How Pro Runners Boost Endurance & Surpass their Physical Limits — 20 Minute Fitness #028

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If you are looking to run or cycle longer and accomplish ever greater athletic achievements, then this episode is for you!

On this week's episode of 20 Minute Fitness we have a very exciting guest, Alex Hutchinson! Alex is a National award-winning journalist and you may know him as a writer for the popular runner's world column “Sweat Science”. Having competed as a middle- and long-distance runner for the Canadian national team for more than 10 years he knows a thing or two about running and how to build up stamina and endurance.

His latest book is an exploration of the science (and mysteries) of endurance. It’s called ENDURE: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. It's a fantastic read and has a straightforward approach when it comes to looking at the studies and research regarding the elements of endurance, along with building endurance.

Things You Will Learn

1.) How To Reframe How You Think About Pain
The way we interpret signals of pain largely contributes to the way our body responds to pain. Pain tolerance is not about being numb to the pain. However, knowing how to reframe it and how to distract yourself from it. Learn about Alex's top tips on reframing the way your brain thinks about pain.

2.) Beginners Guide To Building Endurance
The tried and true method of getting better at anything is practice, practice, practice. Same is true for building endurance. Getting out there is the best way to learn. Alex also talks about is better to push through the pain or when it's best to take a break.

3.) What Endurance Means For A Seasoned Runner
Endurance is tough. It makes or brakes an athlete. See what a ten-year national team runner has to say about his relationship with endurance. Along, with what tools he keeps in his back pocket help get through even the worst training sessions.


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