Ep 20: Amby Burfoot, Former Editor-in-Chief of Runners World And Winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon on His Running Journey and the Evolution of Global Running
Amby Burfoot is a former American long-distance runner and the winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon at the age of 21. Amby was one of the best American marathon runners of the time. He has also made great contributions to the running community with his work at the Runner’s World magazine, and he continues to inspire us to date.
In this podcast episode, Amby talks about the evolution of running as a sport, journey to the Boston Marathon, training methodologies, and a lot more with our host Vikas Singh.
00:00 – Introduction to Amby Burfoot
02:31 – Know more about Amby, from the man himself!
07:44 – The start; training journey with John J. Kelly, and getting to the marathon at 21
10:30 – How did Amby Burfoot train – approach and the focus
14:29 – How do recreational runners benefit from running slow?
20:00 – Flashback to the 1968 Boston Marathon
24:31 – Live through Amby’s experience of running without GPS or Strava!
28:55 – From running marathons to working at Runner’s World
34:26 – The evolution of running from being an Elite-only sport to becoming a community sport
41:48 – Amby’s advice to runners – the approach
Amby Burfoot trained under his high school coach and two-time Olympian, John J. Kelly. His peak competitive years were between 1966 and 1976, where he ran over a hundred miles per week. Amby achieved success at a very early stage and later got the opportunity to work with Runner’s World magazine. He is also known for developing the world-famous Amby Burfoot Pace Chart. He has covered stories and events in a magnificent amount, being a part of the running evolution over the years. While at the age of 74, Amby continues to run for his fitness and inspires millions worldwide.
To connect with Amby Burfoot, visit www.ambyburfoot.com
Vikas Singh, an MBA from Chicago Booth, worked at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, APGlobale and Reliance before coming up with an idea of democratizing fitness knowledge and help beginners get on a fitness journey. Vikas is an avid long-distance runner himself, building fitpage to help people learn, train, and move better.
For more information on Vikas, you can reach out to him via the channels below:
LinkedIn: Vikas Singh
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This podcast has been recorded via Zoom Conferencing.