about the recent Falmouth win, goals moving forward with the new Worlds Qualification Standards, how the transition to On and the Very Nice Track Club has been and go in depth on profe…
 
Last week, Kara shared a tweet that inspired me. It read: "One of life’s biggest lessons- you don’t always get what you want. You can do everything right, and still fall short. But usually, even in the pain, the journey was still worth taking. This is me, finishing 4th in the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon. Only the top 3 moved on to the Olympics. Wa…
 
We chat with Mary Johnson (@itsamarython) , a running and strength coach and founder of LiftRunPerform, her coaching website, where she coaches half and full marathoners to their goals just as she herself achieved by qualifying for Boston. She has been featured in numerous magazines such as Runner's World and Women's Running and is the mother of 2 …
 
First-time marathoners have a very special place in my heart as a coach. It is powerful and very inspiring to watch someone cover 26.2 miles for the first time. In this episode, I give 12 tips to help first-timers make their first experience a magical one. From training to race day and beyond, these tips will help you through every step of the jour…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Steve Magness (@stevemagness), author of Peak Performance, The Science of Running, and most recently Do Hard Things. We delve into his book about what inspired it, how to apply the four pillars to running, and mental training. We also discuss other topics such as sports psychology, training science, pro coaches as …
 
Managing running injuries is hard for so many reasons. One reason is that the prevailing wisdom on these injuries is generally just wrong, making it very hard to know the right things to do. In this episode, I give you 9 common mistakes that I see when people try to manage their running injury, and how to find a better way. It starts with a realiza…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Olympic runner Cam Levins who most recently placed 4th at the World Championships in the marathon. He discusses how the race went, his high mileage training, how he changed his approach after Tokyo to incorporate more strength training, and some of his favorite workouts. We also discuss some recent news in the runn…
 
On this show, I talk a lot about the mechanics of training and the X's and O's of each period in training. In many ways, that's the easy part. It's the what-to-do in training part including the workouts and long runs and miles per week. How to do it is a little harder, however. In this episode, I breakdown the seasons of a training cycle and talk a…
 
We interview Lauren Gregory (@lgeeeeezy), an All-American runner at the University of Arkansas, winner of the USATF Vertical Mountain Championships, and finalist in the 1500 meters at USA Outdoor Championships. We discuss how the native Coloradan got started in running from an early age and never stopped. She talks with us about her high school run…
 
Coach Ben Rosario (@coachbenrosario1 ) joins us to talk about how he founded the pro team, Hoka NAZ Elite, and grew it to what it is today. We also discuss his coaching philosophy and the group's culture, as well as, how the team has changed now that Alan Culpepper is the head coach, and how Ben started the Marathon Project during the pandemic --- …
 
In this episode, I give you a mini-smorgasbord of topics from recent questions I've received from athletes. First of all, I talk about the practical elements of training in the heat including how to do a sweat test and how to plan your daily hydration with electrolytes. Then, I talk about how to transform negative self-talk into positive self-talk …
 
Our friend Maddie Riley, RD (@rd.2.go) joins us to talk about Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S). She covers what it is, what are the symptoms, and how to recover from it and continue with your training. We also give an update on the World Athletics Championships which are in mid-swing --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/distanceda…
 
Do you want to do this sport for a lifetime AND smash big goals along the way?!? Then, this episode is for you. In it, I break down 18 intangible and tangible factors that will help you enjoy this sport for the long term. From the mental side to the practical sides of training and longevity, this episode has it all. And by the way, if you do these …
 
We go over our predictions for World Athletics Championships this weekend. We also Interview with Ku Stevens, the first Native American to run for Oregon this upcoming season and how he handled running without teammates or a coach to become a state champion. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/distancedaddies/support…
 
People ask me about carb-loading all the time and if they should do it before a long run. Well in this episode, I answer that question and talk about what to do before and after your long runs and quality workouts in order to execute them at your best. Fueling. Hydration. Sleep. Movement. Mental Game. Those are the key components to optimize your p…
 
Professional runner Eleanor Fulton (@Eleanor_Fulton) joins us to discuss her inspiring story as an unsponsored athlete running at the highest level on the national stage. Starting from her high school days to now, we talk about how she balances a full time job with training while still continuing to PR and race at big meets including the Olympic Tr…
 
In this episode, I teach the why, the what, and the how of a very important training principle... the power of progression. From warm-ups to easy runs to workouts and races, your goal should be to start a little slower and finish faster at every opportunity. Learning to execute your runs in this way will teach you how to enjoy your best workouts an…
 
Our friend Colin Schultz (@theschultzee), a professional runner with Team Run Flagstaff joins us for our first podcast interview. 4th at USATF Indoor Championships and most recently raced at USATF Outdoor Championships in the 800m. He tells us his story from missing Nationals in college to being a pro runner on the big stage and offers his advice o…
 
This episode we talk about how your body adapts to training in the heat over the summer and how to train through it. We go over USAs now that those are done and how our predictions went and who is the best pro team after the new OAC team additions. Are the track streaming paywalls to watch races like USATF+ hurting or helping the sport? NBA Draft w…
 
In this episode, I share the audio from an Instagram Live with my last guest Nicole Winter (@nicolemruns). She asks me questions from her audience on the fundamentals of running. We pretty much cover it all including breathing and running, form and cadence, building speed over time, managing recovery, how to think about chasing the BQ, training for…
 
In this episode, I welcome Rogue athlete Nicole (Rauch) Winter to the show. I coached Nicole to her first marathon in January, and now she has dreams to chase a Boston qualifier next year. In our conversation, we start from the beginning, discussing her background in sport and how she got into running in the first place. She describes the joy she e…
 
Each year, we accept a number of "race ambassadors" who help us throughout the year spread the word about Grandma's Marathon and help keep the spirit of the race alive in the buildup to June. Some of this year's "Grambassadors" join us for this podcast to talk about one of their favorite things - Grandma's Marathon! Hear firsthand about their favor…
 
Thank you to a listener suggestion (and questions), this episode is dedicated to those that get a late start in running. Regardless of when you start, you are worthy of big goals in this sport. In this episode, I talk about when to start, how to think about goal setting and potential, improving running form at a later age, and practical tips for ge…
 
Training for fall marathons and half marathon is upon us with the focus for many now shifted to goals in September, October, and November. That means closing the chapter on your last cycle of work and starting a new one. In this episode, I give you 10 tips for making sure you kick off your new training cycle the right way. Here's to more goal smash…
 
The use of CBD by runners to aid in their training and recovery has exploded over the past several years, and it's led to a lot of different opinions about what's best for your body and how to properly choose from and use the many products on the market. Nature's Gem CBD & Wellness has been a major sponsor of Grandma's Marathon since 2019, and foun…
 
Each year, we accept a number of "race ambassadors" who help us throughout the year spread the word about Grandma's Marathon and help keep the spirit of the race alive in the buildup to June. Some of this year's "Grambassadors" join us for this podcast to talk about one of their favorite things - Grandma's Marathon! Hear firsthand about their favor…
 
Disclaimer: This episode contains the story of one man's journey to face challenges with addiction and mental health (anxiety and depression). The discussion may be triggering for some, so please proceed with caution. In addition, Michael and I are NOT trained professionals so if you are struggling with one of these challenges, then we encourage yo…
 
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