9 Elements Podcast Episode 9: Robbie Balenger

Eric Hinman
Eric Hinman
1 hour listen
March 14, 2023
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Run, Hydrate, Rest, Repeat

Welcome to the 9 Elements Podcast brought to you by Restore Hyper Wellness. I’m your host, Eric Hinman. Each week, I sit down with trailblazers in the fitness, nutrition, and wellness communities, exploring how they optimize their daily lives for ultimate performance to do more of what they love.

I am a 5x Ironman athlete, brand builder, and someone who’s obsessed with health and wellness - structuring much of my day around fitness and recovery protocols. 

A first date with a runner turned Robbie Balenger from restaurateur into runner, and today, Robbie Balenger is a plant-based, ultra-endurance runner who recently outran the life of a Tesla battery. Obsessed with the idea of constant movement, Balenger seeks out mammoth projects that span weeks or months, including running from California to New York in 75 days. Robbie has recently started a media hub for endurance athletes known as The Audacious Report, and his idea of a casual weekend is running a 26.2 mile marathon. 

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Robbie Balenger Timestamps

00:55 A First Date Got Robbie Into Running

02:15 Running is the Inverse of A Drug

03:20 Type 2 Fun

04:50 Progress is Happiness

06:30 Robbie Outlasted A Tesla Battery

08:20 Robbie’s Post-Run Writing

09:25 Eric’s Post-Ironman Reports

11:30 Foot Care During Long Runs

13:30 Eric’s First Year of Kona

14:45 Dopamine is A Currency

16:15 Robbie’s Run Across the U.S.

17:25 NuCalm and Recovery

20:00 Rest for A 242 Mile Run

21:30 What does Robbie monitor for endurance runs?

22:30 Robbie’s Hydration Breakdown

23:20 Using Caffeine for Endurance

25:00 Getting Enough Salt Per Hour

28:25 Robbie’s Mental Game for Endurance

31:50 Eric’s Mental Game for Endurance

34:50 How do we get better at anything?

36:25 Training for Endurance Runs

38:35 Slowing It Down, Consistency

41:00 How do you know if you’re overtrained?

45:05 Cross-Training for Endurance Runs

47:19 Why Strength Training Matters

54:30 What’s next for Robbie?

56:30 The Business Behind Being An Endurance Athlete

1:01:00 Competing Against Yourself

1:02:45 Finding Robbie Balenger

Connect With Robbie Balenger

Robbie Balenger on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robbiebalenger/

Robbie Balenger on Nucalm: https://nucalm.com/robbie-balenger

The Audacious Report on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theaudaciousreport/

The Audacious Report on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@theaudaciousreport/videos

To learn more about Robbie’s running exploits: https://www.robbiebalenger.com/

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