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Run Free Podcast

By Ryan Hall
A podcast embarking on the journey of running free from everything holding us back from reaching our full potential in sports, running, and life.
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Episode 40: "The Big Three" come together for a first-ever three-way conversation! (Dathan Ritzenhein, Alan Webb, and myself).

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Episode 40: "The Big Three" come together for a first-ever three-way conversation! (Dathan Ritzenhein, Alan Webb, and myself).

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Episode 70: Frustration: The Dream Killer or The Key to Breakthrough
In this episode I chat about how I’ve experienced frustration to be one of the most powerful catalyst for growth and explore how we can use it as a guide to our breakthrough.
34:21
April 23, 2021
Episode 69: Interview with Olympic Cross-Over and RF athlete (winter to summer Olympian) Chirine
In this episode I talk with one of only 29 athletes in history to compete in both the Winter and Summer Olympics. Of which, Chirine is the only athlete to ever go from an anaerobic event (Alpine Skiing) to an aerobic event (Marathon) in the Olympics. You’ll love hearing Chirine’s story covering everything from handling nerves, transforming her body, coming out the other end of an eating disorder, what it was like living in Lebanon, and how she is feeling leading up to her attempt to qualify for the Olympic Marathon in Tokyo.
01:39:26
April 12, 2021
Episode 68: Interview with Run Free Athlete, Mo’ath Alkhawaldeh, as he pursues qualifying for Tokyo
In this interview I chat with my Mo about his pursuit of qualifying for the marathon in the upcoming Olympic Games in the marathon for Jordan. We also discuss what it’s been like training with the Halls in Flagataff for the last six months and much more.
01:05:20
March 5, 2021
Episode 67: Transform Thyself
In this episode, I discuss “how to change".  Sharing helpful tips, mindsets, and perspectives that I learned in both of my transformational experiences of growing into a pro long-distance runner and then transforming myself into a powerlifter/body builder.
49:41
February 26, 2021
Episode 66: All Things Tapering: Nerves, Nutrition, Sleep and More.
In this episode I discuss how to manage the most internally tricky two weeks prior to goal races: taper time. I share my most helpful tips and tricks in everything ranging from managing nerves to nutrition to sleep.
51:21
January 29, 2021
Episode 65: All Things Injuries
In this episode I talk about how to see injuries in a helpful way, how to prevent injuries, and how to handle them when they do come.
01:01:08
January 8, 2021
Episode 64: Tactics and Tools to go after New Years Resolutions
In this episode I discuss things I’ve learned along the road that are helpful in going after New Years resolutions.
41:58
January 1, 2021
Episode 63: Interview with Sara Hall after running the second fastest marathon in US history of 2:20
In this episode Sara shares her recent breakthrough marathon experience, recovery tips, how she manages her internal game, and much more.
46:32
December 23, 2020
Episode 62: Is long slow distance running good? Slow release v fast release protein sources and more
In this episode I answer questions from listeners including: is long slow distance running good, slow v fast release protein and timing, how many carbs per hour should one take in during a marathon, how to train for a marathon in extreme conditions, how to lift to add or not add size, is it possible to be a muscular distance runner, and how to handle post successful race let down emotions.
56:35
December 13, 2020
Episode 61: Why Wanting the Best for Your Competition Will Make You Faster
In this episode I discuss the upside down perspective of how wanting the best for your competitors will actually make you faster and how to nurture that sentiment towards them.
43:00
December 4, 2020
Episode 60:From Pro Track Athlete to Ultra Marathoner; the Journey of Run Free Coach Courtney Barnes
Stoked to share this conversation with Run Free Coach Courtney Barnes as she transitions from professional track athlete to trail and ultra running. Courtney’s sense of freedom and lightness is contagious as she shares how she keeps running from becoming her identity.
01:07:44
November 28, 2020
Episode 59: Dealing with Depression and Down Times
In this episode I share my experiences going through depression during my sophomore year at Stanford, which caused me to briefly drop out of school and also my emotional struggles with retirement, sharing some helpful tips that led me through these trying times.
39:03
November 21, 2020
Episode 58: Talking body image issues, nutrition, and alcohol with my little bro Chad.
Hear Chad’s sorry of learning to balance body weight/image and athletic performance along with a discussion on if drinking alcohol is detrimental for athletes.
31:55
November 11, 2020
Episode 57: Talking with my little brother Chad about his running, cycling, triathlon, and coachin
Loved hearing my bro share his story from his Footlocker National Title in high school to his transition from running to triathlon to road cycling and mountain bike racing. Chad is one of my favorite people on the planet to hang with so had to make this a two-parter as we couldn’t seem to stop chatting. Part 1 here.
01:00:05
November 4, 2020
Episode 56: Recovery Nutrition and Should You Gain/Lose/Maintain Weight in the Off Season?
Lessons I’ve learned on how to optimally fuel post goal race during a two week off period and learning the answer to the question of weight issues in the off season. Also, what to eat post workout and why you might consider eating a midnight snack.
49:57
October 23, 2020
Episode 55: Interview with Sara Hall after finishing second in the London Marathon
Hear the behind the scenes on Sara’s recent second place finish at the London Marathon.
53:30
October 6, 2020
Episode 54: How to Go After Big Goals
In this episode I discuss how to set up chasing your goals with a successful mindset and strategic plan along with how to know when it is time to pivot or reverse direction when pursuing your goals.
49:59
September 25, 2020
Episode 53: What’s the Point? Knowing Your Strong Why
Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a long run, hard workout or race and wondered: ‘what am I doing out here?’ In this episode I discuss the importance of knowing the answer to that question and a discussion about what the purpose of running truly is.
34:32
September 18, 2020
Episode 52: Lessons learned from my first ultra marathon
A lot of things went right and and lot of things when wrong in my first ultra. In this episode I share my experience running my ultra giving some helpful tips along the way.
51:13
September 11, 2020
Episode 51: How to manage anxiety heading into a race when you are in way over your head!
In this episode I share some of my experiences heading into races that were way over my head (including my upcoming ultra marathon) and helpful strategies that I’ve learned to help me head to the line excited and ready to take on the challenge
42:31
September 4, 2020
Episode 50: “Eat more food” and how to do so without gaining weight
Under fueling is so common for endurance athletes. Learn why this is often the case, why you should eat more, and how to do so without gaining weight.
44:13
August 28, 2020
Episode 49: How to create new mental normals to breakthrough
Sometimes you just have to be able to shift your thinking to accept that what was once a seemingly unobtainable pace is now your new normal. In this episode Ryan unpacks how to establish new normals to breakthrough to the next level.
39:33
August 21, 2020
Episode 48: Catching up with Sara after running a personal best 1:08:16 half marathon
In this episode Sara and I catch about her recent race, helpful cues for setting up your next time-trial or virtual race, and how to push yourself without a crowd. Enjoy!
36:58
August 12, 2020
Episode 47: A conversation with The Optimist: Run Free high school athlete Collin Oswalt
I had such a great time chatting with Collin and am stoked to share this convo with you guys. We talked about how to be optimistic, intentional, curious, and much more. Enjoy!
01:04:16
August 1, 2020
Episode 46: Finding the Bliss in Every Moment
Finding the Bliss in Every Moment
28:01
July 25, 2020
Episode 45: how to lean out and get stronger, how to mentally handle setbacks and injuries, and more
Episode 45: how to lean out and get stronger, how to mentally handle setbacks and injuries, and more
01:03:03
July 3, 2020
Episode 44: Physical and mental tips for training in heat and humidity
Physical and mental tips for training in heat and humidity
47:30
June 19, 2020
Episode 43: A chat with Run Free Coach Colin on training in the heat, collegiate running &motivation
Episode 43: A chat with Run Free Coach Colin on training in the heat, collegiate running &motivation
01:09:52
June 12, 2020
Episode 42: A conversation with Run Free coach Brittany Oliver!
Loved this conversation with coach Brittany! She brings in so much fresh perspective to Run Free with her vast experiences in the endurance space. Enjoy this outside the box conversation hearing Coach Britts story and unique perspective!
01:15:48
June 5, 2020
Episode 41: Talking to “the worlds most interesting man,” Nick Symmonds about how to put on muscle.
In this episode I talk to two-time Olympian, 6 X Nation Champion, and 1:42 retired 800 meter specialist Nick Symmonds about his varied ventures with everything from marathons to mountaineering, before we get into the topic of discussion, which is how to put on muscle for runners. Enjoy!Disclaimer: sorry about the audio guys! Anchor is having issues with synching properly when remote recording so you will notice an increasing discrepancy between my audio and Nick’s audio as the podcast progresses, but there is so much good stuff in here I decided to share it anyway. My apologies.
45:42
May 28, 2020
Episode 40: "The Big Three" come together for a first-ever three-way conversation! (Dathan Ritzenhein, Alan Webb, and myself).
In this episode newly retired Dathan (former American record holder in 5,000 meters in 12:56), Alan (American Record holder in the mile in 3:46), and myself (American record holder in the half marathon in 59:43) remember the good ol' days of our high school class of 2001, in which we were dubbed "the big three" by a writer, forever linking our careers.  We recall our first competitions against each other, how we inspired each other, the workout Alan crushed prior to running a national high school record in the mile (3:53...which still stands), how to push through pain, and speculated what it was that led to our respective breakthrough years.  
01:01:16
May 20, 2020
Episode 39: A conversation with Run Free Coach Paige Stoner as she prepares for her pro 26.2 debut.
Loved this conversation hearing Paige’s story, training for her first marathon, and adjusting from collegiate running to the pro lifestyle! Disclaimer: sorry about the audio guys! Anchor is having issues with synching properly when remote recording so you will notice an increasing discrepancy between my audio and Paige’s audio as the podcast progresses but there is so much good stuff in here I decided to share it anyway. Unfortunately the next podcast I recorded has the same issue. My apologies.
01:06:43
May 15, 2020
Episode 38: Run Free coach Rachel Johnson shares on visualization, nutrition, training and weight.
Rachel shares her inspiring story and many of the life lessons she has learned along the way when it comes to training, nutrition, visualization and weight. Disclaimer: sorry about the audio guys! Anchor is having issues with synching properly when remote recording so you will notice an increasing discrepancy between my audio and Rachel’s audio as the podcast progresses, but there is so much good stuff in here I decided to share it anyway. Unfortunately the next two podcasts I recorded have the same issue. My apologies.
01:10:57
May 8, 2020
Episode 37: How to bring it; using flight or fight to your advantage
Learn some helpful tools to “bring it” to your next hard workout or race.
52:02
May 1, 2020
Episode 36: Running Rim to Rim to Rim. A conversation with Coach Rico!
Episode 36: Running Rim to Rim to Rim. A conversation with Coach Rico!
45:18
April 24, 2020
Episode 35: A discussion about how to get your kids into running and proper volume for teens.
Episode 34: A discussion about how to get your kids into running and proper volume for teens.
42:60
April 17, 2020
Episode 34: How to be confident, how to get through miles 18-23 of a marathon,and how to visualize.
Episode 34: How to be confident, how to get through miles 18-23 of a marathon, and how to visualize.
41:31
April 10, 2020
Episode 33: Why negative splitting a marathon is over-rated and how to fuel during the marathon.
Episode 33: Why negative splitting a marathon is over-rated and how to fuel during the marathon.
56:47
April 3, 2020
Episode 32: So You Just Tanked a Workout with Coach Jay
Episode 32: So You Just Tanked a Workout with Coach Jay
32:19
March 27, 2020
Episode 31: Death that Gives Way to New Life
A little Coronavirus training and racing update then a discussion of how death brings new life.
31:38
March 23, 2020
Episode 30: Coronavirus, Threshold Running, and An Explosion of Joy
Episode 30: Coronavirus, Threshold Running, and An Explosion of Joy
55:07
March 12, 2020
Episode 29: Olympic Trials talk and challenging our view of “luck”
Episode 29: Olympic Trials talk and challenging our view of “luck”
28:38
March 6, 2020
Episode 28: Pre-Olympic Marathon Trials talk with Sara Hall
In this episode we discuss not going mental in the taper, how to handle pre-race nerves and much more.
39:36
February 26, 2020
Episode 27: Your goals might just be on the other side of childlikeness.
Episode 27: Your goals might just be on the other side of childlikeness.
31:45
February 21, 2020
Episode 26: The Making of an Olympian Series: How Olympians eat, sleep and train.
The Making of an Olympian Series: How Olympians eat, sleep and train.
46:25
February 14, 2020
Episode 25: Examining Examine.com 20 Nutrition Myths of 2020
Examine.com 20 Nutrition Myths of 2020
41:56
February 7, 2020
Episode 24: Examining Examine.com 20 nutrition myths of 2020
Episode 24: Examining Examine.com 20 nutrition myths of 2020
39:04
January 31, 2020
Episode 23: The Making of an Olympian Series: Olympians Endure Soul Crushing Defeat
Episode 23: The Making of an Olympian Series: Olympians Endure Soul Crushing Defeat
24:42
January 26, 2020
Episode 22: The Making of an Olympian Series; Olympians Feel Like They Belong
Episode 22: The Making of an Olympian Series; Olympians Feel Like They Belong
25:52
January 17, 2020
Episode 21: The making of an Olympian Series: Finding Peace in the Storm
Episode 21: The making of an Olympian Series: Finding Peace in the Storm
28:52
January 10, 2020
Episode 20: The Making of an Olympian Series
To grasp hold of, one must let go
33:25
January 3, 2020
Episode 19: Talking coaching, running and the internal game with my first coach: my Dad.
Episode 19: Talking coaching, running and the internal game with my first coach: my Dad
58:60
December 27, 2019
Episode 18: Holiday Training/Nutrition and Sleep tips and birthing something new this Christmas.
Episode 18: Holiday Training/Nutrition and Sleep tips and birthing something new this Christmas.
33:30
December 20, 2019
Episode 17: A fresh view of competition
Episode 17: A fresh view of competition
32:28
December 18, 2019
Episode 16: How to lean out
How to lean out
49:24
December 6, 2019
Episode 15: A Healthy Outlook on Leaning Out
A Healthy Outlook on Leaning Out
35:45
November 30, 2019
Episode 14: Managing negative thoughts on the run and useful montras
Managing negative thoughts on the run and useful montras
44:22
November 22, 2019
Episode 13: What kind of fatigued are you?
Episode 13: What kind of fatigued are you?
27:17
November 15, 2019
Episode 12: The 41st Day: Don’t miss your purpose
Episode 12: The 41st Day: Don’t miss your purpose
35:12
November 12, 2019
Episode 11: The pain series; a discussion on dropping out of races and workouts
The pain series; a discussion on dropping out of races and workouts
36:55
October 31, 2019
Episode 10: Keys to enduring pain in training and racing
Keys to enduring pain in training and racing
34:39
October 24, 2019
Episode 9: Experimentation in training
Chatting with Jay about his new training experiment and how athletes can experiment in their own training.
43:48
October 18, 2019
Episode 8: A pre-race pep talk
If your heading to the start line this one is for you
28:22
October 10, 2019
Episode 7: Talking breakthrough with Sara Hall four days after running a 4 minute PB of 2:22:16
Join us as we chat breakthrough and Sara walks us through her 2:22 marathon at last Sunday’s Berlin Marathon
52:07
October 4, 2019
Episode 6: A conversation with Co-Founder of Run Free Jay Stephenson
A conversation with Co-Founder of Run Free Jay Stephenson
51:13
September 16, 2019
Episode 5: Training, principles for building bridges
Our training principles
45:56
September 10, 2019
Episode 4: The 1%-covering everything from weight training to recovery modalities and more
In this episode I dive into our “1%” finger of the 5 fingers at Run Free training. I hit on weights, ice baths, cryotherapy, stretching, massage and much more— revealing some things I would do differently if I could go back and do it all over again.
56:59
September 4, 2019
Episode 3: Let’s talk nutrition
Episode 3: Let’s talk nutrition
52:01
August 22, 2019
Episode 2: Rest: Enjoying Your Work
The second of our five finger approach to training. Reframing Rest.
43:39
August 14, 2019
Episode 1: Run Free
Welcome to the Run Free Podcast! In this episode Ryan explains a little about Run Free Training, how this podcast fits into it, and what it means to Run Free.
28:01
March 28, 2019