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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.

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.
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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.






Relying on Myself - Taking the Mental Side of Training to the Extreme

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 to his experience in preparation and execution. There are many things that we all can take away and use in attempting new challenges. Short video of the...


Training Missions: Preparing for The Revenant Ultra Adventure Race

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 Training"


TERMS of the TRAIL with Ashley & AJW

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.


Dancing with the Trail with Danny Dreyer

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 ChiRunning School that we spoke about Get Danny's book, "ChiWalking Book: Fitness Walking for Lifelong Health and Energy" Get Danny's book, "ChiRunning book: A...


Calling an Audible with AJW - Enjoying Trail Running When you Can't Run

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


Things That can Totally Blow Your A-Race

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! BLOGCoaching websiteJimmy's Contact


Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down with our 3 Coaches

Ian Sharman, Joe Uhan and Matt Laye return to Trail Runner Nation to discuss some interesting topics including: Visit College of Idaho with Assistant Professor, Matt Laye Sharman Ultra - Endurance Coaching Uhan Performance


How to Run For Your Life with Dr. Mark Cucuzzella

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 Dr. Mark's experience in the centrifuge. 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...


Anatomy of a DNF - TdG 2018

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. Video of what the Tor is really like. Special thanks to our loyal partners for their support of the Tribe, The Nation! PATH Projects LekiTailwind NutritionAftershokzArc'Teryx


Training Intensity and Periodization with Andy Dubois

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 the cutting edge of research and coaching. Previous Podcasts: Racing vs. Surviving an Ultra with Andy Dubois Is Supplementary Salt Needed in a Race?


Brad Kearns - Get Over Yourself

Slow down, take a deep breath, take a cold plunge, and get healthy, fit, and happy! Get over the high-stress, tightly wound approach that often leads to disappointment and burnout. Host Brad Kearns, a New York Times bestselling author, Guinness World Record-holding Speedgolfer, and former #3 world-ranked professional triathlete, offers a lively and sometimes spicy mix of shows: expert guest interviews, peak performance primers, and brief “Breather” shows for some quick laughs, smiles and...


Training for Tour Des Geants

Don and Scott talk about training for Tour Des Geants. How Bob Crowley and he have created fun and inspiring training programs & outings that have helped get them in shape for this epic event. Hypoxico


Chasing Volcanoes with Richard Kresser

Ultrarunner and Adventurer, Richard Kresser, spends a few minutes with The Nation to talk about the completion of his supported (although mostly self-supported) self-created and human-powered tour of 16 volcano summits in the Northwest U.S. This Tour de Volcanoes is something Richard has been scheming and planning for years and 2018 became a reality. Richard is always on the move and happened to be on the move during this podcast so we experienced some audio challenges. Tour de Volcanoes...


20 Things Pacers and Crew Should NOT Do

ECEP (East Coast Executive Producer), Andy Jones-Wilkins, and SCC (SoCal Corespondent), Jimmy Dean Freeman come up with the TOP 20 things that a pacer or crew should NEVER do including:


Multi-Stage and Adventure Racing with Emilie Lecomte

Frenchy, Emilie Lecomte, teaches The Nation about adventure racing and multi-day stage races. We talk about European races vs. North America racing. Then Emilie turns the table on Don and Bob Crowley asking them questions about their TdG training and plans for the September race. Emilie Lecomte full results Emilie Lecomte blog Emilie Lecomte Facebook Emilie Lecomte Instagram


Is it Ben and Jerry's or Not?

Ben and Jerry's is famous for their creative and unique ice cream flavors. Today we try to make a correlation between these flavors and Ultrarunning. Cory Reese, aka FastCory, joins 33 Shake co-founder and resident TRN European Corospondent, Warren Pole to either use real Ben and Jerry's ice cream flavors or a made up flavor to discuss interesting facts about trail and ultra running. Be sure to check buy Cory Reese's latest book, Into the Furnace. And get 10% off your purchase of anything...


Baby It's Hot Outside- Sally McRae's Badwater Report

The Yellow Runner is just off her first finish at the grueling 135-mile Badwater Ultra. This year saw record-breaking heat topping the thermometer at 127 degrees F (53 degrees C)! Sally discusses: Photo courtesy of CARSON VIDEOGRAPHY


Candice Burt: Wise Ol' Sayings

Runner, Race Director and founder of Destination Trails Candice Burt joins as we take 'wise old says' and turn them on their heads. We examine the classic saying........ from the trail point of view. Links below Candice's Races YouTube video Jocko GOOD"


13 Things I Learned or Relearned from My Last 120km - Romain Blanchard

Romain Blanchard is a Frenchman living in Hong Kong running Ultras! Romain recently ran a 120K race in Italy. Like most of us, he had a wonderful experience and authored this great list of truths that he either learned or relearned. We can all relate! Romain's article


Grab Bag with Don & Scott

We didn't get a guest so we did our own grab bag....ahem....Audio Magazine? Identity-Based habits by James ClearWhy Saunas are good for you The Black Dear from Germany: