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I ‘ve brought back Dr Emily Splichal, Podiatrist and Human Movement Specialist, she is the Founder of the Evidence Based Fitness Academy and Creator of the Barefoot Training Specialist®, BarefootRx® and BARE® Workout Certifications. Dr Splichal has dedicated her medical career towards studying postural alignment and human movement as it relates to foot function and barefoot training and running.
Dr Splichal serves as a Consultant for some of the top fitness, athletic footwear and orthotic companies around the world including NIKE Innovations, Trigger Point Performance Therapy, Aetrex Worldwide, Crunch Fitness and Sols.
Bart Yasso is considered “The Mayor of Running”. He is recognized around the world, having competed in running events on all seven continents from the Antarctica marathon to the Mt. Kilimanjaro marathon. A delightful ambassador to the sport of running and Runner's World "Chief Running Officer",
Infamous for the; not so scientific but highly regarded “Yasso 800’s” a system of training and means for predicting a runners marathon finish time. Yasso won the U.S. National Biathlon Long Course Championship and won the Smoky Mountain Marathon in 1998. He has also completed the Ironman five times and the Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley.
Training and racing for obstacle races such as Spartan, Atlas, Tough Mudder and Battle Frog places unique demands on an athlete. These events require the ability to perform at far greater intensity than preparing for a marathon. Richard Diaz and his guest Dr. Harry Pino, a renowned sport scientist discuss these demands and the program written by Richard Diaz tailor made to prepare these athletes for the rigors of these intense competitions that he has justifiably named “The Dark Side” Lactate Tolerance Training for high intensity running
Once an illegal substance, Marijuana is now gaining popularity among Runners as a training enhancement. Legal in 28 states many runners are smoking pot to improve performance. Join our host Richard Diaz and Jimmy Reed as they visit, “Runners who get high”.
Once considered taboo, smoking or possessing marijuana could land you in jail. Now there is a growing trend and experimentation in the benefits of cannabis use among competitive runners. The vaporize it, eat, rub it on tired and sore muscles and swear by the benefits provided opposed to taking other over the counter and prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs. It’s an interesting topic and The Natural Running Network is going to tackle it head on.
Every competitive runner works hard to improve running speed. Often, these attempts lead to injury and often progress is elusive. Richard Diaz shares his training secrets for achieving running speed for various events from the mile to the Spartan Beast.
This episode is perfect for runners of all distances. The advice provided is a result of decades of field testing, comprehensive work in diaz human performances lab on athletes of all shapes, size and sports; from Sprinters to Ultra Marathon runners. The path to successful speed begins with some critical first steps. Be sure to tune in!
The Running Shoe Industry does not design shoes that help us perform better and safer; they make shoes based on market research and fashion trends. Listen as Jay Dicharry PT and gait analyst helps us sort through the confusion of running shoe selection. The industry served up high heels, heavy cushioned shoes for nearly 30 years. They then did an about face and went minimalist to chase the trend. Now they have turned back to heavily cushioned shoes. Clearly we, they or both are sorely confused! Nothing could be worse for a marathon runner than to shift from one extreme to the other and back again. Jay Dicharry is one of the most knowledgeable experts in the field of running mechanics today. This is a great show for all runners to hear.
Will running keep you young? As we get older should we walk instead? Many people assume they need to quit running as they get older, fearful of causing injury. Is it healthier to walk and does walking spare our joints? Are you too old to run a marathon?
We’ll give you some insight into these questions and you’ll be surprised to learn the scientific facts. This is an interesting topic for anyone who is running over the age of 45 and has experienced running related injuries.
Many runners are afraid to change the way they run even though they are plagued with running injuries. Richard Diaz and guest Peter Faletto, PT, gait correction expert, explain how a runner would change the way they run to reduce injury and improve performance.
Both Richard and Peter are highly experienced in the practice of neuromuscular re-education through a very unique system of unweighting and passively correcting poor gait mechanics while in motion. Any runner who is engaged in marathon training, half marathon training or even high intensity sprint speed athletics should tune into this episode.
Runners get injured, often needlessly. Join Richard Diaz and his guest Jason Fitzgerald-USATF Certified Running Coach as they share insights into the cause of most running related injuries and the misconceptions of what does NOT prevent these injuries.
If you have been sidelined by running injuries, incapable of finishing a marathon and are unsure why you often plagued by reoccurring problems with your run, this is a show you don’t want to miss. Some of the information may surprise you, the solutions are simple to employ and may be what is needed to get you back on track and running with confidence once again.
Junyong Pak, 2 time Toughest Mudder World Champ smashes Guinness Book World Record by running the fastest marathon (3:12:47) carrying a 40lb. weight. Pak says: “it's an addictive rush when you're so good at tolerating pain—and you come out the other side”.
Richard Diaz catches up with him to find out how he does it. We’ll talk nutrition, training and grit and plans for future competitions, obstacle racing and marathon running.
Running a Marathon is tough, when it takes 5 hours, even tougher. Richard Diaz shares tips with a runner who struggles to break the 5 hour barrier. Marathon Running Tips that focus on what to do and how to feed when the race takes longer than planned.
Look at any major Marathon and you’ll see that greater than half of the participants run within the 5 hour range. This may be because more and more people are meeting the challenge than ever before. Unfortunately, there is little information provided for these runners. Most of what is written on training focuses on runners who hope to run in the sub-4 hour finish time. One of our listeners asked that we address this problem and serve up some running tips. If you are running a marathon for the first time, or have struggled when you are beyond 20 miles, this show is for you!
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