Run Better: Coach Greg McMillan Talks About Superstarch and More Ways to Improve Your Running

We’ve spent the last couple weeks learning more about the benefits of Generation UCAN and this week we have one more voice to champion the SuperStarch® that has fueled countless elite runners, recreational runners, and those of us in between.

Greg McMillan and McMillan Running are names that are highly respected and have been part of the running world for many years. Greg truly believes SuperStarch® is an essential part of a runner’s toolbox. He will also share tips and tricks from his vast experience, through McMillan Coaching, with the thousands of runners who have benefitted from his methodology.

Greg leverages his experience as a National Champion runner with his background in plans that are individualized to a runner’s unique traits. Renowned Coach Greg blends his exercise science to create scientifically-based, proven training by runners and coaches across the globe, he has one of the most diverse coaching resumes around, with equal success coaching new runners, age groupers, Boston Qualifiers, and Olympians.

This episode is full of wonderful and helpful insight into becoming an even faster version of yourself.

Questions Greg is asked:

2:36 First Four:

  1. How old are you?
  2. Where were you born?
  3. Where do you live now?
  4. What is your favorite workout? 

3:04 How long have you been running and what got you started?

4:15 What distance were you running at age 40?

4:27 What can you tell us about those who coached you?

7:21 How much did you know or use nutrition as a tool for your running performance?

8:18 Did you have people helping you with nutrition?

10:03 As a pioneer of online coaching, what’s the history of online coaching and what has changed?

11:14 When did you transition to online coaching from just remote coaching?

13:09 What is your relationship history with Generation UCAN?

14:07 How did you initially use UCAN?

16:19 How did you figure out how it works best for you and how do you use it with your athletes?

19:10 Why does it work better than other in-race fueling products?

20:30 Should runners use UCAN when training before a race?

21:26 How well does it work with the GI system?

22:16 Why might this be an effective tool for distance runners?

24:04 What other concepts do you have as a coach?

27:07 How important is sleep for athletes?

27:58 What’s the balance between an early morning run if you’re under-rested vs. sleeping in for recovery?

30:22 What are your thoughts on mental training?

32:31 Have you read Endure by Alex Hutchinson?

32:38 How important is it to differentiate different types of pain?

35:49 Any final thoughts?

38:02 Final Kick Round:

  1. What is your favorite local training run or outing (location, starting point, parking, distance, terrain and safety issues)?
  2. Favorite book(s), video or resource? 
  3. Who or what would you like to have featured on the Run To The Top podcast?


“As soon as you become a runner and fall in love with it and you want to improve, you start to make better decisions on many things in your life. You start to go to bed earlier, you start to think about doing your prehab stuff, your mobility, your core. And nutrition is an obvious component.”

“Coaches and athletes figure out what works.”

“It’s not that hard to know the training you should do to accomplish your goals; we’re all really unique, so you’ve got to tease out your differences in runner type and your unique traits.”

“Get that brain right and you can really go out and do great things.”

“All of training is just to help you suffer more in the right way for your given race. If you’re training for a mile or a 5k you’ve got to suffer in a different way than if you’re training for a half-marathon or marathon.”

Take a Listen on Your Next Run


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Mentioned in this podcast: 

Run To The Top Winners Circle Facebook Community

RunnersConnect Facebook page

UCAN Homepage

Book: You, Only Faster by Greg McMillan

Author: Matt Fitzgerald

Book: Endure by Alex Hutchinson

Dias Ridge Trail, CA

Steve Magness


Follow Greg and UCAN on:

email UCAN

UCAN Facebook page

UCAN on Twitter

UCAN on YouTube

UCAN on Instagram

McMillan Running homepage


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