Greatest Hits Episode! Mastering the Endurance Mindset

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In this episode we bring you mindset tips, strategies, and stories from past guests on the MTA podcast like Marshal Ulrich, Dr. Jeff Brown, Lisa Smith-Batchen, Dr. Tim Noakes, and Sean Astin.

These conversations will help you master the mental game of long distance running.

In conjunction with our podcasting anniversary this is a “greatest hits” episode on the subject of mental toughness.

Mastering the Endurance Mindset

Audio Clip #1 Marshall Ulrich Disown’s His Foot

Marshall Ulrich

Marshall Ulrich is a legendary endurance athlete. At age 57 he ran across the United States -3,063 miles in 52 days (a masters record for trans america crossing). He is author of the book, Running on Empty – an ultramarathoner’s story of love, loss, and a record-setting run across America. We talked to Marshal in 2012 in episode #69.

Audio Clip #2 Dr. Jeff Brown on Association and Dissociation

Dr. Jef Brown

Jeff Brown is the lead psychologist for the Boston Marathon and assistant clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He’s author of the book The Runner’s Brain. We had Dr. Jeff on the podcast in 2015 episode #153 and #154.

Audio Clip #3 Lisa Smith Batchen on Being a Peaceful Warrior

Lisa Smith-Batchen

In July of 2014 year Lisa Smith-Batchen became the first woman to complete a Badwater Quad. That’s four back to back Badwater Ultra Marathons, 584 miles through Death Valley where temperatures reached as high as 127 degrees. Lisa is an accomplished ultra-marathoner and director of the Jackson Hole Marathon in Whyoming. We talked with her on episode #115 in 2014.

Audio Clip #4 Dr. Tim Noakes on the Central Governor Theory

Dr. Tim Noakes

Dr. Tim Noakes is a professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He has published more than 750 scientific books and articles and has been cited more than 16 000 times in scientific literature. Many consider his 900 page book The Lore of Running to be the closest thing to a running bible. The first time we had Dr. Noakes on the podcast was in 2014, episode #98.

Audio Clip #5 Sean Astin on Punching Fear in the Face


Sean is a Hollywood actor, director, family man, marathoner and creator of the #Run3rd. In 2015 he completed the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon which requires a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle, and 26.2 mile run in under 17 hours. In this clip you will hear about his panic attack during open water swimming in Hawaii. This comes from podcast episode #174 in 2016. For our most recent interview with Sean click here.

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I finished my first half marathon today in Fort Lauderdale! It was fun to share the experience with my younger sister. Thank you to MTA coach Lynn Grieger for all the help and encouragement-you helped me finish 8 minutes faster than my goal! -Suzanne

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