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On Coaching Podcast | # 73: “Keep Showing Up” — Lessons from the 2018 Boston Marathon

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In this special episode of the On Coaching Podcast, we dive into the lessons learned from the recent 2018 Boston Marathon. First, we take you through the race from a coaches point of view. What does preparation look like, how do you train for Boston versus other marathons. Then, we dive into the lessons that Desi Linden and Yuki Kawauchi displayed. From grit and tenacity to enjoyment to the power of putting others before yourself. We break down why Des and Yuki were the ideal candidates to win in difficult conditions, and the science behind how the weather impacted the athletes physiology and perception of fatigue. This episode is chock full of lessons for any runner or coach, as well as an analysis of the triumph of the “good guys.”

Our favorite quote from this weekend was Desi Linden’s:

“Honestly at Mile 2, 3, 4, I didn’t feel like I was gonna even make it to the finish line & I told her in the race I said you know if there’s anything I can do to help you out in the race let me know because I might just drop out….. When you work together, you never know what’s going to happen and helping her helped me and I kind of got my legs back from there.” 

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