Running Made Simple: Podcast With Coach Jay Johnson

Mark Kennedy
Founder of None to Run
July 12, 2023

Our guest today on the podcast is Coach Jay Johnson. Jay Johnson has coached collegiate, professional and adult runners for more than fifteen years.

Jay has also coached three US champions (cross country, indoor track and road racing) and has helped dozens of adult runners PR over distances from 1 to 100 miles.

Jay earned his Masters of Science in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from the University of Colorado, a degree he started working on while running on the varsity cross country team which is chronicled in the book Running with the Buffaloes.

Jay Johnson will help you learn about:

  • The most common mistakes made by beginner runners.
  • Whether or not there is a place for walking in a beginner running program.
  • How to best transition from running with walk breaks to continuous running.
  • The best way to warm-up before a run.
  • What you will notice when you start performing strength and mobility work as part of your running plan.
  • Jay's recommended stretching routine.
  • Specific workouts to help break through plateaus in your running.
  • Why you must run "strides".
  • And much more!

Links and resources mentioned in this podcast:

Coach Jay Johnson's website (be sure to subscribe to his awesome newsletter)

Follow Jay on Twitter - @coachjayjohnson

Simple Marathon Training (The Right Training for Busy Adults with Hectic Lives) - Jay's recent book (also see the video below)

Run Faster Podcast (iTunes or Stitcher) - Jay's podcast

Lunge Matrix Warm-Up for Runners - a quick and effective warm-up for runners

Strength and Mobility Routine - Phase 1, Easy Day (see this video for links to Phases 2-5)

How Should I Run Strides (an overview) - if you don't know what strides are or you are currently not doing them, please read this

People mentioned:

Mark Wetmore

Chris Lear (Book: Running with the Buffaloes: A Season Inside With Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, And The University Of Colorado Men's Cross Country Team)

Jack Daniels (Book: Daniels' Running Formula-3rd Edition)

Matt Fitzgerald (Book: RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel)

Pete Pfitzinger and Scott Douglas (Book: Advanced Marathoning)

Arthur Lydiard (Book: Running to the Top)