Well-Being Expert Brad Stulberg on Sustainable, High Performance Running

Many different fields offer principles for improving performance. Taking a closer look at those best practices and applying them to running has helped our community gain an edge with their sport.

Brad Stulberg

There are a few nearly universal recommendations, the importance of which can’t be overstated:

Consider other pursuits that you have in life and how those principles may resonate. Perhaps it’s in your business, hobby, or other sports.

Today’s guest brings a fresh take on principles that drive improvement, support sustainable running, and help you identify blind spots in your performance.

Brad Stulberg’s Practice of Groundedness for Runners

Brad Stulberg is a well-being expert, author, and a contributing editor to Outside Magazine. His work has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Wired, and many others.

Brad also coaches entrepreneurs, executives, pro athletes, and physicians on how to be a top performer, sustainably.

His latest book, which has sold more than 12,000 copies and is currently about 40% off at Amazon, is The Practice of Groundedness.

Brad’s focus on sustainability informs how we as runners can go after our big goals in a way that doesn’t burn us out. We all want to train harder, achieve our lofty aspirations, and do so for years to come.

In this conversation we’re highlighting several of the principles from Brad’s new book, including:

  • Accept Where You Are to Get You Where You Want to Go
  • Be Present so You Can Own Your Attention and Energy
  • Embrace Vulnerability to Develop Genuine Strength and Confidence
  • Build Deep Community

I admire his focus on the practice over results and outcomes:

In this conversation, we also talk about the 4 levels of competence, the importance of your training environment, if and when you should skip the gadgets, as well as many other fascinating topics.

For a lot more on these topics, be sure to get his (discounted!) book The Practice of Groundedness here.

Check out the full podcast below and see what you can incorporate for yourself!

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