My guest today is a fellow running coach, so of course, there will be a lot of “talking shop” going on.
His approach to training is slowly gaining traction in the running world and he will shed some more light on a new way to train during our discussion.
I am looking forward to going a few easy miles with Frank Campo today.
A Hate To Love Relationship
Frank Campo was never much of a runner while growing up.
Even during his 8-year stint in the military, Frank still disliked running and only did what was necessary.
His dislike for the sport slowly began to turn around while living in Denver.
During his time there, Frank met some local run groups and to his surprise, he found that he actually enjoyed the training.
Frank completed his first marathon in 2006 and he was hooked after crossing that first finish line.
Through training consistently, Frank found that he was naturally getting faster.
Frank was then on the hunt to find a coach to help him reach his goals.
From Student To Teacher
Frank is naturally curious and wants to know the purpose behind each specific run.
In his search for a coach, he found that not all coaches are created equal.
There is a range of knowledge along with price points and Frank was not finding the right fit.
His lack of success in finding the right coach was a key reason as to why Frank initially decided to coach himself.
Frank immersed himself in books about running and training and slowly began to coach some friends as well.
His coaching business only grew from there.
No two individuals are the same and their training plans shouldn’t be either.
Along with doing his own research, Frank also got valuable guidance from a friend that was an elite runner.
Frank learned many valuable lessons from his mentor that he has carried forward with his own athletes.
Frank’s number one job is to educate his athletes on how to reach their goal in a SAFE way.
The process to attain a running goal cannot be rushed, otherwise, injury and/or burnout become inevitable.
Due to his commitment to providing each athlete with a tailored approach, Frank only takes on a max of 30 clients.
Frank didn’t plan on coaching as his full-time job, but his passion for the sport began to take over.
A Leap Of Faith
Frank and his wife had spent the majority of their adult lives in the corporate world.
They moved from Denver to San Francisco and it was while there that they began to envision what a new life may look like.
They took a leap of faith and decided to quit their corporate jobs, sell their things, and move to Mexico.
Frank was confident enough with his coaching business to do it full-time while living in another country.
Frank was born in Columbia and moved to the United States when he was 8 years old.
Speaking another language wasn’t the challenge, rather it was the weather that he was not ready for.
Frank went from San Fransisco’s ideal running weather to the oppressive heat and humidity of Mexico.
Until then, Frank had always been very goal-oriented, but the new environment forced him to let go of goals and focus on building a community.
Power Equals Speed
Frank and his wife moved from a more humid part of Mexico to a more desert-like area.
The weather there has been much more ideal for running, but Frank learned quite a bit from training in the heat and humidity.
Previously while training, Frank focused on his pace.
All science will agree that pace is greatly affected by weather conditions.
Frank began to use wattage and power as a more accurate way to measure effort for himself and his athletes.
A lot of data and knowledge are required when incorporating a wattage approach.
When the data is analyzed and used correctly then energy can be managed and used most efficiently while racing.
Though Frank is a firm believer in this approach, he is still the first to admit that it is not a magic bullet.
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