Craig Kirkwood is an incredible athlete himself having represented New Zealand six times across athletics and mountain running. Craig was a 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games New Zealand representative and boasts a marathon record of 2.13.07 set in Chicago.
Now in a coaching capacity Craig coaches some of the hottest athletics and triathlon talent on the planet. Craig is a coach based out of New Zealand that ranges from juniors right through to recreational and recreational competitive age groupers, as well as some of the best in the business including prior featured performer of the physical performance show Hayden Wild from Episode 162 and alongside Hayden, Craig coaches up and coming New Zealand middle distance running star Sam Tanner, New Zealand 3000m champion and 1500m champion.
During this episode, you will hear from Craig as we extract learnings across his own athletic achievements along with his many achievements in the coaching space. Craig shares around the top three characteristics of high performance and why one of those includes headspace being teachable as an athlete, nurturing juniors through to seniors and not losing their talent along the way, what it takes to nurture young sporting talent to ensure that they are not lost in the senior ranks. His top recovery tips and why Craig believes strides are crucial for every recreational athlete, how to navigate your long runs best recovery tips and the importance of being patient in achieving our endurance sporting goals.
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