AK Athlete Episode 8 – Jerry Ross – Alaska’s Endurance Legend

AK Athlete Episode 8 – Jerry Ross – Alaska’s Endurance Legend

Jerry is well known throughout the Alaskan Endurance community. Coach, Teacher, Record holder, marathon master, story teller – This is a mandatory listen in our book. If you want to train with Jerry sign up for his group training runs at Alaska Endurance Project and as always if you want to get stronger to go longer and are looking for a gym to go to check out Redox Crossfit

[0:00] Intros and bad jokes

[4:00] Where it all started. Stigmas around running

[10:00] Training growing up. Bringing that competitive fire into adulthood

[14:00] Some deep running thoughts – how running can make up a person’s being

[18:00] Jerry’s running resumé

[22:00] College running – the effect of coaching on an athletes passion

[28:00] Some thoughts on how to train – easy miles are OK

[35:00] More high school and college running – times, results, highlights

[40:00] Getting into marathoning – the next step in Jerry’s career

[42:00] 2003- tired of getting beat by “old guys” – first time breaking 2:45 in the Marathon

If you aren’t putting in the time or the distance, you don’t have the right to expect to win

[48:30] Dropping some numbers – Jerry’s marathon success

[50:00] Training to PR a 5k race – through the Alaskan winter – importance of a training cycle and taking time off

[56:30] Still training for marathons – breaking 2:30 – lessons learned

[59:30] MORE ACCOMPLISHMENTS – Jerry is a badass! The story of a windy Boston race.

[1:06:30] Setting the Lost Lake record

[1:12:00] Mental toughness in training

Jerry drops some knowledge bombs here!!

[1:19:20] Alaska Endurance Project – Programming talk and training philosophy

  • tempo, interval, aerobic, etc… nerd out with us
[1:39:00] Mountain running group

The biggest variable that will determine your success is how consistent you can be with your training

As always, check out AK Athlete if you are interested in free endurance/multi-sport programming including strength and conditioning work!