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Episode 2: Parker Stinson - Getting ready to run after knee surgery

Parker Stinson is an American professional long distance runner. Parker is sponsored by Saucony. He attended the University of Oregon where he was a 9 time All- American and member of three NCAA championship teams. He is the 25k US Record Holder. He currently lives and trains in Boulder, Colorado. Parker was previously coached by Dathan Ritzenhein but is now coached by Richey Hansen as a part of the Roots Running Project.

Topics in this episode will range from dealing with knee injury, processing pain, balancing tissue capacity and training load, and what gets him excited for training and racing. He will also discuss a few of his upcoming races. This episode was recorded 2 weeks before the USATF 25k Championships where he placed 8th in a time of 1:19:22. He will also discuss his next big race, Grandma’s Marathon on June 18th where he hopes to bounce back. Kurt and I are really proud of the work he has put into his rehab and are optimistic that he can obtain the result that reflects his progress and dedication to the sport.

What we talked about:

2:30- Introduction to Parker

5:50- Parker’s knee injury and the treatments that they tried

15:40- Making the decision of what treatment to utilize with an injury

18:00- Parker’s surgeries and his process to returning to run

24:25- Tissue capacity for runners

29:45- Parker’s comeback to racing

39:40- Training with Roots Running and the importance of the running community to him

50:50- Upcoming races

57:30- Thoughts on the men’s American distance running scene

Show notes:

Parker on Instagram


Cook JL, Docking SI. Rehabilitation will increase the capacity of your...insert musculoskeletal tissue here...Defining 'tissue capacity': a core concept." British Journal of Sports Medicine 2015;49(23):1484-5.

Gabbett, TJ. The training-injury prevention paradox: should athletes be training smarter and harder? British Journal of Sports Medicine 2016;50:273-280.

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