Trail Runner Nation (general)

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.

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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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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.

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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:

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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

 

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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 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

 

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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

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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:

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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
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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).

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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

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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:

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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"

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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

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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"

 

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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:

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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

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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.
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2016 Western States is in the books.  Like every year the race treats us to a number of stories.  The trail is the stage for tales of racing for the Top Ten positions, racing the cut off or simply completing an epic challenge.  

Join Andy Jones Wilkens and Bethany Patterson (F7) as we discuss some of the moments that make this 30 hours so special.

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We start with the premise, "There must be more to this, it can't be just exercise."  We hear takes from guests Ann, Zach, Mike and Karis.

We love to run.  What else do we love about our sport?

 

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Start this podcast by watching this VIDEO

Sally McRae, Josh Spector, David Daley, and Billy Yang put together this training adventure challenge as a way to prepare for their upcoming race, Run Rabbit Run 100 mile race.  A one day summit of the three largest peaks in Southern California - they dubbed it "The Triple Crown", but it has also been called the 8000M Challenge.

  • Mt Jacinto, San Gorgonio, and Mt. Baldy
  • 40 miles of running
  • 14,500 vertical feet of climbing
  • 18.5 hours total time
  • 305 miles of driving between trail heads

Sally brings her posse (Josh, Billy, Colin Cooley, and Ethan Newberry) to talk about ADVENTURE TRAINING.  It is a great way to mix up your training schedule and put yourself in a mock-type racing paradigm.  It is a great way to build relationships with your friends and create some memories.

Take the Tailwind Challenge at: Tailwind Nutrition   

Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

Get your FREE audio book download at Audible

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In the shadow of the 2013 Western States 100 mile endurance Run, Scott, Faith and Don talk about the WS100 experience.  What's all the hype?  Is it different than any other run?  We take on the experience of the volunteers, pacers, crew and runner. 

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To reach your athletic potential, Dr. Phil Maffetone shares the secret ingredient is in the kitchen.  Nutrition is the foundation for performance and recovery.   We open his Big Red Book and ask the author to connect his content to the trail.  We discuss protein, fats and carbohydrates as we literally sit at the kitchen table with Dr. Maffetone. 

Closing Song by Dr. Phil Maffetone   Title Rosemary

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/we-all-need/id211046312

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Ashley Walsh and Jimmy Dean Freeman:  BADWATER: Salton Sea Report

Join Ashey and Jimmy Dean Freeman as they share their adventure at the inagural Salon Sea Ultramarathon.  Heat, rain, wind, COLD, 81 miles and 9,000 feet of climbing can make for an interesting race.  What can make it more interesting?  This is a team sport.  Grab three of your closest running partners, strap on the same bib number and run together. This is NOT a relay. 

Find Jimmy Dean Freeman at http://www.socalcoyotes.com/

Find Ashely Walsh at http://ashruns100s.com/

Follow Jimmy on Twitter @CoachJimmyDean

Follow Ashley on Twitter @Ashruns100s

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