HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout led by GCN presenter and 4-time US Cyclocross National Champion Jeremy Powers. (Skip to 4:45 when the sound starts working.)
We review the best podcasts, documentaries, guided workouts, playlists and audiobooks for endurance workouts.
Ryan Hall is the only American to break 2:05 in the marathon and 1 hour in the half marathon. He now coaches elite distance runners. In this video Hall leads us through strength and mobility workouts you can do from home with no gym equipment.
Originally released in December 2011 this feature-length film was re-released on youtube with free access during the COVID-19 lockdown. The film follows the top men in the 2010 Western States 100 as they battle for the win.
Roadless qualifies for inclusion here for two main reasons: 1. This expedition is solid type 2 fun. It's fully human-powered, no helicopters, no snowmobiles, no lifts, just sweat and effort. 2. It's a beautiful window to the wilderness which provides a mental boost if you are stuck indoors on a treadmill or similar.
Transport yourself to the Alps with this excellent documentary by Jeff Pelletier detailing his experience in the 2018 Tor des Geants - one of the hardest ultra-marathon races in the world. The views are spectacular and the 200 mile/330 km race has over 79,000 feet/24,000 meters of elevation gain. If you are looking for a change of scene, an inspirational race diary and some amazing POV footage this 44 minute video delivers.
Documentary film following the journey of ultrarunner Karel Sabbe from his start in the sport through to his experience in the 2019 Barkley Marathons. This story surpassed expectations. Without giving away too much let's just say that Karel is no "hobby jogger." Highly recommended. Check it out next time you need something to watch on the treadmill.
GCN (Global Cycling Network) delivers another excellent guided indoor bike session. This time it's a 40 minute pyramid with short high-intensity sprints. The GCN presenters are ex-pro cyclists: Manon Lloyd (double European junior champion in 2014) and Chris Opie and the workout was written by Neal Henderson of the Sufferfest training app.
Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS is a physical therapist and sports clinical specialist focused on helping endurance-athletes optimize performance. Tina Muir (the host) is a former elite runner who represented Team GB and has a 2:36 marathon PB. This podcast is perfect for an easy run so you can pay attention to the expertise shared in the interview. Dicharry explains why it's so important to strengthen our feet and make sure we have appropriate shoes.
Great running movies aren't all about winning races and setting records. This inspiring documentary by Find Your Feet Films follows a back-of-the-pack runner competing in the 2019 Tarawera 100 mile Ultramarathon in Rotorua, New Zealand.
Ryan Flaherty, Nike's Senior Director of Performance, interviews athletes, trainers, and scientists on the TRAINED podcast. In this episode, he talks to BJ Fogg, behavior scientist, director of the Stanford Behavior Design Lab, and best-selling author of “Tiny Habits: The Small Changes that Change Everything,” about systems we can employ to effect change in our lives.
Written by Neal Henderson of The Sufferfest, this 20 minute indoor bike training session works as a warm-up for a longer workout or as a standalone session when you haven't got much time.
If you are looking for something a bit different Desert Island Discs from the BBC has such a large archive you are guaranteed to find someone interesting to listen to. The interview is focused on the 8 tracks the guest has picked to take with them when stranded on a desert island. When you are out for a long run it's great to hear the guest's stories, of their upbringing and their path to success. The music is varied and because you aren't picking the tracks it's surprising and uplifting to hear songs you weren't expecting.