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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.






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...


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:


Western States 100 Post Race Live

2018 was a HOT year for Western States 100. All runners experienced ups and downs....literally and figuratively. Despite the blistering hear, 2018 had the highest finish rate since 2012, which had record LOW temperatures. Jim Walmsley broke Timmy Olsen's fastest time set in 2012. Courtney Dauwalter laid down the second fastest women's time in her debut. Three of the top 20 finishers were women!


Western States Preview 2018 with AJW and Sally McRae

At 5:00am PDT, the shotgun will sound in Squaw Valley unleashing 379 fortunate runners on their 100.2 mile journey to Auburn. Andy Jones-Wilkins and Sally McRae join The Nation to review the race and teach us who to watch. We wish all 379 the a best performance and experience that they will never forget. Billy Yang's Video that you should watch before any of your races. Video of pre-race meeting


Emy LeComte from Tour de Geants to Western States!

French runner, Emy LeComte is toeing the line at the 2018 Western States 100. She has an impressive resume including a 2014 win at Tour Des Geants. In addition to her first trip at Western States 100, she will also be participating in the 2018 UTMB. Don and Bob Crowley get some valuable tips from Emy as they are preparing for their shot at Tour Des Geants. Emy is not taking any chances at Western States. She will be powered by the PEK! Emy's web page


Fact or Fiction: The Truth is Out There

Andy Jones-Wilkins and our Irish lucky charm, Donna Nì Cuarta, join us from Tahoe to plan Fact or Fiction, a fun conversation of common (and not so common) myths related to running, endurance, and health. Andy is in Tahoe participating in a CTS Ultrarunning camp and Donna is acclimating to the area as she prepares to run Western States 100 in a couple weeks! AJW's Coaching


Daydreaming is Healthy for Runners - Dr. Phil Maffetone

"Imagination is more important than knowledge; knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution" - Albert Einstein "Becoming aware of ourselves and our surroundings (near and far) is an important feature of a healthy brain" - Phil Maffetone Phil joins us to talk about why daydreaming is important to our health and how it can help us become better runners. We discuss the similarities of daydreaming and visualization and...


Live Audience Podcast with Maggie Gutterl and Courtney Dauwalter

Fleet Feet Sacramento recently hosted a trail running camp in Northern California. We joined over 50 runners to host a live podcast Q&A with Maggie Guterl and Courtney Dauwalter. Topic were broad but all started with the letter, "H". Sponsors of the event: Salomon Nathan Sports UCAN DryMax


Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

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. He explores the relationship of the mental and the physical and what we have learned from scientists on how we can maximize our potential. Andy Jones-Wilkins and Magda Boulet join The Nation to discuss four key chapters in the book,...


Suck Less Today with Brian Chontosh

Ultra Adventurer and leadership coach, Brian Chontosh, and his friend TJ Murphy join The Nation for a thought-provoking discussion on endurance events: Check out these links: Crooked ButterflyTosh's Instagram Previous podcast with Tosh regarding TribeSleepMonster Adventure Race in SwedenPrimal Quest ExpeditionArrowhead 135


Slow Down for Better Performance and Health with Brad Kearns

Brad Kearns was one of the top professional triathletes for nine years. During that time, he won 30 titles worldwide including an amazing streak of seven victories in a row. Brad just returned from the Paleo F(x) conference and chats with The Nation about Brad's morning smoothie video Brad's cold therapy video Check out the Primal Endurance Podcast The Primal Endurance book Primal Blueprint web site


The Power of Moments- Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact

ECEP, Andy Jones-Wilkins joins The Nation to talk about the Chip and Dan Heath best selling book, The Power of Moments- Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact. We discuss why certain experiences can jolt us, elevate us and change us—and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our running, life and work. Check out AJW's article on Power of Moments at Irunfar Meet up with Andy at one of his training camps this summer: May 11-13: Pisgah National Forest...


Discovering a New Reality with Adam Campbell

Adam Campbell spent the first 17 years of his life on the beaches of Nigeria where he developed his love of the outdoors. He now calls the Canadian Rockies home where he is an environmental & business lawyer. He is also a co-owner of Canada’s largest trail running series. He has competed in, and regularly placed on the podium at, some of the world's most challenging and competitive mountain running races and trail ultramarathons. -Ultra Trail Mount Fuji -Hardrock 100 -UTMB -Squamish...


Shifting Gears - Ben and Brittany Lighting

"Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it" - Dennis P. Kimbro This is one of Ben Light's favorite quotes. Ben and Brittany Light rejoin The Nation to talk about how your attitude and perception can SHIFT to something better. We can Follow Ben Web SiteInstagram Great video to help motivate you to SHIFT


Living Life Outside the Comfort Zone with Stephanie Case

THE Ultra Running Girl, Stephanie Case, joins The Nation from Afghanistan a few short days after experiencing the jaws of the 2018 running of the Barkley Marathons. Stephanie has not only run many of the world's toughest trail ultras, but has extended her comfort zone by living in some very dangerous places in the world as a United Nations Human Rights Lawyer. Stephanie shares her experiences at Barkley, her three finishes at Tour de Geants, UTMB and others. Please consider supporting...