About this episode

CJ is just a typical guy who lives in Fresno, California. He is a cross country and track coach and professional marathon runner for Brooks.

In this episode we talk about:

  • CJ’s progression and unconventional path to pro running
  • high volume training: lots and lots of miles
  • surpassing expectations and not setting limits
  • gaining confidence and self-belief through training
  • balancing outcome goals with process goals
  • interpreting results as learning opportunities
  • mental and physiological approaches to marathon pacing
  • self-experimentation and learning through experience
  • training science and fatigue
  • long runs over 26.2 miles
  • treadmill running
  • juggling multiple priorities: pro running, teaching, coaching, new parenthood and family
  • periodizing training
  • pursuing progress
  • preparing the mind for success and to achieve goals
  • normalizing breakthroughs and not self-sabotaging
  • putting running in perspective

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