Jacob Puzey Has Seen the Value of His Hard Work First Hand

On today’s episode of the show, I’m joining elite ultra distance runner Jacob Puzey for a few easy miles.

Jacob Puzey

Jacob Puzey

Jacob is definitely a beast in the ultra world, feeling most comfortable in races lasting from 2-6 hours. And his results speak for themselves, with several wins and course records to his name.

Unlike a lot of the elites that I’ve talked to, Jacob wasn’t one of the best runners as a kid. In fact, during his first cross country season his goal was to be able to finish a 3k race without having to stop and walk. But he kept working hard, and eventually his hard work started to pay off.

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We covered a lot of ground today, including a recent move to Canada, his work ethic as a high school runner, why he finds joy in the hard work require to be an elite runner, coaching, and more.

A short video of Jacob and his brother preparing to race TransRockies together:

Here are Some of the Highlights from My Chat with Jacob Puzey

  • A fan of the 2+ hour warm up
  • Running races in some of the most beautiful places in the world
  • The dynamic of having a “total badass” of a younger brother to race ultras with
  • As a freshman, he was the last runner on his JV cross country team
  • Why he stuck with running as a kid, even though he wasn’t a “natural”
  • Getting into coaching and finding great success as a coach at his alma mater
  • Coaching online vs coaching in person
  • His racing plans for 2016

If you’d like to connect further with Jacob, check out his website and/or find him on Twitter and Instagram.

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4 replies
  1. Grant Finlayson
    Grant Finlayson says:

    Jacob was my coach via McMillan Running and he is exactly as he seems. Very personable and genuine person. His program allowed me to go from barely able to break the 2 hour mark in my half marathon (at 41 years old) to finishing my first marathon at sub 3:50:00 and taking my half time down to 1:38:12 in 10 months.

  2. Jill Corbett
    Jill Corbett says:

    Great chat with Jacob! It is nice to see someone develop at a slow and steady pace and not just start out “fast’ with natural ability. Perseverance paid off for him! He had to work for every improvement. My take away: stick with it and keep making small improvements from year to year.

    • Denny
      Denny says:

      Definitely! No question he’s genetically gifted, but he’s had to work to hone those gifts. It’s a solid reminder that no matter what are genetic “ceiling” might be, we still need to work hard in order to ever achieve our absolute best.


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