Trail Runner Nation

This is the second of our series of episodes called "Endurance off the Trail" where we dive deep into the world of endurance sports outside of trail running. Our mission? To uncover the similarities we share and the differences that set us apart. We believe that by exploring the nuances of other endurance disciplines, we can enrich our own experiences on the trail.

In this episode, Liz Stephen, a former Nordic skier and Olympian, joins The Nation to discuss her transition from alpine skiing to Nordic skiing and her current involvement in coaching high school kids. Liz shares her experiences in both sports and highlights the similarities and differences between them. She emphasizes the importance of community and the welcoming nature of the Nordic skiing and trail-running communities. Liz also talks about the physical demands of Nordic skiing and the need for strength and power in the sport. She encourages trail runners to consider incorporating strength training into their routines for better overall performance and injury prevention. We also talk about Liz's love for being in the mountains and her appreciation for the beauty and possibilities they offer.

But an athlete's heart never rests! Transitioning from the icy tracks to rugged terrains, Liz embraced trail racing, competing in challenging distances like 64K and 40 miles. Join us as we journey through Liz's remarkable career and discover how her skiing experiences shaped her trail-running endeavors.

Check out this VIDEO of Liz at the Tour de Ski, Val di Fiemme

Direct download: TRN_w_Liz_Stephen.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:05pm CST

In this episode, we delve deep into the often-overlooked synergy between road and trail running with Coach Ian Sharman. As head coach at Sharman Ultra and a seasoned ultra-distance trail runner, Ian brings a unique perspective, showcasing the merits and benefits of embracing both terrains in training. From the physiological adaptions and mental resilience fostered in each discipline to actionable advice for transitioning seamlessly between them, this episode offers invaluable insights for runners of all levels. Whether you’re a trail aficionado considering your first pavement run, or a road warrior curious about the allure of the unbeaten path, join us as we explore how merging the best of both worlds can elevate your running game to unprecedented heights.

Direct download: Ian_runs_roads.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:47pm CST

Today, we've got an extraordinary guest who truly personifies the spirit of relentless improvement—Mika Thewes. She has not only completed the grueling Bigfoot 200 ultra-marathon five times but has also managed to get faster with each and every race! In this episode, we'll delve into Mika's journey from her first Bigfoot 200 to her recent defending win and course record. How does one continuously up their game in one of the most challenging races out there? Mika is here to break down her evolution, offering unparalleled insights that could help both seasoned racers and newcomers alike. "You don't have to run very fast to have a fast finish" - Mika

Check out Luke Nelson, Mika's coach

Direct download: TRN_w_Mika_Thewes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:59am CST

In this must-listen episode of Trail Runner Nation, we explore the enigmatic "Pain Cave"—a space every runner knows but wishes to avoid. Our exceptional panel includes ultra-marathon champions Jeff Browning, Michael Wardian, and Courtney Dauwalter, as well as sports science expert Alex Hutchinson. They join us to dissect this complex topic in a three-part discussion: Defining the Pain Cave, Navigating through it, and Anticipating its arrival. Whether you're a seasoned ultra-runner or new to the sport, this episode promises invaluable insights into understanding and conquering one of the most challenging aspects of endurance running. Tune in and illuminate your journey through the Pain Cave!

Direct download: TRN_The_Pain_Cave.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:10pm CST