Madeline Strandemo on Mental Fitness, Training through COVID, and the Steeplechase

Running during COVID times has certainly presented new challenges for all of us. Today, we talk with pro runner Madeline Strandemo about how she keeps herself in the game, both physically and mentally.

Madeline Standemo

I think we can all agree that running during a pandemic hasn’t been easy. With new daily routines and added stresses, keeping up with training can be a difficult. On top of that, most of us have had our goal races cancelled.

But I’ve been amazed to see how runners are rising up to the challenge. Everything from organized virtual races (which I personally participated in and loved) to the rise of FKT (fastest known time) records – great job, running community!

I’d love to hear what you are doing to stay motivated, let me know in the comments and share some ideas with your fellow runners.

Today’s episode with Madeline Strandemo offers some additional inspiration!

Many Countries & Sports Set Madeline Up for Success

Madeline Strandemo is a 2018 graduate of the University of Minnesota where she was on three Big Ten Championship teams, an All-American, and two-time Big Ten individual champion in the indoor mile and the 3000m steeplechase. She graduated with a double degree in marketing and Mandarin Chinese (I know, I was impressed too).

Madeline has an interesting background, having moved around the world a lot and participating in a variety of different sports in her childhood. In fact, she attributes a lot of her success to these experiences.

Madeline is now living in Bend, Oregon, coached by Lauren Fleshman and sponsored by Oiselle. As a relatively new pro runner, she has big goals and shares what she is doing in these times to prepare.

In this conversation, we also talk about:

  • Setback from injuries
  • The significance of participating in different sports
  • What makes a great competitor
  • Mobility training for the steeplechase

This podcast is both timely and evergreen. Check out this short preview and give it a listen!

 

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Thank You PATH Projects!

Path Projects

PATH Projects continues to be a great supporter of this podcast! I’m grateful for their partnership and want to share more about their products that I’ve been loving because they so durable and comfortable.

PATH Projects is an online-only retailer of high-quality running gear and apparel. That means there is no retail markup, making their products quite affordable.

In particular, I’ve just started wearing their 3” Sykes shorts and they’re a little different from the 5” Sykes shorts (you can see those in action here). The material is thinner and lighter, which is perfect in a performance short, and they’re obviously shorter. I’m not sure if my wife thinks they’re too scandalous or loves them, but I’m wearing them constantly.

PATH uses new technical fabrics, like the Japanese fiber called Toray Primeflex, to create award-winning apparel for endurance athletes. In fact, their Brim shorts and Tahoe base liner won Runner’s World’s 2018 Gear of the Year award. And the Pyrinees hoodie was named one of the best six sweatshirts for running in the cold by Gear Patrol.

You know you’ll be wearing the best when you select PATH Projects!

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