Trail Runner Nation

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:

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Direct download: Roman_Runs_.mp3
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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