Trail Runner Nation

  Coach Travis Macy

and Andy Jones-Wilkins

join The Nation to discuss why trail running is more than just logging miles and how it becomes part of who we are.  In TRN style, we approach this topic by throwing out words that spark these ideas:

  • Faith
  • Calm/Stillness
  • Therapy
  • Nook
  • Community
  • Failure
  • Technology/gear
  • Grain
Direct download: Words_2.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:54pm CDT

TRN regular and running guru, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella joins The Nation to do a brief recap of this years Freedoms Run, a race he has directed for the past 8 years.  We then talk about the "pendulum swinging back to minimalist shoes" and how it is important to have good running form.

Check out the 3 Efficient Running Training Modules that Dr. Mark and the U.S. Air Force created.

Don't forget to check out

The Natural Running Center

Get some shoe advice and buy some shoes at Two Rivers Treads or call them at 855.878.7323

Direct download: cuc.1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:52pm CDT

Meghan Arbogast has been running for over 30 years and continues to be competitive with other runners that are 1/2 her age.  She seems to be getting faster!  She joins The Nation to discuss how she got into running, her training regime, love for running, race strategies and her favorite Taco Bell menu item.

Hire Meghan to Coach you HERE

New Yorker article, "Meb Keflezighi, Bernard Lagat, and the Secret to Running Forever"

Wally Hesseltine video.  72-year-old Western States 100

Direct download: megleg_podcast.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:39am CDT

This is Part 2 of the Tahoe 200 Endurance Run just finished up a week ago.  There were over 100 people that started this race of 205.5 miles, including our own Don Freeman.  We are doing a tw0-part podcast devoted to the race report (because this is twice as long as a 100-mile race, duh).

Andy Jones-Wilkins and Jimmy Dean Freeman join this podcast to cover the experience of running the race from the eyes of Don


Check out Candice's other races at Destination Trail

Direct download: 200_part_twei.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:18pm CDT

The Tahoe 200 Endurance Run just finished up a week ago.  There were over 100 people that started this race of 205.5 miles, including our own Don Freeman.  We are doing a tw0-part podcast devoted to the race report (because this is twice as long as a 100-mile race, duh).

Race creator and Director, Candice Burt, joins us with Donna NĂ­ Cuarta, a volunteer that flew over from London.

In Part 1 we will cover

  • The Race Course
  • Special Equipment
  • The Volunteers

Part 2 will cover the experience of the race through the eyes of a racer....Don :)

Check out Candice's other races at Destination Trail

Registration for the 2017 Tahoe 200 opens on November 5 at 9:00pm PST at Ultra Sign Up or link to the registration page from the Tahoe 200 web site.

Direct download: Tahoe_200_synced.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:27pm CDT

USA Track & Field certified coach, elite athlete, and author of "Running For Happiness and Health: A Beginners Guide to Faster Pain-Free Running",  Jason Fitzgerald joins The Nation to discuss some of the basics of running.  Whether you are a beginner or seasoned veteran, Jason's book will give you practical advice and drills that can help you become a more fit, faster runner while reducing the chance for injury.  We discuss:

  • How to prevent injuries
  • Strength and core workouts
  • Goal oriented motivation for fun
  • Discipline vs. motivation
  • Is the 10% rule for everyone?
  • Consistence is the "secret sauce"
  • From from the beginning
  • Short Hill repeats are the secret for injury prevention
  • What are Strides? and how can they help you?

Visit his Website Strength Running or visit his blog

Contact Jason HERE


Direct download: Jason_Fitzgerald_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:09pm CDT

That is one of John Wooden's quotes.  He would have been a great ultra running coach.

John's great niece, Kelley Puckett, joins The Nation to discuss Jimmy Dean Freeman's race report from the 2016 Badwater 135 mile race.

Direct download: jdf__Kelly_2016_BW.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:21pm CDT

Lee McKinley, a well-accomplished ultra runner and tri-athlete, lends his wisdom to the podcasts as we discuss why we choose to go to the next level.  Lee is competing in his third Ironman Kona in this October and talks about how his training has changed over the years.  We also pressure Don into signing up for the Tahoe 200 mile race in September.

Race Director of the Tahoe 200 Candice Burt joins the discussion.  Running 200 or Directing 200 which one is easier.  You will have to decide after listening. 

Direct download: Lee_and_Candice_200.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:00am CDT

Mark Johnson has been around the endurance community as a participant and as a reporter and photographer.

He shares with The Nation his new book, "Spitting in the Soup - Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports".

In this book, Mark teaches us about the history of performance enhancing drugs in sports.  Doping has been around for a long time, for many reasons, but only recently banned.  Take a listen to this podcast and then go read the book.  It will give you a much more informed perspective about drugs in sports.

Direct download: Spit_in_the_Soup.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:13pm CDT

Victor Ballesteros is an accomplished trail runner that has evolved into starting his own business, Victory Sport Design.

Victor has developed some strong opinions on how to be a good pacer from his experience as a racer and pacing many of his friends.  A few years ago he penned a great article on pacing, "The heART of Pacing".  He joins The Nation to discuss his experiences and wisely teaches us how we can prepare to help our runners perform at their best.

Check out Victor's Band, Voodoo Switch!  This podcast closes with one of their songs. FUNK OUT!

Direct download: VB.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:24pm CDT