Episode 290: Rachel Schneider – 31:09 at the Track Meet & 8th Fastest All Time American
Rachel Schneider just won the 10,000m at the Track Meet in a time of 31:09 making her the 8th fastest American to ever run that distance. It’s been a long time since Rachel last raced and in this episode she shares with us what her mindset was going into this race. Her perspective on running, racing and life in general is refreshing and beautiful.
Rachel is sponsored by Under Armor (there’s a good story there on how that sponsorship came about in the episode!) and she lives in Flagstaff with her partner and coach Mike Smith, along with their three sweet dogs. In this episode we also get to hear about her college career at Georgetown and how her coaches had a positive hand in developing her not just as a runner for their team but as an individual, taking a more holistic approach.
We also learn about her relationship with the Dark Sky Distance group and who she trains with out in Flagstaff. Rachel also gives some amazing book suggestions which you know I’m a sucker for!!
So excited to see what’s next for Rachel!!
What we talked about:
3:55- Thoughts on The Track Meet that just happened
6:25- Background on Rachel Schneider and her running history
8:45- How she got connected with Under Armour
12:00- Her progression from the 800m/1500m to now racing the 10k
14:15- Her involvement in the Dark Sky Distance group but having a different coach
17:50- Recapping the recent 10k at The Track Meet and her mindset going into the race
20:45- Progressing into longer workouts over the years
21:40- The achilles injury that she dealt with this summer
23:25- The events that she plans to specialize in or try in the future
26:20- Some of the people that she trains with in Flagstaff and what it’s like to train with Diane Nikuri and Sara Hall
32:25- The internal mindset that she has and how that leads to success
40:15- Her plans to potentially continue to move up in distances and try the half marathon and marathon
41:25- Working with Mike Smith as a coach and being able to watch the NAU team develop
42:55- The transition from college to professional running
44:15- Handling the coaching transition from Coach Miltenberg to Coach Mike Smith her senior year of college and how their coaching styles differ
48:05- Her development of training throughout college
58:10- The joy that she has in her running and her life
1:01:15- End of podcast questions
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