EA 07: Why The Everyday Athlete Should Run With Andrew Read

Welcome to Everyday Athlete the podcast for the everyday athlete who wants to train smarter and live to be 100 years old. I am your host, Josh Kennedy. Today, I am talking to Andrew Read. We talk about Ironman, his 1000 kilometer charity ride, his book Run Strong, his time on SealFit, and all about running, running technique, and how to get started running.  

Today’s guest is in the 1% of trainers with over 15 years in the fitness industry. You would be hard pressed to know if he is happy or sad. He hates everyone. He has spent a lifetime in competitive martial arts and some time in special forces. He is a certified functional movement specialist, national director of Primal Move, an author, speaker, and so much more. His specialty is elite performance, and he has trained three world champions. Enjoy my interview with Andrew Read.

Today’s topics include:

  • Andrew is 45 years old. When he turned 40 he decided not to be scared of anything like a 1000 kilometer bike ride.
  • He cycled heavily before his Ironman and he was swimming, but he had to work on his running.
  • This spurred the idea for Run Strong and endurance running training.
  • How many races have a running component.
  • SealFit is run by an ex-Navy Seal. It is CrossFit based, but there is a lot of endurance like running and rowing.
  • How long and grueling the different SealFit workouts are.
  • Doing 450 pushups is possible when you have lost count.
  • With SealFit brutal workouts you realize you can do anything.
  • Running from a beginners perspective.
  • Everyone should be able to run.
  • To begin running we need to get the body weight in a normal range.
  • Then introduce running with a walk run program. Jog a minute then walk 4 minutes. Do this 6 times for 30 minutes.
  • Each week increase the running minutes and decrease the walking minutes.
  • It takes 12 weeks to get through the program and the result is running for an hour pain-free.
  • People need to work up to fitness workout levels. Slower initial building at first increases ability.
  • We need strength and aerobic conditioning to develop a high-level workout capacity.
  • How carbohydrates get us stuck in a carbohydrate loop.
  • Walking for an hour is another way to get aerobic fitness.
  • Energy and fuel and eating sugar or carbs as opposed to eating fat or ketogenic.
  • How rest and proper recuperation matters in training and competing.
  • The dangers of water bottles during Ironman competitions.
  • The importance of recovery to making progress and how it becomes more important as we age.

Action Step or Takeaway

  • Go through the list of Components of Athleticism, score yourself using a 1-10 score, 10 being the best, then take the ones that you scored the least in and focus on training those areas for the next 3 months.

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“A lot of people want to do races that involve running, a coach needs to understand how to train runners.” Andrew Read

“Two or three days a week of running created amazing results for people training for races that include running.” Andrew Read

“Every time we think that we have pushed as far as we can go we always find out that there is more.” Andrew Read


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