Emily Hawgood is a professional trail and ultra runner from Zimbabwe sponsored by Adidas Terrex. Emily is one of the most wonderful and cheerful people I know, not just in the sport of running, and she’s one of the strongest trail athletes in the world, especially in the 100k-100m distance. She’s also a running coach, a strength coach, she studied Exercise Science at the College of Idaho and she has a master’s degree in High Altitude Exercise Physiology from the University of Gunnison in Colorado. 

In this conversation we talk about Emily and her very successful year, where she placed 5th at Western States and second at UTMB CCC, about how she’s treating herself during her off-season, how she handles the pressure of training and racing at a high level and a bunch of other topics. My favorite part of the conversation was when we dived deep into training, talking about our relationship with training data, with our respective coaches, some thoughts on strength training, strength training periodization and altitude training. 

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