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Where Ryan Lange lacks in raw leg speed or a monster VO2 max, he makes up for in enthusiasm for the trails. Ryan’s 21, lives in Jersey, and besides running 200s, also likes to DJ at EDM events and hunt white tail deer. In a sport made of people with …

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Kami Semick was at the top of her game 10 years ago, ran for a few years, then stopped completely. Now she's back at it, but with an entirely new outlook on racing.

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CTS Training Director, Jason Koop, joins The Nation to talk about his recent Tweet: Check out Jason’s book, “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” Jason Koop is the Head Coach for CTS-Ultrarunning. He is the author of ‘Training Essentials for Ultrarunning’ which has become the benchmark book for ultramarathon training. During his coaching career, he has managed over […]

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Take a run with Gary Dudney, a 66 year old ultrarunner from Monterey Bay, CA. Gary has been running ultras since the mid-90s, and in that time has has finished 68 one-hundred milers, and

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Miguel Ordorica has paced and crewed Kaci Lickteig in most of her races since she hit the ultra scene. What's he learned along the way?

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Candice Burt joins The Nation to give us a report of her 3rd Place overall title at Delirious W.E.S.T 200 Mile Ultra.  Candice is arguably one of the pioneers in designing and directing the 200+ mile endurance races.  Until a few short weeks ago, she had never toed the line at the distance (in a […]

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Take a run with Faith Raymond, a 53 year old ultrarunner from Groton, CT. In this episode we hear how Faith transitioned from endurance horse rides, to ultramarathons. We briefly discuss the history of

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Today was the 30th Annual Way Too Cool 50K .  We sit down at the race with Victor Ballesteros and Kenzie MacPail to discuss their favorite Dos and Don’ts of race day.

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Dani Moreno (HOKA/rabbit) lined up for her first trail ultramarathon last week and ran away with the USATF 50k Trail Championship title. Nice work for her first ultra! Want to hear more about her training and whether we’ll see her at more ultras? Make no mistake, Dani Moreno’s no newbie …

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Volume 7 of the Pulitzer Prize winning TRN Audio Magazine is now available at your corner newspaper stand. Featured articles have been submitted by AJW and Warren Pole and include: Ice To See You: Big Reds, Blue Balls, and Skinny Minis in Eastern Europe What’s the Point MS is BS This Tastes a Little Salty […]

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Matt Daniels will be the first sub 4 minute miler to line up for Western States Endurance Run this June. In his first 100k last weekend, Matt won a Golden Ticket by leading from early on in the race and he’s ready to bite off even more this summer. With …

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Take a run with Nathan Sanel, a 50 year old ultrarunner from St. Johnsbury, VT. In this episode Nathan and Sherpa discuss the ultra mindset, most pointedly discussing the art of facing, accepting, and

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A podcast without a guest! I run down some of the top MUT stories from the week. Links: Jeff Browning’s strength routine. Ethan Newberry’s new race in Washington…Tiger Claw! Ryan Sandes’ Tarawera Report Kelly Agnew’s latest problem: Stealing from his employer. More on his problem cheating in ultras. More on the Piece of String race. This Week …

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Take a run with Mirna “The Mirnavator” Valerio, a 43 year old ultrarunner from Montpelier, VT. In most running circles, Mirna needs no introduction. In this episode we talk about Mirna’s journey into running

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Dr. Mark Cucuzzella rejoins The Nation for the twentieth time to take a second look at 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 […]

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Chadd Wright and Shawn Webber rejoin The Nation to analyze their experiences at inaugural running of The Revenant Ultra Adventure Race in New Zealand in January 2019. You can listen their original podcast, “Training Missions” Visit their log on Facebook

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Amy Puzey lined up at Houston Marathon after a perfect block of training, but when the gun fired, she fell apart. What happened, and how can she prevent it next time?

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Candice Burt and Tosh (Brian Chontosh) talk about suffering and this and that Tosh’s 10 minutes Mental Vacation Purposeful training 15/5 rule Broad-based athletic ability Learn more about Crooked Butterfly Podcast and Humans of Ultra Podcast

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Brittany Peterson joins Sarah and I to talk about her recent win at Bandera and Golden Ticket win. How will she translate her skyrunning skills to The Big Dance? We'll see in June!

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How many people win UROY and qualify for the Olympic Trials in the half marathon in the same year? Not many. Jim shares his story right this way---->

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Take a run with host Sherpa John as he sits down with Kate Welle and Sam Wanger of Golden, CO as a follow up episode to last week’s interview with Marshall Ulrich. In this

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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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