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050 Mary Johnson - Making Strength Training Less Scary and More Approachable

The Passionate Runner

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Episode  ·  56:03  ·  Jan 10, 2024


Episode SummaryMary Johnson is a running and strength coach and Founder of Lift | Run | Perform, an organization that specializes in teaching runners how to use time in the weight room or in your own home to optimize your running performance. Mary is a USATF certified running coach, owner of Lift, Run, Perform, mother of two and she’s going after her own goals after having babies. Recurring injuries plagued Mary for years until she found strength training and it totally changed her life and training paradigm.Today, Mary and Whitney talk about the struggles of returning to running postpartum and what that looked like for Mary. Mary shares the origin story of her company, Lift | Run | Perform, and provides some tips and best practices for strength training. Mary and Whitney explain the Five Major Movement Patterns as well as how different workout reps spur different changes in the body. Finally, Mary talks about some of the exciting projects she’s working on, including her ‘Breaking Three’ project.Episode SponsorRunner Click Pro –&#160;https://pro.runnerclick.com/Key Takeaways01:18 – Whitney Heins introduces today’s guest, Mary Johnson, who joins the show to share her experience as a runner, running coach, mother and the work she did to overcome postpartum challenges in order to become stronger15:02 – Why pregnancy is so polarizing19:20 – The origin story of Mary’s business, Lift | Run | Perform22:55 – Pros and cons of strength training for runners26:31 – The Five Major Movement Patterns, explained33:36 – How different reps spur different changes in the body38:19 – Mary provides her thoughts on what strength training should look like when marathon training45:25 – Mary suggests some workout equipment options48:25 – Proper form and technique while working out50:10 – How strength training has changed Mary’s experience running51:48 – Mary’s ‘Breaking Three’ project55:32 – Whitney thanks Mary for joining the show and lets listeners know where to follow himTweetable Quotes“I think having an easier delivery this time has made me aware of how significant and different every delivery can be.” (11:54)“We knew that the best thing that was necessary for athletes was coaching the person as a human as opposed to coaching the person focused on a time goal. And that was our mission statement.” (21:26)“When we’re running, we’re pounding. There’s a ton of force that’s put on our body. So, we hit the ground, it goes through our foot, to our ankle, to our knee, to our hip, to our back, and we are not stable when we hit that ground. We can absorb the shock fine but after step after step, the body doesn’t sustain that pounding very well. It needs to be strong. And that’s the simplified reason why running alone isn’t enough to keep us strong.” (23:09)“First, I would make sure you take a month, pre-Marathon cycle, to lift. Yeah, you could run but you’re probably going to go down in mileage anyway. And this is a great time to get yourself in the gym. If you’re sore, that’s ok because it’s not gonna affect your workouts. But you have to be intentional about it.” (38:46)“When you run without any aches or pains, it’s amazing.” (50:21)Links MentionedWhitney’s LinkedIn –&#160;https://www.linkedin.com/in/whitney-heins-02ba3b5The Mother Runners Club –&#160;https://www.themotherrunners.com/Mary’s Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/itsamarython/Lift | Run | Perform Website – <a...

56m 3s  ·  Jan 10, 2024

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