How to Engineer a Comeback: Author Matt Fitzgerald on Overcoming the Odds

Setbacks are a given for anyone who is pushing themselves. Whether due to external factors or self-inflicted, an athlete’s mental strength is frequently tested.

 Matt Fitzgerald

From the small occurrences of untied shoelaces in a race to big life-changing injuries – we all overcome less than ideal situations.

This is the topic we are discussing in today’s podcast. Matt Fitzgerald, a recent guest on the Endeavorun Q&A podcast, brings his wisdom from coaching, writing, and researching.

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For more resources, check out the free guide to mental toughness for runners.

Matt Fitzgerald is Patiently Working on His Own Comeback

Matt Fitzgerald is a 2:39 marathoner, acclaimed author, triathlete, nutritionist, and running coach. His most recent book is The Comeback Quotient, available now.

The subject of his book is both timely and personal, as Matt is currently working through being a COVID long hauler. He first got coronavirus in March of 2020, got healthy, but then 6 months later started getting long haul symptoms. He’s still mostly unable to run, which makes this conversation so pertinent to him.

In this conversation we’ll be talking about the 3-step process for recognizing reality, digging yourself out of any hole that you might find yourself in, and getting back on track. Hear the clip below for a preview:

We also talk about some of my favorite and recurring topics:

  • Mental strength and how the pros approach challenges
  • Value of journaling and training logs
  • Dealing with training setbacks
  • How to self-coach

Hear the full podcast episode below.

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Thank you Elemental Labs!

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