Struggling to stay mentally strong during your race? Do you want to leverage your mental tools in your toolbox to maintain a strong mind during your training so you can execute the perfect race day strategy?
Chris McClung is a 2:45 marathoner, running coach, co-owner of Rogue Running and host of the Running Rogue podcast. Chris and I chat about mantras and mental tips for your best race day yet!
Listen to the Podcast Episode during your next run!
Chris McClung played soccer and volleyball growing up and didn’t turn to running until his senior year of college in the ancient year of 2000. His college roommate and then girlfriend (now wife Amy) got him into running. Before he knew it, I had done his first 10K and was absolutely hooked. A year later, Chris ran his first marathon in 2001in Chicago and the rest is essentially history as he has been training and racing more or less consistently ever since then. Chris runs to test my limits and to see what he can accomplish if he pushes beyond where he thinks he can go. As a bonus, he has met some of his best friends on the roads. Chris believes in the power of running to not only make you faster but also to make you a better human. That’s why he loves to coach and change lives.
Chris McClung is the co-owner of Rogue Running, a run coaching business with in-person training in Austin and Dallas and virtually-coached athletes around the world. Chris is the host of the Running Rogue podcast to help share his run coaching knowledge with the world. You can find connect with Chris at www.roguerunning.com.
We get into the following topics and so much more:
– Chris McClung Running Story
– What is a race mantra?
– Can a mantra make you run faster?
– How do you classify your running mantras?
– What is a “pre race” mantra?
– What is a rhythm mantra?
– What are the best mantras to use when closing in a race?
– How does visualization help boost your mindset for race day?
– Chris’ lessons learned about injury recovery
This was a value packed conversation with a true expert when it comes to running mindset. I hope you enjoy the episode with Chris who is a true professional in the running coaching and podcast community. Most importantly, I hope you learn a thing or two that you can take into your next race!
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Links and Resources from the show:
– Learn more about Chris and Rogue Running
– Follow Rogue Running on Instagram
– Download my free Race Day Blueprint
– Listen to my previous episode on marathon mindset
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Connect with Dr. Duane:
Dr. Duane Scotti, DPT, PhD, OCS is a running physical therapist, run coach, host of the Healthy Runner podcast, and founder of Spark Healthy Runner and has been a leader in the rehab and running community for 20+ years.
Duane initially started running as an adult, wanting to add some cardio to his gym sessions. After having a hip surgery, his doctor advised him to get off the treadmill and run outside. Without having fully recovered, Duane suffered a running-related hamstring tendon injury and many others as a novice runner.
As a coach, he has guided thousands of athletes back to running, finishing their first marathon, crushing a personal best, and even the elusive Boston Marathon qualifying time.
He is truly living his passion educating the running community that they don’t need to stop running to get over a running injury. Through his signature 1:1 coaching program, weekly videos, and podcast episodes, he empowers runners to get stronger, run faster, and enjoy lifelong injury free running. Dr. Duane truly believes that anyone can run and that all runners should be treated differently when recovering from an injury. He is on a mission to change the traditional thinking that running causes “overuse injuries” or “your body is just not meant to run” and you must “take a break” to get better. Through strength and run specific training you can grow a strong mind, strong body, and just keep running!
Duane received his Bachelor of Health Science degree and Master of Physical Therapy degree from Quinnipiac University in 2001 and 2003. He then went on to receive a clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2017. Duane is a board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, RRCA Certified Running Coach, Certified Mulligan Practitioner, certified in dry needling and has advanced training in spinal manipulation and rehabilitation for runners.
As an athlete, Duane is an adult-onset runner, avid half marathoner, and enjoys challenging himself to learn and grow in his personal running journey!
A native New Yorker from Long Island, Duane currently lives in Cheshire, Connecticut with his wife Deb and his two teenage daughters who are competitive volleyball players. They all love to explore new beaches along the east coast.
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