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How to Run Faster & Prevent Your Next Running Injury with Jason Fitzgerald

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Earlier this week we talked about the great injury myth plaguing the running world, and I made a case for constant injury prevention care. I even shared how smart running has kept me injury free for the past 5 years.

That’s right, injuries don’t have to be part of your running and training.

What I didn’t say is that the work you put in to injury prevention not only helps you stay healthy, it also makes you stronger and faster.

And who doesn’t want to run faster?

Since it’s injury prevention week on Rock Creek Runner, and running faster is always at the top of people’s list, I decided to call up one of the smartest and fastest runners I know: Jason Fitzgerald of Strength Running.

The dude’s a beast on the road and trail, having run a blazing fast 2:39 marathon, but that’s not the reason I called him up.

Instead, we talk about injuries and injury prevention, and how as a coach he’s helped runners of all levels get stronger and faster by following certain injury prevention principles.

And I’d like to share that 30+ minute conversation with you today.

Here’s what we talk about in today’s interview:

  • Injury prevention explained (finally)
  • What does it mean to sandwich your workouts?
  • Core work for faster running
  • How to shape your training to stay injury free
  • Why you need low mileage weeks, even in the heat of training
  • Cross-training for runners
  • Does trail running help prevent injuries?
  • Dealing with your lingering running injury
  • Jason’s #1 tip for staying healthy

Interview with Jason Fitzgerald

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