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Episode 273: Andrew Kastor – Coach of the Mammoth Track Club

Andrew Kastor is the head coach for the Mammoth Track Club sponsored by On Running.

Andrew started his own running career at the age of 14 and went on to pursue a degree in Exercise Physiology. While in college, Andrew’s commitment to the sport of running continued to grow, as he competed in cross-country and track, specializing in the middle-distance events.

Post-graduation, Andrew moved to Mammoth Lakes, California, where he created and coached a non-profit running club called the High Sierra Striders. He is now the head coach for the Mammoth Track Club and is currently sponsored by On out of Zurich, Switzerland.

Andrew currently resides in Mammoth Lakes with his wife Deena (Olympic Marathon bronze medalist and American Record holder in the marathon and half-marathon) and their daughter, Piper Bloom.

In this episode Andrew shares about the Mammoth Track Club, what he’s learned from some amazing coaches he’s had the opportunity to work with and so much more. If you are curious- YES he gives off that same positive vibe that his wife Deena does.

Photo Cred: Miles Weaver

What we talked about:

4:45- What the Mammoth Track Club is currently up to

9:45- Building a track in Mammoth Lakes, California

14:00- The culture on the Mammoth Track Club team

17:35- Deena Kastor’s philosophy and how she benefits the team with her mental strength

18:50- Biggest lessons that Andrew learned from Coach Bob Larson, Coach Joe Vigil, and Coach Terrence Mahon

29:30- How Deena Kastor and Andrew grew together in their training philosophy and how they work together as coaches and leaders of the Mammoth track club

35:50- What his coaching philosophy is

40:00- Andrew’s virtual coaching services

41:15- Hypothetical situations for different athletes and how he would coach them

50:00- The importance of altitude for training and the difference between living at altitude and doing short altitude camps

54:05- Recounting the year that Deena Kastor and Meb Keflezighi both won medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics

59:45- The relationship and team sponsorship with On Running

1:05:20- End of podcast questions

Show Notes:

Atomic Habits – James Cleary


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