124: Dan Fitzgerald on Building a Running Community

“My goal is always to open people’s eyes to their capability as a runner, because when people have never done speed, and then they jump in, they get really excited because they get much faster, much quicker if their willing to commit, even for four weeks.”

Dan Fitzgerald is the co-founder of Heartbreak Hill Running Company and South End Athletic Company, coach, runner, and surfer.

In this episode, Dan tells the story of his running background, from setting the former 800 meter record at his high school to his most memorable race at Boston College. He explains how his work with Quicksilver and his love of surfing informed the culture of South End Athletic Company (SEAC) and Heartbreak Hill Running Company (HHRC). Dan discusses the power of community at SEAC and HHRC. He reflects on his coaching philosophy, including the mentors that inspired him and important aspects of building speed. Dan recounts the story of how he met Rebecca Pacheco, his fiancée, Boston-based yoga teacher, author, and ROO interviewee #3. He explores how he incorporates yoga into his own training and coaching. Lastly, Dan provides insight on the future of distance running and the taper experience.

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