Podcast #2: The Mental Side of Running

November 23, 2014 | By | 8 Replies More

I’ve uploaded my next Podcast (which can be found on iTunes: HERE)

The mental side of running is an often overlooked part of training and racing. In this episode I talk about some basic strategies that you can apply to your distance running in order to motivate yourself and get more out of your training/racing!

The Episode can also be played below:

Thanks for the support and stay tuned for more!


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2-time Olympic Trials Qualifier, Mountain runner, Author of "Running For The Hansons," trail runner, videos for Vo2max Productioins, LLC.

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  1. Rob Kolodziejczak says:


    Could you do a training talk on hill work? I am in the east, right on Lake Erie. We don’t have a lot of elevation here but I do about an hour away. I cant make that drive as often as I like but want to do more intense hill work more often. Maybe you can touch on some ideas for folks like me.

  2. Roby says:

    Hi Sage,

    Great stuff! Definitely one area to improve for each one of us, but sometimes is so hard.

    Pura vida,


  3. SageCanaday says:

    Hey Rob,
    Thanks for the idea! I think the key is to do the best with the environment you have. The treadmill (however boring) is really a great way to get in vertical really fast….uphill Tempo runs for 20-30min at 5% to 10% uphill grade is a great workout. The other option is mixing it up with short hill reps and banking on intensity. Depending on the event you are training for downhills might be just as important! Thanks for the support and best of luck with your training/racing

  4. SageCanaday says:

    Thanks so much Rob!
    Pura Vida,

  5. John says:

    Hi Sage,
    Can you talk about how to get off the dreaded platoue? Everyone at some point hits this and needs to have a few tricks or tools to move through it.

    Also, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the beer mile coming up!
    Keep up all the good work!

  6. Melanie says:

    Great podcast Sage! Very helpful and I will bear all your advice in mind during runs . Mental strength is such a huge part of running !!

  7. SageCanaday says:

    Hey Thanks Melanie, glad you liked it!!

  8. SageCanaday says:

    To overcome: consistent variation in training…new physical stimulus and change to address any “stale” feelings. Take a break, rebuild aerobic base from scratch and regroup mentally. Thanks for the support and best of luck!

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