Running Fearlessly With Coach Natalie Johnston

RB23: Running Fearlessly With Coach Natalie Johnston

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Show Notes:

In this episode I am joined by running coach and certified fitness trainer, Natalie Johnston.

Natalie is a former Division I and II collegiate cross country and track athlete who fell in love with running. Today we talk about the joys and struggles of running, and Natalie shares some of her best running tips.

I hope you enjoy the program!

  • Natalie’s tips on how to stay injury free by ignoring the need to “go hard” all the time.
  • How Natalie struggled with running injuries throughout college and then overcame them to compete in a national competition.
  • Why it’s OK to “let go” when you feel run down, tired, or life gets in the way. It is OK to take rest days!
  • How a “Need For Running” turned into a “Love of Running”.
  • Finding acceptance when you are injured and how to come back stronger than before.
  • Natalie’s experience running the Berlin Marathon, her first marathon (where she got a 3:25!).
  • Natalie’s own approach to training.
  • How Natalie’s coach introduced her to speed walking to build endurance at a lower impact rate to still have energy to run fast and efficiently for years to come.
  • Natalie’s approach to fueling and hydration for a marathon and how she approaches carbohydrate loading.
  • How hiring a running coach has helped Natalie, how it helps runners in general, and how having a running coach goes beyond just drills and workouts.
  • Natalie’s advice for runners who are struggling with motivation and finding time to run.


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