In this interview with 7-time 200 mile ultramarathon finisher Kevin Goldberg, we discuss what we can all learn from his decade of ultramarathon running, what the components of a strong 200 mile training plan are, and we talk in detail about his latest race finish, the Cocodona 250 Mile Endurance Run, where Kevin finished 4th.
00:00 Guest Introduction and Background on Kevin Goldberg
02:14 Topics Outline: Learnings from a Decade of Competition, Pillars of 200 Mile Training, 2023 Cocodona 250 Race Experience
03:50 Kevin’s path into running and ultrarunning
06:10 Choosing events based on the training the athlete enjoys
08:39 Progressing from 50K ultras to 200+ mile ultras
13:40 Unique features of 200+ mile ultramarathons compared to shorter ultras
16:12 How quickly to progress from ultra 50K to 200 mile races?
19:15 Pillars of 200 training
24:05 The role of high intensity and interval training in 200 training
27:00 How to train for a 70+ hour race in 10-15 hours a week
31:00 How long does a 200 training block need to be?
34:00 The finer points of intensity: what varieties we care about and when
35:40 Strength training for the 200 runner?
39:25 Mental Prep for a 200: “Willing it into existence”
44:25 Final Thoughts on Training for 200s
46:15 Cocodona 250: History + Vision
50:40 Growing Community and a Week-Long Running Festival
53:40 Kevin’s experience and Cocodona course beta
1:08:00 Conclusion and Supplemental Links
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