Jared Ward- We Are All Just Trying to Be the Best We Can Be

My guest today is statistics professor and humble Olympian Jared Ward.

He’s one of the best pacers in the world, and on today’s podcast we’re going to find out how we can start training to pace our races as perfectly as he does.

Jared wrote his Master’s thesis on pacing, and he’s sharing some of his insider information, tips, and tricks for how we can start managing our perfect pace.

One of his biggest pieces of advice is how he uses each running season to improve and learn new techniques.

As runners, we know that with every race we are testing our limits and learning something new about ourselves, and Jared’s got this learning down to a science.

So get excited!

Jared Ward- We Are All Just Trying to Be the Best We Can Be

Here are some of the topics we’ll discuss today:

  • The rewards of marathon training
  • Jared’s trick for getting into the zone
  • Jared’s thesis on how to have successful pacing
  • What it’s like to qualify for an Olympic team
  • How to run well in hotter temperatures

Questions Jared is asked:

3:15 What excites you about marathons?

4:10 Tell us about your success and your background as a runner

5:14 What’s your experience with running marathons?

8:23 What made you to decide to keep teaching instead of running full-time?

9:46 Can you handle the idea of just being a runner?

11:52 How has life changed for you as a running celebrity?

15:20 What inspired you to write your Master’s thesis on pacing?

18:08 What did you find out about successful pacing?

23:40 Do you have any pacing tips for runners?

27:35 Do you use a watch when running?

29:22 Do you ever have moments of doubt while running?

33:20 What do you tell yourself when you’re hurting while running?

36:35 How epic it did feel to cross the finish line at the Olympic qualifiers?

37:31 What was the Rio Marathon like?

40:09 Does your Olympic experience influence how you feel about your race abilities?

41:00 How did you train for your Olympic qualifier?

43:10 How can you run so well in the heat?

46:06 What’s your advice for high temperature runners?

48:30 What shoes do you train and race in?

51:00 Are you more or less sore after your races?

52:05 How do you manage to keep your family a priority?

55:05 What it’s like having a massage therapist for a wife?

55:42 What do you have planned for the future?

58:27 The Final Kick Round!

Quotes by Jared:

“I’ve mostly been blessed to never have a season in running that hasn’t been better than the season before.”

“I fell in love with the marathon before I raced it. I loved the training.”

“Trying to harness the trick of getting into the zone and racing so something magical can happen.”

“A marathon is more a race of me vs. me more than me vs. the people around me.”

“It’s more about maintaining a consistent metabolic rate than it is about maintaining a consistent pace.”

“Your body is always going to be your best gauge.”

“It’s just so critical to get in as much hydration as possible.”

“Never cash out long-term success for short-term success.”

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One Response on “Jared Ward- We Are All Just Trying to Be the Best We Can Be

  1. Dear Tina, I greatly enjoyed the interview, but you didn’t tell us how your marathon went! Would be wonderful to hear this, perhaps as part of the in/outro of the next episode. Hope to hear many more of these, kind regards. Peter.

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