Trail Runner Nation (podcasts)

JB Benna, producer of the film Unbreakable, is also a heck of a runner.  He proved this in October 2013 by breaking the 175 mile unsupported Tahoe Rim Trail FKT at 58h 43m 12s!  JB attempted the run in honor of Michael Popov, the previous record holder, who passed away tragically in 2012.  JB explains Why and his training, race, fuel, and hydration strategies, lessons learned and how he became friends with his individual body parts.

Check out the other cool films JB has produced at Journey Film

Here is a map of the Tahoe Rim Trail

Take the Tailwind Challenge at: Tailwind Nutrition   

Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

Direct download: JB_FKT__TRT.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:09pm CDT

Candice Burt, elite trail runner and active blogger, recently created a glossary of terms that trail runners use.  For example:

  • Paleo
  • Bonk
  • FKT
  • Minimalist

Finally, there is a simple dictionary for you to share with your non-trail running friends and family so they can join in the conversation and understand what you are trying to communicate.

Candice's blog can be found HERE

Check out the races that she directs / co-directs at Bellingham Trail Running

Take the Tailwind Challenge at: Tailwind Nutrition   

Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

Download a free audio book at Audible

Direct download: Candice_Burt_Acroynms_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:53am CDT

Stephanie Howe, exercise physiologist, North Face elite runner, and coach, discusses nutrition with us.  Stephanie is a coach with Rebound Oregon with Jay Dicharry (his podcast)

  • Diet fads
  • Super foods
  • losing weight vs. improving fitness: how and when to focus on each
  • Fish oils
  • which carbs should you use when training/racing?
  • iRunFar interview with Stephanie Howe after winning Speadgoat 50K on 2 weeks training after and injury.

Stephanie's Blog

Take the Tailwind Challenge at: Tailwind Nutrition   

Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

Direct download: StephanieHowe.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:47pm CDT

Your race is a couple days away and you find out that the temperature is going to be unseasonably hot.  How should you change your race strategy?  Sunny Blende discusses what you should change and how the heat will affect you.  She also teaches us that heat acclimatization will benefit us in multiple ways even if our race isn't hot!  We reference the article that Sunny wrote for the September 2013 issue of UltraRunning Magazine.

Here is a list of our other podcasts with Sunny:

We also mentioned the Australian, Cliff Young.  Here is a video.

Direct download: SunnyHydratesMas.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:21pm CDT

Jimmy Dean Freeman sets his sites on the  2014  Last Great Race .   This race combines 6 of the toughest 100M races  in the same year.  In preparation JDF shares his experiences at running AC and Leadville within 13 days of one another.   

Oral Hydration Salts

Jimmy Dean's Blog Inpired Running

Closing Song:  Son's Gonna Rise by Citizen Cope

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

Direct download: JDF_leadville_and_AC_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:04pm CDT

Pura vida is a characteristic Costa Rican phrase. It literally means pure life, however, the real meaning is closer to "plenty of life", "full of life", "this is living!", "going great", or "real living"

What better way to celebrate Pura Vida and trail running than to take a vacation to Costa Rica and participate in  La Ruta Trail Race, a 50K or 100K of challenging trails.

  • Wanna make it even better? How about inviting some Tarahumara to participate and give some of the entry fees to their struggling tribes.
  • Wanna make it even better?  If you are a TRN member (and let them know), you will get a $100 discount on the race entry!

Roman Urbina, a world-class multisport athlete who also puts on the Ruta de Los Conquistadore, a three-day  mountain bike race that goes from the pacific to the atlantic - also named as Time Magazines, "top 10 most difficult endurance races" - has developed a trail race that you will love!

The 100K was described by famed Tarahumara, Silvino Cuberase Quimare (From the Novel Born to Run) as "one of the hardest ultras I've done".  It claims 13,000-foot total elevation gain and tropical heat for the first half of the race.  HERE is a fun video that Costa Rica TV produced.

If you are interested, please contact Roman and he will even help make arrangements for you, your family, and friends:

Get a free audio book download at

Direct download: Roman_Runs_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:21pm CDT

Warren joins us to talk about what has been on his mind:

  • Running isn't just for runners anymore.  Despite your epigenetics, there are more people running today - even those who with body types that do not lend themselves to this sport.  Boils down to the nature v. nurture debate.
  • His new diet: no wheat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, and caffeine.  After a month, guess how he feels?
  • Fell running (or mountain running) popular in Northern England.  Originated in Scotland in 1040.
  • Stu Mittleman, "Slow Burn: Burn Fat Faster by Exercising Slower"
  • The Skinny on Obesity  7 part video series
  • The new Royal prince and how that will effect trail running around the world.
Direct download: Warrens-n-India.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:06am CDT

Dr. Mark has had a busy summer.  He recently returned from running the oldest and largest ultra marathon,  Comrades Marathon in South Africa.  This 89 km course started in 1921 and has nearly 20,000 participants annually.  Our Dr. finished a respectable 869 out of 19,524.  While he was out there, he also attended the Sports Medical Conference with Dr. Tim Noakes.

Check out our web site for more links that we talked about

Direct download: Comrades_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:57pm CDT

In 2012, Vanessa quit her job, sold all her possessions, purchased and RV and set off to live a life she had been dreaming of.  She and her companion, Shacky, are traveling around the Americas " living day-to-day, bartering or trading for things that we need, sometimes doing freelance or contract work, and following our whims wherever they take us".  We talk to Vanessa about her new book, "The Summit Seeker" a story of her life and how she has ventured to this point.  She shares what she has learned about running from Malcom Gladwell, Alberto Salazar and Bilbo Baggins.

Direct download: VanessaRuns.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:39am CDT

Ryan Green PhD has directed his mental prowess into the running shoe.  Ryan Green is the managing partner in Varsity Sports, a running specialty store with 4 locations in Louisiana.  He holds a PhD in kinesiology and a certified Athletic Trainer.

  • How many miles should your shoes last?  
  • Yea or Nay to rotating your shoes? 
  • Shoelaces 
  • zero drop
  • washing machines
  • running gait and more 
Direct download: RyanGreenPhD.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:51pm CDT