014 Matt Fitzgerald: From Dr. Seuss to inspiring Ethiopian marathoners, this story has legs.
In this episode our guest takes us on his journey as a young athlete who was inspired by his amazing dad at 11 years old to start running and writing. His success as an author and authority on endurance sports is shared in this candid interview that will inspire you to do something you love!
- His first job at a fastfood restaurant, what!
- What got him hooked on running
- His amazing dad. Author, Navy Seal, and more.
- How a famous Ethiopian marathoner inspired him
- The importance of leading by example
- Dr Suess’s influence on his life and career
- His 2009 Boston Marathon experience, story of failure/adversity
- How de developed a passion for testing his limits
- Why aerobic development is important, specifically
- How he finds a theme song for every event
- He teaches us how to visualize better
“I’ve always thought of Haile as the Muhammad Ali of running.”
- Routine Itself- He speaks on the monotony and discipline of his days and how it’s helped his success.
Quote on Fire:
- “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, he is just brave five minutes longer”Ralph Waldo Emerson
Book on Fire:
Iron War– Matt quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson and this book.
More Fire– We mentioned regarding aerobic development.
Unbroken– Our leading book. Everyone recommends this one!
“Anyone can be a hero in triathlon or running”
Connect with Matt Fitzgerald:
“You improve by figuring out you are capable or hurting more than you thought.”
Resources mentioned during the show:
Pear Training– Matt is working with these guys to put together amazing training programs.
Haile Gebrselassie Movie– Matt mentions this and specifically the intro!
Brain Training For Runners– For visualization
Matt has a challenge for you all to try out next time you run, ideally while you listen to his show.