Podcast #11: The Big Q&A Episode on Consistency, Increasing Motivation, and More

When I started running, I had a million questions – most of them about those weird looking short shorts.

As you can see, now I embrace them:

But seriously, most beginners do have a ton of questions. Running is a simple sport, but simple doesn’t mean easy.

And the questions can start to pile on the more you learn about running:

  • Should I focus on heart rate or pace? What about zone training?
  • How do I get better at trail running?
  • What can I do to improve my motivation to run more consistently?
  • Is a 3 mile run too long to start with if I haven’t run in a year?

I know it can be confusing. So I’m constantly searching for ways to make myself available to answer all of your questions.

On Twitter, I answer every tweet I receive.

If you email me, then I will respond (nobody is in my inbox except me).

Last week, I replied to comments about your toughest challenge in 2017.

And today is no different.

I’m excited to introduce a new podcast format – a big Q&A episode where I’ve taken questions from around the web and answered them for you.

We’re focusing mostly on questions from new runners or those who haven’t ran in quite awhile. If you’re a beginner, don’t miss it.

I’m also putting together training material especially for new runners. If that’s you, sign up here to be notified when it’s ready!

Episode #11 – The Big Q&A Episode

The latest episode of The Strength Running podcast features your questions!

I’m diving into some hot topics like trail running, pacing, motivation, and consistency. I hope you enjoy the episode and a big thanks to all whose questions were featured.

During the show, I mentioned a bonus podcast that will be available to new runners who want more beginner-oriented training advice.

It’s almost ready and you can get it here as soon as it’s available.

Have a question that wasn’t answered? Feel free to leave it in the comments below and I’ll answer it for you.

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  1. Hi Jason,

    First of all, thanks a million for the helpful advice. Since downloading your book and applying many of the pre- and post-run suggestions, I have been without injury for over three months. Knock on wood! In that time, I’ve gone from running 3x per week/20 miles total, to 4-5x per week/30 miles total. I have run one official half marathon, but I also run 13 miles at least once per month. I’m signed up for my first marathon in April (the NJ Marathon in Oceanport).

    That said, I do have a question regarding runner’s hematuria. Have you ever experienced it or worked with runners who did? I have had several bouts over the past year, and you can bet I ran straight to the doctor. It’s quite scary seeing all of that blood. The doctors made me do all sorts of tests, and then they told me that it was probably runner’s hematuria and that I should return if it persists.

    Clearly you’re not a doctor and can’t offer medical advice, but I’m curious about your own experience. Unfortunately, none of the runners in my group have experienced it and my doctors don’t seem to know much about it either.

  2. Roy Thomas says:

    Hi Jason, Have been running for the last 2 years, however for the last 6 months or so, have been experiencing pain at my back neck area once I finish the run and during the course of the day, this turns to an headache. Off late a friend suggested few warm ups and some stretches during cool down time. The pain has reduced a bit, but it takes about 3-4 hours to settle down, during which I keep doing the stretches.
    My question is how do I get away with this neck pain. What do you recommend- Regards Roy Thomas