Peak Endurance

Peak Endurance

By Isobel Ross
Welcome to the Peak Endurance podcast, where we talk all things endurance, mainly running! You will hear from athletes, experts in the field and also myself on all topics designed to help you reach your endurance goals!
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Dave Proctor: Outrun Rare and Quarantine Backyard Ultra
This podcast is an interview with Dave Proctor, a Canadian ultra runner. I met Dave when I was living in Calgary in 2018. He is a lovely guy as I’m sure you’ll find when you listen to the interview. Dave works as a massage therapist in Calgary and has achieved many records in the ultra-running world. As part of Outrun Rare, Dave attempted to run across Canada in 201 but was thwarted by injury. He was planning to attempt this epic run again this year, but COVID-19 put an end to that, as it has to the entire race season around the world. Dave talks about this and how he has pivoted his disappointment into the creation of another challenging event! Listen on to find out all the details of this event that you can be a part of!!! Well, are you up for the challenge Australia?? I won’t be as my nerve injury is now preventing me from running too long. But I will definitely be watching on! I do hope you get involved. The link for the even will be in the show notes. Outrun rare website: https://outrunrare.com/ Dave on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dave.proctor.750 Quarantine backyard Ultra: https://personalpeak.ca/quarantinebackyard/?fbclid=IwAR0QEJT7UDpu8qgPFlx7hEDUJ3zz70lXVqpiu91JAuOOPYv4veWLEqI7l98  Dave on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daveoutrunsrare/ Don’t forget to get on over to apple podcast to rate and review! Thanks for your support. If you’re thinking of getting coaching for your next A-race or adventure, shoot me an email at isobel@peakendurancecoaching.com.au I know it feels like things will never return to normal, but before you know it, races will start up again. You don’t want to be behind the 8-ball and have to work on your base from scratch. A well-planned program will ensure you are ready to get race ready! We can work together to help you reach your goals and be the fittest, happiest runner you can be! I will post workout videos on Patreon this week for a small monthly fee. These workouts will help to keep you fit, strong and ready to get back into full training when that time arrives!! Have a great week of training!
31:41
March 29, 2020
Beer mile!! With breaking the Barrier Podcast.
This podcast is a collaboration with Andrew and Zac from the Breaking the Barrier Podcast. The other week we made a very amateur attempt at a Beer mile and this is our conversation and analysis of our attempt. I hope you have a good laugh at us! We all sure need one! The link to the YouTube video of our run will be in the show notes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvqCaZ5VRF4&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1BozRcHO4rnkTi9CrzUgTDCfaVOvljbaRpWCGexaINvsmQwkz-oGesLlc  I hope you enjoyed our conversation! Of course, we did our attempt before any lockdowns were in force. Please don’t forget to get on over to apple podcast to rate and review! Thanks for your support. ​ isobel@peakendurancecoaching.com.au I know it feels like things will never return to normal, but before you know it, races will start up again. You don’t want to be behind the 8-ball and have to work on your base from scratch. A well-planned program will ensure you are fit, strong and ready to get into race season! We can work together to help you reach your goals and be the fittest, happiest runner you can be! I am currently working on creating different online workouts designed to keep your running body strong. There will be different series on fitness, strength and injury prevention exercises. These workouts will help to keep you ready to get back into full training when lockdown ends and the races start up again!! These workouts will be on Patreon so keep an eye on my Facebook or Instagram pages for more details. Have a great week and remember; we are all in this together.
44:30
March 27, 2020
Leigh Iacovangelo: Physiotherapist at Rise Health Group
Hi and welcome to the Peak Endurance Podcast. My name is Isobel Ross and I am the coach at Peak Endurance Coaching. This podcast is the second in a series on the different physical therapies that runners can use to help keep them running. Today I am talking to Leigh Iacovangelo (pronounced YACKA  VAN   G    LOW), a physiotherapist. Leigh is the clinical director and partner of RISE Health Group, A multidisciplinary allied health practice in Rowville and Scoresby. Leigh is an experienced physiotherapist whose current responsibilities include the assessment and management of 800+ athletes at the Rowville Sports Academy. He possesses an expanded skill set and knowledge in strength & conditioning and athletic development that aids in the development of performance or comprehensive rehabilitation programs. Leigh’s clinical approach is very broad and can include treatment approaches developed through postgraduate study in Pilates, dry needling and advanced exercise prescription. His reputation for clinical excellence resulted in his appointment as the Head Physiotherapist for the Australian Indoor Hockey Team since 2015 and a physiotherapist for Melbourne United Basketball in the NBL since 2019. He currently conducts high performance programs (strength & conditioning & rehabilitation) for professional golfers, Australian level hockey players and elite ultra-runners. Leigh is happy to see both novice and sub-elite athletes. Leigh clearly has a passion for what he does, and I can tell you from personal experience that he is an excellent physiotherapist. I found it interesting that he believes, like Luke Nelson, in the importance of calf strength. Something for all us runners to keep in mind! Don’t forget to get on over to apple podcast to rate and review! Thanks for your support. ​ If you’re thinking of getting coaching for your next A-race or adventure, shoot me an email at isobel@peakendurancecoaching.com.au We can work together to help you reach your goals and be the fittest, happiest runner you can be! Have a great week of training!
22:29
March 25, 2020
Coaching roundtable special. Coronavirus: how do we reframe our running goals becaus of Covid 19, showing compassion for race directors and trying to stay positive in these difficult times
Hi and welcome to the Peak Endurance Podcast. My name is Isobel Ross and I am the coach at Peak Endurance Coaching. Today’s podcast is a coronavirus special. I know we are all sick of hearing about it, but we are at an historic moment in time. This is a big deal for the human race and we want to look back on it knowing we did the best we could for all of our society. That we cared about others and showed empathy for all people. I believe we will get through this, and hopefully we can look back on this time as a period where people came together to help one another and that we all maintained our dignity and strength in these difficult times. I know it feels totally out of control at the moment, but a good mantra is ‘this too will pass’ as all difficult times do. We will get through this and be better and stronger for it. The situation with coronavirus is changing daily, if not hourly. Please understand that when listening to this podcast; we recorded on the 17th March, you may be listening at a different date. Keep this in mind. I hope you got something out of this podcast. I think runners are naturally a resilient bunch and I know we are great at supporting each other. I wish you all the best and please take care of yourself and your loved ones. I hope to see you at a race in the not too distant future. Don’t forget to get on over to apple podcast to rate and review! Thanks for your support. World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 If you’re thinking of getting coaching for your next adventure, FKT or strava crown, shoot me an email at isobel@peakendurancecoaching.com.auWe can work together to help you reach your goals and be the fittest, happiest runner you can be! Have a great week of training!
50:14
March 17, 2020
Luke Nelson; Sports Chiro
This podcast is the first in a series on the different physical therapies that runners can use to help keep them running. Today I am talking to Luke Nelson, a sports chiropractor. Luke has a special interest in sports injuries and rehabilitation, in particular running biomechanics and injuries. He has worked with a number of elite and Olympic athletes from a wide variety of sports including Australian Rules football, athletics, water polo, golf, triathlon, cricket, athletics, ice hockey, volleyball and soccer, so he knows what he’s talking about! He talks with us about common running injuries, how chiropractic can help, the difference between chiro and physio, and an easy to do test that runners can do to ascertain their calf strength which can then help to avoid injuries. I hope you find the chat as informative as I did! His contact details are: @healthhighperformance @sportschiroluke https://www.healthhp.com.au/ https://www.facebook.com/healthhighperformance/?ref=br_rs The link to the calf test video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyKDI1ZcROs&feature=youtu.be 
35:57
March 11, 2020
Delirious West special: Interviews with Sarah Foster and Kirsten Maplestone
Today’s podcast is a Delirious West special. The Delirious West is a 200 mile race in Western Australia. The Delirious W.E.S.T. is run almost entirely on the Bibbulmun Track in the South West and Great Southern regions of Western Australia from the old logging settlement of Northcliffe, to the Historic port city of Albany. The event took place from Wed 19 February with a 104hr cut off, runners having until 3pm Sunday 23 February to make their way to the finish line at the Great Southern Distillery Company in Albany. The Delirious traverses some of the most remarkable forests, unforgiving coastal scrub, stunning beaches, water crossings and some of nature’s finest landscapes along the World Famous Bibbulmun track. Sarah and Kristen both raced the Delirious West, and they both had very different races! Sarah was first female (and third overall) in a record-breaking time of 71 hours and 35 minutes. Kirsten was the last runner and finished in a time of 103 hours and 50 minutes. They both challenged themselves and got the best they could out of themselves. Please enjoy listening to the amazing feats of these equally amazing women! Please rate and review my podcast here https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/peak-endurance/id1479052215 Need coaching? Head to my website to check out what's available https://www.peakendurancecoaching.com.au/#/ or shoot me an email at isobel@peakendurancecoaching.com.au
1:00:56
March 4, 2020
Coaches Roundtable Number 3!
Today we have another coaches roundtable!  The questions we discuss are:  What is the purpose of macro, mico and meso cycles in your training season?   How do we plan for recovery after an A-race?   How do we train mental toughness, and can we even do so?  Please join the coaches roundtable on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/269507017357124/admin_activities/?notif_id=1582673731428277¬if_t=group_privacy_change  We will be asking for question ideas for the next roundtable podcast!  Please rate and review my podcast here https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/peak-endurance/id1479052215  Need coaching? Head to my website to check out what's available https://www.peakendurancecoaching.com.au/#/ or shoot me an email at isobel@peakendurancecoaching.com.au 
58:39
February 26, 2020
Lucy ran the length of New Zealand!!!
Today’s podcast features the amazing Lucy Clark. If you recall, I first interviewed Lucy waaay back in October, episode 7. If you haven’t listened to that podcast yet, I recommend you pause this, go back, listen to it, then get back into this one! Lucy spent a long time planning an epic adventure. She planned to run the length of NZ from the tip of Cape Reinga in the North Island to the Bluff in the South Island. Well, with strength and determination Lucy did it! She now has the fastest known time, finishing the Te Araroa (tee-are-a-rho-a) trail in 66 days, 7 hours and 8 minutes. What an absolutely phenomenal achievement! An inspiration to women (and men!) everywhere to show what is possible. I hope you enjoy the podcast! Don’t forget to get onto Apple podcasts to rate and review. Here's the link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/peak-endurance/id1479052215  Thanks to ‘ShellbellOz’ for the comment “I can’t believe I’ve only just started listening to this! I’m really enjoying the range of topics and perspectives” and for the five-star review. Thank you, it’s much appreciated.  I have another hiking poles skills clinic coming up. I’m trying out a new time. Rather than a Saturday morning, I’ve planned for Sunday 15thMarch at 2pm This session goes for 90 minutes and we focus on correct height and usage of poles. We will practice on technical and non-technical terrain, as well as up and down-hill techniques. You will learn how to use poles running and hiking. The lesson will be located in the Dandenong Ranges. Here's the link to purchase tickets: https://www.peakendurancecoaching.com.au/store/p1/Monthly_training_program.html#/  If you are looking for coaching for any distance race, on trails or road, get onto my website www.peakendurancecoaching.com.au and get in contact with me. I would love to help you reach your goals.
31:19
February 19, 2020
Hong Kong Four Trails Special: with Stephen Redfern and Andre Blumberg.
Today’s podcast is a Hong Kong Four Trails special. The Hong Kong Four Trails is more of an event than a race. It requires participants to run all four of the Hong Kong Trails in under 60 hours. There is no winner, only finishers. My first guest is Stephen Redfern. He recently completed the Hong Kong Four Trails in a remarkable 54 hours. He certainly accomplished getting in under 60 hours! I first chat with him before the race, then after. He certainly had an adventure! My second guest is Andre Blumberg, the race director. He discusses with me the reasons for starting the race, and where he sees it going. Breaking 60 offical website: https://breaking-60.com/ Apple podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/peak-endurance/id1479052215 Peak Endurance coaching website: www.peakendurancecoaching.com.au
1:06:54
February 12, 2020
Running chat...with Andrew Lorenzo
Today’s podcast is a bit different to my usual ones! Andrew Lorenzo (who you will remember from episode 11 where he spoke to us about mindfulness) and I went out for a run up at Ferny creek in the Dandenongs. It was a rainy day, so you will hear the sound of running in mud and puddles! This is a free flowing chat, much like you would have on any run. We just thought it would be fun to record and share with everyone! I’m a little bit hard to hear at first, but that improves. The audio quality is not perfect but that’s part of the charm! We are running after all! I really hope you enjoy this style of podcast. Don’t forget to get onto the 12, 16 and 20 week training plans for UTMB and CCC. If you want to be fully prepared to give these races your best, head on over to my website and click on the UTMB and CCC page to get you to the purchasing links. Once you have purchased the programs, you will be sent an invitation join the VDOT app and the program will be loaded on it. If you have a Garmin, you can sync it and the workouts will load onto your watch. Strava syncs to the app too. All workouts and strength sessions can be seen on the app or on your laptop. Training for such a big event has never been more organised! https://www.peakendurancecoaching.com.au/utmb-and-ccc-plans.html#/
53:41
February 6, 2020
Coaching Roundtable with Daniel Farrugia and Ashley Druve.
Today’s podcast is the second of our coaching round table conversations. Each of us came to the table with a question to pose to the group. I hope you enjoy the discussion. If you want to pose some questions for our next podcast, join the coaching roundtable Facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/269507017357124/ Don’t forget to get onto the 12, 16 and 20 week training plans for UTMB and CCC. If you want to be fully prepared to give these races your best, head on over to my website and click on the UTMB and CCC page to get you to the purchasing links. Once you have purchased the programs, you will be sent an invitation join the VDOT app and the program will be loaded on it. If you have a Garmin, you can sync it and the workouts will load onto your watch. Strava syncs to the app too. All workouts and strength sessions can be seen on the app or on your laptop. Training for such a big event has never been more organised! https://www.peakendurancecoaching.com.au/utmb-and-ccc-plans.html#/
55:51
February 5, 2020
Caroline Gavin: female winner of the Two Bays 56km trail race
Caroline Gavin recently won the prestigious Two Bays event. Two Bays is a 56km trail race that is run across the Mornington Peninsula from Cape Schanck to Dromana and then back again. It is a scenic and challenging course that covers a range of settings and surfaces; single track, coastal trail, grassy trail, dirt road and forest canopy. Caroline explains how she juggles her training with raising her young son and working fulltime. What an achievement! Follow this link to get to the UTMB and CCC training plans: https://www.peakendurancecoaching.com.au/utmb-and-ccc-plans.html#/
33:46
January 29, 2020
Ashley Druve; runner and inspirational guy!
Ashley is an ordinary guy who is doing extraordinary things. He runs regularly but this is not what is extraordinary about him. He does this whilst living with stage 4 cancer. Listen as as we discuss how he found out about his condition, how he lives with it, and the exciting runs he has planned.  Check out www.sea2snowy.run   Have you recently found out you have gotten into the UTMB or CCC? Not sure how to go about training for such a massive event? Well, to help you with this, I have prepared 12, 16 and 20 week programs to help you reach your goals! Just go to this link: https://www.peakendurancecoaching.com.au/store/p1/Monthly_training_program.html#/   Clink the link for the race and training time that you are after. You will then be invited to the app with the training plan. It’s a big expense going to Europe and doing these races…you definitely want to be at your fittest and strongest for them! As always, I do ask you to please rate and review the podcast on apple podcasts as this helps the audience grow. Thank you for your support. Have a great week of training!
1:09:54
January 22, 2020
Ozgur (Oz) Begen: The benefits of altitude training for runners.
High altitude training is a simple phenomenon which entails working out in a limited-oxygen environment. Exposure to such settings challenges the human body to produce the required amount of energy to perform exercise. Working out under such condition stimulates production of red blood cells and hence improved oxygen propagation through the body. The intended purpose is to ensure efficient use of the available amount of oxygen, which translates to enhanced stamina and explosive strength. The Melbourne Altitude Training centre is the vision of internationally acclaimed athlete, Ozgur Begen, who has proven track record in pole vaulting, weightlifting, gymnastics and other team sports. Ozgur is now a certified physical trainer, with more than 20 years of experience in coaching and training that include professional involvement and active participation at the University of Melbourne, Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) and Grand Hyatt Melbourne City Club.  Oz joins us to talk about the benefits of high altitude training. Check out his packages and programs here.: https://www.melbournealtitudetraining.com.au/ Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast and leave a rating and review; it is greatly appreciated.
55:22
January 15, 2020
Jason Karp: Running coach who shares his knowledge of the effect of the female cycle on athletes.
Jason Karp is a well-known and respected American running coach. Jason is an incredibly knowledgeable person who has written many books, including The Inner Runner, Run Your Fat Off, 14- Minute Metabolic Workouts, Running a Marathon For Dummies, Running for Women, 101 Winning Racing Strategies for Runners, 101 Developmental Concepts & Workouts for Cross Country Runners, and How to Survive Your PhD. Today we talk specifically about the information in his book 'Running for Women', which you can purchase here.  Jasons website is www.run-fit.com and you can also look for him on Facebook and Instagram. I would like to apologise in advance for the sound quality of my voice. It was the first time I had used skype for an interview and it was on my old phone so it can be difficult to hear me at times. Thankfully, Jason is easy to understand and you won't miss any of the important information.
28:06
January 8, 2020
Daniel Farrugia and Ashley Druve: The first of a monthly mentoring chat!
Today, I chat with Daniel (from The Trail Runners Epxerience podcast) and Ashley Druve (co-host at The Trail Runners Experience) about GSER, Barkleys and training principles in general. This is the first of what we hope to be a monthly series where we discuss a variety of training concepts in a round table format.  Please rate and review the podcast here. Visit my coaching website here. Happy New Year everyone! Make it a great one!
1:16:54
December 31, 2019
How do runners control themselves around all the food and alcohol at Christmas time?
I thought it might be timely to discuss how we as runners can deal with all the food and drink over the Christmas period. It can be hard when there is so much yumminess around!
12:25
December 18, 2019
Craig Harper; Keeping Sh*t (and Ultra running) real.
Today’s podcast is with the amazing Craig Harper. For those of you who haven’t heard of him, here is a snippet of his bio from his website craigharper.net Craig Harper is one of Australia’s leading presenters, writers and educators in the areas of health, high-performance, resilience, self-management, leadership, corporate change, communication, stress management, addiction and personal transformation. Craig has been an integral part of the Australian health and fitness industry since 1982 and in that time has worked as an Exercise Scientist, Corporate Speaker, Consultant, University Lecturer, AFL Conditioning Coach, Radio Host, TV Presenter, Writer and successful Business Owner. In 1990 Craig established Harper’s Personal Training, which evolved into one of the most successful businesses of its kind and inhabited the Australian fitness landscape for almost a quarter of a century. Craig currently hosts a successful Podcast called ‘The You Project’. He’s also completing a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, exploring the role of motivation in creating lasting change. I have been an avid listener of the You Project since last year when I was in Canada, not just because of the educational and informative content, but because of his strong Aussie accent! It was great to listen to when I was feeling homesick. I have found so much of what Craig presents on his podcast to be really helpful for me navigating through life. Check out his podcast and I’m sure you’ll agree! You just can’t be too sensitive about swearing! Craig and I talk about resilience, reframing and mental strength in this podcast. I hope you get a lot out of it! Please rate and review my podcast here. I really appreciate your support!!
46:03
December 12, 2019
How do I train for a hilly race if I live in a flat area?
This is a common question from trail and ultra runners who live in flat areas! But to be honest, any runner can benefit from these alternatives too!
15:26
December 2, 2019
GSER: Race recap!
Just over a week ago, I ran in the Great Southern Endurance Run (GSER). This was a super tough event, not just because of the distance, but due to the rugged terrain through designated wilderness areas. It was a challenge for the body and mind. I  hope you enjoy this podcast where my crew interview me all about the race!
41:59
November 25, 2019
How can you make your drop bags more efficient?
Today I discuss how you can prep your drop bags for your long race. Here is the website link for the protein drinks I spoke of: https://www.independenceaustralia.com/ If you have any tips, please add them in the comments!
19:42
November 12, 2019
Andrew Lorenzo: Runner and mindfulness coach
Andrew Lorenzo is a runner aiming for a 2.40 marathon, and amongst other things, he also works as a mindfulness coach. We chat about how you can apply the principles of mindfulness to your running, and the benefits of this. Check out his website here: https://www.breakingthebarrierpodcast.com/mindfulness-coaching
28:05
November 6, 2019
Do trail runners need to run on the road as well as the trails?
We race on the trails, so shouldn’t we train on the trails? Well yes, but not all the time! This podcast explains the benefits of so running on the road!
07:59
October 31, 2019
Kellie Emmerson
In today’s podcast I interview Kellie Emmerson, a fantastic ultra runner who will soon be representing Australia at the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in Argentina. We chat about that race, UTMB and much more!
20:21
October 23, 2019
What are the quality sessions runners need to do?
Here I give a brief overview of the types of quality sessions runners should be focusing on if they want to improve their running.
11:53
October 20, 2019
Lucy Clark AKA Adventurous Lucy is running the length of NZ!
Lucy and I chat about her upcoming FKT attempt to run the length of New Zealand. It sounds like an amazing adventure, but it will be bound to have many ups and downs, and I'm not just talking about the terrain!  Follow Lucy on Facebook or Instagram 
41:28
October 10, 2019
Do ultra-runners need to do speed work?
This podcast clarifies the need for speed work in the ultra-runner's training program. 
11:34
October 2, 2019
Stuart Cox on multi-day and bucket-list races
Today I chat with Stuart Cox, a Melbourne ultra-runner who has done a variety of multi-day races and 100 milers that may well be on your bucket list. Here he gives tips on how to approach these races. Enjoy!
36:45
September 25, 2019
What can you do to keep your fitness when injured?
I was asked on Facebook to include a podcast on what to do when injured. Here I give you some ideas. I hope it helps!
12:16
September 18, 2019
Pam Muston: extraordinary ultra-runner, race director and human being!
Episode 3 is a chat with Pam Muston, Badwater and C2K runner. She is also the race director of the Kowen Trail Runs. Enjoy our chat!
28:30
September 10, 2019
Why is rest for endurance athletes so important?
Rest gets a bad rap by many athletes! But more is not always better. Rest is an important part of training.  In this second episode of the podcast I discuss why rest days/weeks/cycles are important to endurance athletes for a myriad of reasons.  Read the blog by the same name on my website here. If you have any ideas for future topics please email me on Isobel@peakendurancecoaching.com.au
10:20
September 4, 2019
Nikki Wynd: ultra-champion and all round nice person!
On our first episode, get to know amazing ultra-runner Nikki Wynd. Nikki will be a regular on the podcast, and this short interview will help you to get to know her better!
14:46
August 26, 2019