About this episode

Are you tired of pushing yourself to the limit and still not seeing the results you want in your sport? Have you been told to simply develop a mindful and healthier relationship with your sport without any real guidance on how to do so? It’s time to break the cycle and discover the true significance of developing a positive connection with your sport. In this episode, we’ll explore the impact of mindfulness, the dangers of the more is better mentality, and the transformative power of consistent practice. Plus, we’ll show you how coaching can help individuals of all skill levels solidify their athletic identity and reach their full potential.

In this episode, you will be able to:

Discover the significance of fostering a positive connection with running for overall well-being.

Uncover the impact of mindfulness on athletes’ decision-making and performance.

Delve into the “more is better” mentality and its role in shaping a balanced outlook on sports.

Realize the inner growth and transformation that occurs through consistent practice.

Recognize the value of coaching for individuals of all skill levels in comprehending their athletic identity.

Meet TJ David, an accomplished athlete who has excelled in multiple sports, including skiing and trail running. From his early days on the slopes to his transition into the world of endurance sports, TJ has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience. Now, as a growth-oriented coach and athlete, he’s passionate about helping others unlock their potential and understand their athletic identity. With a friendly and introspective approach, TJ shares his personal journey and how he’s managed to strike a balance between his love for skiing and running, all while nurturing his authentic self.

The resources mentioned in this episode are:

Microcosm Coaching https://www.microcosm-coaching.com/ (sponsored by the podcast for May and January).

Follow Microcosm Coaching @microcosmcoaching on social media

Follow TJ on Instagram @tj_skis and For The Long Run @forthelrpod

Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/forthelongrun/support

Past guests on For The Long Run include: 177. Molly Seidel; 226. Mike “Kofuzi”; 228. Kara Goucher; 59. Shalane Flanagan; 234. Camille Herron; 198. Courtney Frerichs; 229. Jes Woods; 207. Tyler Andrews; 197. Dean Karnazes; 206. Katie Arnold; 220. CJ Albertson; 153. Joe Holder; 199. Kelly Roberts; 188. Gwen Jorgensen; 205. Emily Abbate; 209. Sara Vaughn; 174. Nick Bare; 97 Amelia Boone; 101. Courtney Dauwalter, 219. Dylan Bowman; 191. Matt Chittim; 200. David Roche; and more!


This episode of the For The Long Run Podcast is sponsored by PUMA. For 75 years, PUMA has been pushing sports and culture forward with innovative design and development. We are honored to have PUMA supporting this show, and supporting the running community at large.  I’ve been running in the Deviate Nitro First Mile and I love how it has a focus on sustainability, made from at least 20% recycled material. Check out a pair for yourself at PUMA.com and use the code FORTHELONGRUN for 20% off any PUMA run or train products.


Thank you to SaltStick for sponsoring this episode of the For The Long Run Podcast. If you deal with muscle cramps, fatigue, or just general dehydration, check out SaltStick’s suite of products to help you replenish what you lose in your sweat during those long workouts on the road or on the trail. 

Whether you’re a fan of capsules, powders, or chewables, you’ll find awesome flavors and plenty of hydration with SaltStick. Head over to aletenutrition.com to check them out and use code FTLR for 20% off your first order.

Microcosm Coaching

We’re excited to be working with the team at Microcosm Coaching, who are disrupting the “never enough” culture in running by guiding athletes toward mastery, joy and independence in the training process.

Find your community at https://www.microcosm-coaching.com/ and tell them the team at FTLR sent you.

Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/forthelongrun/support