Trail Runner Nation (Podcasts)

On July 11, 2014, 141 lucky lottery winners will tow the line at one of the most demanding 100-mile endurance runs in the world, the Hardrock 100. This race began as a tribute to the toughest of the tough miners that worked in this high-altitude, picturesque paradise of western Colorado.  Race Director, Dale Garland, joins the Nation to talk about the history and demands of this course.  The course boasts of and average altitude over 11,000 feet, 34,000 feet of ascent and 34,000 feet of descent.  There are 7 summits over 12,000' and 4 summits over 14,000'.  Most runners get to see the sun set twice with the average finish time of 41 hours (cutoff time of 48-hours).  Because of the harsh environment and changeable weather, Dale calls this a race for the "post graduate" ultra runner.

Trail Runner Nation will be in Silverton, CO this year with Petzl (Hardrock sponsor) to provide podcasts with athletes, live updates via social media and video clips of these amazing athletes and the beautiful scenery!.

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Direct download: HRH_Dale_Garland_RD_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:48am CST

Sally McRae pushed her body, mind and spirit to finish F10 at the 2014 Western States 100.  Sally tells her 21 hour 24 minute experience of victory and her lessons learned.

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Direct download: WS_Sally_McRae_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:38am CST

Bob Crowley joins us to build off our previous podcast with him.  In "Ultra Trail Running Culture: Bob Crowley- Part 1 we discussed the tenets of being an ultra trail runner, part 2 and part 3 will focus on the emphasis and importance ultra trail runners place on mental preparation for an event.  Specifically, what does one do to plan, prepare, and execute and review to optimize the experience of running an ultra event.

There are four stages of mental training for a 100-mile event (some of these may transfer to shorter distances, but we will focus on the 100-miler because of its uniqueness)

  1. Plan
  2. Prepare
  3. Execute
  4. Review

In Part 2 we talk about Planning and Preparing.

Bob refined Sunny Blende's, "What to Do When Things Go Wrong" sheet for running Hard Rock: HRH When Things Go Wrong - Bob Crowley

Previous podcasts with Bob:

Bob Crowley & Josh Katzman - Trail Running Culture, Are We at Risk of Losing it? 

Ultra Trail Running Culture - Bob Crowley- Part 1

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Direct download: Bob_Crowley_plan.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:47am CST

We catch up with Sally McRae and Chris Vargo to find out how their training is going and talk about common questions they receive as coaches.  We field some questions from live Nation listeners, Ian MacNairn and Emir Dedic.

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Direct download: Emir_Ian_sally_chris_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 7:29pm CST

JDF - Original Six Hundo - 1 Down - Mentor AJW

Join TRN and follow Jimmy Dean Freeman as he takes on the original SIX 100-mile runs in the "Orignial Six Hundo Challenge". #O6HC

Jimmy just completed the "Old Dominion".  Jimmy joins us with his virtual coach, Andy Jones Wilkins, to get a race report, discuss recovery for his second race, the Western States 100

Follow Jimmy's challenge at #O6HC or @CoachJimmyDean or at Socal Coyotes

To read more about JDF's challenge read here: Six Hundos

You can't run Six 100-mile races without your feet.  Foot Kenetics makes a revolutionary foot care product, RunGoo that can prevent blisters and other body chafage.  Get FREE shipping by using TRN2014 at checkout.

Direct download: JDF_AJW_mo_better_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:44am CST

Amazing trail runner and author of the book One Step Beyond  Malcolm Law and his equally talented wife Sally Law sat down with us and discussed how a small gift in the form of a book became the spark for a dramatic change in life.  Malcolm spun on his heel, leaving the corporate world to become a trail  adventurer and a major fundraiser for Leukemia & Blood Foundation of New Zealand.  

Malcolm Law set out to perform a world-first attempt to run New Zealand’s seven renowned ‘Great Walks’ in seven consecutive days.  It would take 3-5 days to "Walk" each of the sections so in trailrunner fashion he decided he should run them. 

Malcolm has set a new adventure and equally agressive fund raising goal.  Running 50 Peaks in 50 days  combined with a fund raising goal well over 250K for the Mental Health Foundation of NZ.

You can find more about Malcolm on his website http://runningwildnz.com/

Wanna FREE signed copy of One Step Beyond.  Join the contest ending June 18th, 2014.  Complete this sentence, "You know you have Gone One Step Beyond when you..."    Submit   #OneStepBeyond on Twitter or at TRN FaceBook for a chance to be chosen by Malcolm.

Direct download: malsal.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:53pm CST

"There is no such thing as the One True Way to eat for maximum health.  No diet cult is better than the rest, and a person need not join any diet cult to attain maximum health. An agnostic approach to healthy eating that forbids nothing, smiles upon eating for pleasure, and encourages individual choice can do the job just as well or better" - Matt Fitgerald, Diet Cults

Well known sports writer, nutritionist, athlete and trainer, Matt Fitzgerald joins the Nation to discuss how diet cults have taken over our culture, vilified many foods and lead us with fear to join their restrictive diets.

This is NOT another diet book, but rather a captivating book that invites us to objectively look at different diets and figure out, through scientific research, what is healthy eating.

Links:

Free Audible download of "Diet Cults"

Purchase the book

Link to Matt's previous podcast, "The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel"

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Check out the cool head TORCHES made for trail running at Petzl

Direct download: Diet_Cults_MF_v2.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:41pm CST

Join TRN and follow Jimmy Dean as he takes on the original SIX 100-mile runs in the "Orignial Six Hundo Challenge".

Prior to each run we collect a recap from the previous race, bring a mentor to help repair our athlete and commit Jimmy to a prediction.

This should be fun......for us.

This podcast expert:  David "Sniper" Snipes: Sniper has completed >40 100-mile runs, including Jimmy's first challenge: the "Old Dominion"

Follow Jimmy's challenge at #O6HC or @CoachJimmyDean or at Socal Coyotes

To read more about JDF's challenge read here: Six Hundos

Direct download: JDF_the_preview.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:20pm CST

In the middle of the official Western States Endurance Run training weekend, we relax with

Ian Torrence

Emily Harrison

Dominic Grossman

Katie DeSplinter

We chat about

  • the weekend training
  • Is trail running an activity or a way-of-life
  • Mental Taper
  • How has social media affected ultra running?
  • If you could enter a trail running time machine, would you choose to dial back the dial 100 year? or forward 100 year?

Links:

McMillan Running

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Check out the cool head TORCHES made for trail running at Petzl

Direct download: Ian_equalized_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:39pm CST

So if you get a chance to have a running discussion with Ann Trason and Andy Jones Wilkins at mile 55.7 on the Western States 100 Trail, what would you ask?

We throw the kitchen sink at them both and came up with a jumbolia of topics that will make you laugh, gasp, motivate, and train you.

Register for Ann's new trail race series, Overlook Endurance Runs: 50k, 50-mile, and 100K

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Check out the cool head TORCHES made for trail running at Petzl

Direct download: Ann_T_Andy_W.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:07pm CST

We posted a video on April 9th about Josh Spector's experience running his first 135-mile race, The Brazil 135 To date it has had over 2 Million views - because it is that good!  Josh's first 135-mile run was on an unfamiliar course in a foreign country,  he talks to us about the difference between 100-milers and running 135 miles, how to prepare yourself for running in a foreign country, and how to enjoy the journey.

Josh is currently training for the grueling Badwater 135 this summer.

Josh's BlogTwitter, and Facebook

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Direct download: SPECTOR_DOS.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:43pm CST

Many athletes fail to make progress or they see their fitness regress due to three main factors:

  1. You become injured
  2. You are training improperly
  3. You’ve simply lost the desire to train, or train like you used to

Dr. Stephen Gangemi, the Sock Doc,  joins The Nation to discuss the science behind motivation.  From your brain to your gut, we will discuss the physiological and mental aspects of motivation and how you can regain the Eye of the Tiger!

Here are the links to the first two articles that are the basis of this podcast:

Athlete Motivation Part 1: It's In Both of Your Brains

Motivation Part II: Healing and Optimizing Your Two Brains

Motivation Part III: Why Your Motivation Stinks, Literally

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Direct download: Motivation_Sucks_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:12am CST

Many athletes fail to make progress or they see their fitness regress due to three main factors:

  1. You become injured
  2. You are training improperly
  3. You’ve simply lost the desire to train, or train like you used to

Dr. Stephen Gangemi, the Sock Doc,  joins The Nation to discuss the science behind motivation.  From your brain to your gut, we will discuss the physiological and mental aspects of motivation and how you can regain the Eye of the Tiger!

Here are the links to the first two articles that are the basis of this podcast:

Athlete Motivation Part 1: It's In Both of Your Brains

Motivation Part II: Healing and Optimizing Your Two Brains

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Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

Direct download: soc_doc_get_it_straight.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:13pm CST

One of your most important tools as a runner is your feet. You need to take care of them or your training/race may be foiled. John Vonhof literally wrote the book on how to take care of your feet: "Fixing Your Feet".  This book is now in the FIFTH edition!  John joins The Nation to discuss the basic principles of foot care:

  • How you can have healthy & happy feet
  • Footwear
  • Insoles
  • Gaiters
  • Blister prevention and treatment
  • What to keep in a foot care kit
  • Taping your feet

You can learn more by visiting his website HERE.

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Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

Direct download: John_Von_Hoff_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:26pm CST

Jared Campbell paid his $1.60 and a pack of cigarettes for his third attempt and second finish at the 2014 Barkley Marathons, a niche race in a niche sport.  Since the race's inception in 1986, only fourteen runners out of about 800 have completed the 100 mile race within the official 60 hour cut-off.  Jared is one of two racers that have finished the race twice.  Jared joins The Nation to discuss one of the most difficult trail races and his view on training.

You can learn more about Jared at his blog, Door5 and read more about his race at Barkley Marathons HERE.

Watch the 2014 Barkley Marathons Movie TRAILER and find out more about the movie HERE

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Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

Direct download: Jared_Barkley_Campbell_1.1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:23am CST

Dr. Mark joins us again to cover some interesting topics:

  • America College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the world’s authority on exercise and health,  just released an article, "How to Select a Running Shoe", refining their position.
  • Should you follow your doctor's treatment recommendations blindly?  What questions should you ask and what drugs to be careful of as a runner.  There was an article in Runners World talking about some medications you should avoid as a runner.
  • Breathing is an important component in endurance sports.  Can we learn to breath better?.  What are things to consider and what are some exercises to learn to breath better?   Check out this video of some exercises you can do.
  • A few ways to help you improve your running gait: You need to check out THIS WEBSITE.  You can get a PHd in running gait from these videos.  Another LINK that has more gait analysis information.

Where to find Dr. Cucuzzella:

LINK to all of Dr. Cucuzzella's podcasts with The Nation.

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Direct download: Dr._Mark_shoes_drugs_and_more_mas.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:27pm CST

Dr. Ryan Green is a certified athletic trainer and holds a doctorate in kinesiology.  He is a father, husband, runner and cancer survivor.  He recently discovered the benefits of tacking a running break.  We covered the following topics:

Visit Ryan's running store at Varsity Sports.

Visit Ryan's new web site: www.RunDocRyan.com

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Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

Direct download: Greenie_PhD.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:36am CST

If you could run one last 100 miler with a personal-best time and then never run again OR you could be guaranteed to be able to run three miles a day for the rest of your life, but never run another 100, what would you choose?

Andy Jones-Wilkins answers this question and other philosophical questions.  AJW will be running his tenth and final Western States 100 this June.  He has remained a competitive threat in this event and a HUGE fan of this race and trail running.  We talk with Andy about two of his recent blog posts on iRunFar:

Other topics covered:

  • How do you get your kids involved in running?
  • What is the "Sawchuk Seven" and is it true?

"Race Course in Review" by Vasque Running Shoes

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Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

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

George Plomarity, Patagonia's Team Sports Sales and Marketing Rep, joins The Nation to talk about their marketing campaign called #sufferbetter.  We discuss what this means to the ultra runner and how you can share your experiences with the community and possibly win a full Patagonia kit.  Post your story and photos on Twitter or Instagram and you will be registered for a monthly drawing.

"Race Course in Review" by Vasque Running Shoes

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Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

Direct download: Suffer_is_Gooder.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:43pm CST

"One of the most wonderful things that has happened to the world is Trail Running", says Gordy Ainsleigh in a face to face conversation we recently enjoyed.  Gordy talks about where ultra trail running has gone and his thoughts on where is is going.  He talks about his passion for the sport and his secret to life-long running.  He answers some of the Nation Members' questions too.  Find out why Gordy believes in cotton t-shirts, grape juice and beards - even in the summer months.

Gordy has finished Western States 100 twenty-two times, most recently in June, 2007, though he unofficially completed the race in just over 30 hours (the official cuttoff) in 2010.  his fastest time is 20:55 in 1984, after starting 8 minutes late.

"Race Course in Review" by Vasque Running Shoes

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Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

Direct download: Gordy__1.1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:05pm CST

Karl Meltzer is the record holder for the most 100-mile trail wins and most 100-mile wins in one season.  He joined the Nation with a studio audience the day before Way Too Cool 50K to discuss his race strategies:

  • How does he break up a 100-mile race
  • How does he alter his training when he is injured
  • How has his training changed over the years
  • His multi-day records and upcoming attempt to break the 2200-mile Appalachian Trail record
  • How is a multi-day race different mentally and physically from a 100-mile race

He also talks about Wings For Life World Run coming up on May 4th.  100% of the $50 race fee goes to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.

Check out this video of Karl's Red Bull Human Express, his 2064-mile Pony Express record run in 2010.

Check out our video simulcast HERE

"Race Course in Review" by Vasque Running Shoes

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Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

Direct download: Karl_Meltzer_V2_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:11pm CST

We talk with three of Nike's newly-formed Trail Elite Team: Sally McRaeChris VargoAlex Varner, and Team Manager: Pat Werhane.  This interview was recorded the afternoon before Chris and Alex finished #1 and #2 at a 1200-participant, Way Too Cool 50K.  Some of the topics we discuss are:

  • How to adjust for weather or course conditions?
  • Is there race-day cooperation between team mates?
  • Trusting your training
  • Pre-race pump up songs

Sally: “Back it up” by Gwen Staphanie

Chris: “Helecopter” by Bloc Party

Alex: “The Sign” by Ace of Base       uhhhhh, yea :)

Check out our video simulcast HERE

"Race Course in Review" by Vasque Running Shoes

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Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

Direct download: Team_NIke_joins_TRN_v1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:25pm CST

Nation member, Candice Burt joins us to discuss a recent lighthearted  blog post she wrote on how ultra runners take things to excess.   DUH!   That's who we are. 

Fun article about people that make up excuses for not racing well.

Here are some of the races she directs:

Tahoe Rim 200 mile race

Bellingham Trail Marathon 

Bellingham Trail Running Series

Cle Elum Ridge 50k & 25K

Rainshadow Running

"Race Course in Review" by Vasque Running Shoes

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Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

Direct download: Candice_and_Sally_too.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:58pm CST

Ultra Trail Running is distinctly different in culture and mental preparation than other running or endurance sports.  Veteran Trail Ultra Runner, Bob Crowley, visits with the Nation about what is unique about this sports culture.

  • Is there a difference between "doing" an ultra run and "being" an ultra runner?
  • What are some of the tenets of the trail running culture?
  • Are we losing the ultra trail running culture with the mass appeal and participation recently?
  • How can we keep the culture?
  • How does this culture helps us prepare mentally for the experiences that accompany a long trail race

An interesting perspective from Geoff Roes in his article, "Ultrarunning is Dead"

Join the Trail Animals Running Club

"Race Course in Review" by Vasque Running Shoes

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Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

Direct download: Bobs_World.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 7:10pm CST

Ashley Walsh plays Grab Bag

Ashley Walsh has been busy weaving a tapestry of trail philosophy on her blog AshRuns100straining and racing.  In fact, she recently killed it at Pistol 100 Mile in TN, where she won with a sub 20-hour finish!  You gotta run this one just for the buckle!

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Grab bag topics include:

Ashley, always up for a challenge, was dared by her husband, Dan, to include this list of words. Did she succeed?

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"Race Course in Review" by Vasque Running Shoes

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Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

Direct download: grab_bag_ashruns.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:01pm CST

If "ultra running is 90% mental and the other 10% is in your head", shouldn't we train our brain?  Is there a repeatable process for winning?

Lanny Bassham went from a kid that others said would never compete as an athlete to a 2-time Olympic medalist and 4-time world champion with four world records.  All winners have common threads that they do differently than everyone else.  He has discovered a formula to preparing mentally to be a champion.  Since retiring from competition, he continues as a coach to many World and Olympic champions, Fortune 500 companies, the United States Secret Service, the US Navy SEALS, the United States Army Marksmanship Unit, the US Marine Corps Marksmanship Unit, and the FBI.

"With Winning in Mind" is in it's third edition and is a MUST read for all Nation Members.

Learn more at Lanny's web site:  Mental Management

You will learn about the

  • three circles of the Mental Management System
  • three phases of a task
  • goal getting
  • how to use rehearsal as a mental tool
  • How an imagined imprint can be just as real as an actual imprint.
  • How can we be better coach your children

"Race Course in Review" by Vasque Running Shoes

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: Lanny_Bassham_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:27pm CST

Get out your dictionary and slow down the playback on your MP3 player!  Ben Greenfield, fitness expert and top ranked Iron-Man triathlete teaches about

  • Cold Thermogenisis
  • Exercise throughout the day
  • How Fasting can help you turn your body into a fat-burning machine
  • How to "Grease your Groove"
  • The importance of breathing correctly

Ben can be found on four of his own podcasts:

  • Endurance Planet
  • Git Fit Guy
  • Ben Greenfield Fitness
  • Rock Star Podcast

You can also find other valuable articles and tools on many of his web sites:

Here are some of the links to information that we talked about

"Race Course in Review" by Vasque Running Shoes

Take the Tailwind Challenge at: Tailwind Nutrition   

Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

Direct download: Ben_Greenfield_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:33pm CST

What if there was a nutrition training program that is NOT a calorie-deficient diet, NOT low-carb / Atkins-like, NO need to count calories, and requires NO special foods or supplements?

Our favorite nutritionist, Sunny Blende, teaches us how to train our metabolism: increase our fat burning enzymes so we can be efficient running machines!

Other Podcasts with Sunny:

"Race Course in Review" by Vasque Running Shoes

Take the Tailwind Challenge at: Tailwind Nutrition   

Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

Direct download: Sunny_D_2.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:05am CST

Trail Runner Nation's Southern California corespondent, Jimmy Dean Freeman, joins the Nation to discuss new year's resolutions and goal setting.

Stuff we referenced:

Here are SOME steps we came up with to achieving your running goals:

  1. Set the goal - don't worry about the myths that hold you back or what other people say
  2. Identify the obstacles that might get in your way - plan how you will overcome them
  3. Break the goal into smaller, more realistic goals
  4. Do something everyday that get you closer to that goal
  5. Adapt the plan as necessary
  6. Celebrate along the way

Check out our new sponsor's, "Race Course in Review" by Vasque Running Shoes

Take the Tailwind Challenge at: Tailwind Nutrition   

Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

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Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:32pm CST

Dr. Robert Portman is and exercise scientist and coauthor of three books,

  1. Nutrient Timing
  2. The Performance Zone
  3. Hardwired for Fitness

and has authored hundreds of articles on how nutrition can improve fitness, health and athletic performance.

Dr. Portman teaches us that there are five macro-nutrients that an endurance athlete needs to know how to use: Water, Proteins, Carbohydrates, Fats, and electrolytes.  By knowing WHEN and HOW MUCH to use  the macro-nutrients,  we can raise our performance, avoid bonking and G.I. distress.

Once we understand how to utilize these macro-nutrients, there are micro-nutrients that can further tweak and enhance our performance.

Over the last 30 years, Dr. Portman has reshaped sports nutrition and the development of energy products with proven performance and recovery benefits, including: Endurox R4, Accelerade and now Body Glove SURGE, an energy shot for endurance athletes.

Unsure of how much hydration and nutrition to use on your next workout?  Check out The Portman Calculator: easily compute your hydration and nutrition needs for a workout or race.

Here are some other interesting articles that Dr. Portman has written:

Check out our new sponsor's, "Race Course in Review" by Vasque Running Shoes

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Download a free audio book at Audible

Direct download: Dr._Energy_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:24am CST

With over 20 books written for the endurance athlete, Matt Fitzgerald is one of the sport's leading authors.  Some of his other best sellers are:

  • Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance
  • Iron War-Dave Scott, Mark Allen, & the Greatest Race Ever Run
  • The Runner's Body: How the Latest Exercise Science Can Help You Run Stronger, Longer, and Faster

Matt talks to us about his book, "Run-The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel".  Some topics include:

  • Should a dose of suffering be included in your training?
  • The Black Box of ingredients that you open on race day
  • How to learn to train your body by listening to it

Follow Matt on Twitter or on Facebook

Take the Tailwind Challenge at: Tailwind Nutrition   

Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

Direct download: Matt_Fitzgerald_author_runner_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 7:25pm CST

Italian Nation Member, Monica, paints a picture of Italian trail running!  Monica lives in the middle of some amazing mountain running.  She explains trail running culture, race demographics and gear choices of Italian runners. One of the forty-seven ultras in 2014 is the Tour Des Geants, a 330 KM (205 mile) race with a 150 hour time limit.

Book a trip to Italy and Corri di più!!

Direct download: Dec_26_monica_volume.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:46am CST

Class is in session.  Dr. Mark talks about

  • Cadence: what is the most efficient, how to determine yours, does it make a difference if you are tall or short?
  • Breathing: what is the most effective way to breath?  How to practice and what are the benefits?
  • How long does it take to change body composition?
  • Treadmills
  • What are the latest trends in running shoes that he saw at 2013 The Running Event

Here are some valuable links:

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: DR_CUC_Dec_20.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:18pm CST

Chris Vargo is relatively new to the trail running scene, but has quickly found his place at the front of the pack; including a 3rd place finish at the 2013 North Face Endurance 50 Mile in San Francisco.  You can watch a great video of the 2013 TNF50 lead runners HERE.   Chris talks about how he started in trail running, his training including pool runnning, his successes, the TNF50 race, and overcoming his alcoholism.

Chris can be found on Facebook and Twitter and will soon have a blog.

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: Vargo.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:00pm CST

On the evening of two of the most popular 100-mile race lotteries (Western States 100 and Hardrock 100),  Andy Jones-Wilkins and Craig Thornley (race director) join the Nation to discuss the mystic and draw of Western States 100, the new 2015 qualifying standards, "micro competitions", the future of ultrarunning, and how to maintain longevity in the sport.

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Direct download: Lottery_with_CT_and_AJW_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:15pm CST

Coach Sally McRae joins Trail Runner Nation and opens up the official TRN Grab Bag: running topics that are in the news or on our mind.

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Direct download: Grab_Bag.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:42pm CST

Dr. Maffetone teaches us that

  • the brain's role is often overlooked in training and racing,
  • how to improve brain function through biofeedback stimulation, and
  • how to develop and maintain a better athletic brain.

Buy Dr. Phil Maffetone's Big Book of Endurance Training and Running

Buy The Big Book of Health and Fitness

Previous Podcast with Dr. Maffetone:

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Direct download: Phil_is_in_Alpha_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:02pm CST

Ian Torrence has won 51 ultras and run over 170.  He coaches for McMillan Running.  Ian joins us to talk about what you need to do to prepare for cold weather running - starting from the head to the toes.  He recaps his successful inauguration of the Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Stagecoach Line Ultra, a 100-mile ultra or relay event.

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Here is Ian's earlier podcast:: How to Build a Bonkproof Body

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Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

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Direct download: Ian_Dos_Dos_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:01pm CST

Warren Pole joins the Nation in person!  The authorities let Warren and his wife, Erica, into the U.S. with their TRN work visa.  We were able to not only have a great trail running discussion, but also break bread and share 18 miles of the Western States trail with him (with no bonking).  

Candice Burt, RD, announces a great new RACE for 2014!

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Direct download: Warren_in_Studio_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:33pm CST

It has been 8 months since we last talked to Anna Frost (check out her original podcast HERE).  She has been recovering from a couple debilitating injuries, but has continued to tour the globe representing TEAM SALOMON She talks about her most recent trip to Morocco, where she trained with Mohammad Ahansal, 18-time finisher of the Marathon des Sables (winning 4 times and coming in 2nd ten times).

Anna talks candidly about how she learned to take time off so that she could heal and what kind of cross training she did to try and keep in shape.  And find out what her next great adventure is.

Visit Anna's BLOG and take a look at Anna's cool JEWELRY.

You can follow Anna on Facebook or Twitter.

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Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

Direct download: Anna_Frosty_in_France.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:04am CST

Anton has come off a busy year of running and training culminating in the release of the Joel Wolpert film, "In the High Country".  (A MUST have $15 purchase)

Tony talks about:

  • his mountain running life-style and philosophy
  • running form - efficient and quick
  • making the movie
  • his Nolan's 14 adventure
  • running and racing in Europe

HERE is the link to the first of three videos about Tony's attempt at Nolan's 14 this summer

HERE is the link to one of our favorite videos of Tony running.

HERE is the link to his Blog, "Riding the Wind"

Direct download: anton_.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:08pm CST

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

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Check out the cool headlamps made for trail running at Petzl

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

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

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

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

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

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 CST

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

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

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: rurbina@adventurerace.com

Get a free audio book download at www.audiblepodcast.com/trn

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

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 CST

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 www.trailrunnernation.com


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

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 CST

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 CST

Sally McRae joins us to talk about the most common questions and issues she is asked by the athletes she coaches:

  • How do I deal with injuries?
  • How much do I need to run?
  • What about Cross Training?
  • Nutrition?
  • Why are you the "yellow runner"?
  • How do you balance being a Mom, business owner, coach and STILL find time for your personal training?
Direct download: SallyDos.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:02am CST

Dr. Steven Gangemi joins Faith, Don and Scott to talk about important trail running topics:

  • Spray on tans. 
  • Groupon. 
  • Glycemic index. 
  • Trigeeks. 
  • Crossfit peeing. 
  • Knee pain. 
  • Groupon. 
  • Is orange the new tan? 
  • Running depression. 
  • Spray on tanning. 
  • Waking up at night hungry.  
  • Racing too often.  
  • Skippy Super Chunk Peanut Butter.  
  • Periodization. 
  • Groupon. Simple!
Direct download: SprayTan.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:00pm CST

Sally McRae joins us to talk about the most common questions and issues she is asked by the athletes she coaches:

  • How do I deal with injuries?
  • How much do I need to run?
  • What about Cross Training?
  • Nutrition?
  • Why are you the "yellow runner"?
  • How do you balance being a Mom, business owner, coach and STILL find time for your personal training?
Direct download: SallyMcRae.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:42pm CST

Dominic Grossman and Katie Desplinter have had the benefit of running in the lead pack for many years.  What you may not know about them is that when they are not racing, they are avid volunteers pacing or crewing others.  Dom and Katie record this podcast pre-Western States 100 - where Dominic paced Tim Olsen to his second win in the second hottest year.  

We talk about strategies that can help you pace or crew AND how you, as a racer, can help your pacer and crew help you.

Direct download: PacerandCrew.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 5:44pm CST

We join Ultralegend Tim Twietmeyer and Ultrarunner/Race Director Craig Thornley as we discuss the "Rules of the Trail"  Who knew there are 18 rules for running Western States 100?  Apparently each rule is a result of a circumstance that actually happened happened during the race. 

Direct download: tweetandlordballs.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:53am CST

Ian Torrence has a deep resume of trail ultras:

  • Finished over 170 ultras and has won over 50!  
  • In 1999, he finished 16 ultras and 1 marathon and won 12.  
  • In 2002, he completed the Grand Slam of Ultras
  • 18 JFK finishes including 11 top ten finishes

He currently resides in the trail running mecca of Flagstaff, AZ where he trains and coaches for McMillan Running as their ultra-marathon coach.  Ian talks to us about his experiences and how his body and training has changed over time, how he has adjusted his training to continue to race successfully and tips he feels will help you build a bonk proof body.

Direct download: IanTorrence3.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 7:22pm CST

Gary Avery said, "Optimal Stress + Optimal Rest = Optimal Progress"

Greg joins us from McMillan Running, an online resource / coaching for runners, to discuss how important REST is in our training.  He explains why "the most difficult situation is to be the fittest spectator at a race".  In a recent Runner's World article, "Give it a Rest", Greg explains how better we perform when we incorporate rest into our training schedules: rest during our weekly program and after a race.

Closing Song: "Feeling Way Too Damn Good" by Nickleback.

Direct download: coachGreg.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:45pm CST

Duncan Callahan lives and trains at over 7000' altitude in beautiful Colorado. He has finished in the top 10 in the last 33 races winning the prestigious Leadville Trail 100 twice! Duncan joins us to talk about: Training and racing at altitude How to mentally execute a race How making a peanut butter sandwich is similar to racing "Be the 4th Quarter guy" Cardiac Drift How to enjoy the process of transformation Learning how to balance life, work, family and running.
Direct download: TWandDuncan.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:37am CST

Change out of your spandex triathlete shorts and make sure you aren’t drinking during this podcast (you may find milk coming out your nose in a fit of laughter).  Warren Pole discusses three things that have been on his mind recently: Are Ironman Triathlons for pussies? (take note of Warren Pole’s image on this post) Aren’t injuries [...]
Direct download: Warrenrants.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:24pm CST

Recount his observations while he was running the 2013 Boston Marathon His response to a recent study on barefoot running How to "live more and die less" Upcoming clinics Dr. Mark will be leading in the U.S.
Direct download: DrMarkBoston.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:32pm CST

Max is not only a great runner and nice person, but he is also a student of the sport and coaches athletes. We couldn't turn down the opportunity to talk to him about his training, what he commonly helps athletes improve, and what he is personally working on to improve his running.
Direct download: max20king.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:46pm CST

John Burkett interviews runners from all walks of life and discovers that there are as many reasons WHY we run as there are people, come common threads that exist with all runners and that our reasons change with the different seasons of life.
Direct download: WhyWeRun.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:27am CST

Sometimes when Don makes the schedule, there is a mix up. We recorded this one night when a guest didn't show up so we decided to just take about trail stuff. The truth is, we can't even remember what we talked about to put in this description! So listen up and find out :)
Direct download: ScottandDon.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:19pm CST

Join Ashley Walsh and Jimmy Dean Freeman as we explore what we love and what we could live without on the trail. Ashley is nice. Scott is out of town and submits his list and appears as "Silent Scott" channeling his thoughts through Don. Jimmy streams organic wisdom from the trail gods. What's not to like? Apply a fresh Performance Enhancing Kokopelli to get the most out of this podcast.
Direct download: ValentinesEdition.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:19pm CST

Warren Pole turns the table on Don, Faith and Scott and ASKS the questions!
Direct download: WarrensTable.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:07pm CST

Pandora's Box turned out to be a bit larger than we thought. After an hour and 48 minute podcast we still have some more work to do. Join Ashley Walsh and Jimmy Dean Freeman as we discuss, "If you walk in your endurance run can you really really claim you ran the race?" Oh yeah, and JDF intro's the EPIC Bill Bradley into the mix.
Direct download: jdfash2.1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:22am CST

Ultra Running Veterans, Dana Gard and Steve Harrold share with us stories of who mentored them and how the sport of ultra running has changed.
Direct download: DanaSteve.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:27pm CST

We had a great virtual run with Dr. Steven Gangemi, AKA cult leader, where we talked about many different things including the recent articles stating that running was bad for your health.
Direct download: socdoccult.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:07am CST

We join Elite ultra runner Nikki Kimball and film director and producer Jaime Jacobsen as we talk about their new movie "Finding Traction": Nikki's quest to set a new record on the 273-mile, Vermont Long Trail.
Direct download: NikkiJimmyJaime.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:16pm CST

Dominic Grossman and Katie DeSplinter join TRN to talk about their experience at Liza Howard’s recent trail running camp with Team RWB, Katie’s recent win at Ozark Trail 100, How long does it take to get “race ready”, Their training schedule, Two-legged Star Wars creatures.
Direct download: KD-DOMrwb.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:26pm CST

Our favorite Brit, UTMB finisher, good friend of the Mayor of Chamonix, and journalist extraordinaire: Warren Pole joins us to discuss how ultra running can teach us to be better in our professional careers... or can it? Warren drops Aristotle-like philosophy on the Nation Membership.
Direct download: Wp-the-philosopher.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:44pm CST

Running partners can inspire motivate and help you reach your potential. Choose the wrong running partner and they may just drive you crazy. Ultra runner, Coach, Mother, and three-time member of the USA's 24-hour team and "smart aleck": Carilyn Johnson joins the nation to discuss important considerations to keep in mind when choosing who you run with.
Direct download: Carilyn_Johson_Human_Frequency.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:22pm CST

The Trail Runner Nation's Doctor, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, is in the house and talks about 3 simple tips to think about as you are training in the coming months: don't overstride, lengthen your posture and go nip to hip!
Direct download: cuctipshipsnips.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:18pm CST

Mike Morton continues to have an amazing come back. In the last race season, not only did he win every race he entered, but he set new records as well. Mike is also an Ambassador for Team RWB and will be a coach at the upcoming trail running clinic on November 9-12, 2012 in Texas.
Direct download: Mike-Morton-RWB.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:55pm CST

Do you need to know if you're an ultra runner? Check out this link on run100s.com and join us as we discuss the list of reasons you may be an ultra runner.
Direct download: you-know.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:32am CST

Ultra Runner and running coach, Liza Howard joins us to talk about fall training and a great training camp she is hosting in Texas on November 9-12, 2012. Team RWB is a non-profit, grass-roots organization that is helping our U.S. veterans reintegrate into civilian life through a physical activity and community. There will be many high-profile runners and coaches on staff to help you become a better trail runner. You don't have to be a veteran to attend, but if you are... it's free of charge!!!
Direct download: Liza-Howard2.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:44pm CST

Our second interview with Adam Bradley, aka Krudmeister, a record-holding long-distance treker! The last time we talked to him he had just set a world record for a self supported Pacific Crest Trail trek. This summer Adam did a self-supported, human-powered trek over 4700 miles from Reno, NV to the Bearing Sea in Alaska. This is an amazing story of endurance. We talk "Krudmeister" about his 2 1/2 month journey through some of the American Continents most beautiful country, the wildlife he encountered, and his determination to keep going day after day.
Direct download: Adam-BLC-Bearing.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:04am CST

We catch up to Aliza Lapierre after an amazing 2012 race season. She talks about time off, base building, cross training, listening to your body, race selection, having a coach and much more!
Direct download: alizalapierre.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:28pm CST

Join us on a 90 minute run with Dr. Gangemi. He talks about NSAIDs and all things important for the health of an endurance athlete. Most importantly, we talk to him about what he is doing in this photo...
Direct download: Gangemi-NSAID.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:53pm CST

Our good friend, Warren Pole, joins us again to recount the 2012 North Face Ultra Tour Du Mont Blanc. He describes his successful finish of this world-class event. Warren explains his revolutionary strategy: "Running with the Mayor" which aided Warren to move up 1100 places before he finished!
Direct download: Warren-Pole-utmb.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:31pm CST

Jimmy Dean Freeman, our southern California correspondent, chats with Faith, Don and Scott about the 2012 Western States 100. Earthquakes, rain, snow, hail, record-low temperatures, records-broken, memories-made, goals-met, dreams-fulfilled, victory, defeat, agony, pain, joy, enlightenment: all were present again at this year's WS100.
Direct download: 2012-ws100.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:13pm CST

Have you ever wished you could take a running vacation? Five days of supported running bliss and evenings filled with sharing ideas and stories of trail running? Andy and Kim Holak, veteran trail runners, enable the dream with their company: Adventure Running Company
Direct download: Andy-Holak.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:39pm CST

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella joins us again to talk to us about the "H" words: Heat and Heart. Our community has been buzzing with the tragic deaths of Micah True (aka Caballo Blanco) and Arizonan, John Greer. We ask Dr. Mark if ultra running can be damaging to our health and how to deal with heat in training and race day expectations.
Direct download: Cucuzzella-4.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:34pm CST

Nation member Warren Pole talks about why British ultras aren't very cool compared to the way he imagines American ultras to be, the best ultra-running advice he has ever received, and his quest to complete the UTMB this year. After listening to this podcast, you may change the way you think about bonking.
Direct download: The-Warren-Pole.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:58pm CST

We catch up with Jimmy Dean Freeman who is part of a relay team consisting of 7 ultrarunners running nearly 2,500 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica California to help spread the message to elementary school children about fitness, self confidence, setting goals and realizing personal achievement. Jimmy experiences are grand as he is escorted by police, becomes part of a hootenanny, saves a turtle and he is only 1/2 way home!
Direct download: Run-It-Forward-JDF.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:22pm CST

Dominic plays the mountain profile like a concert pianist plays the arpeggio. A well-executed run is like making music. Join us as we discuss with Dominic what he has learned from his mentors and absorbed directly from the San Gabriel Mountain range. Running uphill, recovering on the downs and cruising the flats set the stage for a hit song. This is a must listen.
Direct download: dominic-grossman-mountain-running.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 7:34pm CST

Join Don and Scott as they chat with Faith, fresh out of her first 50 miler. There were hamburgers, chafage, post-race blackouts and more! Listen to get the scoop.
Direct download: Faiths-AR-50-report.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:07pm CST

What was your longest back-to-back training run? How about a 40+ mile back-to-back-to-back. Repeated for 65 days. With no support! We talk to a record-holding fastpacker and trail runner to uncover how to take ultra-running to the extreme and see what other things we can learn from him.
Direct download: krudmeister.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:42pm CST

Scott, Faith and Don take on blogger Will Cooper's Nine and a Half Ways To Keep Running Real. He lists his top suggestions that every trail runner should follow. We turn each one inside out as we talk through them.
Direct download: rambling-runners.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:19pm CST

The Kokopelli has held a prominent role in folklore, culture and traditions. Many authorities believe this celebration is justified as it is probable the Kokopelli allowed the homo erectus to avoid extinction. On such authority is Professor Richard Nelson. His research has provided the first look at the powers of the Kokopelli. Dr. Nelson shares with us the benefits of applying and wearing the Performance Enhancing Temporary Tattoo available exclusively on our site.
Direct download: kokopelli-power.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 3:03pm CST

Steven Sashen, the founder of Invisible Shoes and author of the popular 'Sh*t Barefoot Runners Say' video, joins us for an insightful discussion on topics including invisible shoes, running on a foot of cotton, a thin sheet of stainless steel and broken glass... Did I forget anything? About a million other disconnected tangents... Oh yeah, stay tuned at the end for a special bonus track where we keep the mic live for a post interview discussion!
Direct download: steve-sashan.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:10pm CST

When we say "Patagonia", you think of "The Mountain" or "The Gear". If Mark Hofmann and George Plomarity from Patagonia Outdoor Clothing and Gear have anything to say about it...the answer is "The Gear". George and Mark have plenty to say as we discuss the equipment that makes us want to run to the trail.
Direct download: patagonia-czars.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:01pm CST

TRN has a WEB Ninja and now a GEAR Ninja? What's next... Well what's now is an introduction to "The Trail Runners GEAR Tester". James turns gear upside down and inside out to get to the bottom of it all. Don't make a purchase until you consult your Gear Ninja.
Direct download: gear-ninja.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:52pm CST

Trail Runner Nation's own web ninja & ultra-runner Tim Smith joins us to talk about the very cool features of our website, http://www.trailrunnernation.com. Ninja Tim has created a social media site for trail runners. The content is community driven. Sometimes Tim finds the ninja training comes in handy as he has to keep some of the Nation members in line!
Direct download: community-updates-with-tim.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:50pm CST

Ever thought you might be able to run with the worlds fastest ultra-runners in a 100 mile foot race? Well try running it with a camera strapped to your back and looking through the lens. Filmmaker and ultra-runner J.B. Benna takes us behind the scenes of the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains, home of the Western States 100 and the epic race of 2010 that stretched from Squaw Valley to Auburn California.
Direct download: jb-benna.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 10:50am CST

Check out our first podcast which explains just what is the Trail Runner Nation, how to get involved and what to expect from future episodes and around the website.

Direct download: trn-introduction.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 4:11pm CST