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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.






How to Avoid Stomach Distress

How many times have you been having a great run and then BAM, your stomach goes south? In this podcast, Warren Pole, from 33 Shake and Brad Kearns, from Primal Endurance, join The Nation to discuss how to minimize stomach problems. Article from issues

Duration: 01:32:11

TRN Audio Magazine - Volume 5

TRN's East Coast Executive Producer, Andy Jones-Wilkins, is the guest author of 3 articles in the fifth edition of TRN's Audio Magazine. Articles include: Run Like Cockroaches Help! My Ink Won't Let me Sweat Find out more how AJW can be your coach

Duration: 01:00:08

Sleep- The Other Half of Training with the Sock Doc

Dr. Steven Gangemi, Sock Doc, teaches us why SLEEP is a very important to your training. We discuss Read Sock Doc's article on sleep Here is another article: How Elite Athletes Use Sleep Routines to Boost Their Confidence and Win Medals Learn more from Sock Doc at these sites: ~ AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO NATURAL HEALTH CARE ~ NATURAL INJURY TREATMENT AND PREVENTION FOR ATHLETES ~ HEALTH. FITNESS. LIFE.

Duration: 01:19:45

Who is Dean Karnazes?

Are you kidding? Many of us owe Dean for informing and encouraging us to get into Ultra or Trail Running via his books: or his many amazing adventures. Some of these being: Constantine Karnazes, Karno, or Dean visits with The Nation with his good friend, Michelle Barton about his longevity, training, life balance and his new book. Visit his web site:

Duration: 01:03:49

Bigfoot is Real - a Race Report

A week after the 2017 Bigfoot 200 Endurance Race, we look back at the race from a few different perspectives: Candice Burt

Duration: 01:26:32

Stress + Rest = Growth - with the 3 Coaches

Ian Sharman, Joe Uhan and Matt Laye return to Trail Runner Nation to play the Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down game covering these topics: Whoop Visit College of Idaho with Assistant Professor, Matt Laye Sharman Ultra - Endurance Coaching Uhan Performance

Duration: 01:15:23

UTMB: The Biggest 100 Miler in the World - Part 2

The Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc (UTMB) has become one of the world's most desired races. Why? This race series lasts from August 28th - September 3rd (2017) and offers many different race distances with breathtaking views. Majo Srnik is running UTMB for the first time and gets advice from 2014 4th-place finisher Jason Schlarb We talk about Mandatory Gear List

Duration: 01:22:03

UTMB: The Biggest 100 Miler in the World - Part 1

The Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc (UTMB) has become one of the world's most desired races. Why? This race series lasts from August 28th - September 3rd (2017) and offers many different race distances with breathtaking views. UTMB veteran and podium finishing Tim Toloffson and Sally McRae join The Nation to discuss this amazing race. Mandatory Gear List"Morning Shakeout"

Duration: 01:07:49

Trail Runners; TRIBE or Community?

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 suffering. What can we learn from our tribe? What can we do to help our tribe flourish. East Coast Executive Producer, Andy Jones-Wilkins and Brian Chontosh sit around...

Duration: 01:16:42

Can Dr. Cucuzzella run sub-3-hour Marathons for 30 Years?

What Dr. Mark is reading right now: "The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier and More Creative" by Florence Williams Links to stuff we talked about: The Principles of Natural Running "The Sports Gene" "butter burning" drills and springs 30 years sub 3 pre race Mysterious Rerservoirs of Power at the 2017 Boston MarathoSteadyMD Check out a TrueForm treadmill VIDEO and how it can teach you good form Links to Dr. Cucuzzella's past podcasts: Run Faster & Farther with Less...

Duration: 01:13:32

Brave Athlete - Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion

Do you ever have thoughts and feelings you don't want? Sport and exercise psychologist, Dr. Simon Marshall and 3-time Xterra world champion, Lesley Paterson join The Nation to help us understand how the brain works and how we can train it to make our training, racing and personal life better. They co-authored the book, "Brave Athlete - Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion" You can learn more about their unique coaching paradigm HERE Simon coaches your brain and Lesley coaches...

Duration: 01:18:50

Dr. Phil Maffetone was RIGHT all along!

Dr. Phil Maffetone rejoins The Nation to talk about insulin resistance and the addictive properties of sugars. Read his article, "Overfat Pandemic" We also discuss the recent Nike sub 2-hour marathon event and Dr. Phil's "1:59: The Sub-Two-Hour Marathon Is Within Reach-Here's How IT Will Go Down, and What it Can Teach All Runners about Training and Racing" Get the Maffetone App HERE Take the 2 Week Test Get a taste of Dr. Maffetone's best articles HERE Phil Maffetone's MUSIC

Duration: 01:17:45

Shoes, Glorious Shoes!

Recently, Scott had a friend ask him in a text, "what kind of running shoes should I buy?" Wow! how do you answer that question with a short reply text? One of the subjects that can monopolize a LONG training run or a ultra race is about shoes. We all like to talk about them. We all have our opinions and preferences. And the stories.....we can recall races from years ago and vividly remember which shoe we ran in. Some of us die a little when a manufacture discontinues or modifies our...

Duration: 00:59:08

Post Race Wrap Up- 2017 Western States 100

AJW and Tim Twietmeyer join us on the track at Placer High School (finish of the Western States 100) to talk about how the last 30 hours played out. There were 369 well trained athletes that toed the line. All of these runners demand our respect and admiration; they are examples to us of goal setting, hard work, and courage. This year's race played out to be very unique and challenging. Also joining us is this year's 7th place finisher, Jacqueline Merrett, to discuss her first time...

Duration: 01:18:38

2017 Western States 100 Preview with Andy Jones-Wilkins

AJW joins us in Studio G two days prior to The Big Dance. Andy just came off his own 100-mile adventure, Bighorn 100, last week. We talk about skating on mud, Biblical rain storms, concussions, and "shared suffering". We then get into this years WS100; The Course this year Some amazing people & stories to watchtop Men and Women

Duration: 01:20:01

Preparing for Western States 100 with Stephanie Howe Violett

Dr. Stephanie Violett is a patient elite athlete that has learned a lot over the last year of recovering. 8 days prior to her third running of Western States 100, she joins The Nation to discuss how her simple rules of running and life have changed. "Fueling on the Fly" article Previous podcasts with Stephanie: Stephanie Howe Violett Shares Her Simple RulesStephanie Howe: Nutrition for losing weight vs. improving fitness You can find Stephanie and some of her YUMMY recipes here:...

Duration: 00:59:41

Majo Srnik from Zero to Ultra

Michelle Barton learns that Scott Warr is hiking the Sierras this week and suggests she take over the show. She invites her Luna teammate Majo Srnik on and we talk about running in Mexico, USA and Canada. We discuss barefoot running, his first ultra is a 24 hour race and more. Turns out Michelle can win races and produce a podcast. You can find Majo on Instagram at majocalgary This episode brought to you courtesy of Tailwind Nutrition and Ultrarunning Magazine. You can find them on our...

Duration: 01:24:26

TRN Audio Magazine - 4th Edition

Michelle Barton and Warren Pole join The Nation as guest writers for this new installment of the Audio Magazine. Here are some links to what we discussed: David Epstein, "Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?" 1904 Olympic Marathon "More Efficient Sleep" Is A Lack of Sleep Before a Race Really A Bad Thing?Running on No Sleep

Duration: 01:29:17

The Keto Reset with Brad Kearns and Zach Bitter

Top endurance athlete, author, podcaster and coach, Brad Kearns rejoins The Nation to talk about fueling and metabolism. Fat-adapted poster-child and coach, Zach Bitter co-hosts and gives us perspective from his experiences. The Primal Endurance book Primal Blueprint web site Link to Brad's previous podcast, "Going Primal"

Duration: 01:36:13

Becoming Stubborn with Devon Yanko and AJW

The word Stubborn has a negative connotation in many cases. In this podcast, Devon Yanko and Andy Jones-Wilkins dive deep into the philosophy of stubborn. Life in A Day, a film by Billy Yang featuring Devon Yanko If you are in the California North Bay, go try some "Cuisine Genius" made by Devon at M.H. Bread and Butter

Duration: 01:07:57

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