Trail Runner Nation
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

ECEP, Andy Jones-Wilkins joins The Nation to talk about the Chip and Dan Heath best selling book, The Power of Moments- Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact.

We discuss why certain experiences can jolt us, elevate us and change us—and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our running, life and work.

Check out AJW's article on Power of Moments at Irunfar

Meet up with Andy at one of his training camps this summer:

May 11-13: Pisgah National Forest Ultrarunning Training Camp

May 25-28 Memorial Day Ultrarunning Training Camp SOLD OUT

June 6-10 Lake Tahoe Ultrarunning Camp

July 8-14 Rob Krar Ultra Camp

Direct download: MOMENTS_with_AJW.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:04am CDT

Adam Campbell spent the first 17 years of his life on the beaches of Nigeria where he developed his love of the outdoors. He now calls the Canadian Rockies home where he is an environmental & business lawyer. He is also a co-owner of Canada’s largest trail running series.

He has competed in, and regularly placed on the podium at, some of the world's most challenging and competitive mountain running races and trail ultramarathons.
-Ultra Trail Mount Fuji
-Hardrock 100
-UTMB
-Squamish 50
-Canadian mountain running championships.

We met Adam in 2014 at the finish of Hardrock 100 where he finished 3rd despite he and Aaron Heidt being struck by lightning on Handees peak.  Our podcast with Adam after his finish.  Our video with Adam.

On August 30th, 2016, Adam experienced a near fatal accident while attempting the Horseshoe traverse through Roger’s Pass in BC, with runners Nick Elson and Dakota Jones.  Adam talks about his experience, lessons learned and his new reality of being a trail runner.

On May 9th, a movie about Adam's experience will be available to download at Arc'teryx.  You can view the trailer HERE

Adam will also be touring with the film screening at these Arc'teryx brand store locations:

  • Vancouver April 21
  • Portland May 5
  • Toronto May 26
  • Denver May 31
  • New York May 25

VIDEO of Adam's Ted Talk

Instagram: @adamo1979
Facebook: Adam Campbell
Twitter: @campbelladam79

Direct download: adam_campbell_3_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:43am CDT

"Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it" - Dennis P. Kimbro

 

This is one of Ben Light's favorite quotes.  Ben and Brittany Light rejoin The Nation to talk about how your attitude and perception can SHIFT to something better. We can

  • SHIFT our attitude
  • SHIFT our training
  • SHIFT our outcome
  • SHIFT into a different gear
  • SHIFT out of neutral and quit spinning our gears to move forward
  • SHIFT our perception of what is possible
  • SHIFT the finish line

Follow Ben

Great video to help motivate you to SHIFT

Direct download: Ben_Light_Bang_Bang_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:38am CDT

THE Ultra Running Girl, Stephanie Case, joins The Nation from Afghanistan a few short days after experiencing the jaws of the 2018 running of the Barkley Marathons.

Stephanie has not only run many of the world's toughest trail ultras, but has extended her comfort zone by living in some very dangerous places in the world as a United Nations Human Rights Lawyer.

Stephanie shares her experiences at Barkley, her three finishes at Tour de Geants, UTMB and others.

Please consider supporting Stephanie's charity, Free to Run, an organization that uses running and outdoor adventure to empower and educate women and girls who have been affected by conflict.  If you can make a donation GREAT.  If you can't, please find out more, follow Free to Run on social media and share with your friends:

Stephanie's Ted Talk

Direct download: stephanie_case_2.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:56am CDT

TRN's East Coast Executive Producer, Andy Jones-Wilkins and Ultra trend-setter, Candice Burt join as contributing authors to the sixth edition of TRN Audio Magazine.  Articles include:

Register for one of Candice's many cool races

Meet up with Andy at one of his training camps this summer:

May 11-13: Pisgah National Forest Ultrarunning Training Camp

May 25-28 Memorial Day Ultrarunning Training Camp SOLD OUT

June 6-10 Lake Tahoe Ultrarunning Camp

July 8-14 Rob Krar Ultra Camp

Direct download: audio_mag__C__AJW.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:23pm CDT

Dylan Bowman joins The Nation to teach us about high altitude training.  We talk about hypoxia training, the different types and benefits of using the gear.

  • Killian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg's acclamation and climb of Cho Oyu VIDEO
  • Hypoxico 

Direct download: Dylan_Bowman_Hypoxia_3.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:18pm CDT

Coach Greg McMillan joins The Nation again to explain

  • VO2Max - is it your friend?
  • Is your Personality a blessing or a curse?
  • Your best at all times
  • Dancing along the trail
  • The goal of being durable and disciplined

Past podcasts with Greg:

Greg's books:

Direct download: greg_Mcmillian_3.0.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 7:29pm CDT

Coach Danny Dreyer joins The Nation to help us understand running economy and biomechanics.  Danny is the creator of the popular ChiRunning (and ChiWalking). He teaches us that good alignment and posture will allow you to become more efficient and reduce the number of injuries.  Some things we discuss:

  • The 4 gears of running- check out this video that shows the same cadence at different speeds
  • Mindful Practice
  • Good posture and alignment
  • Gradual Progress
  • "run until you can't, walk until you feel guilty"

Get 15% off a ChiRunning Hills and Trails course by using the code, "Trail15"

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

Direct download: danny_3.0.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:46pm CDT

Richard Kresser loves a challenge. One of those has been on his radar for six years.  The Arrowhead 135 is an endurance event held in Minnesota during one of the coldest times of the year.  Temperatures are regularly below zero (Fahrenheit), including a record -42° in 2011.  This does NOT include the wind chill!  This race could be the anti-hero of the Badwater 135 and brings with it some very unique challenges including:

  • gear you must carry.  Usually pulled in a pulk (a sled that the runners pull behind them)
  • shoes?
  • sleep?
  • cold acclimatization
  • hydrating & keeping your water liquid
  • only 3 aid stations
  • wearing latex gloves
Direct download: Kresser_Arrowhead_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:10pm CDT

Sally and Don talk about stuff 

Scott is 30K up in a plane and can't join us.

*show notes by Don 

 

Direct download: sally_wins.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:13pm CDT

Dr. Art Zemach and co-founder of Tailwind Nutrition, Jeff Vierling join The Nation to discuss Nutrition.

Dr. Art Zemach
Jeff Vierling

We talk about the Macro-nutrients carbohydrates and protein.

  • Types of Carbs - are they all created equally?
  • Does the body need carbs?
  • What about training your body to burn fat?
  • Why proteins?
  • Glycemic Index
  • The Golden Hour
  • How do macronutrients help us maximize oxygen utilization?

Get a chance to preorder Tailwind Nutrition's new product, REBUILD

Direct download: TWN_Rebuild.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:44pm CDT

Courtney Dauwalter rejoins The Nation after earning a golden ticket into the 2018 Western States 100.  She has won her last six races and was overall winner at three of those.  She has been the first human to cross the line at 10 of the races she started including a 10 hour buffer between second place at the 2017 Moab 200.

Courtney talks about her "old school" method of training which includes a more intuitive focus rather than a specific training program.  Part of this includes consistency and adhering to AJW's "10-minute rule"

Previous podcast with Courtney

Direct download: courney_golden_ticket_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:30pm CDT

Jay Dicharry is a board certified sports clinical specialist and one of America’s leading physical therapists, coach and author of Anatomy for Runners” and “Run Like an Athlete”,  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.

Jay helps will motivate you to become a better runner by introducing his new book, "Running Rewired: Reinvent Your Run For Stability, Strength, and Speed"

  • Are we really BORN to run or do we EVOLVE to run?
  • What is the difference between SPECIFIC practice and DELIBERATE practice
  • Should we do static drills or dynamic drills?
  • Cushion or minimal shoes?
Direct download: jay_dicharry_3.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:59am CDT

Navy SEAL, Chadd Wright joins The Nation to discuss how BUDS training has prepared him to be a better trail and ultra runner.

We talk about

  • Setting goals high
  • Tune out the white noise and don't let obstacles get in the way of you achieving your goals
  • "get through the morning" mentality
  • Mental toughness techniques: 4x4 and visualization
  • Sleep deprivation
  • The essential gear

VestPac is the pack that Chadd uses.

Direct download: chadd_Wright_Navy_Seal_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:10pm CDT

This is a fun podcast with Dr. Phil Maffetone.  Our original intent was to talk about his new book, "The Overfat Pandemic: Exposing the Problem and Its Simple Solution for Everyone Who Needs to Eliminate Excess Body Fat".

As we began our discussion pre-recording, we found that our discussion took us down another interesting path: A path that involves music, its origin, how it is composed, challenges, how we listen, etc.  Dr. Maffetone explains that music helps stimulate brain activity and releases dopamine, a chemical in your brain that affects your emotions, movements and your sensations of pleasure and pain.  Here are a few links that we spoke about:

We hope you enjoy this interesting trail detour with us.

Two of Dr. Maffetone's MUST HAVE books:

  1. The Big Book of Health and Fitness: A Practical Guide to Diet, Exercise, Healthy Aging, Illness Prevention, and Sexual Well-Being
  2. The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing
Direct download: DR_MAF_Music_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:04pm CDT

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella rejoins The Nation to discuss many health and fitness myths.

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!

Link to the Zero Runner, Dr. Mark spoke about

Link to TrueForm Runner and Training- Dr Mark's favorite gait training machine 

Direct download: Truth_Dr._Mark_2.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:03pm CDT

UltraRunning Magazine, widely recognized as the Voice of the Sport®, has been around since it was first published in May 1981.  Karl Hoagland became the owner and publisher in 2013 and continues to make it the most relevant periodical for our sport.  Karl joins us mid-publication of the February 2018 issue to discuss the magazine, his running experience and what is ahead for the magazine and ultrarunnning.

• Karl Hoagland took over as owner and publisher of URM in 2013 from “Tropical” John Medinger
• Hoagland is a former investment banker and hotel entrepreneur, having worked at Goldman Sachs, Montgomery Securities and founded the regional independent hotel Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants.
• Hoagland began his ultra-obsession in 2003 with the Quad Dipsea and has now completed more than 73 ultras. Among many standout performances, he finished 14th at the 2010 Western States 100, and going for his TENTH silver buckle in 2018

Direct download: Karl_URM_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:31pm CDT

Our annual TRN game show is hear!  We hope you enjoy the fun we have with four amazing contestants:

Returning Champions: Team Beast Coast

  • Ashley Walsh, AKA Rufus hails from Georgia.  She is a social marketing savant and can be followed on all social media channels as AshRuns100s. Ashley is training for her eighth 100-miler, the Cruel Jewel in May, where AJW will pace her to most-certain success.
  • East Coast Executive Producer, Andy Jones-Wilkins, AKA A. Jizzle Wizzle.  AJW hails from Virginia where he is the esteemed headmaster at Stuart Hall.  He can be found weekly in the Tap Room and available for coaching services at CTS.

This year's Challengers represent the EU: Team Hastings

  • Warren Pole, co-creater of 33 Shake, nutrition that is great for you. Warren coined the now common phrase, "Running with the Mayor".  He recently completed a U.S. cross-country tour with the 33 Shake mobile.  You can now try the chia energy gels free HERE.
  • TRN Game show newby is originally from a small town in Scotland but now resides in California.  Welcome Lesley Paterson.  She is a rugby player turned triathlete and is a two-time XTERRA Triathalon World Champion.  Earlier this year, she joined us with her husband Dr. Simon Marshall to discuss their book, “The Brave Athlete, Calm the F*ck Down and rise to the occasion”.  You can find out more about her at Lesleypaterson.com

Listen to past game show episodes:

Direct download: Gameshow_100K.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:18pm CDT

European Executive Producers, Erica and Warren Pole, take a flight on Santa's sleigh to join us in studio for a holiday grab bag (aka. drop bag or TRN Audio Magazine) we call: Santa's Running Bag.

Be sure to listen to the entire podcast to find out how to get a FREE sample of 33 Shake products HERE.

Direct download: warren_erica_free_33.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:48pm CDT

Have you ever worried if/when you will have to stop running?  Have you had a lull in your training regime and want to get back to your running self?

Jonathan Beverly, a lifetime runner, photographer, writer and coach teaches us about the 9 keys to lifelong running.  He interviews over 50 runner to find out what the common threads are to stay motivated and loving running.  He compiles these in his new book, Run Strong Stay Hungry, 9 Keys to Staying in the Race.

Direct download: Run_Strong_Stay_Hungry.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:07pm CDT

In today's busy culture we often revere a person that can multi-task.  Should we?  Is there a benefit to focusing on one thing?

Coaches Andy Jones-Wilkins and Meghan Arbogast Laws (AKA The Queen) join The Nation to discuss the benefits of Unitasking.

AJW's Article on Unitasking

"Four Ways You can Increase your Productivity by Unitasking"

Women Multitask 10 hours more per week than men

Major Charles Emerson Winchester III's infamous quote is at 2:03 of this VIDEO

Interested in coaching from these two awesome coaches?

Meghan Arbogast Laws Coaching

AJW's Coaching

Here is the photo of the bobcat outside Meghan's home during the podcast

Direct download: UNItask_1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:37pm CDT

If photography had a podium you would find these photographers sharing the space reserved for the elite. 

We speak with  

Luis Escobar at http://www.allwedoisrun.com/

Scott Rokis at https://www.scottrokis.com/

Howie Stern at http://www.howiestern.com/

As well as the shared site hosted by Howie and Scott site  http://run200photos.com/

 

*Scott Warr did not produce the show notes. This explains why they are short and well.......LAME.  

 

 

Direct download: Phototography_v2.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:43am CDT

Ultra runner and dirt bagger, Colin Trower joins The Nation to talk about his life on the road with his family and what he has learned from the Trail community from his travels around the U.S.

Follow Colin on FaceBook & Instagram

Direct download: grab_bag_Colin.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:47pm CDT

Only moment's after his DNF at the 2017 Rio Del Lago 100, coach Jimmy Dean Freeman, founder and coach of the SoCal Coyotes running group invites The Nation to have a frank and vulnerable discussion about coming up short.  When should you pull the plug on a race?  Does a failure define you?

Visit the partners of this podcast at the TRN's Partner's page

Direct download: Do_Nothing_Foolish.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:08am CDT

John Vonhof is the foot magician for ultra runners.  There are countless people that have reached further on an ultra run or even earned a belt buckle because of the tireless work that John has done.  We had John on the podcast over three years ago (Listen here).  Since then his book, "Fixing Your Feet - Injury Prevention and Treatment for Athletes" has been updated to its SIXTH edition.

Visit John's website to learn more about how to help prevent foot issues and what to do when you get them.

Direct download: FEET.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:09pm CDT

The crew of three recipients of the 200-mile Triple Crown join The Nation to discuss how to take care of your runner in these multi-day events.

Sarah & Michael McKnight and Brittnay & Ben Light recount stories from the 2017 triple crown races:

Michael, Sarah and Killian McKnight
Ben and Brittany Light
The Light's jeep with penthouse
Direct download: crew_2.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:49pm CDT

2017 was the inaugural year of the mis-named Moab 200, a 238-mile endurance race in the desert of southern Utah.  Along with the 98 gritty people that finished this race, Courtney Dauwalter, stunned observers with a first-place finish.....ahem.....nearly TEN HOURS before the second place finisher!  Fellow finishers, Cameron Hanes and our own Don Freeman (Triple Crown of 200-milers recipient), help The Nation understand how she did this only one month after finishing sixth (first place female) at Run Rabbit Run 100 & two weeks after a first place at The Bear Chase 50.

Direct download: courtney_57_hours.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:36am CDT

Why do we put so much emphasis on talent rather than our effort?  In the book Grit:The Power of Passion and Perseverance author, Angela Duckworth helps us understand that EFFORT counts twice as much as talent when trying to achieveing a goal.

Talent X Effort = Skill

Skill X Effort = Achievement

Gu Energy Labs' VP of innovation and R&D, Magda Boulet

and East Coast Executive Producer, Andy Jones-Wilkins

join The Nation to discuss Grit.

  • What is Grit
  • Where do we get it?
  • Can it be learned?
  • Can we increase our grittiness?
  • Is Talent or Effort more important
  • Four elements of GRIT
    • Interest or passion - we must enjoy what we are doing we must find ways to reignite that passion. We must be patient to develop the interest.
    • The capacity to practice - daily discipline of trying to do things better than the day before
    • Purpose - What ripens passion is the conviction that your work matters.  (See WHY podcast)
    • Hope - rising to the occasion.  Focusing on things that you can control when things are going wrong

Take the Grit Test to see where you are on the grit scale

Visit Angela Duckworth's web site on Grit

Check out Don't Dilemma at mile 144 of the Moab 240-mile race: VIDEO

Direct download: GRIT.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:36pm CDT

In December of 2014, we spoke with Brian MacKenzie, founder of crossfit endurance, ultrarunner and co-author of "Unbreakable Runner, Unleash the Power of Strength & Conditioning for a Lifetime of Running Strong".  He joined The Nation to talk about how you can train for lifelong healthy and sustainable running by incorporating crossfit endurance training.  The main principles include:

  • Develop correct and efficient running skills
  • Build running endurance without injury
  • Build functional strength, conditioning and mobility
  • Focus on nutrition

Get the book HERE

Brian's other book, " Power Speed ENDURANCE: A Skill-Based Approach to Endurance Training"

 

Direct download: Brian_McKenzie_is_Unbreakable_repost.m4a
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:05pm CDT

Why do you run?  In most cases, people talk about the HOW or the WHAT to try and explain this.  When it comes down to it, we need to have a well understood WHY before we can successfully change our behaviors.

Over 5 years ago, we read a life-changing book by Simon Sinek, "Start With Why, How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action".  Although this book can be related to many aspects of your life, we take it to the trail to see how it will fare.  We talk about the biology (not the phycology) of the power of the WHY and how fun it is to discover why other people run.

Get a jump start on the subject by watching this Ted talk (viewed over 34,000,000 times) by Simon Sinek.

Visit Simon's web site

Get the book

Use this worksheet to begin uncovering and defining your Why, How and What: TheGoldenCircle

Direct download: WHY.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:04pm CDT

Outdoorsman, best-selling author, adventurer and runner, Cameron Hanes joins The Nation to talk about his passions: bow hunting big game around the world and endurance running.  He completed the Bigfoot 200 in 2016 and is a couple weeks away from the start of the inaugural Moab 240 mile endurance run.  He has a unique complimentary sport of bowhunting.  We ask him to compare the two sports and what he has learned from participating at a high level.

Learn more about Cameron:

Youtube Channel

Keep Hammering Podcast

WebSite

Direct download: cameron_2.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:08pm CDT

How many times have you been having a great run and then BAM, your stomach goes south?  In this podcast, Warren Pole, from 33 Shake and Brad Kearns, from Primal Endurance, join The Nation to discuss how to minimize stomach problems.

Article from TrainRight.com:Stomach issues

Direct download: Warren_Brad_and_Tohper.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:34am CDT

TRN's East Coast Executive Producer, Andy Jones-Wilkins, is the guest author of 3 articles in the fifth edition of TRN's Audio Magazine.  Articles include:

 

Find out more how AJW can be your coach

Direct download: grab_bag_ajw.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:39pm CDT

Dr. Steven Gangemi, Sock Doc, teaches us why SLEEP is a very important to your training.  We discuss

  • Why is sleep so important?
  • Do athletes need more sleep?
  • What is good restful sleep?
  • What are some of the factors that keep us from restful sleep?
  • Are stimulants effecting our sleep?
  • Common signs of poor sleep
  • Sleep monitors, are they useful?
  • Can you "catch up" on sleep?

Read Sock Doc's article on sleep

Here is another article: How Elite Athletes Use Sleep Routines to Boost Their Confidence and Win Medals

Learn more from Sock Doc at these sites:

http://systemshealthcare.net/ ~ AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO NATURAL HEALTH CARE

http://sock-doc.com/ ~ NATURAL INJURY TREATMENT AND PREVENTION FOR ATHLETES

http://www.drgangemi.com/ ~ HEALTH. FITNESS. LIFE.

Direct download: doc_soc_zzzzzz.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:36pm CDT

Are you kidding?  Many of us owe Dean for informing and encouraging us to get into Ultra or Trail Running via his books:

  • UltraMarathon Man - Confessions of An All-Night Runner
  • 50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days - and How You Too Can Achieve Super Endurance!
  • Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss
  • NEW - The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run That Inspired the World's Greatest Footrace

or his many amazing adventures.  Some of these being:

  • running Western States 100 15 times since 1994, including four top-10 finishes
  • running 10 Badwaters including a 1st and 2nd finish

Constantine Karnazes, Karno, or Dean visits with The Nation with his good friend, Michelle Barton about his longevity, training, life balance and his new book.

Visit his web site: Ultramarathonman.com

Direct download: Karno_2.1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:09pm CDT

A week after the 2017 Bigfoot 200 Endurance Race, we look back at the race from a few different perspectives:

  • Finisher, Don Freeman (finishing in 23rd)
  • Race Director, Candice Burt
  • 200-mile virgin, Bob Crowley - who is registered for the 2017 Tahoe 200!!!!!
  • Crewman, Scott Warr

Direct download: BF_200_3.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:17pm CDT

Ian Sharman, Joe Uhan and Matt Laye return to Trail Runner Nation to play the Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down game covering these topics:

  • NSAIDS
  • Cryotherapy
  • Whoop - recovery tracker
  • Foam Rolling

Visit

College of Idaho with Assistant Professor, Matt Laye

Sharman Ultra - Endurance Coaching

Uhan Performance

Direct download: Thumbs_UP_8.17.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:01pm CDT

The Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc (UTMB) has become one of the world's most desired races.  Why?

This race series lasts from August 28th - September 3rd (2017) and offers many different race distances with breathtaking views.

Majo Srnik is running UTMB for the first time and gets advice from 2014 4th-place finisher Jason Schlarb

We talk about

  • aid station foods
  • fuling strategies
  • how the 6:00 pm start effects runners
  • Mandatory Gear List
Direct download: UTMB_jason_majo_3.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:52pm CDT

The Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc (UTMB) has become one of the world's most desired races.  Why?

This race series lasts from August 28th - September 3rd (2017) and offers many different race distances with breathtaking views.

UTMB veteran and podium finishing Tim Toloffson and Sally McRae join The Nation to discuss this amazing race.

Direct download: UTMB_2.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:02am 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.

East Coast Executive Producer, Andy Jones-Wilkins and Brian Chontosh sit around the table to talk about the Sebastian Junger book, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging.  Don met Brian, a decorated and retired Major in the Marine Corp and Navy Cross recipient, international adventure racer last year as they were experiencing the Tahoe 200-mile Endurance Run.

 

Visit Brian's company, Crooked Butterfly

Get coached by AJW


 

Under Armour

Direct download: Tribe_-_tosh_ajw.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:21pm CDT

What Dr. Mark is reading right now: "The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier and More Creative" by Florence Williams

Links to stuff we talked about:

Check out a TrueForm treadmill VIDEO and how it can teach you good form

Links to Dr. Cucuzzella's past podcasts:

  1. Run Faster & Farther with Less Effort
  2. Get on your Mark, Get Set, and listen...mas!  Dr. Mark
  3. Dr. Mark Cucuzzella Drops the Knowledge Bomb on the Nation
  4. Dr. Mark Cucuzzella 3:  A Smorgasbord of Running Topics
  5. Dr. Mark Cucuzzella 4: Train don't Strain
  6. Dr. Cucuzzella is BACK!
  7. Dr. Cucuzzella's 3 tips for more efficient running
  8. Dr. Cucuzzella & Sock Doc: What did you learn in 2012?
  9. Dr. Cucuzzella - He can crush you with his knowledge
  10. Dr. Mark Cucuzzella: running Comrades & Sports Medical Conference
  11. Dr. Cucuzzella's Freedoms Run AND world premier of "In the High Country" October 12
  12. Dr. Mark Cucuzzella: Cadence and Breathing
  13. Dr. Mark Cucuzzella - Magic of Human Facia
  14. Healthy Eating with Dr. Mark Cucuzzella
  15. Impact Moderating Behavior with Dr. Mark Cucuzzella
Direct download: CUC_ca_zella.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:39pm CDT

Do you ever have thoughts and feelings you don't want?

Sport and exercise psychologist,  Dr. Simon Marshall and 3-time Xterra world champion, Lesley Paterson join The Nation to help us understand how the brain works and how we can train it to make our training, racing and personal life better.

They co-authored the book, "Brave Athlete - Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion"

You can learn more about their unique coaching paradigm HERE Simon coaches your brain and Lesley coaches your body.

Try out their FREE "Smog Report" personalized advice to optimize your training

Fun video introduction of the book.

Follow Simon and Lesley on Twitter

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Enter the code: TRNATION at checkout for 20% off registration

Check out Under Armour's new trail shoes

Direct download: UA_bA_8.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:25am CDT

Dr. Phil Maffetone rejoins The Nation to talk about insulin resistance and the addictive properties of sugars.

Read his article, "Overfat Pandemic"

We also discuss the recent Nike sub 2-hour marathon event and Dr. Phil's "1:59: The Sub-Two-Hour Marathon Is Within Reach-Here's How IT Will Go Down, and What it Can Teach All Runners about Training and Racing"

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_M.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:48pm CDT

Recently, Scott had a friend ask him in a text, "what kind of running shoes should I buy?"

Wow!  how do you answer that question with a short reply text?  One of the subjects that can monopolize a LONG training run or a ultra race is about shoes.  We all like to talk about them.  We all have our opinions and preferences.  And the stories.....we can recall races from years ago and vividly remember which shoe we ran in.  Some of us die a little when a manufacture discontinues or modifies our favorite shoes.  Who isn't guilty of going to the store and buying 5-6 pair of your favorites before they are gone?

We get the unique opportunity to talk to Steven Shorter, a shoe designer for Altra Running.  He talks to us about how he became a shoe designer, the process of developing a new shoe, why shoes are always changing, some trends in running footwear...opening the curtain and giving us a sneak peak to some of the new Altra models.

Make sure you listen to this podcast on a tempo run, because you might find your HR elevate a little.

Our Podcast with Golden Harper, Altra Running founder.

Direct download: Altra_shoe_design.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:11pm CDT

AJW and Tim Twietmeyer join us on the track at Placer High School (finish of the Western States 100) to talk about how the last 30 hours played out.  There were 369 well trained athletes that toed the line.  All of these runners demand our respect and admiration; they are examples to us of goal setting, hard work, and courage. This year's race played out to be very unique and challenging.

Also joining us is this year's 7th place finisher, Jacqueline Merrett, to discuss her first time running.

Stephanie Howe Violett, 12th place, joins us with her husband, Zach Violett (2016 finisher) to discuss her day and lesson's learned.

Results

Direct download: AJW_WS_100_post.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 7:46pm CDT

AJW joins us in Studio G two days prior to The Big Dance.  Andy just came off his own 100-mile adventure, Bighorn 100, last week.  We talk about skating on mud, Biblical rain storms, concussions, and "shared suffering".

We then get into this years WS100;

Direct download: AJW_WS_Prognosication.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:33pm CDT

Dr. Stephanie Violett is a patient elite athlete that has learned a lot over the last year of recovering.  8 days prior to her third running of Western States 100, she joins The Nation to discuss how her simple rules of running and life have changed.

"Fueling on the Fly" article

Previous podcasts with Stephanie:

You can find Stephanie and some of her YUMMY recipes here:  StephanieHoweViolett.com

 

Direct download: Stephanie_HOWE.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:01pm CDT

Michelle Barton learns that Scott Warr is hiking the Sierras this week and suggests she take over the show.   She invites her Luna teammate Majo Srnik on and we talk about running in Mexico, USA and Canada.  We discuss barefoot running, his first ultra is a 24 hour race and more.  Turns out Michelle can win races and produce a podcast. 

You can find Majo on Instagram at majocalgary 

This episode brought to you courtesy of Tailwind Nutrition and Ultrarunning Magazine.  You can find them on our  Partners Page at TrailrunnerNation.com 

 

PS These are not Scott's show notes.  

Direct download: majo_and_michelle_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:15am CDT

Michelle Barton and Warren Pole join The Nation as guest writers for this new installment of the Audio Magazine.

Here are some links to what we discussed:

Direct download: warrren_and_michelle_2.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:45pm CDT

Top endurance athlete, author, podcaster and coach, Brad Kearns rejoins The Nation to talk about fueling and metabolism.  Fat-adapted poster-child and coach, Zach Bitter co-hosts and gives us perspective from his experiences.

The Primal Endurance book

Primal Blueprint web site

Link to Brad's previous podcast, "Going Primal" 

Direct download: Brad_and_Zach_2.0.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:57pm CDT

The word Stubborn has a negative connotation in many cases.  In this podcast, Devon Yanko and Andy Jones-Wilkins dive deep into the philosophy of stubborn.

  • Is it good for an unltrarunner to be stubborn?
  • How do you know when to give up?
  • Or is this a time to take your heels in and persevere? Where is the line?
  • Stubbornness can be a result of successful experiences but can be detrimental when you lose perspective.

Life in A Day, a film by Billy Yang featuring Devon Yanko

If you are in the California North Bay, go try some "Cuisine Genius" made by Devon at M.H. Bread and Butter

Direct download: Stubborn_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:58pm CDT

How many times have you killed the first half or two-thirds of a race, the wheels come off the bus, and then it is a question of survival for the last quarter?

Andy Dubois, elite endurance athlete, rejoins The Nation to discuss how we can prepare and execute a race and increase our chances of racing others or ourselves the entire distance.  Michelle Barton, joins to cohost and give perspective from her 80 wins.

Here is the ARTICLE that we refer to during the podcast.

Link to Andy's previous podcast, "Is Supplementary Salt Needed in a Race?"

Direct download: Andy_Dubois_2.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:28am CDT

The Nation gathers at Gold Country Run and Sport to do a live podcast with Meghan Arbogast, Zach Bitter and Nicole Kalogeropoulus.  All three run for Altra Running and will be toeing the line at the 2017 Western States 100.  We talk with these athletes about their training, preparation, and philosophies of running 100 miles.  Some of the topics include:

  • training intensity
  • longevity
  • training cycles
  • base building
  • interval / track workouts
  • power hiking
Direct download: Gold_Country_Run.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 7:35pm CDT

Christopher Kelly, a professional endurance mountain biker, joins The Nation to explain how his dependance on sugar and carbohydrates began causing him some health issues including pre-diabetic blood sugar levels.  After listening to his busy physicians he took control of his health and began learning everything he could.  He then began a diet reset that evolved into a high fat and lower carbohydrate lifestyle.  He compares his experience with our co=host, Zach Bitter and the benefits they have seen.

You can find Christopher Kelly on his podcast, "Nourish, Balance, Thrive" or you can get more information on his coaching and testing services at NourishBalanceThrive.com

Zach Bitter and his coaching services can be found HERE 

Direct download: Chris_Kelley.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:55am CDT

Tim Twietmeyer and Bob Crowley join The Nation to help the Noob with trail etiquette.

Here is their list:

Trail Etiquette

  • Girlie Man
  • Failed Liftoff
  • Pass The Ass
  • Too Close Carole (or Carl)
  • Can’t Un-see That
  • Blood Letting
  • Downwind

Aid Station Etiquette

  • Wayne’s World Rule
  • Double-Dipper
  • Ice This!
  • Drip Dip
  • Beam Blind
  • Ear Bud Bud
  • Ska’s The Limit
Direct download: ShT_Trail_runners_dont_know.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:49am CDT

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

  • Power Meters - do they have a place in trail running?
  • Supplemental Ketones - can they help us?
  • Marijuana in training and racing

Visit

College of Idaho with Assistant Professor, Matt Laye

Sharman Ultra - Endurance Coaching

Uhan Performance

Direct download: Thumbs_up_V1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:52pm CDT

Do you want to be a great runner?  Do you want to perform at your best?  In Malcom Gladwell's best-selling book, Outliers - The Story of Success, we are introduced to the 10,000 hour rule.  Gladwell explains that we can become an expert at something if we do it for 10,000 hours.  This is based on research done by clinical psychologist, Anders Ericsson.  Anders expands on this theory by saying that the 10,000 hours must be done with deliberate practice.  TRN's East Coast Executive Producer, Andy Jones-Wilkins  joins The Nation with Magdalena Boulet discuss the idea of deliberate practice and how we can become much better by following its simple rules:

  • Set good goals
  • Break things down to simple movements and practice them with purpose
  • Push yourself out of your comfort zone
  • Get feedback

AJW's article on Deliberate Practice

Anders Ericsson's book, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

Great podcast: Freakenomics - How to Become Great at Just About Anything

Direct download: 10000_HOURS_w_Magda__AJW.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:10pm CDT

Regardless where you live in the world, we all enjoy our sport on public lands.  In the U.S.A., we have over 640 million acres (259 million hectares) of public lands.  These lands are managed for us by many different federal agencies.  Quietly, there are deals being made that will transfer this management from the federal to the state level.  WHY DOES THIS MATTER?

Ultrarunner, Emily Peterson joins The Nation to help us

  • understand what and how this is going on,
  • why we should care,
  • where we can get more information and
  • how we can make our voices heard and
  • how we can keep these lands available to our community

Regardless of where you live, we need to help protect and preserve our outdoor trails.  Become informed and take action.

Direct download: Emily_Peterson_1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:06pm CDT

Michelle Barton started running ultras 14 years ago.  In this short career, she has amassed an impressive resume including:

  • 1st place at her second 100-mile race (Javelina Jundred in 2006)
  • 80 wins
  • 5 over-all wins (men and women)
  • over 24 course records
  • broke 5 course records & 5 wins within a 6 week time frame

We talk to Michelle about how her love of the outdoors led to her running and how her running, training and gear have changed over the years.

VIDEO of this year's Caballo Blanco Ultra in Mexico.

Follow her Father's 78-mile run on his 78th birthday HERE

Follow Michelle:

Instagram: MichellemBarton

Facebook: Michelle Barton https://www.facebook.com/michellesierra2000

Facebook athlete page: UltraBarton

Twitter: Michelle Barton

Strava: Michelle Barton https://www.strava.com/athletes/6991071

 


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  • www.travismacy.com/courses

Contact Travis via his web site for the discount.

Direct download: Michelle_Barton_runner.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:53pm CDT

Buzz Burrell, Brand Director at Ultimate Direction, adventurer, ultra runner, and modern-day explorer, joins The Nation to talk about how hydration has evolved over the years and where he believe it is going.  He also talks about the first annual Fastest Known Time Of the Year awards that were recently published in the March 2017 issue of Ultrarunning Magazine.

Ultrarunning Magazine's Fastest Known Time Of the Year Article

Fastest Known Times website

Ultimate Direction Website

Direct download: Buzz_Burrell.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:19pm CDT

Team Beast Coast, Andy Jones-Wilkins and Ashley Walsh,  won our last game show, "$100,000 Pyramid - Nation Style".  They join The Nation along with two additional West Coast teams

Team "Smells Like Wasatch Spirit", Jimmy Dean Freeman and Deirdre Greenholz

Team "Over Here", Don and Scott (we made up the game and the rules = Advantage😂)

Each participant came to the podcast with 2 items, either fact or fiction.  The other teams guess if it is either.  Losers have to run 3000' of vert.

Ashley's Smoky Mountain Memories Trail Camps

Jimmy Dean Freeman's SoCal Coyotes

Andy's CTS Coaching Services

Direct download: Truth_or_not_Truth.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:44pm CDT

Film-maker Billy Yang joins The Nation to introduce the characters of his recent film, "Life in a Day"an inspirational story four women running the 2016 Western States 100.  Billy, Magda, Anna Mae, and Devon join us to talk about the race and the film.

Magdalena Boulet
Anna Mae Flynn

Devon Yanko

Kaci Lickteig (unable to join us)

After screening his film in many locations, Billy will be making it available to watch on his web site and youtube channel.

Direct download: BY_Films.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:49am CDT

The word "vulnerability" has traditionally had a negative connotation; only the weak are vulnerable.   Andy Jones-Wilkins and Candice Burt join The Nation to discuss an alternative definition: a definition of power and ownership.

AJW's articles on vulnerability:  "Becoming Vulnerable"  and "Vulnerability: Strength or Weakness"

Brené Brown's book, "The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection and Courage"

Brené Brown's Ted Talk video

The movie, "In and Out" trailer

Guarantee yourself some vulnerability at one of Candice Burt's races: Destination Trail Run

Direct download: Vulnerability.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:23pm CDT

Recently, Travis Macy underwent a battery of tests at eNRG Performance in Boulder, Colorado.  We were intrigued to see what these tests were, why he decided to undergo them, and how he can use this information to change his diet and training to be an efficient endurance runner.  Dina Griffin, MS, RDN, CSSD, METS II & Leadville 100 finisher, joins the conversation to help us understand.

Here are the tests that they did:

  • Metabolic Efficiency (ME) testing
  • Lactate Threshold (LT) testing
  • Sweat Sodium Concentration Testing
  • VO2max Testing

In this podcast, we dive into the ME testing.  We will cover the other tests in upcoming podcast episodes.

If you have more question please email Dina at dina@enrgperformance.com

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

To quote Mr. Warren Pole, "If you fall in Fall running Fell, now you have something!"

Nicky Spinks is an accomplished fell runner out of northern England.  Nicky and Warren Pole join The Nation to discuss what Fell running is, its origins, and where it fits with trail and ultra running.

We discuss one of the famous fell run challenges, the Bob Graham Round. Named after Bob Graham, who in June 1932 broke the Lakeland Fell record by traversing 42 fells within a 24-hour period, at the age of 42.

Each summer around 100 of the most highly tuned ultra-distance fell runners will attempt the 66-mile, 27,000 ft of ascent within the allotted 24 hours. Only one in three will succeed.  To date approximately 2055 people have completed the single round in 24 hours.

Nicky has set records on the Bob Graham Round in previous years.  In 2016, on her 10th anniversary of overcoming breast cancer, the 49-year-0ld bested the record for the DOUBLE Bob Graham Round.  This covers over 132 miles, 52,000' of ascent over 84 summits.  She did this in an amazing 45-1/2 hours!

Video about the Bob Graham Round with Salomon Running athlete Ricky Lightfoot

Nicky Spinks article re. her Double Bob Graham.

Video of Nicky completing the Double Bob Graham.

We also added a few words to our glossary:

Tussic

Moore

Heather

Jelly Babies

Tops

Clag

Peet

And finally,  to quote Mr. Warren Pole, "If you fall in Fall running Fell, now you have something!"

 

Direct download: Nicky_Spinks_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:19pm CDT

Cory Reese, AKA Fast Cory, started running later in life and has become obsessed.  He has an entertaining way to share his experiences from the "back of the pack" via his BLOG, his column in Ultrarunning Magazine, and his social media pages.

Cory shares his life journey in his new book, "Nowhere Near First".

Direct download: Cory_Reese_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:56pm CDT

Billy Yang and Jimmy Dean Freeman join The Nation to discuss trail running adventures.  They can take all forms and can be very complex or simple weekend affairs.  Do more than a routine training runs this year.  Have a running adventure!

See more of Billy Yang's film on Youtube

Mt. Gaoligong Video

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

Sally McRae and Warren Pole join the nation to review the newest volume of the TRN Audio Magazine.  Here is a list of the articles we discuss:

  • Tipping Point
  • Blinded by the Light
  • I may be Having a Heart Attack
  • Goal!!!!
  • This Season's Must Have Color is Orange
  • Motivation: What is Your Goto Mantra?
  • Brake or Break?
  • Is that English?
  • In the Long Shadow of Mont Blanc
  • Now

Jacko Willink "Good" video

33 Shake weekly winners:

ejb74
Getting high in boise foothills
 
Staffsergeantrichardallan
Running the sights in DC
 
Todd Chandler
Snowy trails
Direct download: audio_mag_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 7:22pm CDT

We jump in the TRN time machine and travel back to 1988 to compare how trail running has changed.  Tim Twietmeyer, 25-time, silver buckle owner and 5-time champion of Western States 100, join The Nation to discuss.

Winners of the 33shake photo promotion.  Each will receive 10 Satchels of the chia energy gel.  Post your photo/video on social media and tag #fuledby33shake and #inspiredbytrn to enter the weekly drawing.

Kristian Bak (Twitter @kristianbak79) from Denmark
 
Laurie Nakauchi for a rocking team run shot
 
Sebastien Durandeau for this moody winter trail shot
Direct download: Back_to_Basics_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:23pm CDT

Matt Fitzgerald (sports nutritionist, writer, athlete, coach) hits another home run with his latest book, "The Endurance Diet: Discover the 5 Core Habits of the World's Greatest Athletes to Look, Feel and Perform Better".  (Whew, that was an endurance title).  Matt took the last two years to do in depth with the top endurance athletes from different sports and from around the world.

 

3 winners of the 33 Shake promotion:

1 Liz Morgan McGarraugh- bagged her goal of 1700 miles in a year, which - rather brilliantly - is 33 miles a week. What an excellent number.  PHOTO
2 Benfitz1.0  - for some great slow-mo trail action videos and an Instagram feed that is, basically, nothing but trail running. Apart from a few posts of trail running injuries…VIDEO 
3 Lisa Fogg-Evans - awesome first night time solo trail run, hard core!
 
You can win too.  Just post a photo or video showing how you enjoy the trails and tag it with #fueledby33shake and #inspiredbytrn.  A chance to win 10 satchels of 33 Shake energy gels and a chance to be the first (in the USA) to receive the 33 Shake All-in-one shake.
Direct download: matt_endurance_diet.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:20pm CDT

Don and Scott look back on the last 5 years of podcasts and revisit the great guests and topics from 2016.

Top downloaded TRN Podcasts since 2011

Top downloaded TRN Podcasts in 2016

Direct download: TRN_review_final.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:21pm CDT

This is our second annual holiday game show edition!  We pinned the European Union against the East Coast of the USA.This year Andy Jones-Wilkins and Warren Pole rejoin with team mates Donna Ní Cuarta and Ashley Walsh.

 

The Nation goes rogue and kicks it game show style.  We adapt the 1970's game show, "100,000 Pyramid" to create a trail running version.   

Listen to last year's game show

Direct download: 100000_mile_33.3.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:09pm CDT

Dr. Mihály Csikszentmihályi describes flow as being "completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one...Your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost".

Wow!  How do we bottle that and release it on race day?

If you want to read ahead, here is the basis of an upcoming podcast on Vulnerability.

 

Direct download: ajw_-_flow_2.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:56pm CDT

Eric Byrnes retired from major league baseball with a batting average of .259, 109 home runs, 396 RBIs, and an OBP or .320.  Now what does he do?  One thing that is taking up some of his time is trail and ultra running.  Eric explains how his experience in MLB has helped him in becoming a passionate trail runner.

Diamond to the Rough video

Learn more about the Pat Tillman Foundation

Direct download: Eric_22.3.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:02pm CDT

"The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire".  Malcolm Gladwell's best-selling book published in 2000, "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference"  can translate in to our sport.  Andy Jones-Wilkins and Zach Bitter join The Nation to discuss what some of these little things are and some of the people that have been influential in making trail and ultra running more popular.

Direct download: tipping_point_4.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:30pm CDT

Pam Reed recently broke her leg.  Our East Coast Executive Producer and Headmaster, Andy Jones-Wilkins, joins The Nation to discuss what it takes to make a comeback from injury, in a race, from professional setbacks, personal relationships, etc.

Pam's previous podcast: "Visualization and Leaping Out of Your Comfort Zone with Pam Reed"

Pam Reed's book, "The Extra Mile"

Check out the TRN Store for great holiday gifts for you or your runner.

Direct download: Pam_and_AJW_1.1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:57pm CDT