Trail Runner Nation (podcasts)

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