Trail Runner Nation

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:

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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