With many similar running memories, Jon, Bryan, and Garrett discuss early formative experiences, cross-training benefits, and the highs and lows of a professional running career.
“If I can get myself physically and mentally ready to go, I know I’m going to beat a lot of people that maybe I shouldn’t beat, even before I get to that starting line.”—Garrett Heath
There are times when you meet someone and think, what you see is what you get. Despite their “greatness” in a particular arena of life, they STILL are so down to earth.
That describes Garrett Heath.
With many similar running memories, Jon, Bryan, and Garrett quickly jump into early formative experiences, cross-training benefits, and the highs and lows of a professional running career.
(2:14) Chasing down Jon…
(5:09) How has the pandemic impacted training?
(9:17) Growing up in an athletic and outdoorsy Minnesota family…
(11:39) Bryan, Garrett, and Jon reflect on high school coaches and their impact. “Our coach had a good way of making it fun while also being very disciplined.”—Garrett
(15:11) Nordic skiing state champion or cross-country great all depended on the time of year. Garrett speaks to the benefits for runners who cross-train.
(19:47) Thoughts on effort, exposure, and learning…
(22:26) Transitions from high school to college…
(25:48) “Put successful people around you, or people with similar motivations, and you’re gonna rise as well, or you’re gonna naturally get better just by being around them.”
(27:27) Building momentum with little things…
(29:12) An eye-opening experience in Europe…
(32:33) “You have this realization… that everything I thought mattered doesn’t really matter that much… the training’s there, the basics are there. I’m overthinking stuff, if I think everything has to go to plan.”
(34:13) Jon’s secret weapon…
(35:35) Beating Mo Farah… and Garrett’s explanation of a race split in thirds.
(40:40) Next steps for Garrett…
(41:29) What does Go Be More mean to Garrett?
If you liked this episode, check out our interviews with elite runners Will Leer and Ryan Miller.
Recorded February 19, 2020.
Great Edinburgh X-Country 2016 – YouTube
Brooks Beasts Track Club – Instagram
Garrett Heath – @garrettheath
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