Episode Intro

In this episode, we have an inspiring conversation with professional runner Joe Klecker. If you’re a runner or simply passionate about the sport of Track and Field, this episode is for you. 

Throughout our conversation, Joe shares valuable insights into the world of competitive running, from the importance of team culture to the mental and physical preparation required for top-level races.

During the first part of our conversation, Joe reflects on his journey as a runner, sharing how his upbringing in a running family shaped his passion for the sport. We delve into his training regimen, the challenges he’s faced, and his approach to setting and achieving goals.

We also dive into the dynamics of team culture and the impact it has on performance. Joe discusses the significance of surrounding oneself with the right people and how a supportive team environment can elevate individual and collective success.

In the final part of our conversation, Joe opens up about his aspirations for the future, including his pursuit of making the Olympic team again. We explore the mental aspects of racing and the importance of holistic preparation beyond physical training.

So, whether you’re a seasoned athlete or just lacing up your shoes for the first time, join us as we uncover the mindset and strategies behind elite-level running with Joe Klecker.


Episode Summary

In this episode, Joe Klecker opens up about his recent race, where he faced significant challenges due to injuries. He underscores the pivotal role of mindset and mental strength in conquering obstacles and reaching one’s goals.

Delving into his family’s deep-rooted involvement in running, Joe sheds light on the unwavering support they offer. He also touches upon the escalating competitiveness within the sport and the elevated standards athletes are held to.

The conversation extends to the importance of fast times in track and field as indicators of top-tier performance. Additionally, we explore the impact of storytelling in the sport, emphasizing the need to celebrate athletes’ journeys to spark interest and engagement.

Joe shares insights into the tight-knit team culture within his training group, attributing much of their success to this cohesive environment. He pays tribute to his parents as his ultimate inspiration in running.

Looking ahead, Joe expresses his eagerness for future races, particularly the marathon, and discusses the rigorous mental and physical preparation essential for peak performance. Throughout the conversation, Joe’s unwavering determination and focus on the upcoming Olympic trials shine through.


Key Takeaways

  • Fast times in track and field indicate a high level of performance and contribute to the sport’s progress.
  • Storytelling is crucial in generating interest and engagement in track and field, as it allows people to connect with athletes on a deeper level.
  • A strong team culture can elevate individual performances and create a supportive and motivating environment.
  • Parents and family members can be significant inspirations in an athlete’s journey.
  • Mental and physical preparation are essential for optimal performance in races.



00:00: Introduction and Apology

00:32: Discussion about Recent Race

01:29: Dealing with Injuries and Recovery

09:23: Family Background and Support

14:28: Mental Strength and Competing at the Highest Level

23:05: Competing in a Highly Competitive Field

25:18: The Changing Landscape of Running

30:55: The Importance of Fast Times in Track and Field

35:39: The Power of Storytelling in Track and Field

39:23: The Role of Team Culture in Performance

42:11: Creating a Strong Team Culture

47:14: The Meaning of Making the Olympic Team

51:18: Dream Races and Goals

53:36: Inspiration and Role Models in Running

56:01: Preparing Mentally and Physically for Races



Lets Run Article About OAC: https://www.letsrun.com/news/2020/08/on-establishes-pro-group-in-boulder-to-be-coached-by-dathan-ritzenhein-joe-klecker-is-groups-first-signing/ 

The On Athletics Club – https://www.on.com/en-ch/stories/the-on-athletics-club 

Fueling the Pursuit Interview – https://ucan.co/blogs/energy-lab/olympic-distance-runner-joe-klecker-on-training-and-preparing-with-purpose 



Joe Klecker – @joe_klecker 


Jon Rankin – https://gobemore.co/ | @chasejonrankin


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