The Final Surge Podcast

We are excited to bring you podcast interviews from some of the brightest in the running, triathlon and endurance industry. We'll touch on a variety of topics about training, injury prevention, racing, nutrition and much more!

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 52: Nick Symmonds

In Episode 52 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to World Silver Medalist and CEO of Run Gum, Nick Symmonds. Nick recently ran his final 800m race as a professional and now turns his attention to completing his first marathon later this year. We discuss Nick's marathon training along with the state of professional track and field. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 51: Eric Christensen

In Episode 51 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to Physical Therapist Eric Christensen who has a new book called Breathe Better. Eric discusses how your breathing affects performance, and how proper breathing can help you stay healthy and prevent injuries. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 50: Derek Rubis

In Episode 50 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to Derek Rubis who is known on Twitter as DDritzenhein, the Hub of Distance Running. Derek is known as the #1 running fan and has been coached by a different professional coach or athlete each week for the last 3 years. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 48: Dr. Stephen Seiler

In Episode 48 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to Dr. Stephen Seiler, the leading researcher on polarized training for endurance athletes. Dr. Seiler explains what this is and why 80% of your training should be done at an easy, low intensity level (80/20 training). He also discusses the amount of rest to take between interval training and the rest interval sweet spot. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 47: Diana Fitts

In Episode 47 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to Diana Fitts, a Boston Qualifier and author of the book Better Running Goals. Diana discusses how to set and adjust your goals, how to commit to them, and how to reevaluate goals as priorities change. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 45: Jim Cielencki

In Episode 45 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to Jim Cielencki, a Miler Method Bootcamp participant. In addition to completing the bootcamp by Nick Willis, Jim went viral when he ran every mile of every street in Buffalo, NY while preparing for the Buffalo Marathon. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 43: Craig Lutz

In Episode 43 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to professional HOKA NAZ Elite runner Craig Lutz. Craig ran for the University of Texas and discusses how he got his start in running and also talks about the LutzRunning high school distance camp in Flagstaff this summer. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 40: Jonathan Marcus

In Episode 40 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to High Performance West coach Jonathan Marcus. Jonathan has coached all levels of runners from high school kids to elite professionals. He discusses numerous training and racing topic, including what it means to be a coach. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 39: Mark Sortino

In Episode 39 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to Team MPI head coach and co-founder Mark Sortino. Mark is a USA Triathlon Level III Coach, a certified USAT Race Director, and is the head coach of Team USA Paratriathlon. In addition to coaching, Mark is a 16-time Ironman finisher. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 38: Denny Krahe

In Episode 38 of the Final Surge Podcast our guest is host of the Diz Runs podcast Denny Krahe. Denny is a certified athletic trainer and strength specialist who helps runners stay injury free. He recently ran his first ultra race and is also in the process of releasing his new book which helps runners prepare for race day. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 37: Nate Helming

In Episode 37 of the Final Surge Podcast our guest is The Run Experience founder Coach Nate Helming. Nate specializes in helping runners and other endurance athletes stay injury free through strength training and mobility exercises. Nate has a great YouTube channel and is featured in many popular publications. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 36: Martin Hehir

In Episode 36 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to HOKA NAZ Elite runner Martin Hehir. Marty ran for Syracuse University and helped lead them to a Cross Country National Title in 2015. We talk to Marty about his transition from college to pro and how his training has changed now that he competes at the highest level. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 34: Jason Hartmann

In Episode 34 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to former professional runner and now collegiate coach Jason Hartmann. Jason has run 2:11:06 for the marathon, has been the top American finisher at Chicago, and has placed 4th at Boston multiple times. He now coaches at Saginaw Valley State University. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 33: Scott Simmons

In Episode 33 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to American Distance Project coach Scott Simmons. ADP athletes have won multiple National Championships and have represented the United States at the Olympics. Scott discusses a range of topics including his team, marathon training, and his thoughts on US distance running. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 32: Addie Bracy

In Episode 32 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to women’s US Mountain Running Champion and the 2016 USATF Mountain/Ultra/Trail Runner of the Year Addie Bracy. Addie is a professional runner for the Hudson Elite team that recently made the transition to trail running. In addition, Addie coaches high school athletes. We discuss all of that and more. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 31: Drew Hunter

In Episode 31 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to professional runner Drew Hunter. Drew is considered one of the best high school distance runners of all time, breaking the national indoor mile record formerly held by Alan Webb. We discuss Drew's decision to not run in college and turn pro, his goals for this year, and get into details about his current training. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 30: Sarah Kozul

In Episode 30 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to Coach Sarah Kozul of the Jeff Galloway Run Walk Run Lakeland Florida training group. Sarah discusses the philosophy of the Galloway method, the goals of the program and the types of workouts that the Galloway method uses to help athletes train for their upcoming races. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 29: Matt Fitzgerald

In Episode 29 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to endurance sport author, coach and nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald. Matt discusses his 80/20 rule, differences in diets for optimal training compared to weight loss, and the mental aspect of training and racing. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 28: Kim Conley

In Episode 28 of the Final Surge podcast we talk to two-time U.S. Olympian Kim Conley. Kim discusses her decision to run at UC Davis after high school, some of her past Olympic Trials races, and her recent marathon debut. We discuss her upcoming plans for the 2017 season and ask her some questions about the current depth of women's running in the United States. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 27: Mario Fraioli

In Episode 27 of the Final Surge podcast we talk to Coach Mario Fraioli. Mario is the former Senior Editor of Competitor Magazine and now works for an online coaching venture called Ekiden. Mario discusses his new job transition, why he doesn't like the word "goals", and answers some specific training questions. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 26: Nick Willis

In Episode 26 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to 1500m Olympic medalist Nick Willis of New Zealand. Nick discusses his 2016 race in Rio, his training leading up to his race, and his partnership with Final Surge to launch his new business venture, Miler Method Boot Camps. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 25: Nick Symmonds

In Episode 25 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to 800m Olympian and entrepreneur Nick Symmonds. Nick discusses training and racing strategy for mid-distance events, his future in the sport, his plans to run a marathon, and his new business venture Run Gum. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 24: Joe Vigil

In Episode 24 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to legendary coach Joe Vigil. Joe won 26 national titles at Adams State College and produced 425 All-Americans. He has worked with Olympic Bronze Madalist Deena Kastor, Silver Medalist Meb Keflezighi, and recently with Olympians Brenda Martinez and Boris Berian. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 23: Laura Pizmoht of Salty Running

In Episode 23 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to Laura Pizmoht, runner and founder of the popular running blog Salty Running. Laura discusses a range of topics from how the blog got started, how much time it takes each day, important issues in women's running and how a woman-focused blog should be read by men as well. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 22: Alex Hutchinson

In Episode 22 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to Alex Hutchinson, Sweat Science writer for Runner's World. Alex discusses the latest research on topics like running cadence, foot placement, strength training for endurance athletes, hydration and how beet juice has many possible benefits to your training and health. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 21: Dr. Richard Hansen

In Episode 21 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to Dr. Richard Hansen, coach of the Roots Running Project. Richard is a chiropractor specializing in sports medicine for runners and has helped launch a professional post-collegiate running team featuring athletes like Noah Droddy. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 18: Steve Magness

In Episode 18 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to running coach and author Steve Magness. Steve is well known for his book The Science of Running. Steve coaches at the University of Houston and has also coached many Olympic and World Championship athletes. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 17: Kyle Kranz

In Episode 17 of the Final Surge Podcast we talk to running coach Kyle Kranz based in Rapid City, South Dakota. Kyle discusses how he became a runner later in life and turned his passion for the sport into a successful online coaching business. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 16: Ariana Hilborn

In Episode 16 of the Final Surge Podcast we hear the amazing story of Olympic marathon runner Ariana Hilborn who runs for the Sonoran Distance Project. Having never run in high school or college, Ariana went from running her first marathon in 4:37 to running an Olympic Qualifying time 6 years later. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 12: Tom "Tinman" Schwartz

In Episode 12 of the Final Surge Podcast, we talk to coach Tom "Tinman" Schwartz. Tom's athletes include Drew Hunter, the recent high school phenom who now runs professionally for Adidas, as well as two-time world age group record holder and current 8th grade student Grace Ping. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 7: Jason Fitzgerald

In this episode we interview runner, coach, author and blogger Jason Fitzgerald, founder of the popular website Strength Running. Jason discusses what it takes to stay healthy as a runner, provides some resources for dynamic workouts and warm-ups, as well as much more. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 6: Justin Park

In this episode we interview professional triathlete Justin Park. Justin discusses how he overcame a life-threatening heart condition to pursue his dream of competing with the top athletes in the world in the sport of triathlon. [...]

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Final Surge Podcast Episode 5: Luke Humphrey

In this episode we interview professional runner, author and coach Luke Humphrey of Hansons Coaching Services. Luke discusses marathon training, gives advice to new runners, and discusses the launch of his new group coaching site HCSRunClub.com [...]

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