In this week’s episode of the A to Z Running Podcast, US 15k and NCAA 10k champ Clayton Young shares about training through transitions, an area of distinct expertise for him given that he’s gotten married, turned pro, had kids, and more all while training at the highest level!
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World of Running
Desert Rats Trail Festival: April 18th, Fruita, CO
- Brittany Charboneau won her 50k Debut
- 37-minute course record at 3:59:56
- 1st place women’s finish at the Desert Rats Trail Festival
- Four broke the CR
- Side note: The film “The Funny Runner” is live and free to view on YouTube.
- Rob Steger Episode
- Brittany Charboneau Episode
Australian Championships: April 18th, Sydney, Australia (according to Athletics Australia)
- 1500m update
- Linden Hall (4:07) took the women’s event, earning spot on Olympic team
- Jye Edwards (3:33.99) took the men’s event (over record holder Stewart McSweyn) for an Olympic standard and spot on the team (McSweyn made it happen by hammering from the line – Edwards = only one to go with him and only overtook in final 100m)
- Others already on the team include Jess Hull and Stewart McSweyn
- For those not competing in the championships races, they must petition for a spot on the team (most notably, Olli Hoare)
NN Mission Marathon: Sunday, April 18th, Enschede, Netherlands
- MEN: Kipchoge won in 2:04:30
- 2-man race + pacers after 10k
- Won by 2 minutes
- Wasn’t challenged or pushed (the other guy fell off around mile 20
- *Zach disagrees with the Letsrun article’s quick take on it
- The big question: was he just running what he needed to win in a decent time or was he really try to see what his body could do (that would be a bad look if so… )
- Couple new world standard qualifiers, though (Poland’s first and second qualifiers!)
- WOMEN: Germany’s Katharina Steinrück won in 2:25:59
- 10 total under the Olympic standard
Michael Johnson Invite: Saturday, April 17th, Waco, TX
- Athing Mu (running for Texas A&M) new NCAA 800m record – 1:57.7
- Third individual NCAA record (indoor 600 and 800)
50k World Best, April 13th, Eugene, Oregon
Des Linden ran a new 50k World Record (not technically recognized, so officially a “world best”… ehh semantics)
- Linden, a two-time Olympian and former Boston Marathon champion from Rochester, set a new world record in her first ultramarathon attempt Tuesday.
- Previous record, 3:07:20
- Linden’s sub 3-hour performance works out to a 5:47 per-mile pace over the 31.1-mile distance
- Remember that Linden is the US Marathon alternate for the Marathon
MAIN TOPIC: TRAINING THROUGH TRANSITIONS with Clayton Young
Clayton Young joins the A to Z Running Podcast to discuss training through transitions. Clayton has trained through a lot of transitions in the last few years while training at the highest level. Tune in to hear him discuss his win at the 15k US championships and the transitions surrounding his triumph.
3 Things to think about on the topic of training through transitions…
- People matter more than ever
- Change is hard, and expectations should follow
- Anticipate new obstacles
Professional Runner, US Champion
Alma Mater: BYU
Clayton Young is not new to the competitive running scene, but he has recently transitioned to professional running. Before his professional career began, Clayton Young when to BYU where he was the 2019 NCAA Champion. During his collegiate career, he was also an 8-time All American.
As a professional he competed in the marathon at the 2020 Olympic Trials and a year later seized his first US title at the 2021 US 15k Road Championships.
Clayton is also a husband and father of two. In this episode with Andi and Zach, Clayton reveals how training through well through transitions was possible. Tune in!
Personal Best Times & Records
- Half: 1:03:40
- 5k 13:31.79
- 15k 43:52
- 10 Mile 48:23