Trail Runner Nation

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Trail Runner Nation is devoted to sharing knowledge and advice to the trail running community - from beginners to the pros! We offer tips and discussion regarding race nutrition, pacing strategy, mental focus and much more from well-respected members of the trail community.

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EP 577: Western States 100- The Keys to Success at This Race and Any Other Long Run
Western States 100 is this weekend.  International runners represent nearly 1/3 of the entrants.  We recorded this episode live with these international runners at a local running store in Auburn California, The Aid Station.  Course experts, Tim Twietmeyer and Ian Sharman join us to help these runners understand the course and how to develop a strategy for success.  Many of these strategies can translate into your trail adventures and races. HERE is a link to a course map and elevation profile. Link to Joe Uhan's iRunFar articles: - The Western States Killing Machine - Part 1 - The Western States Killing Machine - Part 2 Sharman Ultra Coaching
Ep 576: 2022 Western States 100 Preview
Merry Statesmas! They 2022 running of the iconic Western States 100 is next weekend.  We sit down with Andy Jones-Wilkins to get his take on this year's race.  There will be 385 amazing stories from each of the starters this year.  We highlight some of the ones that you might want to watch unfold. Joe Uhan's iRunFar articles, "Western State Killing Machine": Part 1 & Part 2 Hire Andy as a coach! or check out his weekly Tap Room at iRunFar
Pacing can be an art and a science.  In this episode we bring on four experts to help us understand what a good pacer is and isn't / does and doesn't. Scotty Mills, Coach Jimmy Dean Freeman, Coach Meghan Canfield, and Andy Jones-Wilkins share their wisdom as racers and pacers.  What makes a good one?   Here are some previous episodes we have done on pacing: Pacing: How to Be the Best Pacer with Victor Ballesteros Pacing and Crewing with Dominic and Katie Check out SoCal Coyotes Check out Meghan's coaching site Hire Andy as a coach! or check out his weekly Tap Room at iRunFar
TRN Audio Magazine - Volume 10
It has been a while since the last publication of the Audio Magazine.  We invited some of our favorite witty guest to make it fun. Each person comes with a title of their article. The other participants guess what the article is about and then we discuss. Hire Andy as a coach! or check out his weekly Tap Room at iRunFar Warren Pole,  one of the founders of 33 Fuel. They recently started a podcast that is devoted to endurance fueling: 33Fuel Podcast
5 Biomarkers Every Runner Should Know About
Biomarkers help us understand what is going on inside our bodies.  There are many that are very important to endurance athletes.  In this episode Ashley Reaver helps us identify five of these biomarkers, why they are important, what is the normal range and what can we do to correct them if they are outside the normal range. Ashley Reaver is a registered sports dietician with a masters in Nutrition Science and Policy.  She offers nutrition counseling in her private practice and a full-time teacher of nutrition and dietetics courses at the University of California, Berkeley.  She is also the lead nutritional scientist at Inside Tracker.
Running and the Science of Mental Toughness
Don recently came across an article by Mariska van Sprundel, "Running and the Science of Mental Toughness". We love talking about the mental side of our sport and thought Dr. Rob Bell would be an excellent guest for the topic. Dr. Rob Bell is a certified Mental Performance Coach with years of academic research and real-life coaching experience.   2 of the 7 books Rob has written:: - Puke & Rally: It's Not About the Setback, It's About the Comeback - listen to our episode on the book HERE - No One Gets There Alone Check out  - Dr. Rob's web site - Puke & Rally web site - His podcast, "15 minutes of Mental Toughness" Find him at Twitter Facebook Instagram YouTube Rob is running the Dances With Dirt 50K this weekend! He will be the one smiling!
We've all heard that we should build a good "base".  In this episode we devine what base building is and how to make it a fundimental part of our training.   Our experts for this episode are Ian Sharman, Krissy Moehl, Dr. Phil Maffetone, and Ellie Greenwood. Links: Dr. Phil's Big Books: Big Book of Health and Fitness Big Book of Training and Racing Dr. Phil's web site Sharman Ultra Coaching Krissy Moehl's web site Phil Maffetone's music site
The Power of Consistency
What does consistency mean to you? Returning guest, Adam Kimble joins The Nation to discuss the long-term benefits of consistency.  Could consistency be the holy grail of training success? Learn more about Adam by checking out his web site and his coaching site, Run On Dirt Coaching. Adam's social channels: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
Should We Believe in Science-Backed Research?
Alex Hutchinson is back to discuss some of his most recent articles he published at Outsideonline: Why Cyclists Can Handle Heat Better than Runners New Data on How Your Arm Swing Affects Running Do Endurance Athletes Get More Cavities? Alex Hutchinson is an avid runner and author.  We did a series of podcasts on his book, Endure: Mind, Body and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. Previous Podcasts where we discuss the specific chapters of Endure: Podcast #1:   The Unforgiving Minute, The Conscience Quitter, Heat, Belief Podcast #2: The Central Governor Theory, Pain and Training the Brain Podcast #3 : Oxygen, Fuel, and Zapping the Brain Check out Alex’s other books: Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?: Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise Big Ideas: 100 Modern Inventions That Have Transformed Our World What Defines our Limits - with Alex Hutchinson Follow Alex on Twitter Check out Sweat Science
EP 568: How to Deal With Aid Station Emergencies
Our good friend and running doctor, Mark Cucuzzella, joins us again to discuss common medical issues that you might experience on the trail, causes and treatments. Dr. Mark's Run for Your Life Podcast Dr. Mark's book, "Run for Your Life" Make sure you watch his 8:25 Video that show the principles of natural running. Be sure to spend some time learning at The Natural Running Center web site. Visit Two Rivers Treads running store either in person or call them and ask them some questions!
5 Secrets Pros Do That Can Help You Regardless of Your Ability
Head Coach and Executive Director of the Hoka Northern Arizona Elite Team, aka Hoka NAZ Elite, Ben Rosario helps us understand how the pros train.  You might be surprised that there are many things they do that you can too!  Regardless of your ability level, age, or experience, we can learn some key principles that will help us run faster and/or further.   Sleep Nutrition Strength Training (you don’t have to have a gym membership) Stretching Taking it easy on easy days BONUS – Pacing You can learn more in the book he co-authored with Matt Fitzgerald, In their new book, Run Like a Pro (Even If You’re Slow): Elite Tools and Tips for Runners at Every Level,  they help us understand that we can reach our potential if we include some of these training techniques and strategies.
EP 566: Strategies of Mental Running
A few weeks ago we spoke with Addie Bracy about mental training.  We loved it so much we bought her book, Mental Training for Ultrarunning: Your Psychological Skills for Ultra Success, and asked AJW if he would join us to talk about the principles she writes about. Visit her mental performance page at Strive Mental Performance

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4.5 out of 5
1008 reviews
deech1986 2022/06/18
This podcast is a great running partner!
My wife and I started trail running a year ago, and we’ve been hooked on TRN ever since. I binged so many episodes on commutes and mid-week road runs ...
MrsBrandieB 2022/05/23
The best!!
This podcast is THE BEST! If you want to fall in love with running or rekindle your love for running, look no further. Scott and Don, thank you!!!
Arlie K 2021/12/17
Run, don't walk... to this podcast!
Don, Scott, and their incredibly knowledgeable guests cover everything you need to know about running, but in a fun, educational, and approachable way...
CanesFanNC 2021/12/19
Somewhat Disappointing
First, I’ll start with positives. As a new trail runner, I’ve picked up a lot of good information. They have some good guests that provide some really...
jlinnski 2021/12/06
As a new ultra runner, this is what I was looking for, thank you, keep ‘em coming!
trailrunner64 2021/11/14
Episode 545
Loved the interview w Jill Colangelo. It would be great to have more biometric research on ultra runners.
Alexstrath1 2021/09/21
Best podcast production out there
The team at Trail Runner Nation has crafted a show that in my mind, rivals the level of reporting seen in big budget productions like 60-minutes. They...
Skookum8 2021/10/19
I listened to Episode 540 with Dr Phil Maffetone where he advocates a high protein low carb diet with no caveats on what type of athlete or scenarios ...
Whiskeyonsin 2021/09/20
Great Show
Great show with great content! I love to listen when out on runs or when I need motivation.
bellingham_barry 2021/09/17
Maybe running out of ideas
It seems like half the episodes have good insightful guests that share good stories and experiences. But at this point it’s mostly Dr. Oz type crap fo...


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