The Run Smarter Series

The Run Smarter Podcast

165 episodes

Expand your running knowledge, identify running misconceptions and become a faster, healthier, SMARTER runner. Let Brodie Sharpe become your new running guide as he teaches you powerful injury insights from his many years as a physiotherapist while also interviewing the best running gurus in the world. This is ideal for injured runners & runners looking for injury prevention and elevated performance. So, take full advantage by starting at season 1 where Brodie teaches you THE TOP PRINCIPLES TO OVERCOME ANY RUNNING INJURY and let’s begin your run smarter journey. Brodie Sharpe 2020
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On today's episode Brodie dissects the Run Smarter Quiz results and ponders on a few questions. We do a deep dive into running technique such as:

Are you more likely to get injured if you have knocked knees?

Will strengthening will help correct poor running form like hip drop & collapsing feet?

Brodie wraps his head around these questions along with the remainer quiz results. 

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29th Jul 2021
41 minutes

As we learnt from our discussion in Part 1 (Episode #133), epigenetics can interact with your DNA and genes in order to activate & deactivate your blueprint. Even though your DNA is hardwired, the cell's characteristics & function can change based around your epigenetics.

In part 2 we get practical! Brodie is joined once again by Dr Cam McDonald who is a lecturer, dietician & exercise physiologist. Also joining us are two other podcast listeners James and Darren.

Brodie, James & Darren have all completed their epigenetic testing online and Cam has come onto the show to discuss our results. We dive into ways each of us can tweek our strength training, diet, sleep and other aspects of our lives in order to train smarter & thrive the way our blueprint is set.

If you are interested in testing this yourself you can check out https://ph360.me/ 

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25th Jul 2021
1 hour

We dive into all things Peroneal Tendon pain which is found on the outside of the ankle. Brodie has sifted through the available literature to bring you a comprehensive analysis and best current advice.

First, Brodie dives into the anatomy and potential causes for this particular injury. Once the aetiology is understood, we dive deeper into the other potential diagnosis, treatment options and strength training progressions. 

Whether you have this injury or not, understanding its components is handy to understanding other injuries and reducing injury risk. 

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22nd Jul 2021
36 minutes

If the name rings a bell, Danny appeared on the Run Smarter Podcast several months ago on episode #116. Back then, Danny talked about his success story overcoming shin splints and highlighted the importance of increasing your cadence, slowing down and widening your step width. 

On today's episode, Brodie catches up with Danny's running chapter. He walks us through his latest ultra marathon success and with his injury hiccup. Danny describes which lessons he has learnt on the podcast to overcome this injury while maintaining fitness. 

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18th Jul 2021
43 minutes

Alex Murray is a podiatrist and an education partner with Cause Health who have an E-book titled: Rethinking causality, complexity & evidence for the unique patient.

Today, we dive into the complicated topic around why treatment may work for some, but not others, even when they have the same diagnosis. 

Alex explains 'causality' and the complexity behind individual experiences. We talk about the importance of receiving a diagnosis, the dangers with providing the same treatment to everyone and the limitations of labelling your injury. 

After listening to this episode, you'll gain new insight into the unique rehabilitation path to know if you are on the right recovery path.  

Alex website: https://www.makingsenseinpodiatry.com/

Cause Health website: https://causehealthblog.org/ 

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15th Jul 2021
1 hour

By popular demand we have another success story! Chris is a German ultrarunner who has been suffering with ankle pain for over a year. 

Chris details his journey consulting with a podiatrist, an orthopaedist and receiving MRI scans to reach a diagnosis and the search for an effective management plan.

Chris then found the Run Smarter Podcast and started implementing the lessons along with shrugging off unhelpful beliefs created in the past when looking for answers. 

Listen in to hear about Chris' recovery, the revelations he has had along the way and his current running capacity. 

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11th Jul 2021
41 minutes

Part 2 of 2: Brodie Chats with Podiatrist, researcher & podcast host Ian Griffiths all about Plantar Fasciitis. We talk about the harsh reality of this heel pain and why is it so common, along with the confusion involving treatment.

Some topics that we cover:

  • Why is plantar fasciitis so prevalent?
  • Why is so it hard to seek effective treatment?
  • What are some common mistakes running with PF make?
  • What does the evidence indicate regarding treatment?
  • We also answer all your patron questions.

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Find Ian's podcast by searching 'Podchat Live'

Visit his website at https://sportspodiatryinfo.co.uk/ 

Twitter: @sports_pod & @podchatlive

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9th Jul 2021
40 minutes

Part 1 of 2: Brodie Chats with Podiatrist, researcher & podcast host Ian Griffiths all about Plantar Fasciitis. We talk about the harsh reality of this heel pain and why is it so common, along with the confusion involving treatment.

Some topics that we cover:

  • Why is plantar fasciitis so prevalent?
  • Why is so it hard to seek effective treatment?
  • What are some common mistakes running with PF make?
  • What does the evidence indicate regarding treatment?
  • We also answer all your patron questions.

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Find Ian's podcast by searching 'Podchat Live'

Visit his website at https://sportspodiatryinfo.co.uk/ 

Twitter: @sports_pod & @podchatlive

Instagram: @sportspodiatryinfo

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4th Jul 2021
1 hour

Dr. Phil Hayes is a sport scientist, running coach and the co-editor of a new book titled 'The science & practice of middle & long distance running'. 

Brodie has spent the last 3 weeks reviews specific chapters out of Phil's book and now has the privilege of sitting down with him to discuss running fundamentals. We start with learning about the book and the hard work that goes into producing it. Then we turn our attention to racing principles including:

  • What are some key misconceptions runners have when increasing their performance?
  • What measurements should a runner be monitoring within their training?
  • What are some general guidelines around the perfect taper?

You can find the book on Amazon by searching 'The science & practice of middle & long distance runners'.

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1st Jul 2021
54 minutes

Brodie continues to review the book titled 'The science and practice of middle and long distance running' with chapter eight called training volume and intensity distribution for elite middle and long distance runners (Chapter contributors: Arturo Casado and Leif Inge Tjelta).

We talk about the different training variables including training frequency, duration, distance and intensity and their importance in formulating a training program. Next, we dive into different physiological measurements such as Vo2 Max percentage, heart rate and RPE to calculate specific training zones.

Lastly, Brodie touches on different intensity distribution models that the research suggests and also what the elites are doing. This include the pyramid 80/20 model, the polarised model and several others.

Brodie then shares sections of the chapter highlighting real-world examples from top performing athletes who are documenting their training intensity distributions.

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27th Jun 2021
33 minutes

Today, Brodie talks to Emma Brockwell during a FaceBook live within the podcast patron FB group. Emma is a Women's Health Physiotherapist who specialises in post natal rehabilitation. She has written for Women's Running & Women's Health Magazine along with co-authoring research papers, authoring her book 'Why did no one tell me" and co-hosting the At your cervix podcast.

We touch on the considerations a runner needs to be aware of during pregnancy, along with the physiological, hormonal and systematic changes. Emma talks about the changes to heart rate, respiratory rate, water retention, posture & ligament structure.

Emma then talks about the importance of running and keeping active throughout the entire pregnancy process for the health of the expected mother & for her baby.

We then shift gears to focus on menopause and Emma shares her knowledge around running, strength training during this phase of life.

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Twitter, Instagram, At your cervix Podcast,

website: https://www.physiomum.co.uk/

For menopause info: Charity https://www.themenopausecharity.org/menopause/ 

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24th Jun 2021
55 minutes

Brodie continues to review the book titled 'The science and practice of middle and long distance running' with chapter seven called movement screening and physical capacity assessments (Chapter contributors: Louis Howe and Paul Read).

Brodie starts with describing the book's movement screening protocol and examples for each. Next, we continue assessing the runner with physical capacity assessments. This delves into 3 main type of strength including Maximal strength, Explosive strength & Reactive Strength. Brodie talks about examples for each type of assessment with or without expensive equipment along with normative values for some strength tests.

Lastly, this chapter includes 'Tissue capacity' including testing like calf raises, bridges and side planks. These are longer duration assessments but can still provide valuable information for strengths and deficits within a runner. 

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20th Jun 2021
29 minutes

Matt Pendola has several professional qualifications including a running coach, S&C coach, licensed manual therapist & wellness coach and works with several Olympic athletes. He has also personally achieved a tonne of impressive running achievements including winning the Elite Spartan World Championships Masters Division (2015) & Qualified for Duathlon World Championships 3x.

Today, Brodie talks with Matt about his training philosophy & his thoughts on running technique. Matt talks about the conditioning process know as 'stacking' designed to build a running foundation for breathing, core control, posture and muscle activation.

We then have a discussion around running technique. Is it required? When is it required? Under what circumstances may Matt change someone's running technique. To finish off, Matt enlightens us with his best training tip to help your running performance.  

Click here to find Matt's new relative run readiness online project!

Find Matt here on instagram and also the podcast!

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17th Jun 2021
57 minutes

Brodie starts part 1 of 3 reviewing a new book titled: The science & practice of middle and long distance running. We break down chapter 5 titled the psychology of distance running before interviewing the editor next month.

This episode covers the evidence surrounding the use of psychological strategies to help running performance. The psychological effects on performance can be explained by how we think, how we feel and subsequently, how we behave. 

This content divides into two areas, Psychological factors and psychological strategies.

With factors, Brodie discusses self-belief, motivation & emotional state along with examples and sub-categories. With psychological strategies, we include self-talk, imagery, goal setting and attention to focus. 

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13th Jun 2021
34 minutes

Today Brodie's sister joins the podcast to talk about her massive running revelation. It has taken around 7 years for Zoe to discover the art of running slow and is reaping the rewards.

Not only is Zoe feeling fresh and able to run harder during her speed sessions but she has found a love for running and for the first time is her running career is looking forward to putting her shoes on and getting out the door!

Brodie and Zoe talk about the principles of running slow and the benefits that come along with it. They also discuss how running slow should feel in your body in order to reap the rewards. This episode is designed for you to self-reflect and see if your getting your running intensity ratios right. 

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10th Jun 2021
33 minutes

Q&A part two answer your instagram responses. Here are you questions Brodie will be answering:

  1. Why do runners implement plyometrics in their strength training when their run is already a plyometric movement?
  2. How do you encourage people to mentally & emotionally approach a rehab program?
  3. Thoughts on general mobility work for runners? Interventions involving foam rollers, tripper point release balls etc, what effect does this have for recovery and when should a runner adopt this into their weekly routine?
  4. What is the most effective treatment for tibialis anterior overload injuries?

Tune in to see what insight Brodie has on these topics. 

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6th Jun 2021
35 minutes

On today's Q&A Brodie answers all your questions. Here is what we explore:

1.) What is the amount of time per week one should dedicate to strength training? And is it better to do a couple of longer sessions per week or a little bit most days?

2.) What are some of the best injury-preventing exercises that a distance runner should keep on rotation?

3.) Are there any good exercises to strengthen the ankle to stop it from wanting to roll when the foot goes into a bit of a hole?

4.) What are some signs/symptoms of a leg length discrepancy and does it matter? Additionally, could sloped roads and trails be causing a “pseudo-discrepancy”?

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3rd Jun 2021
37 minutes

Today Brodie talks about his past 4 weeks of managing multiple injuries, what he has implemented for rehab & how he continues to maintain fitness while injured. 

Over the past month Brodie has encountered hamstring pain, a sprained ankle and low back pain. Even though these injuries are piling up one after another Brodie is still remaining strong and maintaining his pre-injury cardiovascular fitness. We go through these lessons:

  1. Accepting life will always throw you curveballs, being injured is just a part of the game
  2. The benefits of keeping active, what can you do to keep moving forward?
  3. Noticing improvement in symptoms day-by-day as permission to progress your rehab.
  4. Identified my weak links and incorporated it into your recovery.

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30th May 2021
32 minutes

Kira Sutherland has 25+ years of clinical experience in Naturopathic medicine & sports nutrition and creates a truly wholistic approach to optimising performance for athletes.

Today, we are uncovering the benefits and misconceptions of fasting. In particular intermittent fasting for runners. 

Kira describes the positive effects exercising has in a fasted state, including the fat burning benefits, signalling pathway improvements and the prime opportunity to eat after exercise post fasting. 

Kira also shares the misconceptions around fasting, the mistakes she has seen athletes make & the consequences if misusing the fasting principles. 

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27th May 2021
57 minutes

On this episode, Brodie entertains the scenario of a runner experiencing unpredicted mid-race soreness and highlights some troubleshooting technique changes a runner can do to get through the remainder of a race.

There are changes you can make in your speed, cadence and step width during different terrain in order to shift load on your body. Therefore, if soreness arises in a certain area, it's good to have insight into how we can consciously shift load away from these areas.

Brodie covers soreness of the foot, plantar fascia, heel, shin, calf, achilles, knee, hamstring, ITB, lateral hip and glute area and the troubleshooting you can do for each.

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23rd May 2021
30 minutes

Ben Lindsay is the managing director at Solushin, a patented Counter-Traction Technology that effectively treats medial tibial stress syndrome.

Ben & his team recognised the importance of effective shin splint treatments (training modification, strength training & orthotics) but set out to design a product in conjunction with these traditional treatment to accelerate recover times.

We dive into misconceptions with shin splint treatments, explain the Solushin device along with practical applications & what studies have been conducted to prove its effectiveness.   

Click here for the solushin's website & clinical blog

Enter code 'RUNSMARTERSERIES' at checkout, to get 15% off your Solushin product!

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20th May 2021
1 hour

Greg Lehman is a physiotherapist, Chiro & strength and conditioning coach. He teaches courses to health professionals on biomechanics, with pain science & running rehab.

Greg had previously wrote a blog titled: 'Running is Rehab: When doing is the fixing' and this is exactly what we dive into today.

We delve into this term and what it actually means. Greg lists the benefits of continuing to run within your rehabilitation and consequences if it is ignored. Greg also clarifies how much running is too based based on your injury symptoms.

We also answer your patron questions, including:

  • How do we know when we are ready to incorporate tempo runs, intervals and hills when injured?
  • Will tape & braces help my return to running?

You can find Greg's website, twitter & instagram here along with his website on OA for runners. 

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16th May 2021
52 minutes

On this episode Brodie illustrates the importance of eccentric control for runners. He breaks down the different phases of the running cycle and points out different muscle groups undertaking eccentric control.

Next, Brodie dives into the benefits of eccentric training including force production, flexibility and rehabilitation purposes.

We finish with listing off some key eccentric exercises, how to change the tempo of your current exercises and how to practically implement each. 

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13th May 2021
31 minutes

We continue our journey! If you haven't listened to part 1 of my chat with Dr. Rachel Zoffness please do so. Today, we dive into practical steps and strategies people can do when they are suffering from pain.

Rachel first talks about the concept of 'Cognitive behavioural therapy' and what you think, affects how we feel emotionally, affects how we feel physically, which affects how you behave.

Next, Rachel discusses some pain-control strategies and relaxation strategies such as mindfulness, body scanning and breathing exercises and explains why this helps reduce pain. 

We finish off with the 6 lifestyle tips for better health and reduced pain all from her book the 'pain management workbook'. 

Check out Rachel's personal website here

You can also buy the Pain Management Workbook here

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9th May 2021
1 hour

Today we have pain psychologist Dr. Rachel Zoffness on the show to teach us about pain & injury. Rachel teaches pain education to medical residents, serves on the pain education faculty at Dartmouth and is the co-president of the American Association of Pain Psychology.

She is also the author of The Pain Management Workbook, an integrative, evidence-based treatment protocol for adults living with chronic pain.

In part 1 of this 2-parter, we dive into the science of pain both acute & chronic. We break down real-world examples of how a biopsychosocial brain interprets pain and what turns up & dampens pain signals. 

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6th May 2021
56 minutes
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