Coaching Series Episode 2: Ryan Hall – Run Free Training (IHA Episode 447)

Today’s episode in this coaching series is with Ryan Hall! Ryan is one of the greatest American distance runners of all time! Ryan Hall is a two-time Olympian for the United States in the 2008 and 2012 Marathon. He is the fastest American to ever run the marathon (2:04:58) and half marathon (59:43) distances. Ryan retired from professional running in January of 2016 and is now one of the founders of Run Free Training.

In this episode, Ryan talks about some techniques and ways to stay in the game mentally when it feels daunting and hard. We also get to hear about his coaching and his training groups.

I loved digging into Ryan’s mentality and learning about how he coaches his athletes. I always walk away from conversations with Ryan inspired to work hard and to have a healthy mindset.

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What we talked about:

5:00- Coaching Ben Blankenship to the marathon

12:10- His mindset in running and lifting

17:35- Run Free Training

23:15- Sara’s training heading into Boston

29:50- Structuring training and racing ahead of the Olympic Trials marathon

30:30- Thoughts on the Olympic Trials

32:35- His daughter signing with NC State

37:00- Parenting and helping his kids manage their expectations athletically

40:15- Effort based training

42:40- The culture at Run Free

44:10- Goals in 2023

48:10- Advice to anyone going through struggles with their training cycles

54:40- End of podcast questions

Show notes:

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