Who knew that within the space of a few months I would go from just reading stories by my running idols to meeting many of them including Bart Yasso numerous times!! First there was on his home turf at the Runner’s World offices, then neutral territory at an event around the NYC Marathon and now here in Miami…my turf!!
Clearly he remembers me since I’m in the photo on his personal Facebook page (top right!).
Bart was in town to inspire thousands of runners for the ING Miami marathon and was gracious enough to give me a few minutes of his time. I believe one of the reasons he has earned the title “Chief Running Officer” is because of his ability to connect with every single person that he meets in a genuine way. He has been the leader of the pack, the man at the back and now frequently the sideline cheerleader…and he’s loved each position.My chat with him came just a few minutes after talking with the owner of Marathon Tours…two men who have allowed their passion for running to create an unconventional career path. Can you just see the wheels in my head turning?! I don’t know what the future holds for me career-wise, but it was certainly the spark I needed to keep putting in the work. I love encouraging and supporting others, so here’s to hoping that leads to something amazing.
If you haven’t ever had the privilege of hearing Bart speak, you need to get to Runner’s World Half Festival or watch our interview here where he covers a lot of the topics from his speech. I do apologize for the noise, but the interview was at the expo and so I had very little control over it.
This is a long video, but for a runner well worth it. And yes, I’m looking to put all my expert interviews in to podcasts soon so you can take them on the road with you!
A few things you’ll find in this fun interview and notes on where you find more in the video:
- Absolutely do a Bare Buns run…but don’t do it near home!
- Do your long runs SLOW. He swears by this if you look at every run having a purpose (minute 11:10).
- Thinking international? Pick a place you really want to visit and immerse yourself in the culture AFTER the race.
- What he thinks about being the Mayor of Running.
- Afraid to sign up for your first race?? (minute 4:40) what if you come in last?? Did you know Ryan Hall has come in last in a race?! That’s right, someone HAS TO BE LAST…it probably won’t be you.
- What would he have told himself 30 years ago when he started running? Oh just little things like run 80 miles a week instead of 110, HA!!
- Does he really think Yasso 800’s are where it’s at?? (minute 9:30)
Looking for a little more motivation…umm hello Bart has a whole book full of his stories!! I’ve reviewed My Life on the Run in the past, but started reading it again after our interview and I’ll have reviews for you soon of The Big Book (loved it) and a new Rodale book Running on Air.- My Life on the Run: The Wit, Wisdom, and Insights of a Road Racing Icon
- Runner's World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training: Winning Strategies, Inspiring Stories, and the Ultimate Training Tools from the Experts at Runner's World Challenge
- Runner's World Running on Air: The Revolutionary Way to Run Better by Breathing Smarter
Is there anyone in running that truly inspires you and gets you excited about running?
I am grateful for validation that it’s not so strange to love this crazy sport of running, even when you aren’t in the lead pack.
Disclaimer: Thanks to Nissan for the opportunity to speak with Bart again! Innovation for Endurance features exclusive, daily content on the latest innovations in running, cycling, and fitness from expert bloggers and elite athletes Ryan Lochte, Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher and Ryan Hall(Click for last year's interview with him!!). I did receive each of these books for free.