Running For Distance. Running Tips & Routines with Eric Wallor – Episode 6

My ability to run is mediocre at best, which is why I needed to have someone who knows their stuff inside out. Eric is an expert at the sport of running. As an active runner, Eric is a nationally ranked marathon runner who recently placed in top 

I have personally known Eric for a few years now, back when I was active in real estate in Chicago. We kept in touch over time and he agreed to the podcast after I reached out to him.

He recently won a national title as head coach of Harper College’s cross country team. Eric knows his stuff and has the results to prove it.

He ran a 2:26 at the Boston Marathon and is currently working towards qualifying for the Olympic trials. He’s here with us today to share his insights on how to be a successful runner and reach your running goals, whether beginner or advanced.

marathon training tips

Eric Wallor’s Boston Marathon Results – 2:26.51!

Best Advice for People Training for Longer Obstacle Races

  • The key is to start slow with a positive attitude. It’s going to be tough and it may even hurt a little, but keep a positive mindset throughout the soreness and you’ll see progress!
  • Starting slow will build confidence as you start to see yourself getting better.
  • Establish a basis and stay consistent in your efforts and you may even start to see results in as little as two weeks.
  • Make it fun! Run with friends, run to music, or run outside, do whatever it takes to make it a workout that works for you.

Top Training Tips For Distance Running

  • First and foremost, you have to have the proper gear: running shoes, running socks, and anything that is going to help you feel mentally and physically prepared to meet your running goal.
  • Any sort of training in your background is going to be a good basis for running.
  • Whether it’s crossfit or insanity, it’s going to provide you with that cardiovascular or strength basis that is needed to start running.
  • Make sure your training is full body training, your whole body is activated during a run, especially your core and legs. It’s simple: in order to become a better runner, you have to keep running!

Simple Workout to Add to Your Regimen: Introducing The Fartlek Run

Start: Warm up for about a 1-2 miles

Basic: About 10 sets of 1 minute hard running, 1 minute easy jogging. The sets depends on your current ability – do 5 to measure how you feel.

Ladder: About 10 sets of 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy, 3 minutes hard, 3 minutes easy

The fartlek workout helps you simulate obstacle race conditions. The burst workout prepares you for the running between obstacles, the crawling, and everything obstacle races can throw at you.

The key is to make sure there is a clear difference between the hard and the easy. You want your heart rate to really feel the difference and always finish the workout pushing yourself the hardest.

You could even add breaks in there for some strength training in between sets. Customize the workout to what’s best for you and your training goals.

Nutrition For Training & Racing

Many people training are into different types of diets. The key is to have a balance of good carbohydrates (fruits, whole grains etc.), protein (beans, meat), and good fats (avocados, walnuts).

Links & Resources

Eric’s Facebook Page

  • jon Gold

    is there an rss feed or a way to download this on my phone