Ep 38: Ultrageezer Gene Dykes, 70-74 Age Group World Record Holder in 50K, Discusses Training Principles, Running Faster and Sustaining
Gene Dykes is a 74-year-old runner, well known for setting various records worldwide. The most recent record broken by Gene was the M70 50K World Record in 3:56:43. Gene talks about his training principles, racing techniques, the mindset behind running, and a lot more with our host Vikas Singh in this episode of Run With Fitpage.
00:00 – About this episode
01:46 – Welcome Gene to the show – How is Gene so fast?
05:29 – How did Gene get into running?
08:39 – Gene’s first race after injury
10:35 – Shifting from track racing to marathon
13:12 – Shoes, nutrition and gadgets back in the start of Gene’s running career
20:12 – Gene’s mindset during injuries and setbacks
22:46 – How should the older runners adapt to various physiological factors affecting the body? — Gene’s training
29:32 – About the 2021 London Marathon
32:46 – About the records
35:31 – Training for marathons vs training for ultramarathons
41:08 – Gene’s message to runners
47:08 – Does stretching help improve performance?
Gene Dykes is no short of inspiration. Gene had been a regular jogger since his childhood and didn’t start running until he was 58. Since then, there has been no looking back. He also owns the age-group World Record in Boston Marathon with a sub-3-hours time.
Tell Gene about the best races he could participate in India through his website ultrageezer.com.
About Vikas Singh:
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 helping beginners get on a fitness journey. Vikas is an avid long-distance runner, building fitpage to help people learn, train, and move better.
For more information on Vikas, or to leave any feedback and requests, you can reach out to him via the channels below:
LinkedIn: Vikas Singh
About the Podcast: Run with Fitpage
This podcast series is built with a focus on bringing science and research from the endurance sports industry. These may help you learn and implement these in your training, recovery, and nutrition journey. We invite coaches, exercise scientists, researchers, nutritionists, doctors, and inspiring athletes to come and share their knowledge and stories with us. So, whether you’re just getting started with running or want to get better at it, this podcast is for you!
This podcast has been recorded via Zoom Conferencing.