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Love the Process, Get Faster, Run Longer Ultra Runners and Coaches David and Megan Roche join The Nation to talk about their new book, the Happy Runner. LIVING IN ALL CAPS Embrace the process Why talk about the bad stuff with running? “We don’t give a fudge about your result Chaotic unpredictability and futility of […]

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Sarah and I chat with FKT/UD head honcho Buzz Burrell about the ethics and people behind FKTs and where our sport is headed. We also talk aging, mixed drinks, podcasts, and more.

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Take a run with Marshall Ulrich, 67 of Evergreen, CO. This episode was recorded in front of a LIVE studio audience at RNK Running & Walking in Parker, CO. Marshall Ulrich is the author

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Ultrarunner, Caleb Simpson joins The Nation to discuss CBD Oil and how it might hold some benefits for you as a runner.  There are many incorrect perceptions and understandings about this cousin to marijuana, but there are some key differences that may get you to consider an experiment of one. Key facts: It is not […]

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I’ve been semi-obsessed with trail running in the Himalayas since my race in India two years ago. I found the trails, the people, the exchange rate, and the culture perfect for getting in some big miles, so I asked an expert to join me on this episode to talk about …

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Take a run with Karey Cooper, 38 of Forest Ranch, CA. Karey is the owner and race director of the Loco Race Series in Northern California. In this episode we hear about the devastating

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This year we adapt the boardgame, Balderdash, to a trail game.  AJW and Donna Nì Cuarta compete for the coveted TRN Crown! AJW’s Coaching

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PART 3 discussing three more chapters of the great book, Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance PART 1 HERE. PART 2 HERE The capacity to endure, from 5K to 240 miles to a relationship is an elusive skill that we search for.   Runner and journalist, Alex Hutchinson, exposes us to research […]

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Let’s finish up 2018 with something different, shall we? Ultras and trail running are two sports that normalize all of us…we all step up to the same line and finish in the same place, but often times our fellow competitors are coming from all over the place. Doctors, hippies, CEOs, …

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Take a run with Ultra Stories host “Sherpa” John. In this episode, Sherpa talks about a theory known as The Tragedy of the Commons and how it, and the continued US Forest Service budget

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Patsy Ramirez-Arroyo loves to run ultras and will not be stopped. She wasn’t stopped when Hurricane Maria ravaged her island of Puerto Rico. Instead, she used her fitness to traverse washed out roads as she carried aid to her family and friends. She wasn’t stopped when she showed up for …

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Two-time 100km world champion and Western States 100 record holder, Ellie Greenwood joins regular guest Ian Sharman to talk about what has changed in their Ultrarunning since they began: Gear Nutrition Training Bonus topic: what race would you gift a running friend this Christmas and why? Sharman Ultra – Endurance Coaching

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It’s that time of year again. Each December, the URP crack team of historians (Sarah and I) put together a list of fun categories that look back at the year or ultramarathon and trail results and trends and make bold predictions for the coming year. We also talk about personal …

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Take a run with Ultra Stories host “Sherpa” John. In this episode, Sherpa gets on his soapbox to talk about lottery season; how lotteries are held and have evolved over time, and how some

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PART 2.  You can listen to PART 1 HERE. The capacity to endure, from 5K to 240 miles to a relationship is an elusive skill that we search for.   Runner and journalist, Alex Hutchinson, exposes us to research that has been done in recent years that will change the paradigm you may have about endurance. […]

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Before we get into the Spartan Trail Series…Spartan has a long history of success in Obstacle Course Racing and has built an incredible organization around the world.  Led by Spartan and competitor Tough Mudder, the sport of OCR catapulted into the mainstream and really hit it’s peak around 2012 and …

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The evening of the Western States 100 lottery, there are a few lucky few that are preparing their training plan but the majority are left to scan UltraSignUp for a plan B for 2019.  The Nation gathered at the Auburn-based The Aid Station (special virtual guest, AJW) to talk about this iconic race with Race Director, […]

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Katie Grossman got pregnant earlier this year and fully expected to stay in perfect shape, have a flawless pregnancy, bounce back, and continue to crush the trails like she has for years.  She documented much of her journey in some honest and poignant essays for her TrailSisters column.  Katie and …

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Liz Canty won the Barkley Fall Classic last year, won Pinhoti 100,  and just last month, podium at Bear 100. Look through her results list and you’ll see an overall trend towards difficult and challenging events that test the will of the runner. So hearing that she grew up in …

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Take a run with Faithe Anderson, a 54 year old ultra runner from Saugerties, NY.  Faithe is so much more than an ultrarunner. She is a mother of 7 children, homeschools her teens, and

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David Ayala grew up in mountains and desert of Utah with dreams of being a theoretical physicist. Running outside for fun and pouring over books, David was an only child and kept himself busy. David Ayala, live from his living room in Bozeman, MT. Now a Professor of Mathematics (here’s …

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It is hard for humans to survive on their own.  They need a tribe.  Challenges and pressures are hard on an individual in a group, but much greater for an individual in isolation. We talk about the ancient tribal human behaviors: loyalty, inter-reliance, cooperation – that flare up in communities during times of turmoil and […]

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Take a run with Ultra Stories host “Sherpa” John Lacroix. In this episode Sherpa takes us on a run to provide his trademark commentary. He discusses the notion of an ultrarunning “career;” giving races

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Jackson Brill is a 20yo at CSU Boulder who's tearing up the trails and podiums. Keep an eye on this dude: He's got an infectious love for the trails and is making good decisions.

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Ultra Adventurer and leadership coach, Brian Chontosh, aka Tosh, rejoins The Nation to dive into the mental side of endurance sports.  He recently competed in a unique challenge: 24 hours in an enclosed shipping container trying to run as many miles on a Trueform treadmill.  No light, no watch, no data, virtually sensory deprived.  Listen […]

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Take a run with the one and only Courtney Dauwalter. Courtney has risen to elite ultra ranks with her stellar performances at Western States, Moan 240, and Big’s Backyard Ultra. An incredible role model

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Returning guest, Chadd Wright joins The Nation with his training partner and teammate Shawn Webber to discuss their “training missions”.  They are preparing to run the inaugural running of The Revenant Ultra Adventure Race in New Zealand in January 2019. You can follow their training missions on Facebook Listen to Chadd’s original podcast, “Readiness Through […]

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Keely Henninger has had a great year with wins at Chuckanut 50k and Lake Sonoma 50 miler, podiums at other big races, and a monster win at Tussey Mountainback championships. Next up? She’ll toe the line with the fastest ultra trail runners in the country at The North Face Championships …

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Take a run with Tracy Thelen and Carol Lindel, a mother and daughter who spent a decade chasing their goal to run 50 Marathons in 50 States together. Tracy, a talented ultrarunner in her

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What type of personality and planning does it take to run fifty 100 mile races in one year? Meticulous, fit, and passionate. A mind bending interview with a guy taking on an audacious goal.

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There is a unique vocabulary for the Trail Running tribe.  Ashley Walsh and Andy Jones-Wilkins join The Nation to discuss some of these terms.

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Courtney Dauwalter joins Sarah and I to talk about the finer points of Big's Backyard Ultra, her plans for 2018, the partnership with her husband Kevin, and more.

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Take a run with Ultra Stories in the Season 2 kickoff! In this episode Sherpa John interviews Legendary Race Director John Storkamp. John is a 39-year old ultra runner and race director from Hastings,

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We do a lot of power hiking on the trails, but we often neglect our form and biomechanics of walking.  Today, Coach Danny Dreyer rejoins The Nation to help us understand these important biomechanics and teaches us how to improve our walking efficiencies. Danny is the creator of the popular ChiRunning (and ChiWalking). Link to the […]

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Take a run with Ultra Stories in the Season 1 finale! In this episode we circle back around with Jamie Reichler to hear how he mentored newcomer Ben Burke to his first trail marathon

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Like running plans, sometimes when you are producing podcasts, things go awry.  We were planning one podcast for this week, but ended up having a great discussion with Andy. AJW’s Coaching

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Ellie Fox is living the life many of us envy. She grew up in an MUT family and now lives in a tricked-out van with her husband and their pets, traveling from trailhead to trail race whenever they want.  Ellie recently won Cloudsplitter 100k and we talk about what she …

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SoCal Correspondent, Jimmy Dean Freeman, rejoins The Nation as he and some of his clients are preparing for their A-races in the next few weeks.  We outline 10 things that you can do to sabotage your race and result in DNF.  See how many you have done and keep score! Jimmy’s BLOG on 5 ways to […]

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Derrick Lytle joins me to talk about his role in the MUT scene, the overall media landscape, and his recent FKT attempt on the 800 mile Arizona Trail.

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Take a run with 21 year old ultra runner Ryan Lange of Medford, NJ. In this episode we learn how this once 235 lbs. high school football player has morphed his life to not

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Ian Sharman, Joe Uhan and Matt Laye return to Trail Runner Nation to discuss some interesting topics including: Ultrarunning is unhealthy Running by time is better than running by distance Hyperberic treatment vs hypoxic treatment Bottle are better than bladders stretching is good for PF Visit College of Idaho with Assistant Professor, Matt Laye Sharman […]

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Annie Weiss ran her first ultramarathon on the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin and won the 50k division. Since then, she’s gone on to run Kettle Moraine, North Face (Wisconsin and San Francisco), Black Canyon, Gorge Waterfalls, and Leadville three times. Annie Weiss Ice Age Trail In 2017, Annie set …

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Take a run with Joshua Sprague, owner/operator of Orange Mud! Josh is an accomplished triathlete, adventure racer, and ultramarathon runner who turned his love of sport and innovation into his livlihood. In this episode

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Sabrina Stanley (Altra) joins us to talk about Hardrock, racing in Italy, living with Avery, her unrelenting competitive spirit, and more.

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When Stephanie Case (interview here) tells me that someone she met has a good and compelling story, my ears perk up and I pay attention. In this episode, Kiwi Doug Strachan tells a story about a life changing experience ten years ago that set him up for the extraordinary training …

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Dr. Mark Cucuzzella rejoins The Nation to talk about his new book, “Run For Your Life: How to Run, Walk, and Move Without Pain or Injury and Achieve a Sense of Well-Being and Joy”. Get the book at Two Rivers Treads for free if you buy $130 in running gear Here is the link to […]

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Josh Ritter lined up at Pine to Palm 100 three times in five years, each ending in a DNF. This year he finally got it right. What did he learn?

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Days after the conclusion of the Tor Des Geánts 2018 race, Don sits down with AJW, ECEP, and Scott to talk about this amazing experience. Description of the Tor Course description Community Communication between runners despite the language barrier Trail culture – a tribe without borders Mountain Running vs. trail running DNF – what does […]

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Take a run with our host Sherpa John as he shares tales of facing adversity. In this episode, Sherpa reflects on a select set of unique tales from his running of ultras where he

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Andy Dubois, elite endurance athlete, rejoins The Nation to help us understand training intensity and periodization is important in your training. Andy is one of Australia’s top endurance coaches.  he is an accomplished elite endurance athlete including a top finish at UTMB an other wins.  He has a pedigree of certifications and is always on […]

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