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I’m really excited about this week’s newsletter.
I’ve opened up the mic (or keyboard) to my good friend, John Richardson. A former Kentucky Wildcat who ran for Ocean City, NJ. John’s credentials are out of this world - 1:49 for 800 meters; 3:59 for 1 mile; 14:16 for 5k; a NJ Meet of Champions winner; SEC champion - but really, more importantly, the dude is just a really good person. You can, and should, follow him on Instagram.
John has years and years of experience as a very competitive runner and now as a triathlete. He recently qualified for Kona World Championships in his first try at the Ironman distance.
*The above picture was after college when John and I went to Florida for a mini-getaway/week of intense training. It’s something I’d like to help other people experience.
**This is before GPS watches, knowing exactly how far you ran, and high-tech shoes.
I asked him some questions about his running and training and below, you’ll find what he had to say.
MP: What have you learned from your early years as a runner that has shaped how you train now?
JR: I've learned that for me, less is usually more when it comes to running. I have a high tolerance for training, but running beats me up. If I do too much I usually get sick and develop some sort of soft tissue injury. When I was young I would probably run through it and overtrain. Now I know I can get the fitness gains by cross training or doing some weights. My ultimate fitness goal is a game of tag with my great grandchildren!
MP: What does a typical day of training look like for you?
JR: I usually train sometime between 6:30 and 10:30am. I'm self employed so I have a somewhat flexible schedule. It varies depending on the day, but typically it will be somewhere around 3,500 yards swimming and a run, or 40 miles biking and a run. I lift or do a bootcamp style workout 3 days a week as well. A normal week is 10-15 hours of training, somewhere around 10,000 yards swimming, 100 miles biking, and 30 miles running.
MP: What has the transition to triathlete looked like? Has it been smooth or have there been bumps in the road?
JR: It's been smooth in the sense that I have enjoyed it immensely! I love the sport and I love the challenge. I have a solid swim background and I've never really stopped running. But learning the bike has been difficult. It's definitely my weakest discipline and I have a tough time learning the nutrition of triathlon (4th discipline). I tend to overbike and not eat or drink enough. I'm getting better and it's definitely an area of focus for me! I want to bike so much that it becomes my best discipline.
MP: Even as a really good athlete, you still have a coach. What has that experience been like for you?
JR: Amazing. I tried to do it on my own and I always went too hard or too easy. Even though I could piece together the training on my own, and I am internally motivated, I went too hard when I felt good and too easy when I was feeling sluggish. Now, my coach programs my training and each morning I open up Training Peaks to see what he has planned for me. If you want to be good, get a coach! If you want to stay healthy, get a coach! If you want to enjoy the sport more, get a coach!
MP: What do you do daily/weekly/monthly that supports your running that most people don't or won't do?
JR: I think the biggest change in my health has come from two things: prioritizing sleep and quitting any alcohol. I sleep at least 8 hours almost every night, and I may have had 2-3 drinks all of 2022. If you want to be healthy, sleep more and drink less!
MP: Do you have training partners you consistently work with? If so, what do they bring to the table?
JR: A few. I have always been self motivated so it's not a necessity but it sure makes it more enjoyable. I am fortunate enough to have some good friends and really fast people near me to train with. Also, my wife is a beast of a triathlete as well. Training partners make it more enjoyable and make the exercise more manageable.
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