In this episode, Tyler McCandless, professional runner, PhD student, and coach, tells the story of how he began running in high school and the transition to collegiate running. He discusses the power of consistency as leading to breakthroughs in his running. Tyler shares his training philosophy and how he manages quality and quantity on a weekly basis. He reveals how he balances his running with his PhD studies in Meteorology. Tyler reflects on the intersection between community service and running with his founding of the Kauai Marathon Youth Program. Tyler provides insight on a process-oriented mindset as a key to successful running and racing. He explains the impact of nutrition, in particular coffee and beets, on his running performance. Lastly, Tyler previews upcoming races on his calendar.
In this episode, Andy Wacker, Boulder-based professional road and mountain runner, discusses his background in running from why he started running in middle school to competing in high school. He recaps the transition from high school to collegiate running and recounts his biggest breakthrough race in college where he ran 13:41 in the 5k. Andy shares three central lessons he learned from Mark Wetmore, his renowned coach at the University of Colorado. He explains how he stayed motivated on a long-road back from an injury. Andy reveals why he started mountain racing and reflections on his recent third place finish at the Pikes Peak Ascent. He offers his favorite running spots and reads, including the craziest animals he has seen on a run! Lastly, Andy previews upcoming races and goals.