Dana Anderson has only been running for a handful of years, but in that time she has accomplished quite a lot.
She’s run several marathons, though she says she’s still trying to figure out how to really race the distance, and now she’s starting to test the waters of trail running and ultra distance races. And transitioning to trail running has been a good choice for a couple of reasons.
We covered a lot of ground in today’s chat, from getting into trail running (which I would really like to do more of), continuing to push herself in road races, family dynamics, and something that many runners overlook that can dramatically improve running performance.
Here are some of the highlights from our conversation.
- Focusing too much on the clock in road racing and marathon running
- Road running is rough on her body, but trail running is the perfect medicine
- Failing to listen to her body prevented a little injury from going away, until she got of the roads and onto the trails
- Why running trails never gets boring, even if you’re running the same trails regularly
- Balancing family life, running life, and work life
- Why strength training, and especially having a strong core, is so important for runners
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