Jon Townsend – Running is a reward, not a punishment.

Jon is a long-serving writer for These Football Times and the Original Coach and is the author of the upcoming book “It’s Just a Ball: Exploring the Complexities of a Simple Game”.

 

Jon, a supporter of Liverpool Football Club and AFC Ajax, is based in the U.S. and is involved in promoting grassroots football and specializes in player development writing and coaching. He is the co-founder of Year Zero Soccer, a non-profit grassroots football organization that is partnered with TFT.

 

His work has been featured on the Guardian Sport Network, Inside Soccer, NSCAA Soccer Journal, White Lines Magazine, and Spartan Magazine.

 

Cookie of Team SISU caught up with him recently a they draw the parallels between running, football (soccer), training and what athletic ability and training means in modern times.

 

Listen

Twitter: @jon_townsend3

http://www.farpostfooty.com

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AOF:176 Three unique workouts, coincidence, and the magic in numbers.

On the show:

  • Three unique workouts to give you some variety early in the year.  Be sure to scroll down to check them out!
  • The launch of Becoming Ultra Season 4.
  • The coincidence of numbers, especially 62.
  • What Roger Maris, the golf majors, and the Green Packers have in common.
  • A new podcast and curriculum for fitness professionals.
  • A simple challenge for the new year, forever.

 

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AOF:175 Laura Messner on the key to happiness, OCR myths, and a fitness test you can try today.

This OCR athlete wants to star in the theatre.  Huh?

 

Yep, and like many endurance athletes she got hooked just by trying it out like the rest of us.

She shares her thoughts on

  • How we should relate with food
  • A great workout any of us can use to test and retest our fitness this offseason
  • What it means to create your own art
  • The keys to her happiness
  • Her biggest weakness as an athlete
  • What she can’t skip to do well in OCR
  • The meal she would make if the president (not the elected) came over

Follow Laura’s kickass Instagram feed.

 

 

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Guys Night:001 3Tread: 3Row: 3Random

When my second kid was born three years ago, I ran out of time.

 

So, I reached out to a few buddies with similar situations and we started working out at 9pm on Tuesday nights. Almost four years later and we are still at it. The workouts are usually pretty tough.  A few of us get competitive and a few of us just get through it.

 

The sweat is always flowing, post beer always cold, and the company always great.

 

I’ll be posting these workouts for you to try.  This one was pretty short and intense to get back at it after 2 months of fairly sedentary living after the passing of my pops.

And for the love of all things good, if you are in Colorado, you gotta join us.  This guy did once last year.


The Workout:  3 SETS (9 minutes/set)

3 minutes on the treadmill at 15% incline and 3.5 mph

3 minutes rowing keeping under 2:10 pace/500m

Then this set in under 3 minutes:

  • 30 feet bear crawl
  • 30 feet crab walk
  • Our weight was 70 lb dumbbell squat press (35lb/hand) Elbows to knees.  10 reps
  • Machine pull downs>> Heaviest you can handle for 10 reps
  • 10 sit ups

 

Note: We did three sets in about 30 minutes.  Light night but felt pretty worked.  We all started at a different station which was decided by the time tested rock….paper…scissors.  1, 2, shoot for the record.

AOF:173 The guy behind Obstacle Racing Media.

This is one of those shows where you realize, there are people out there with similar lifestyles.  A passion for his business, hustle, and raising a family between it all.  Yep, we get that here at Athlete On Fire.

 

  • Learn how Obstacle Racing Media got started
  • What Matt is putting a lot of time in from a media standpoint
  • The physical skills more obstacle racers need to focus on to be more successful out there.
  • Who inspires him
  • What a typical day looks like

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AOF:168 AOF:168 Chicken of the Forest, the adapting athlete, and a podcast launch.

Margaret Schlachter of Dirt In Your Skirt joins us to talk edible forest food, saying goodbye to beast mode, and entrepreneurship.
 
Our guest has been in the world of OCR since it started, quite literally.  She competed in the first ever Spartan race and her life hasn’t been the same since.
 
Now, she reports on all things OCR as the Editor in Chief for Mud Run Guide and continues to grow her Dirt I Your Skirt brand for a resource for amazing women everywhere.
 
We settle in to talk about anything and everything about starting a podcast, how we always evolve as athletes, and her time unplugged in the Adirondacks.  Enjoy the show!
 

Mushrooms!

Margaret’s fiance trying to figure out if he will survive eating this mushroom!

Podcast

She recently launched Dirt In Your Skirt, the Podcast! Find it on her site.

 

Mushrooms

Chicken of the Forest. nom nom nom.

Mountains

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STIF:02 The Long And Short Of It (1/2)

Darrell & Megan talk about the big goals they’ve been working towards all year and what the final 3 months of training looks like. Delve into their training plans a bit and get some ideas for your own! It’s not as out of reach or silly as it might seem – we promise 🙂 All that, plus a lesson in…making the right call…

Next time? The running journeys that led them to this point.

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AOF:165 Losing over 100…pounds, to running 100….miles!

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We hope his story moves you to make a change of your own!  Athlete On Fire brings stories to inspire and teach athletes and remember, everyone is an athlete!

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  • Cape Cod living
  • A few of his favorite races in the Northeast
  • How he finally decided to commit
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  • What he is training for now

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