My guest on the show today is a runner that has represented Canada at the international level several times over the years
He is most recognized not for his running, even with all his accomplishments, but rather for the work he has done as a journalist and author.
I am looking forward to going a few easy miles with Alex Hutchinson best known for his most recent book, “Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance.
More Powerful Together
Alex has been running for the majority of his life, but that doesn’t mean lacing up and getting out the door is always easy.
Even for a talented runner such as Alex, he has to work to stay engaged in his training.
One such way he does that is to schedule weekly group runs that keep him excited to get out the door and push him more then he would if running solo.
The longer a person continues running the more life can throw your way to potentially derail fitness and training gains.
Maintaining some sort of schedule and base of fitness will minimize what fitness losses may come over time as one ages.
Allowing big gaps in fitness may be difficult or even impossible to get back completely.
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Leap Of Faith
Alex didn’t originally set out to become a journalist and author.
His career path began by graduating with a P.H.D. in physics and then he went on to work as a physicist for many years.
Alex was 28 years old when he made the decision to leave his current career and go on to pursue a journalism degree.
His background in science and a strong passion for sports led him to write articles that focused on sports science.
Freelance work and the creation of his blog, “Sweat Science,” were just the beginning of his success as a writer.
His first book, “Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?” was published in 2011.
Alex quickly realized that he had a large audience that was eager for more of the information he was presenting.
His most recent book, “Endure,” has become a must read for anyone in the sports world.
Sub 2 Hour Marathon
As an expert on topics relating to sports science, many people are curious to hear Alex’s opinion on the possibility of a sub-2-hour marathon.
In 2014 Alex originally predicted a sub-2-hour marathon could occur as soon as 2075.
Eliud Kipchoge broke the world marathon record by running a time of 2 hours 1 minute and 39 seconds in 2018.
This recent event changed Alex’s timeline on when a sub 2 hour 26.2 may occur.
In the past 10 years, the world marathon record has been brought down by over 5 minutes.
With advances in knowledge, training, technology, and nutrition he is confident a sub 2-hour race will happen.
His best guess is that it will occur in the next 10 years.
Mentioned In This Episode:
- Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance
- Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?
- Big Ideas: 100 Modern Inventions That Have Transformed Our World
- Sweat Science: The problem with 180 strides per minute: some personal data
Stay up to date and connected with Alex by checking out his Sweat Science articles featured on Outside Online and by following him on Twitter.
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