Episode 53- The Experience vs. the PowerPoint Coaching Style – Science of Running

Interview with Tony Holler – Science of Running

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Are you a collector of knowledge or a master of application?

Take a look at your favorite coach. Chances are if you follow their twitter stream, you think “Man, they have it figured out,” as the coach drops profound insight after insight. Or perhaps, you sat in on their hour long power point presentation, detailing the exact methods to take any 5k runner from good to world class. You leave thinking, “they have the answers, I just need to follow that plan!”

These sort of situations happen to all of us. They happen to Jon and I. In fact, we’re guilty of portraying or presenting in that manner. But the reality is that coaching is messy and sloppy. What we see, whether on twitter or at a coaching conference, is a streamlined and ideal model, with all the messy details left out.

No one wants to discuss all the times the athlete couldn’t complete the workout or that period where they went through a slump and questioned their career. Or those times we’ve all had, leaving a track meet with no idea what went wrong or how to fix it.

Models are static. The real world is dynamic.

In this episode we dig into this disparity. How do we combine the messy world of coaching with the idealized knowledge we get? And more so, how do we prevent ourselves from being a collector of facts, to someone who applies what we learn.


Books Mentioned:

The Inner Game of Tennis
How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

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