“Don’t waste good time.” – John Ngugi
I love this quote and had never heard before my chat with Mario Fraioli.
Motivation is something we all struggle with as runners. From newbies to Olympians, it doesn’t matter.
Motivation is fleeting.
So, what this quote says is that sometimes you will have it and sometime you won’t. But when you do, take advantage of it!
If you’re out on a run and you’re feeling particularly good that day, don’t hold back!
Because as we all know, there are some runs when you will feel terrible. Low energy, lack of motivation, self doubt – you know the drill.
This is a sample of what we talked about in today’s podcast (more on our chat below).
A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College, Mario has coached both elite and age-group runners and was the men’s marathon coach for Costa Rica at the 2012 Olympics.
Most recently Mario helped start Ekiden, a company that leverages technology to bring a great human coaching experience to more runners. He shares his thoughts on running and other topics that interest him in the morning shakeout, his weekly email newsletter to which I subscribe to and look forward to reading each week.
In this episode we talk about:
- Mario’s photography hobby and coffee habit.
- Lessons Mario has learned during his time as a runner and coach that applies to runners of all levels.
- Some specific running workouts that beginners can do to break up the monotony of slow running.
- Ways you can recognize when progress is being made, besides running speed.
- Mario’s non-negotiable aspects of a good running training program.
- Mario’s favourite strength exercises and a simple routine to elicit athleticism and make you a better runner.
- The benefits of having a running coach.
- And more!
The Morning Shakeout – Mario’s newsletter. Running, media and more. I have been a subscriber for over a year.
Ekiden – Online coaching program for runner. Mario is the head coach.
Mario on Instagram – Some excellent photography to check out.
Strength-Training Circuit For Distance Runners – Mario’s simple body-weight exercise routine to help you become a stronger runner and improve your athleticism.
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