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We speak to man of the moment Max King after his incredible wins at UROC and JFK50. Oz fast man, Brendan Davies talks about the ultra scene down under and his win at GNW100. Pocket Rocket Stevie Kremer tells us what it's like to move from the US to Italy and race at the highest level. Talk Training is about run shoes. We have the news, a blog, up and coming races and of course Speedgoat Karl Meltzer.

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We interview The North Face athlete Mike Wolfe on his transition from Lawyer to athlete. Salomon athlete Linda Doke tells us all about Raid de la Reunion (Diagonale des Fous) and The North Face athlete Jez Bragg provides us with a coup at a TNF press conference held in London. We have a blog post by Frosty, the news, up and coming races and part 2 of Talk Training all about run technique. Of course, Speedgoat joins us for the a Meltzer Moment and as co-host.

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You never forget your first: Autumn Leaves was the site of my first-ever ultra race, and the 2012 event was the two-year anniversary of that momentous (and admittedly life-changing) day.  I return to Autumn Leaves each year for that reason, and others:

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Our interview this week is with Salomon athlete, Andy Symonds. We have chat with Marathon des Sables RD Patrick Bauer and we catch up with ISF Executive Director, Lauri Van Houten at the end of the Skyrunning season. Talk Training has Pt1 of a 2 part discussion on run technique and Speedgoat gives us his Good, Bad & Ugly. We have a blog, the news and up and coming races.... oh, and don't mention my knees!

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On October 13, 2012 I ran the Dick Collins Firetrails 50 Miler (I fell off the blogging wagon for a bit so I'm writing this at a later date)... "Firetrails" is an awesome ultramarathon that is run on an out and back course through the East Bay Hills in the San Francisco Bay Area. I live in San Francisco so I woke up at about 5am and sped out to the East Bay to check in and make the 6:30am start

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No 34 come in... ! we speak to Speedgoat all about Grindstone 100. We have chat from the Royal Parks ultra with Dimitrios and Silvia from Salomon Running. Niandi Carmont catches up with inspirational ultra runner, Mavis Hutchison who paved the way for female running. Mike Le Roux tells us all about the Grand Slam of ultra. Ian Sharman discusses the news and Marc Laithwaite discusses 'winter' training in Talk Training. We have a blog for you and of course the up and coming races. A stacked show! Plus the Good, Bad and Ugly with Speedgoat Karl.

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We honour Teresa Farriol. Ian Sharman joins us for an update and a chat about the news. We talk to Terry Conway as he embarked on his first European race. Barry Murray discusses the Paleo diet in Talk Training and we bring you three interviews from Cavalls del Vent with Joe Grant, Anna Frost and Anton Krupicka. We have a somewhat different Meltzer Moment, up and coming races and a couple of blogs.

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King defends his titles in both the U.S. 50K Trail and XTERRA National Championships in the same weekend; Baron and Anderson take women's titles

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Talk about name dropping... episode 18 has a stellar cast! Once again I have Speedgoat Karl with me for most of the show, we discuss his incredible run at Run Rabbit Run and we also catch up and talk about all his years in the sport. We speak to Mike Morton and get some feedback on his incredible Badwater win and we also talk about his record breaking 24 hour run. Prof Tim Nokaes is a legend within all sports, his book 'The Lore of Running' has been very much a bible for the keen runner, in Talk Training we discuss Tim's new book 'Waterlogged'. If that wasn't enough we finally catch up with the man who has got so many people into ultra, including me, Dean Karnazes. We also have the news, blogs and up and coming races. Phew... what a show!

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Let me start off by saying that I have never seen people wear so many layers of clothing in a running event. I thought Portlanders over-dressed, but UTMB'ers took it to a new level.  Racers were bundled up as if about to face severe arctic weather (and we might have, had we headed up over 6000 ft, which we didn't). It was almost laughable, and a wee bit confusing, as it made me question whether I had enough on and had packed enough extra gear for my crew.  I kept trying to remind myself that I've been running in winter weather for as long as I can remember, and would never consider wearing more than a single layer on bottom, even when it's really really cold or really wet. And I never wear more than 2 layers on top, and that usually becomes uncomfortably warm. But, as racers started to panic about weather conditions in the days prior and swarm the Chamonix stores for additional gear, I got sucked in and did the same. 

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It's been nearly three months since Western States, so I figure it was time to race again.  Despite being fitter, stronger and more efficient than '11, the post-WS recovery has been slooow: leg-feel and energy were down, and breaking free from the "hundred-mile old man stride" has been a challenge.

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Even though the weather gods have shat upon UTMB the past 2 years, who would have thunk that they would decide to dump the mother load on the race for a third year in a row? Not I, and I certainly didn't pack for it, as I stressed over finding the lightest gear possible to take on the challenge. I can remember telling Byron (MHW/Montrail) several times, "I don't need to wear the waterproof pants, I just need to carry them," as I looked for the lightest possible option (on this point, I'll still argue I was right...I cannot imagine ever wearing waterproof pants to run in, even after the weather we got at UTMB).  It was gorgeous for the days heading into the race and gorgeous the days following, but the weather gods decided to unleash their fury in a short 48-hour window to affect all 4 of the 2012 races (PTL, TDS, CCC and UTMB).  And while the event organizers and racers rallied to embrace what mother nature threw our way, it was a major disappointment to not be able to truly experience UTMB.

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Post Western States blog I asked that you stay tuned....read on!

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I have the pleasure of Speedgoat Karl being a co host for the whole show. We talk about Trofeo Kima and have audio with Kilian Jornet before the race took place and then we catch up with Andy Symonds, Emelie Forsberg, Nuria Picas and Philip Reiter after the race. We discuss all things UTMB. We have interviews with members of the Vibram Trail Running Team which include 2nd placed lady, Francesca Canepa and team member Ronan Moalic, Beppe Marazzi and David Gatti. We also have interview with UTMB winners, Francois D'Haene and LIzzy Hawker just before they go onto the podium and we also grab 5 mins with 3rd place in the mens race, Mike Foote. Talk Training, A Meltzer Moment, the news, up and coming races and finallly; phew, a quick preview of Wasatch 100.

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Newcomer Morgan Arritola leads US women to third team gold; men place fourth

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