Brian MacKenzie – Unbreakable Runner

In this episode I talk with Brian MacKenzie. Brian is a runner, author, and entrepreneur; his latest book is Unbreakable Runner: Unleash the Power of Strength & Conditioning for a Lifetime of Running Strong. We talk about  how crossfit endurance can help runners increase their mobility, get stronger, and run faster.

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Unbreakable Runner


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Quotes from the show:

“The thing is, it’s not like you need to rush into this. You get to this place where you are bulletproof. It’s not necessarily the goal right away, the goal is to get you moving properly using functional movement, which just so happens to be things like squats and deadlifts.”

“We aren’t talking about making you a body builder here, or even a crossfitter for that matter. I am a sport specific guy. I love to run, bike and surf. Crossfit is what’s given me the ability to go and do things I love, like go out surfing for 6-8 hours at a clip or go for a run or bike, or downhill skateboarding.”

“I was a high mileage guy, I was a high volume guy. It isn’t that I don’t like to go long. I do. I was challenged in the same way TJ was. TJ hobbled into a seminar and I set him with Kelly Starrett. He was somebody who couldn’t run. He was so broken he couldn’t get out of bed. How many runner’s have you seen go through that? And I’m including myself in that. Although you may not be going through it yourself, it’s  something that is going to happen. If you are experiencing pain when you run, that’s a quick tell-tale sign that something isn’t working.”

“If you go watch a cheetah, it doesn’t run to the point of being OCD. They only run when chasing something. We humans look at running as an OCD thing. We are trying to be fit, we forget all about the skill side of the things. If we were skilled at running we wouldn’t see the injury rate that we do. When we take a look at the Kenyan and Ethiopian runners, they are barefoot, they don’t have much. They have one choice; pay attention to what mother nature is saying or get you’ll end up injured.”

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