In episode 160 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Ryan Hall – Dual Olympian, U.S Record Holder Half Marathon (59:43), 2:04:58 Marathon PR in this featured performer episode.
Ryan Hall is a Dual US Marathon Olympian who has competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games finishing in 10th place and also in the 2012 London Games where Ryan was forced to retire early from the race for the first time in his career at approx. 10 miles. Ryan’s best accolades are the outstanding US record he holds for the Half Marathon with a 59:43 in 2007 for the Houston Half Marathon, a record that still stands to this day. In 2011 in the Boston Marathon, Ryan achieved a 2:04:58 for the full marathon, he is still the only American Marathoner to go sub 2:05. In addition to Ryan’s phenomenal 20 year distance running career, Ryan is now also known as a Best Selling author if his recently release memoire: Run the Mile You’re In: Finding God in Every Step.
During this episode we touch on a lot more than Ryan’s running career, we certainly speak about the highs, the lows and the learnings, but Ryan also shares candidly around the process of adopting 4 Ethiopian Sisters several years ago. Ryan outlines how he went from a basketball loving teenager who had no interest in running to one day feeling inspired to run a 15 mile lap of his local lake. Ryan shares around why he thinks that eating a lot of bread the day before he ran 59:43 may have been so important, the concept of why happy feet make light feet, while listening to your body more than your watch can be so important in training. What it was like running 7 marathons in 7 countries in 7 days for the World Marathon Challenge and Ryan survives a Physical Performance Round.
Listen in as we delve into the following:
Ryan and Sara’s journey as adoptive parents
Ryan’s early days of running
Realising his passion in running
How he Coached his Athletes during Tough Times
Highest point in his running career
What Ryan’s training looks like to maximise potential
Physical Performance Round
Darkest Day in his career
Hamstring battle prior to Olympics
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“Run the mile you’re In.” – Mantra “Everything feels very smooth and very relaxed.” – Being in the Zone “Sleep” – Best Recovery Tip “Bold” – Racing Style “Happy feet make light feet” – Best Advice “Listen to my body more than listening to my watch.” “If you don’t light the fire then don’t light the match.” “When you have chronic injury, go to strength training.” “Strength Training is important as energy manager.” “Spend a lot of time at goal marathon pace.”
00:00 Start 01:40 Introduction to Ryan Hall 03:48 Welcome Ryan Hall 05:45 The journey as adoptive parents 11:45 Ryan’s early days of running 15:37 Realising his passion in running 18:47 How he Coaches his Athletes in Tough Times 21:10 Highest point in his running career 23:32 What Ryan’s training looks like to maximise potential 25:50 Physical Performance Round 28:09 Darkest Day in his career 31:19 Hamstring battle prior to Olympics 40:00 Rapid Fire Questions 47:08 Best Advice 47:40 Advice to Seasoned and First timer Marathoner 49:47 Fun Questions 52:18 Physical Challenge 55:53 What is most Surprising to Ryan 1:01:35 Finish