Final Surge Podcast Episode 2: Coach Brad Hudson

In this episode we interview world-class coach Brad Hudson of Hudson Elite, an Olympic Development running group based out of Boulder, Colorado.

Coach Brad Hudson starts out by telling us about how he got started in running. Being an average soccer player he tried running one day and a cross country coach recognized his talent quickly. Hudson was fortunate enough to be coached early by a young Mark Wetmore. In high school, Hudson would have some weeks where he was running 140 miles in a week.

We talk about how Hudson made the transition into coaching from being a runner himself and selling shoes.

The Hudson Elite team is making some noise with recent successes in the running community. They have a unique group of runners. We talk about how the runners he coaches are developmental athletes with jobs and school and life trying to train and get better.

All of Hudson's athletes do coaching and use Final Surge as part of their coaching program. You can find out more about his coaching programs at Proceeds from the athletes coaching mostly go to the club to help support the athletes.

Everyone Hudson coaches, and every coach that works for Hudson Elite uses Final Surge. One of the reasons Hudson likes Final Surge so much is because it is simple to use, but has all the features he needs.

One book Hudson wrote with Matt Fitzgerald is Run Fast. Now he has released a new book titled Little Black Book: Redux. We talk about what is new in this book and what makes them so different. Little Black Book: Redux is all the workouts he has picked up over his running and coaching career. The new book has over 200 elite workouts. The book can be found at

We discuss how even though these are elite runner’s workouts, any athlete can take them and adapt them for themselves. The book covers everything from 800 meters through the marathon.

We talk about what advice Hudson would have for a college runner who wants to continue running post-collegiately.

Not every elite runner starts out as an elite runner out of college. Many start as a developmental athlete and Hudson gives us an example of what a typical day of a developmental runner looks like.

Hudson shares with us some of the things he is working on to help keep his runners healthy and running consistently, as consistency is the most important thing in distance running.

Hudson stresses how he does not mess with runners form but works on making them more efficient with drills and strength exercises.

A couple of questions that came in from Twitter:

How many times a year should non-elite runners take a break from hard training and focus more on a traditional base phase?

How long after a goal race (not a marathon) can you re-race while maintaining specific endurance benefits?


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