Coach Ryan Knapp

Edit: I made a few small changes, most notably changing “Lookout Mountain” to “Horseshoe Meadows” because I made up Lookout Mountain for no good reason. Maybe I was still tired. Two years ago, I met Chris Benjamin while running trails in Kansas City. His goal? To run the Badwater 135. I looked at his training and his current […]

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Once upon a time I was a soccer coach. I even worked for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. I was fortunate enough to take numerous soccer coaching courses, some of which were a week long and required you to hit the books and pass quite a few assessments to receive your diploma. Regardless of […]

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It’s hot. Very hot. Milk was a bad choice (see Anchorman for the reference) How the hell do you train in the heat? Thoughts, answers and discussion on the best damn conversational podcast about running that is recorded in Boston while I walk to the running store. This week’s episode is a shorter version, but packed […]

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learning – the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study or by being taught.  If I’m proud of myself for one thing, one thing alone, it’s my never ending desire to learn. But, learning always comes at a cost. Learning has a dark side. If you learn something which challenges your current mindset and, you […]

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For Episode 3 of this audio series, I went at a huge topic, training cycles. What started out as a discussion on types of periodization jumped into how to structure training and more. So – I have to be honest. I’m not 100% happy with this episode. I couldn’t figure out how to piece these items together, […]

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A really quick post today. One of my awesome friends is Lisa Ash, an incredible Yoga instructor in Kansas City. A while back, I asked her for some great hip openers to combat the constant hip tightness plaguing runners. She provide six awesome poses and I created this playlist to demonstrate. Take a look and implement […]

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Last Thursday, I posted the initial episode of Deep Thoughts on endurance with Coach Ryan while on my way to the running store.. (Bonus points if you can come up with a better name!).  It turns out, having a conversation with myself was fairly interesting. I got a few feedback comments from some of the MTGE athletes […]

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I love local running stores. Whenever Jess and I travel to somewhere new, she knows a visit to the local running store is in order. I want to see how they lay out their shoes, what brands they have on the wall, and most importantly, how they fit their customers. I’ve been fortunate to work in […]

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For the greater part of two years, I’ve been toying with various ideas for running podcasts. Fast forward to now, and everyone plus their mother is doing a running podcast. I didn’t want to simply find a guest, interview them and voila, podcast. Instead, I went a different route. I have started to utilize my 45 […]

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To repeat, or not to repeat. That is the question. We come to think of repetition as being boring. Something that we desperately want to avoid. But, without fail, if you are looking for a restaurant near your house for dinner, 9 times out of 10 you’ll pick somewhere you have went before. Repetition in Training […]

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