Trail Runner Nation

Volume 8 of the Pulitzer Prize winning TRN Audio Magazine is now available at your corner newspaper stand.

Featured articles :

  • Is Longer Better?
  • Good Until the Last Drop
  • Give me 5
  • You Never Forget Your First Time
  • Does the Tail Wag the Dog?
  • Running, Is it Good for Your Knees?
  • Don't Believe the Hype
  • How Much?

Anton Krupicka "Indulgence" Video

JB Benna's "Unbreakable" Movie - Free for a limited time

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Today, the Western States Endurance Run Board of Directors announced the cancellation of the 2020 race.  This is only the second time in the race's 46 years that they have had to cancel the race.  Race Director, Craig Thornley, joins Andy Jones-Wilkins in a discussion to clarify and answer any questions.

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Earlier this week we posted a podcast discussing the situation with COVID-19.  Since then, many communities have been directed to "shelter in place".  This doesn't mean we cannot continue with our passion of running.

As promised, this is the follow up podcast with Coach and Prognosticator, Andy Jones-Wilkins.  The discuss the subject of what we can do now.  If we approach this with the right attitude (as many ultra runners do), we can see this as a great opportunity to try something new or experiment with something in our training.  Let us know what you are planning to do.  Let's occupy social media with our trail running spirit of optimism and motivation!

We also chat with Julie Fingar, RD for NorCal Ultras, about the ramifications RDs have to deal with and how they are trying to innovate and create options for runners.

Direct download: COVID_19_AJW.mp3
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SPECIAL EDITION:

We recently posted a letter from the Ultra-Endurance Sport Science & Medicine web site.  This letter makes recommendations for our sport during this pandemic.  Dr. Marty Hoffman, co-author, joins us to explain how this virus can affects our community.  Bob Crowley, Trail Animals Club, also explains how this affects our race season.

Here is the link to Corrine Malcolm's article at irunfar

For an updated status on race cancelations:

Be a solution, Be kind...mãs!

Direct download: COVID_19.mp3
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Matt Fitzgerald (sports nutritionist, writer, athlete, coach) will be releasing a new book in May, "Running the Dream; One Summer Living, Training and Racing with a Team of World-Class Runners Half My Age".  We talk to him about his journey as he trains with Hoka's NAZ elite team of professional runners in Flagstaff, AZ.

He also has launched an interesting cool new running camp concept, "Endeavorun".  Check it out.

Direct download: MF.mp3
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There are many high profile races out there and many of those are very difficult to get into.  The good news is there are many GREAT races that you might not know about.  It the New TRN produced podcast, Trail Hacks highlights one of these amazing races.  We speak with the Race Director to better understand the characteristics of the race. We then get with a veteran runner to give us a hack or two that might help us successfully complete the race.

In our inaugural Trail Hacks Podcast, we speak with Scotty Kumar, producer of the award winning podcast Ten Junk Miles.  His team runs the Badger Trail Races held on August 1-2.

Register HERE

Be sure to subscribe to Trail Hacks podcast where ever you listen or visit www.trailhacks.run

Direct download: TrailHack_EP_1.mp3
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Don found a recent article, "13 Things You're Probably Doing That Are Sabotaging Your Run" by Erin Kelly on Bustle.com

We decided to make a game to discuss the points.  TRN friends:Donna NiCuarta and Warren Pole join us to debate the pros and cons of each point.

Direct download: Dice_Hat_Topic_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:09pm CDT

There is a correlation between motivation and self-discipline in successful runners.  Coach AJW joins The Nation to discuss what motivation and discipline is, how we can use it, and how to improve it.

Here are the links that we discussed

AJW's Coaching

AJW's Tap Room

Direct download: Motivate_your_Disapline_.mp3
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If you have been trail running for a while, you inevitably have been mentored by others with a lot of experience and wisdom.  This is where Trail Runner Nation was born - to provide a venue to share this knowledge with a broader audience.  Stephanie Howe  joins us to discuss some of the great golden nuggets of knowledge that we have learned.

Make sure you check out Stephanie's web site for coaching or nutritional consultation.

Direct download: Stephanie_Runs_Fast.mp3
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Nearly 8 years ago we recorded a podcast where we talked about the SoCal Coyotes' philosophy.  These tenants are common throughout our tribe.  Coach Jimmy Dean Freeman joins us to discuss its relevance eight years later.

Click HERE to watch the video

Click HERE to listen to the original podcast

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Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:59pm CDT

In this edition of Grab Bag, Alex Hutchinson and Matt Laye join us as we try an find out the truth behind:

  • Over breathing?
  • Can we become so efficient that we are burning less energy than a sedentary person?
  • Is there a benefit to stretching?
  • How does your microbiom affect health?
  • Can smiling improve performance?
  • Do we have limits to the number of calories we can process?

Links that of stuff we talked about:

  • Stronger by Science Podcast
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6934128/
  • https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMra1907805
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31872558
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed
  • term=gut%20microbiota%20fermentation%20determines%20the%20efficacy%20of%20exercise%20for%20diabetes%20prevention&cmd=correctspelling

Matt Laye is an endurance athlete and PhD in medical physiology and an assistant professor of health and human performance at The College of Idaho.  Matt is a coach at Sharman Ultra and a regular contributor to Ultrarunning Magazine

Visit Matt's Blog: Laying It Down

Follow Matt on Facebook and on Twitter

Alex Hutchinson is an avid runner and author.  We did a series of podcasts on his book, Endure: Mind, Body and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance 

Follow Alex on Twitter

Check out Sweat Science

Direct download: _GB_w_Alex_and_Matt.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:58pm CDT

Dr. Phil Maffetone helps us understand the difference about over-weight and over-fat.  We discuss why is so difficult to lose weight because our understandings may be in error.

If we lose excess fat, we will become healthier and more efficient runners.

Book: Overfat Pandemic - Exposing the problems and its simple solution for everyone who needs to eliminate excess body fat 

Article: "Six Reasons Weight-Loss is so Darn Difficult"

Other Dr. Maffetone podcasts:

Get the Maffetone App HERE

Take the 2 Week Test

Get a taste of Dr. Maffetone's best articles HERE

Phil Maffetone's MUSIC

 

Direct download: PHIL_2.0.mp3
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Ellie Greenwood elaborates on a few recent articles she wrote in Ultrarunning Magazine:

Reigniting Your Passion, November 2018

Finding Gratitude in Slower Times, September 2019

Band of Runners, November 2019

Direct download: Ellie_Greenwood.mp3
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Matt Fitzgerald (sports nutritionist, writer, athlete, coach) has been doing some endurance writing with his 2019 published "Life is a Marathon: A Memoir of Love and Endurance".  In May, he will be releasing, "Running the Dream; One Summer Living, Training and Racing with a Team of World-Class Runners Half My Age".  We talk to him about his journey as he trains with Hoka's NAZ elite team of professional runners in Flagstaff, AZ.

  • Having fun helps us become better runners
  • Judgement is more important than toughness
  • Depletion runs

He also has launched an interesting cool new running camp concept, "Endeavorun".  Check it out.

Direct download: Fitz.mp3
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CTS Training Director, Jason Koop, joins The Nation to talk about his new podcast Koopcast and some good tactics to start the new year off right.

 

Check out Jason's book, "Training Essentials for Ultrarunning"

Jason Koop is the Head Coach for CTS-Ultrarunning. He is the author of ‘Training Essentials for Ultrarunning’ which has become the benchmark book for ultramarathon training. During his coaching career, he has managed over 100 endurance coaches and several hundred atheltes of all types, abilities and sports. He is also an accomplished ultrarunner in his own right having finishes in some of the most difficult races on the planet including the Badwater 135, Hardrock 100, Leadville Trail 100, Wasatch 100, Bear 100 and Western States 100

Direct download: koop.mp3
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Don and Scott review the podcasts from 2019 and the many amazing guests that have joined us and helped us become better, smarter, more efficient runners.  What were your favorite gold nuggets?

Direct download: YIR_scott_and_don.mp3
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AJW joins us for a quick recap of 2019 performances in ultrarunning.  It includes his picks for

  • Ultrarunner of the year (female and male)
  • Performance of the year (female and male)
  • Rookie of the year (female and male)
  • Surprise of the year (female and male)
  • Most inspirational

Please check out Andy's coaching services and his weekly Tap Room article!

AJW's Coaching

AJW's Tap Room

Direct download: AJW_year_in_review.mp3
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Dr. Mark joins us to chat about many thinks including:

Make sure you watch his 8:25 Video that show the principles of natural running.

Be sure to spend some time learning at The Natural Running Center web site.

Visit Two Rivers Treads running store either in person or call them and ask them some questions!

Direct download: Dr_Mark_3.mp3
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Ian Sharman, Joe Uhan and Matt Laye return to Trail Runner Nation to discuss some interesting topics including:

  • Assessing your running stride yourself. Article by Joe
  • Identifying ourselves as ultra runners (see Ian's article in this month's Ultrarunning Magazine)
  • Challenges of Cold Weather Running (see Matt's article in this month's Ultrarunning Magazine)

Visit

College of Idaho with Assistant Professor, Matt Laye

Sharman Ultra - Endurance Coaching

Uhan Performance

Direct download: Coaches_2.mp3
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Last year Katie Arnold won the Leadville 100.  She also recently published her first book, Running Home, a Memoir.  Katie writes about her journey in this life so far while weaving in many common threads, one of those is her passion for the outdoors and trail running.  We talk about how running has helped her navigate her life, the ups, downs and heartbreaks.  Running is a way she was able to disconnect AND connect.

Direct download: Running_Home_.mp3
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What shoe did you run your first trail run in?  What shoe do you currently pine for?  We all love our shoes and probably have an unhealthy collection of shoes.  Brian Metzler, a running shoe geek for his entire life, joins The Nation to talk about SHOES....Oh the glorious shoes.  Over his life he has run over 75,000 miles and tested more than 1500 pairs.  As founding editor and associate publisher of Trail Runner Magazine and contributor at many other running magazines, he has a unique view of the history of shoes.  He finally wrote a book about shoes.  The history of shoes, why we are emotionally attached to them, their evolution, injury, and what we can expect in the future.

Buy the book HERE

Direct download: Kicksology.mp3
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Throughout your running experience, you might have experienced or are experiencing a running layoff due to many different reasons.  Sally McRae, The Yellow Runner , and Andy Jones-Wilkins, join The Nation to explore this topic:  Why do they occur, how to cope with them, and how to overcome the layoff.  They offer some good principles that can help you stage a comeback and how to help others in their's.  There is a bonus at the end of the podcast where we talk about vomit etiquette.

AJW's Coaching

AJW's Tap Room

Sally's Coaching

Check out this short VIDEO to learn more about Sally

Direct download: Comeback.mp3
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Avid Runner and Author, Alex Hutchinson joins The Nation to discuss:

Listed to our podcast series with Andy Jones-Wilkins and Magda Boulet as we discuss each chapter of Alex's Book, "Endure: Mind,Body and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance":

Follow Alex on Twitter

Check out Sweat Science

Direct download: Alex.mp3
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Dr. Jay Dicharry rejoins The Nation to talk about biomechanics and how to work on the BASE of our form, the FEET.  Jay says that we can improve our efficiency and running economy up to 10% if we have correct foot mechanics, not to mention reducing many of the common over-use injuries.

Here are some photos of drills we discussed:

Jay established his reputation as an expert in biomechanical analysis as Director of the University of Virginia's SPEED Clinic. He now resides in Bend, OR where he is the Director of REP Lab where Jay blends clinical practice and engineering to better understand overuse injuries and helps prevent them before they become a problem.

2 previous podcasts with Jay:
-Making running more fun (2013)
-How to Rewire our Running (2018)

Check out MOBO Board and get a discount!

Dr. Jay's Blog: An Athletes Body

Dr. Jay's Instagram

Direct download: JAY_.mp3
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Sunny Stoeer lived her life the 'right' way including an MBA from Harvard Business School and a successful career as a strategy consultant. She always felt happier outside pursuing running, climbing and mountaineering.  She took a risk and decided to leave behind the career in consulting and took up the dirtbag life and has found joy doing the things she loves.  We discuss some of the things that she learned from Harvard Business School can translate to Ultrarunning, adventuring and chasing FKTs

Check our her women-focused high altitude climbing adventures at AWExpeditions

 

Instagram

Facebook

Direct download: Sunny_5.mp3
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Karl Meltzer just won his record 41st 100-mile race in October at the Cloudsplitter 100- the most of any other person! He joins The Nation with Andy Jones-Wilkins to discuss one way to potentially shave HOURS off your next 100-mile finish. His philosophy: KISS- Keep is Stupid Simple. Trail running is a very simple and primitive sport that we might be making way too complicated and difficult. Making choices in your gear, drop bags, crew, pacing and aid station management can shave hour(s) off your time.  It might make it a more enjoyable experience too.

Check out Karl's Coaching Services 

Karl's Speadgoat Races

AJW's Tap Room

AJW's Coaching

AJW's Almanac Podcast

Direct download: Speed_Goat.mp3
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Explorer, endurance athlete, mentor, coach, teacher...... All of these titles come to mind with we think of Ray Zahab.  Ray has been encouraging and mentoring other to push beyond their perceived limits for nearly 15 years with his personal expeditions, his expeditions with youth ambassadors, directing races, or guiding groups to remote places.  He created a company called "Impossible 2 Possible" = I2P that has influenced youth and teachers through expeditions in remote places throughout the world.

Ray explains that many people under estimate themselves and that taking risks and doing hard things brings fulfillment, joy and a desire to help others achieve great things.

Follow Ray on his social channels:

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

I2P Twitter 

I2P Instagram

I2P Facebook

Direct download: RAY.mp3
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Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed is a new book by New York Times Deputy Editor Matthew Futterman

Matt, a avid runner, tells the story of the evolution of running from the 1950s, when it was just as odd to see a naked person walking down the street as it is to see someone running, until today.  He describes this evolution of speed and endurance through the story of Bob Larsen, a hall of fame track field coach.  He explains what we have learned about running science through the experience that Coach Larsen had coaching the small-town Jamul Toads to a national championship and coaching the great Meb Keflzighi's amazing career.

Instagram 

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We have all had disappointing finishes or the feeling of not accomplishing a goal.  How do you deal with these setbacks or roadblocks?

Bob Crowley discusses how he handled a disappointing DNF at Tor Des Geants in 2018.  He brings part of his team, Coach Meghan Laws, and Crew Cheif, Donna NiCuarta, to the table to help explain how he was able to evaluate, rebuild, train and execute his second attempt this year.

The Trail Animals running club

Direct download: TdG_BDM.mp3
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Patrick Reagan has had a fun year from defending his win at at Javalina Jundred, setting a personal best at the Hoka 100K Challenge, and placing 8th at his first attempt at Western States 100.   Our conversation with Patrick include how he has learned from mentors along the way, his love for running long distances, how he takes breaks, etc.

Check out his web site and coaching at PatricReaganRunning.com

Or follow him on social media

Facebook

Instagram

Direct download: Patrick_3.mp3
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Ian Sharman, Joe Uhanand Matt Layereturn to Trail Runner Nation to discuss some interesting topics including:

  • Poles or No Poles?
  • Strength or mobility work, which is preferred?
  • Should you specifically work to improve your form?
  • Mechanical efficiency & metabolic efficiency?

Visit

College of Idahowith Assistant Professor, Matt Laye

Sharman Ultra - Endurance Coaching

Uhan Performance

Direct download: THUMBS_UP.mp3
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Courtney Dauwalter is the fastest woman at UTMBin 2019!  She continues to impress us with her determination, resilience and GRIT.  We put Courtney on the spot in this podcast by measuring her GRIT according to Angela Duckworth's GRIT Calculator.  We discuss where she got her grit and how to increase ours.

Take the Grit Scale Test

Listen to our podcast about GRIT

Past podcasts with Courtney:

Courtney Dauwalter Sets the Bar at Moab 200- 238 miles in 57 HOURS !!!

Intuitive Training with Courtney Dauwalter

Live Audience Podcast with Maggie Gutterl and Courtney Dauwalter

Direct download: Courtney.mp3
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Sally McRae and Billy Yang just returned from Europe where Sally ran UTMB for the fifth time.  We talk to Sally and Billy about what things Americans need to know when going to Europe to run and visa versa.

Check out Sally at her web site, instagram, and twitter

Check out Billy Yang a his web site, instagram, and his podcast

And just in case you were interested in the tiny phone:

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What does it take to run 3100 miles within 52 days around a city block in Queens, NY?

The Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race is an annual pilgrimage that began back in 1997.  It is the longest certified race in the world.

Runner and Filmmaker, Sanjay Rawal, explores this race and three other cultures from around the world to understand the primal necessity of running and how these cultures connect with nature and are changed / transcending to a new level of being.  It is an experience where we connect our feet with Mother Earth and our breath with the sky - being in the moment and finding joy and gratitude for that moment.  We discuss the levels of running from the physical to the mental and then a newer, higher level that is meditative or spiritual. Sanjay's movie, "3100: Run and Become"is a must watch.

Watch the trailer to the movie, "3100- Run and Become" 

You will NEED to buy the movie wherever you buy your movies.  Here is the link to Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Google Play

Direct download: 3100.mp3
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In 2017, Michael McKnight won the fastest cumulated time for the triple crown of 200-milers, Bigfoot 200, Tahoe 200, & Moab 240.

Last week he set a new Bigfoot 200 record by over 4 ours finishing in 51:33 - 18 hours faster than his first attempt in 2017.  We sit down with Michael and talk about how his training and strategies have changed since 2017.

Direct download: MM.mp3
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Ultra Adventurer and leadership coach, Brian Chontosh, aka Tosh, join The Nation to discuss this simple but complex topic.

  • Why is it easier to keep up?
  • When we fall behind, we have a tendency to try and find a shortcut
  • Good enough isn't
  • Keeping up vs. getting ahead

Check out these links:

Direct download: ToSh_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:39pm CDT

Based on a BBC article by Ian Leslie, "Why Suffering Setbacks Could Make You More Successful",we discuss how this can be true in your training, racing, personal and professional life.

Leslie argues that trauma of losing can actually do you more GOOD than harm; "turning pain into rocket fuel".  

Coach Ian Sharmanjoins The Nation to discuss how this trauma or setbacks can help you become a better athlete, learn how to achieve more, and become happier.

check out Sharman Ultrascoaching services

 

Direct download: IAN_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:57am CDT

Former Navy Seal, endurance athlete, and bearded king, Chadd Wright rejoins The Nation to discuss a mission-mantra that he learned on the Seal Team:

Rules for Chadd's "last man standing" training mission with Jesse Itzler and Mark Brown recently:

  1. Chadd says when the run is over
  2. No Negativity
    1. Share something that you are grateful for on each lap
    2. No profanity

Check out Jesse Itzler's 29O29 Challenge

Sponsor: Native Deodorant use promo code TRN for 20% off first purchase

Direct download: CHADD_2.mp3
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Jeff Browning shows patience and maturity as he continually places in the top 10 at some of the most competitive races.  He recently finished in the top 10 for the 4th time in a row at Western States 100 in June.  We talk to Jeff about

  • His initial conversion from mountain biking to running
  • How becoming fat adapted has helped him recover quicker
  • His race strategy and philosophy
  • Coaching

Check out Jeff's coaching web site: GoBroncoBilly.com 

Direct download: BRONCO_2.mp3
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The women's field at Western Statesis always very deep and exciting to watch.  This year was no exception.  With record low temps and a stacked women's field, the race had many surprises and nail-biting battles.

Brittany Peterson battled with Clare Gallagher at this year's Western States 100 to finish a close second place.  Brittany slows down just long enough to recount her epic finish at the race.

Check out her technical running camp that Brittany and Cody Lind are hosting HERE

Learn more about how Brittany runs fast HERE

Paul and Cody's Coaching site is www.g20running.com

Direct download: F2_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:54pm CDT

This year's Western States 100 did not disappoint.  The course, the competition, the runners, the volunteers, the crew and pacers showed up in spades.  Join AJW as we review the big stories, review AJW pre-race picks, and relive the electricity from this past weekend.

Look for weekly articles from AJW in the Taproomat irunfar.

Direct download: WS_report.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:20pm CDT

369 runners will toe the line Saturday.  Each of them with a story.  AJWmeets up with us at The Aid Station in Auburn, CA to preview some of those stories of note and give us his prognostications on the podiums.

Join us for the first-ever 20-hour video streamcast HERE

Look for weekly articles from AJW in the Taproom at irunfar.

Direct download: Prognosication.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:36am CDT

Join us next week (June 29-30) for the first ever 20-hour video stream-castof the iconic Western States 100.

We will be streaming live video from The Aid Station in Auburn.  Come by and say, "Hi".  We will have aid station snacks and beverages there too.

We discuss the details of the stream cast and where you can join in to follow the race, your favorite runners and learn more about WSER and trail running.

Direct download: WSER.mp3
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A few weeks ago we interviewed Coach Scott Johnstonabout the book he co-authored with Steve House and Kilian Jornet.  We now sit down with Steve to understand his contribution to this amazing book.

Check out their website, Uphill Athlete, is a great resource of knowledge with over 240 articles, coaching, training plans, etc.

Direct download: HOUSE_2.0.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32pm CDT

We unveil our new project that we are attempting the WSER18 hour podcast.  Join AJW and Bob Crowley, our event producer, as we discuss what we will be attempting, what you should expect and where you can either tune in OR come by and visit while we broadcast.

We will begin streaming at 5:00pm PT on race day and will continue until the last finisher crosses the line.

Click HERE to watch the live video stream-cast

The Auburn Aid Station

Trail Animals Club

UltraLive

Direct download: AJW_kick_off.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 7:50pm CDT

Chadd rejoins The Nation to discuss a recent race: Bob's Big Timber Backyard Ultra -a Last Man Standing race.  He describes what this type of race is and the mental challenges that come with a loop course with no finish line.  Chadd discusses how his training as an elite Navy Seal helps him prepare and run grueling races.  He explains how these techniques can help you through difficult times in a race and in life.

Follow Chadd on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM

Direct download: Chadds_a_Badass.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:29am CDT

Iron Mike Wardian is like the sunshine: he seems to be everywhere.  Mike has been successful in every race distance.  He has won the US Championships in 50K, 50M, and 100K distances.  He has qualified multiple times for the US Olympic trials, and still loves running 5Ks.  He has set world records as the fastest stroller marathon, 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents.  Last year he ran 10 marathons in 10 days (on 7 continents) - average time was sub 3 hour.

So far he has RACED over 1100 miles in 2019!

We sit down and talk to him about his beginnings, how he recovers magically, his secret to wellness, the amazing Hoka One One earlier this month, his passion for running and his love for the community.

Direct download: IRON_MIKE.mp3
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Cat Bradley continues to be a rising star and we found out why when we sat down with her at Fleet Feet Sacramento for a live-audience recording.  She discusses how she developed a love for the outdoors and running, how she sets audacious goals, and how she deals with set backs.  Cat is a true ambassador of the trail and you will find out as you get sucked into her amazing story and personality.

Direct download: Cat_1.12.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:53pm CDT

Hoka One One may have kept the worlds best running secret for the world record attempt May 4th 2019.  

When a company like Hoka looks for the perfect race venue and finds calendar doesn't meet the criteria, they build their own event.  

Join us as we talk with the Senior Sports Marketing Manager, Mike McMannis   and Head Product Designer Matt Head about the details behind the event and the new CARBON X shoe. 

You can join the event LIVE by logging into the Hoka One One FaceBook page and watch the event go down.  Hoka has provided  professional videographers and 4 professional commentators to give you the best seat in the house.   

 

Direct download: CARBON_X.2.mp3
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How does Killian Jornet train?  Scott Johnston, a world class athlete and experienced coach teams up with two of the world's most experienced mountain athletes to help teach us the keys to training. Training the Uphill Athlete is the new book by Scott, Steve House and Killian Jornet.  Scott discusses the keys to training for endurance and mountain performance.

Check out their website, Uphill Athlete, is a great resource of knowledge with over 240 articles, coaching, training plans, etc.

Direct download: SJ.mp3
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Tim Twietmeyer has finished Western States 25 times under 24 hours and 5 first place finishes.  Hal Hall has finished 30 Tevis Cup finishes  (Western States trail horse endurance ride) with multiple 1st place finishes. 

Tim and Hal received a "Tile" in downtown Auburn California recognizing their contributions.  We sit down and chat about the history of WS trail, training horses vs training a human. 

Craig Thornley RD of WS 100 helps host this podcast that was recorded live at Auburn Running Company. 

We had a great time, we hope you enjoy as much as we did. 

You can find a the live video on the WS FaceBook site. 

 

Direct download: tim_and_hal_with_ads_-_41919_7.46_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm CDT

Marty Dugard is a New York Times #1 bestselling author and a  lifelong runner.  He also is the coach for the JSerra High School Running Lions Cross Country teams. He is also a friend of TRN, joining us a few years ago to teach how to seek for a better version of ourselves.

We discuss his newest book, To Be a Runner: How Racing up Mountains, Running with the Bulls, or Just Talking on a 5K Makes You a Better Person (and the World a Better Place)

Check out his other books HERE

Direct download: DUGAAAAAARD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:20pm CDT

Endure: Mind, Body and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance author, Alex Hutchinson, joins The Nation to discuss endurance: what it is, what defines our limits and the science that helps us understand it.

Previous Podcasts where we discuss the specific chapters of Endure:

  • Podcast #1:   The Unforgiving Minute, The Conscience Quitter, Heat, Belief
  • Podcast #2: The Central Governor Theory, Pain and Training the Brain
  • Podcast #3 : Oxygen, Fuel, and Zapping the Brain

Check out Alex's other books:

Direct download: ALEX_H_ENDURE.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:44pm CDT

We finally caught up with our dear friend and favorite sports nutritionist, Sunny Blende.  Although she is "retired", she still can help us understand the important human engine and how to fuel it for endurance sports.

We based our discussion on active.com's article "5 Pre-race Nutrition Mistakes to Avoid" by Kelly Bastone

Previous Podcasts with Sunny:

Direct download: Sunny.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:23pm CDT

After trying to keep up with Sally McRae, we caught up with The Yellow Runner to discuss some key things that you might be doing that can sabotage your run.

This topic is based on an article by Erin Kelly at Bustle

Check out this short VIDEO to learn more about Sally

Direct download: Sally_2_-_32619_12.24_PM.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:58pm CDT

CTS Training Director, Jason Koop, joins The Nation to talk about his recent Tweet:

Check out Jason's book, "Training Essentials for Ultrarunning"

Jason Koop is the Head Coach for CTS-Ultrarunning. He is the author of ‘Training Essentials for Ultrarunning’ which has become the benchmark book for ultramarathon training. During his coaching career, he has managed over 100 endurance coaches and several hundred atheltes of all types, abilities and sports. He is coach to many of today’s top ultramarathon athletes including Dylan Bowman, Kaci Lickteig, Timothy Olson, Stephanie Violett, Dakota Jones, Kelly Wolf and many others. He is also an accomplished ultrarunner in his own right having finishes in some of the most difficult races on the planet including the Badwater 135, Hardrock 100, Leadville Trail 100, Wasatch 100, Bear 100 and Western States 100

Direct download: Coach_Jason_Koop_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:30pm CDT

Candice Burt joins The Nation to give us a report of her 3rd Place overall title at Delirious W.E.S.T 200 Mile Ultra.  Candice is arguably one of the pioneers in designing and directing the 200+ mile endurance races.  Until a few short weeks ago, she had never toed the line at the distance (in a race).  Listen to her experiences and stories.

In a short month she will also be beginning her attempt to break the FKT of the Arizona Trail, the 800-mile trail from Mexico to Utah through Arizona.

Check out Candice's races at Destination Trail and sign up for a race!

Direct download: Candice_200_west.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:11pm CDT

Today was the 30th Annual Way Too Cool 50K .  We sit down at the race with Victor Ballesteros and Kenzie MacPail to discuss their favorite Dos and Don'ts of race day.

Direct download: WTC.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:38pm CDT

Volume 7 of the Pulitzer Prize winning TRN Audio Magazine is now available at your corner newspaper stand.

Featured articles have been submitted by AJW and Warren Pole and include:

  • Ice To See You: Big Reds, Blue Balls, and Skinny Minis in Eastern Europe
  • What's the Point
  • MS is BS
  • This Tastes a Little Salty
  • The Big Sleep
  • The Lucky Ones
  • Is Running with Papa Roach The Last Resort?
  • Sir WM Cubitt - It Can Be Way Way Worse

Check out

Direct download: AUDIBLE_w_VAJW.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:10pm CDT

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella rejoins The Nation for the twentieth time to take a second look at his new book, "Run For Your Life: How to Run, Walk, and Move Without Pain or Injury and Achieve a Sense of Well-Being and Joy". Get the book at Two Rivers Treads for free if you buy $130 in running gear

Dr. Mark's First Podcast back in 2012, "Run Faster & Farther with Less Effort"

Here is the link to Dr. Mark's experience in the centrifuge.

Make sure you watch his 8:25 Video that show the principles of natural running.

Be sure to spend some time learning at The Natural Running Center web site.

Visit Two Rivers Treads running store either in person or call them and ask them some questions!

Direct download: Dr._Mark_-_2819_9.40_PM.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:18am CDT

Chadd Wright and Shawn Webber rejoin The Nation to analyze their experiences at inaugural running of The Revenant Ultra Adventure Race in New Zealand in January 2019.

You can listen their original podcast, "Training Missions"

Visit their log on Facebook

Direct download: Reminant_part_dos_2_-_2419_7.09_PM.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:59pm CDT

Candice Burt and Tosh (Brian Chontosh) talk about suffering and this and that

  • Tosh's 10 minutes
  • Mental Vacation
  • Purposeful training
  • 15/5 rule
  • Broad-based athletic ability

Learn more about Crooked Butterfly Podcast and Humans of Ultra Podcast

Direct download: SUFFER_-_12519_7.31_PM.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:23pm CDT

Love the Process, Get Faster, Run Longer

Ultra Runners and Coaches David and Megan Roche join The Nation to talk about their new book, the Happy Runner.

  • LIVING IN ALL CAPS
  • Embrace the process
  • Why talk about the bad stuff with running?
  • "We don't give a fudge about your result
  • Chaotic unpredictability and futility of results chasing
  • Talent as an uncontrollable initial condition
  • Removing comparison from evaluation

Learn more about David and Megan's coaching at SWAPRunning (SWAP stands for Some Work, All Play).

Direct download: Happy_Runners_2_-_11719_10.07_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:06am CDT

Ultrarunner, Caleb Simpson joins The Nation to discuss CBD Oil and how it might hold some benefits for you as a runner.  There are many incorrect perceptions and understandings about this cousin to marijuana, but there are some key differences that may get you to consider an experiment of one.

Key facts:

  • It is not derived from marajuana plants
  • It cannot get you high
  • It contains <0.3%THC
  • It is legal in all 50 US States
  • It is not a banned substance by athletic organizations

Learn more at HempDaddys

Get 10% off your first order with code, "TRN"

Direct download: CBD2_-_11119_8.41_PM.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:09pm CDT

This year we adapt the boardgame, Balderdash, to a trail game.  AJW and Donna Nì Cuarta compete for the coveted TRN Crown!

AJW's Coaching

Direct download: BoulderDung_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:55pm CDT

PART 3 discussing three more chapters of the great book, Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

The capacity to endure, from 5K to 240 miles to a relationship is an elusive skill that we search for.   Runner and journalist, Alex Hutchinson, exposes us to research that has been done in recent years that will change the paradigm you may have about endurance.  He explores the relationship of the mental and the physical and what we have learned from scientists on how we can maximize our potential.

East Coast Executive Producer, Andy Jones-Wilkins  rejoins The Nation to discuss three additional chapters:

  • Chapter 7 Oxygen
  • Chapter 10 Fuel
  • Chapter 12 Zapping the Brain

Direct download: Part_3_Endure_2_-_122818_7.54_PM.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:20pm CDT

Two-time 100km world champion and Western States 100 record holder, Ellie Greenwood joins regular guest Ian Sharman to talk about what has changed in their Ultrarunning since they began:

  • Gear
  • Nutrition
  • Training

Bonus topic: what race would you gift a running friend this Christmas and why?

Sharman Ultra - Endurance Coaching

 

Direct download: E-N_and_L-E_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:48pm CDT

PART 2.  You can listen to PART 1 HERE.

The capacity to endure, from 5K to 240 miles to a relationship is an elusive skill that we search for.   Runner and journalist, Alex Hutchinson, exposes us to research that has been done in recent years that will change the paradigm you may have about endurance.  He explores the relationship of the mental and the physical and what we have learned from scientists on how we can maximize our potential.

East Coast Executive Producer, Andy Jones-Wilkins  rejoins The Nation to discuss three additional chapters in the book, Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

  • Chapter 3: the Central Governor Theory
  • Chapter 5: Pain
  • Chapter 11: Training the Brain
Direct download: ENDURE.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:54am CDT

The evening of the Western States 100 lottery, there are a few lucky few that are preparing their training plan but the majority are left to scan UltraSignUp for a plan B for 2019.  The Nation gathered at the Auburn-based The Aid Station (special virtual guest, AJW) to talk about this iconic race with Race Director, Craig Thornley and two WS-icons and Board VPs, Tim Twietmeyer and Diana Fitzpatrick to discuss

  • The lure and increased popularity of the race
  • Changes in rules and lottery
  • The Future

Direct download: ALES_and_TRAILS_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:43am CDT

It is hard for humans to survive on their own.  They need a tribe.  Challenges and pressures are hard on an individual in a group, but much greater for an individual in isolation. We talk about the ancient tribal human behaviors: loyalty, inter-reliance, cooperation - that flare up in communities during times of turmoil and suffering.  What can we learn from our tribe?  What can we do to help our tribe flourish.

Just over a year ago, we did a podcast referring to Sebastian Junger's book, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging.  As it turns out, Sebastian was a runner, and a pretty good one.  Today, Sebastian joins The Nation and help us understand the concept of Tribe better and how it can relate to running.

Pick up this book in audio or in print

Direct download: TRIBE_3_-_112518_9.53_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:53am CDT

Ultra Adventurer and leadership coach, Brian Chontosh, aka Tosh, rejoins The Nation to dive into the mental side of endurance sports.  He recently competed in a unique challenge: 24 hours in an enclosed shipping container trying to run as many miles on a Trueform treadmill.  No light, no watch, no data, virtually sensory deprived.  Listen to his experience in preparation and execution.  There are many things that we all can take away and use in attempting new challenges.

Short video of the challenge

Ideas that came from the podcast:

  • "The less stuff I have, the more I rely on myself"
  • Advice vs. opinion - different levels of importance
  • Practice vs. training
  • "pushing the mind's mind away"
  • Slice the problem - Big problems  have Big solutions.  Break these Big problems into smaller problems and find the small solutions for them.

Check out these links:

Direct download: Tosh_3_-_111618_10.56_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:13am CDT

Returning guest, Chadd Wright joins The Nation with his training partner and teammate Shawn Webber to discuss their "training missions".  They are preparing to run the inaugural running of The Revenant Ultra Adventure Race in New Zealand in January 2019.

You can follow their training missions on Facebook

Listen to Chadd's original podcast, "Readiness Through Training"

Direct download: Chadd_and_Shawn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:40pm CDT

There is a unique vocabulary for the Trail Running tribe.  Ashley Walsh and Andy Jones-Wilkins join The Nation to discuss some of these terms.

Direct download: TERMS_of_the_TRAIL_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:31pm CDT

We do a lot of power hiking on the trails, but we often neglect our form and biomechanics of walking.  Today, Coach Danny Dreyer rejoins The Nation to help us understand these important biomechanics and teaches us how to improve our walking efficiencies.

Danny is the creator of the popular ChiRunning (and ChiWalking).

Link to the ChiRunning School that we spoke about

Get Danny's book, "ChiWalking Book: Fitness Walking for Lifelong Health and Energy"

Get Danny's book, "ChiRunning book: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-free Running"

Direct download: Chi_Walking_-_102818_9.34_AM.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:54am CDT

Like running plans, sometimes when you are producing podcasts, things go awry.  We were planning one podcast for this week, but ended up having a great discussion with Andy.

AJW's Coaching

Direct download: audible.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:40am CDT

SoCal Correspondent, Jimmy Dean Freeman, rejoins The Nation as he and some of his clients are preparing for their A-races in the next few weeks.  We outline 10 things that you can do to sabotage your race and result in DNF.  See how many you have done and keep score!
Direct download: JDF_how_to_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:40pm CDT

Ian Sharman, Joe Uhan and Matt Laye return to Trail Runner Nation to discuss some interesting topics including:

  • Ultrarunning is unhealthy
  • Running by time is better than running by distance
  • Hyperberic treatment vs hypoxic treatment
  • Bottle are better than bladders
  • stretching is good for PF

Visit

College of Idaho with Assistant Professor, Matt Laye

Sharman Ultra - Endurance Coaching

Uhan Performance

Direct download: thumbs_up_3.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:15pm CDT

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella rejoins The Nation to talk about his new book, "Run For Your Life: How to Run, Walk, and Move Without Pain or Injury and Achieve a Sense of Well-Being and Joy". Get the book at Two Rivers Treads for free if you buy $130 in running gear

Here is the link to Dr. Mark's experience in the centrifuge.

Make sure you watch his 8:25 Video that show the principles of natural running.

Be sure to spend some time learning at The Natural Running Center web site.

Visit Two Rivers Treads running store either in person or call them and ask them some questions!

Direct download: dr_mark_4.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:28pm CDT

Days after the conclusion of the Tor Des Geánts 2018 race, Don sits down with AJW, ECEP, and Scott to talk about this amazing experience.

  • Description of the Tor
  • Course description
  • Community
  • Communication between runners despite the language barrier
  • Trail culture - a tribe without borders
  • Mountain Running vs. trail running
  • DNF - what does it really mean

Video of what the Tor is really like.

Special thanks to our loyal partners for their support of the Tribe, The Nation!

Direct download: Anatomy_of_a_DNF_-_91718_8.40_AM.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Andy Dubois, elite endurance athlete, rejoins The Nation to help us understand training intensity and periodization is important in your training.

Andy is one of Australia's top endurance coaches.  he is an accomplished elite endurance athlete including a top finish at UTMB an other wins.  He has a pedigree of certifications and is always on the cutting edge of research and coaching.

Previous Podcasts:

Racing vs. Surviving an Ultra with Andy Dubois

Is Supplementary Salt Needed in a Race?

Direct download: Andy_Dubuis_COACH_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:59pm CDT

Slow down, take a deep breath, take a cold plunge, and get healthy, fit, and happy! Get over the high-stress, tightly wound approach that often leads to disappointment and burnout. Host Brad Kearns, a New York Times bestselling author, Guinness World Record-holding Speedgolfer, and former #3 world-ranked professional triathlete, offers a lively and sometimes spicy mix of shows: expert guest interviews, peak performance primers, and brief “Breather” shows for some quick laughs, smiles and inspiration.

Top endurance athlete, author, podcaster and coach, Brad Kearns rejoins The Nation

The Primal Endurance book

Primal Blueprint web site

Direct download: Brad_Kerns_Get_OVER_Yourself_2_-_9318_9.23_PM.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:45pm CDT

Don and Scott talk about training for Tour Des Geants.  How Bob Crowley and he have created fun and inspiring training programs & outings that have helped get them in shape for this epic event.

  • Marking courses at Bigfoot - heavy pack and long miles with elevation
  • 24-hours at K2
  • Colorado 14er altitude test
  • Training at altitude with Hypoxico
Direct download: Tdg_don.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:18pm CDT

Ultrarunner and Adventurer, Richard Kresser, spends a few minutes with The Nation to talk about the completion of his supported (although mostly self-supported) self-created and human-powered tour of 16 volcano summits in the Northwest U.S.  This Tour de Volcanoes is something Richard has been scheming and planning for years and 2018 became a reality.

Richard is always on the move and happened to be on the move during this podcast so we experienced some audio challenges.

Tour de Volcanoes by the numbers:

16 out of 16 active Volcano summits

2,400 miles of biking with 127,000 feet of elevation gain

On foot, 180 miles of climbing with 79,700 feet of gain

From starting Mount Lassen at the trailhead, to finishing Mount Baker at the trailhead, 25 days, 9 hours, and 58 minutes.

Listen to the past podcast with Richard about his Broken Arrow 135m race in -25 degree (F) temperatures

Also check out Richard's new Skimo series, Snow Goat Skimo

Direct download: Volcanoes_3.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:54am CDT

ECEP (East Coast Executive Producer), Andy Jones-Wilkins, and SCC (SoCal Corespondent), Jimmy Dean Freeman come up with the TOP 20 things that a pacer or crew should NEVER do including:

  • don't assume the rules don't apply to you
  • don't take the runner's pace chart as fact
  • don't #fondleice
  • don't yell or demean, unless they request it :)
  • don't show up unprepared
  • don't complain

 

Direct download: 5_Things_YOU_shouldnt_do_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:15pm CDT

Frenchy, Emilie Lecomte, teaches The Nation about adventure racing and multi-day stage races.  We talk about European races vs. North America racing.  Then Emilie turns the table on Don and Bob Crowley asking them questions about their TdG training and plans for the September race.

  • Lecomte notable records/wins
    Completed 40 ultras/multi-stage/adventure races, winning 19 (nearly 50%), podium all but 8 (80%),2 world records:
    WR holder: GR20 Corsica (41h22m)
    WR women’s holder: TdG (2014) (85h53m)

Emilie Lecomte full results

Emilie Lecomte blog

Emilie Lecomte Facebook

Emilie Lecomte Instagram

Direct download: TdG_8.8.18.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:08pm CDT

Ben and Jerry's is famous for their creative and unique ice cream flavors.  Today we try to make a correlation between these flavors and Ultrarunning.

Cory Reese, aka FastCory, joins 33 Shake co-founder and resident TRN European Corospondent, Warren Pole to either use real Ben and Jerry's ice cream flavors or a made up flavor to discuss interesting facts about trail and ultra running.

Be sure to check buy Cory Reese's latest book, Into the Furnace.  And get 10% off your purchase of anything at 33 Shake with code TRN33

Items Discussed:

This photo is Warren Pole walking with one of the racers 1/2 way through the Yukon Arctic Ultr

Direct download: Ben_and_Jerrys_-_8218_2.23_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:47pm CDT

The Yellow Runner is just off her first finish at the grueling 135-mile Badwater Ultra.  This year saw record-breaking heat topping the thermometer at 127 degrees F (53 degrees C)!  Sally discusses:

  • How she heat trained
  • Infrared Saunas
  • Managing heat during the race
  • Crewing and pacing & setting expectations
  • Unique rules of Badwater
  • Do shoes really melt?
  • Hydration and nutrition during the event

Photo courtesy of  CARSON VIDEOGRAPHY

Direct download: BAAAD_WAATER_sm.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:12pm CDT

Runner, Race Director and founder of Destination Trails Candice Burt joins as we take 'wise old says' and turn them on their heads.  We examine the classic saying........ from the trail point of view. 

 

Links below

Candice's Races

YouTube video Jocko GOOD"

 

Direct download: Words_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:43pm CDT

Romain Blanchard is a Frenchman living in Hong Kong running Ultras!  Romain recently ran a 120K race in Italy.  Like most of us, he had a wonderful experience and authored this great list of truths that he either learned or relearned.  We can all relate!

Romain's article

Direct download: romain_let_us_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:37am CDT

We didn't get a guest so we did our own grab bag....ahem....Audio Magazine?

The Black Dear from Germany:

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

2018 was a HOT year for Western States 100.  All runners experienced ups and downs....literally and figuratively.  Despite the blistering hear, 2018 had the highest finish rate since 2012, which had record LOW temperatures.

Jim Walmsley broke Timmy Olsen's fastest time set in 2012.

Courtney Dauwalter laid down the second fastest women's time in her debut.

Three of the top 20 finishers were women!

Direct download: 2018_post.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:57pm CDT

At 5:00am PDT, the shotgun will sound in Squaw Valley unleashing 379 fortunate runners on their 100.2 mile journey to Auburn.

Andy Jones-Wilkins and Sally McRae join The Nation to review the race and teach us who to watch.

We wish all 379 the a best performance and experience that they will never forget.

Billy Yang's Video that you should watch before any of your races.

Video of pre-race meeting

Direct download: ws_2018.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:22pm CDT

French runner, Emy LeComte is toeing the line at the 2018 Western States 100.  She has an impressive resume including a 2014 win at Tour Des Geants.  In addition to her first trip at Western States 100, she will also be participating in the 2018 UTMB.

Don and Bob Crowley get some valuable tips from Emy as they are preparing for their shot at Tour Des Geants.

Emy is not taking any chances at Western States.  She will be powered by the PEK!

Emy's web page

Direct download: Emy_2.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:10am CDT

Andy Jones-Wilkins and our Irish lucky charm, Donna Nì Cuarta, join us from Tahoe to plan Fact or Fiction, a fun conversation of common (and not so common) myths related to running, endurance, and health.

Andy is in Tahoe participating in a CTS Ultrarunning camp and Donna is acclimating to the area as she prepares to run Western States 100 in a couple weeks!

AJW's Coaching

Direct download: Fact_or_Fiction_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:43pm CDT

"Imagination is more important than knowledge; knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution" - Albert Einstein

"Becoming aware of ourselves and our surroundings (near and far) is an important feature of a healthy brain" - Phil Maffetone

Phil joins us to talk about why daydreaming is important to our health and how it can help us become better runners. We discuss the similarities of daydreaming and visualization and if we can daydream while using other sensory inputs.  We talk about how we can become better daydreamers.

Phil's article, "Interpretation of Daydreams"

We begin the podcast with a review of Chapter 26 of "The Big Book of Endurance and Racing", called, "The Pain Game and How to Control It".

Other Dr. Maffetone podcasts:

Get the Maffetone App HERE

Take the 2 Week Test

Get a taste of Dr. Maffetone's best articles HERE

Phil Maffetone's MUSIC

Direct download: Phil_Daydreamer.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:45pm CDT

Fleet Feet Sacramento recently hosted a trail running camp in Northern California.  We joined over 50 runners to host a live podcast Q&A with Maggie Guterl and Courtney Dauwalter.  Topic were broad but all started with the letter, "H".

  • Heat/Humidity
  • Head (mental side)
  • Hills
  • Hydration

Sponsors of the event:

Salomon

Nathan Sports

UCAN

DryMax

Direct download: Run_at_MB_1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:10am CDT

The capacity to endure, from 5K to 240 miles to a relationship is an elusive skill that we search for.   Runner and journalist, Alex Hutchinson, exposes us to research that has been done in recent years that will change the paradigm you may have about endurance.  He explores the relationship of the mental and the physical and what we have learned from scientists on how we can maximize our potential.

Andy Jones-Wilkins and Magda Boulet join The Nation to discuss four key chapters in the book, Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

Chapter 1: The Unforgiving Minute

Chapter 4: The Conscience Quitter

Chapter 8: Heat

Chapter 13: Belief

 AJW's Coaching

 

Direct download: Endure_1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:46am CDT

Ultra Adventurer and leadership coach, Brian Chontosh, and his friend TJ Murphy join The Nation for a thought-provoking discussion on endurance events:

  • Sometimes you mind has a mind of its own & can trick you
  • Your mind is always looking for comfort and satisfaction
  • Don't be reckless
  • Need to find your reason to participate - not for someone else, not for social media, it needs to be personal
  • Don't go into a race thinking you won't think about quiting
  • Predict the Future
    • Recognize it / witness it
    • Accept it
    • Put a time limit on it
  • "Don't not do now what you're going to regret later"
  • How do you lead a team from point A to point B?

Check out these links:

Direct download: Major_Chontosh.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08pm CDT

Brad Kearns was one of the top professional triathletes for nine years.  During that time, he won 30 titles worldwide including an amazing streak of seven victories in a row.  Brad just returned from the Paleo F(x) conference and chats with The Nation about

  • Balancing of a rigid training plan and listening to your body.
  • Slowing your training down to get more training effect
  • Stress hormones
  • Sleep
  • more

Brad's morning smoothie video

Brad's cold therapy video

Check out the Primal Endurance Podcast

The Primal Endurance book

Primal Blueprint web site

Direct download: BK.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:08pm CDT