Ep 44: CJ Albertson, 2:11 Marathoner, 50K Indoor World Record Holder and Supposedly Known as ‘The Best Downhill Runner in the World’, Talks About His Leading The 2021 Boston Marathon Until Mile 21, his Unique Training Methodologies and Specific Nutrition
Clayton J. Albertson, fondly known as ‘CJ’, is an American runner who has been famous for leading the 2021 Boston Marathon up to mile 20, ending up 10th in the race. In this episode of Run with Fitpage, CJ talks about his running journey, the 2021 Boston Marathon, his World Records, and more with our host Vikas Singh.
00:00 – An excerpt from The 2021 Boston Marathon commentary
00:28 – About this episode
02:04 – Welcome CJ to the show!
02:14 – What went in Clayton’s mind during the Boston Marathon?
03:25 – How did CJ’s running and athletics journey begin?
07:56 – Training for the very first marathon – training secrets
14:02 – Strength training
17:02 – CJ’s downhill training techniques – becoming ‘the best downhill runner in the world.’
21:10 – More about downhill running – downhill vs flat surface, gradient, etc
24:52 – Nutrition and recovery
28:08 – The race day nutrition – planning, carb loading, caloric intake during the race
33:18 – Dealing with obstacles – injuries, failures and more
38:05 – The importance of having a coach
A lifetime runner, CJ Albertson, placed 7th in the US Olympic Trials (2020). Besides his records, he was also twice recognized as the Central Valley Conference, Women’s Coach of the Year. Albertson ran a 2:17:59 indoor marathon in April 2019 at the Indoor Marathon World Record Challenge, setting a world record. On November 8, 2020, Albertson ran 125 laps around a track in 2:42:30 to break the 50K world record. The 2021 Boston Marathon was Albertson’s first World Marathon Major. He holds a marathon PR of 2:11:18, which he ran last December at the Marathon Project in Chandler, Arizona.
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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
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This podcast has been recorded via Zoom Conferencing.