How a Sprinkle of Sprinting Can Massively Improve Your Distance Running: Kieran Gillespie

08.24.2022 - By Run to the Top Podcast | The Ultimate Guide to Running

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All runners are not the same. Distance runners and sprinters really seem to be engaging in an entirely different sport. Tiny and lean elite marathoners are a stark contrast to muscular, powerful sprinters. Training for these events is vastly different and what it takes to be successful for a 100m sprinter is quite different than that for a marathoner. Or is it? Certainly it’s easy to find the differences, but I would argue that there’s a significant overlap both in the physical training philosophy, but the mental aspect as well. Most runners listening to this show are clearly on the endurance side, but there is a lot to be learned from the sprint side as well. On today’s Run to the Top Podcast, I’ve invited on the creator of Sprint Science, Kieran Gillespie. Kieran is an England Athletics coach, with a degree in both mathematics and physical education. You can find him sharing his sprint training knowledge on his wildly popular Sprint Science Instagram account and that’s where I got hooked on his training advice. On this episode, you’ll learn: what it takes to train to be an excellent sprinter how endurance runners can benefit from sprint training,and the biomechanics of truly fast speed And if you’ve ever wondered what on earth the fastest people on the planet are thinking about for a 10-20 second race, we’ll talk about that as well. Connect, Comment, Community Follow RunnersConnect on Instagram Join the Elite Treatment where you get first dibs on everything RTTT each month! Runners Connect Winner's Circle Facebook Community  RunnersConnect Facebook page GET EXPERT COACHING AT RUNNERSCONNECT! This week’s show brought to you by: MassZymes from BiOptimizers  If you’re looking to try enzymes to help with your digestive issues, we recommend Masszymes by BiOptimizers. It’s a best-in-class supplement loaded with full spectrum enzymes for digesting proteins, starches, sugars, fibers, and fats.   MassZymes is a 17-enzyme full-spectrum formula with 5 different kinds of protease. Plus, it contains all of the key enzymes needed for optimal digestion.   It also contains AstraZyme which is an all-natural, plant-derived compound that boosts amino acid absorption by 30-60 percent.   Plus, as a Run to the Top fan,  you save an additional 10%.   Just head to and use the code run10 and you’ll save an additional 10% on any purchase.   Offer is valid while supplies last.   LMNT Maintaining healthy electrolyte levels will not only improve performance and endurance on the run, but can help with preventing headaches, maintaining a healthy weight, and help with recovery.  That’s why we recommend all runners check out Element this summer. It's loaded with everything you need to replenish your electrolyte balance with 1000mg of sodium, 200mg of potassium, and 60mg of magnesium, and doesn't include anything you don't need like extra sugar or anything artificial. Even better, they are currently running a special deal where you can get a free LMNT Sample Pack with any order. So, order your favorite flavor and get a free sample pack to try out new flavors or share with your running friends.   To get this special offer and make sure you’re hydrating properly this summer, head over to

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