Podcast Episode 209: Jake Riley – USA Olympic Marathon Rep

In episode 209 of The Physical Performance Show I share a conversation with Jake Riley – USA Olympic Marathon Rep in this featured performer edition.

On 29 February, 2020, Jake Riley stood on the start line of the USA Marathon Olympic trials in Atlanta. This was Jake’s third Olympic Games trials and Jake’s mantra for the marathon is no more next time. Jake stood on that start line, he was 32 years of age and to get to that start line he’s overcame every setback you could imagine. From prior surgery for a Haglund’s deformity and Achilles tendon through infection, illness, relationship break down, losing sponsors, all experiences that as Runner’s World Magazine quoted, “Shouldn’t have Jake questioning whether he should continue chasing the Olympic dream.” He did and he broke through on that day for a historic second place behind Galen Rupp crossing the line in 2 hours 10 minutes and 2 seconds and securing his ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.  

Runner’s World Magazine ran the headline “Jake Riley and his coach were broken and now they are going to the Olympic Games.” Jake Riley’s is coached by Lee Troop former guests of The Physical Performance Show Episode 101 and Lee synopsis of Jake Riley’s break through of the USA olympic marathon trials was simply this, “There is nothing better than a broken man coming back.”  

During this episode Jake shares around overcoming surgery, persisting, we play a game of top three’s as Jake shares his Top 3 marathon tips, Top 3 training tips, Top 3 resilience tips before laying down his physical challenge for the week.

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Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Jake’s feelings regarding the Tokyo Olympic Games being postponed
  • His early running history
  • His determination in running
  • His experience in his debut marathon
  • Jake’s Top 3 Marathon Tips
  • His adrenalin before his debut marathon
  • Sleep routines
  • Jake’s Top 3 Tips regarding resilience
  • Journey through injuries
  • Insight on the Runner’s world article
  • Jake’s feelings after winning the marathon
  • Close competitors in his latest marathon
  • What makes him keep going after injury
  • Last minute decision for Nike Vaporfly

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