Megan Roche – Training Happy, Injury, Failure and Dogs

Doctor, Coach and Elite Trail runner Meghan Roche joins us to talk about being a happy runner, dealing with failure, injury, balancing work+training, body image and … dogs.
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Intro

INTERVIEW

  • BIO The brief athletic history, how did you get to where you are now? Doc or coach or runner when introing yourself to someone these days?
  • Body image and weight as a runner was a big section on the happy runner and really focused on your journey—could you talk about it a bit, where you were then and how you look at weight now?
  • How do you walk the line of eating healthy vs eating whatever the F ==> How have you seen this work with someone who is trying to lose weight? Especially someone who is time-limited and just can’t ‘outrun a bad diet’
  • Injury — esp as a doc and coach and an athlete, how do you approach?
  • Speaking of being a doc coach and athlete, how are you balancing it? I know on at least one podcast I listened to with you, your training sounded a little bananas, sneaking it in while doing long shifts
  • Dealing with race day things not going according to plan?
  • Dealing with a race “failure”
  • Staying optimistic in general—how did you make the decision to be ‘happy runners’?  => For busy age-group/masters athletes who are finding training and fitting in family tough is there a way that this happy runner mindset can help get through training and to race day in better shape (versus being super Type-A serious?)
  • For clients/runners who aren’t super motivated and would prefer to sit on the couch, how can the happy runner approach help? Is it ok if they never train?
  • TECHNICAL RUNNING – Uphill and downhill tips
  • You and David have Addie, the cutest dog ever, but she’s not a big runner. Can you give a quick pitch as to why we need a dog?

How to be a Happy Runner – David Roche

Accomplished runner and coach (and dog lover) David Roche joins us today to talk about running, coaching, law-degrees and being happy as a person. David brings HUGE enthusiasm to this episode so be ready to be PSYCHED no matter what sport you do.
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30-second bio – Law school to Coaching

David is the 2014 USATF Trail Runner of the Year at the sub-ultra distance. He is a two-time national champion and a three-time member of Team USA. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Environmental Science and received a master’s degree and a law degree from Duke University.

David started the SWAP team in 2013, with the premise that he could help athletes learn to live like puppies and run like rockstars while not giving a f#ck about things that aren’t important.

 

Dogs – Positivity and Writing Books

 

MORTALITY – Why start a book about being a happy runner with death?

  • “We all have the same finish line”

MENTAL SHIFT vs. Physical training – Coaches

  • Commit to the long-term process, delayed gratification
  • Need to derive meaning and purpose from prizes, or immediate things
  • It takes years, Running between the ears

Sports Analogies? Starting as a Football Player

Questions to help with your WHY?

  • not just running or sport but for life
  • It is easy to stay on ‘assembly line’ without asking WHY?
  • Are they your answers?
  • You want to achieve “X” but then what?

SOME WORK ALL PLAY (SWAP TEAM)

  • We don’t care about your results
  • Training is the process, racing is the result
  • Help facilitate and find long-term fulfillment
  • you are enough NO MATTER WHAT.
  • The enthusiasm around DAILY wins, daily process

How do you stay so relentlessly positive!?

  • Life is hard
  • Entropy – Everything Falls Apart. Without energy, things fall apart
  • small acts of kindness can make HUGE differences in people’s lives
  • Positivity is a Performance Enhancer

What to do if You are Not Winning, Not the Best, ‘just’ competing or participating?

  • Long term focus on YOUR potential.  YEARS 
  • Some people might win worlds, some people might make the time cut-off
  • We are all chasing our own potential in the context of our lives
  • Trying to be something you are not is where happiness is lost
  • Thinking of yourself as an athlete, even an ELITE athlete

Signs a runner has plateaued, and how do you help them get out of it?

  • Constant progress is not a reality, there will be epps and flows
  • The trial of Miles – “Once a Runner” book referenced adding miles/aerobic miles and double days (this is for an advanced athlete)
  • For injury prone, newer runners and time-crunched it is important to actually get fast

Running Strides

  • Think of a kid in a playground running sporadically, need to practice that natural, fast stride
  • Short, Fast, Bursts that teach you to go fast
  • Several studies showed 3-4 weeks of ‘speed endurance’ 6-10 x 30sec fast caused vVO2 and at LT to improve by 4-6%, (LT and Vo2 not improve but SPEED / Economy did)

Common Mistakes in Running Training (running is not cycling)

  • You can reinforce ‘go fast biomechanics’ and develop the aerobic system by going easy enough

DREAMING BIG – Molly and Leadville

  • These goals to get you out of the door
  • BUT the big thing is not the thing, it is a means to an end

Mountain Running & Big Air Skiing – Julian Carr

Widely recognized for the biggest airs in skiing, Julian Carr has been featured in seven Warren Miller films, developing a reputation not only for big airs, but for all around skiing. He’s received a ‘Photo of the Year’ award from Powder Magazine, won the prestigious Sickbird Award on the Freeskiing World Tour, and he holds two world records in cliff height. Julian serves as an ambassador for Protect Our Winters ( POW ) as well as The Climate Reality Project, and he’s the founder of Discrete Clothing. Most recently, Julian founded a mountain running series, the Cirque Series, which is in its third season.

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TOPICS AND LINKS FROM TODAYS SHOW:

 

how did you start the transition to MTN running? and why add to an already crazy ski career?!

what you wish you’d known for your first race?

Why start the Cirque Series

Help! Downhill run tips?

uphill run tips?

what does a week of training for mountain running look like? hills/long runs/strength/yoga?

favorite gear for long races/mtn running must haves: shoes, vests, hats, poles, socks, etc.??

fueling for long races?

nutrition: you’re partnering wtih SP2 so obviously, you care about what you’re eating. Overall food philosophy?

Why SP2? how do you use it in a day?

What’s a day of eating usually look like for you?

you also have a clothing company & serve as an ambassador for a bunch of organizations. how do you balance it all?

last Q: discrete clothing boasts the best looking beanie. how does one make the best looking beanie?