Ep 97: Running Faster, with Pete Pfitzinger
In the 97th episode of Run with Fitpage, we had the opportunity to speak to Pete Pfitzinger. Pete is an American former distance runner, an author, and an exercise physiologist. In this episode, Vikas and Pete talk about how you can train to run faster.
Pfitzinger is a 1979 graduate of Cornell University. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and a Master of Arts in exercise science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Pfitzinger is the co-author of two highly popular training books for distance runners – Advanced Marathoning (with Scott Douglas) and Faster Road Racing (with Philip Latter). He is also a senior writer for Running Times Magazine. In the 1984 Olympic Marathon Team Trials, Pfitzinger became immediately known among American marathoners by storming past the heavily favored Alberto Salazar in the final fifty yards to win the race, in a time of 2:11:43. In the 1988 Olympic Marathon Team Trials, Pfitzinger finished 3rd in a time of 2:13:09. He was a consistent performer: All of his 13 career marathons were run in times between 2:11:43 – 2:15:21. He won 5 of his 13 marathons, and finished 2nd or 3rd in 4 others. Pete is now the Chief Executive of Athletics New Zealand.
Vikas hosts this weekly podcast and enjoys nerding over-exercise physiology, nutrition, and endurance sport in general. He aims to get people to get out and ‘move’. When he is not working, he is found running, almost always. He can be found on nearly all social media channels but Instagram is preferred:)