Grayson Murphy is a two-time world mountain running champion and a 4-time US national champion in mountain running and the vertical kilometer. She has also been a finalist at the US Steeplechase Olympic Trials and has qualified for the 2024 Olympic Trials marathon.
In our discussion we go into depth on Grayson’s training and how she structures her workouts for success, including:
- Grayson’s current adventures, including a trip to Patagonia
- Her recent health concerns and how it has impacted her training
- How Grayson’s focus on threshold work gives her great breadth for racing
- The pain cave of the vertical kilometer (and how I’ve been challenged to try one!)
- How Grayson uses limited and specific VO2 max workouts in training
- The concept of “lifetime miles” for runners
- Grayson’s future racing plans
Grayson's success has come in part from her ability to understand what works best for her mind and body. Our conversation will help you understand how you can apply some of these concepts to your own training. Enjoy!
Links & Resources from the Show:
- Follow Grayson on Instagram and Strava
- Check out Grayson’s awesome training journal
- Listen to my previous episode with Grayson
- My discussion with Grayson’s coach, David Roche, on long runs
- Let me help you design your training
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