Running High Mileage is a Privilege, Not a Right: With Nate Helming

Mark Kennedy
Founder of None to Run
September 4, 2023

“To get better, runners have to run a lot,” he says. “But for us to be able to consistently run a lot, we have to be athletes. We have to move like athletes, we have to strength train like athletes, and we have to work on injury prevention like athletes.” - Nate Helming (source)

Today's guest is Nate Helming. I have been wanting to talk to Nate for ages because he's one of few running coaches online that puts out great video content.

If you've struggled with injuries in the past and you want to become a faster, more complete runner, you'll get a lot out of this chat.       

About Nate

Nate Helming is based in San Francisco and in addition to coaching runners and triathletes of all levels, he trains Olympic level cyclists, professional triathletes, elite mountain bikers, and national-level ultra runners on strength and mobility.

Nate has travelled around the world to speak about better strength training for endurance athletes, and regularly publishes videos and articles on how runners can do it better.

You can learn more about Nate at The Run Experience where he helps people who want to be able to run and enjoy the outdoors and remain injury-free.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Why runners need to think of themselves more like athletes and develop their athleticism.
  • The best ways for runners to incorporate strength training into their running.
  • How to read the early signs of injury.
  • How to stay active when you are injured and can't run.
  • Stretching - where does it fit into the running equation.
  • Nate's favorite resources / books.
  • And more!

Links mentioned:

The Run Experience

The Run Experience on Facebook

The App for The Run Experience

Bowerman and the Men of Oregon: The Story of Oregon's Legendary Coach and Nike's Cofounder (by Kenny Moore)