Trail Runner Nation



Trail Running Podcasts, Resources & Discussion


  • EP 473: Grab Bag with Matt Fitzgerald and Zach Bitter

    30/05/2020 Duration: 01h08min

    Zach Bitter and Matt Fitzgerald pop in to see who reins supreme with a grab bag topic. Check out Zach's latest world record and his coaching information HERE Matt is always working on the next must-read running book.  Make sure you have his entire library and his coaching services HERE

  • EP 472: Ten Things New Trail Runners Should Know

    22/05/2020 Duration: 01h18min

    Do you remember your first trail run?  What was the first thing you learned? There are some differences everyone learns when transitioning to the trails.  Andy Jones-Wilkins joins The Nation and we talk about some things we wish we knew including: How to find a trail? What gear do you need? What techniques are different? How can I remain safe? What Etiquette is important to know Here is the article about the Emergency Puffy featured at Cruzet Running by John Anderson AJW's Coaching

  • EP 471: Running 100 Miles Without Food?

    15/05/2020 Duration: 01h24min

    Michael McKnight set the fastest cumulative time for the triple crown of 200-milers, Bigfoot 200, Tahoe 200, & Moab 240  in 2017.  Around the same time, he began his journey to become a fat-adapted runner.  Three years later and without a race on the calendar, he wondered if he could run 100 miles without food, relying on his fat burning engine.  In the early hours of May 8, he began his self-made 100-mile route around Cache Valley, UT (see map below). In this podcast, we talk to Michael two weeks prior to his project about his idea, preparation, and expectations. 5 days after his project, we spoke with him about lessons learned and his experiences talk to Jeff Browning, Michael's coach about fat adaption and how this might help you Check out Michael's previous podcast, EP 431: Chasing the Triple Crown of 200s with Michael McKnight Here is Jeff Browning's previous podcast: EP 427: Giddyup with Jeff Browning Check out Jeff's coaching web site:  Podcast photo by VanhornPictures

  • EP 470: Culture and Community Before Sport - Buzz Burrell Talks FKT

    08/05/2020 Duration: 56min

    Peter Bakwin and Buzz Burrell popularized the term Fastest Known Times when they set the FKT on the John Muir Trail in 2000.  A few years later they created the website that helps our community record cool routes around the world.  With the cancellation or postponing of many races this year, more people are "projecting" adventures that might lead to an FKT.  Buzz joins us to talk about the rise in popularity of FKTs and how you can participate!   Tune into the Fastest Known Time Podcast Listen to Buzz's past podcast with us.

  • EP 469: Bonk or No Bonk

    02/05/2020 Duration: 01h04min

    Coaches Ian Sharman, David Roche and Krissy Moehl join The Nation to debate matters of trail running consequence in a new game called, "Bonk or No Bonk. More about Krissy Moehl: Krissy Coaching services Krissy's book, "Running your First Ultra" Sharman Ultras coaching services More about David Roche: David and Megan's coaching at SWAPRunning (SWAP stands for Some Work, All Play). Their book, the Happy Runner

  • EP 468: Dr. Cucuzzella Makes House Calls

    25/04/2020 Duration: 48min

    In our first call in show, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella fields calls from Nation Listeners from around the world.  We field questions regarding Risks of fasted runs Rehab from meniscus injuries Training for a marathon vs. a mountain ultra Best treadmills for running indoors How to avoid injury and run pain free Please consider supporting Dr. Cucuzzella's running store, Two Rivers Treads or call them for expert advice. 304-885-8843 Visit the Natural Running Center

  • EP 467: ITRA: An Organization that Can Protect Our Trail Community

    17/04/2020 Duration: 01h25s

    Recently, our friend and trail culture advocate, Bob Crowley, was appointed as President of ITRA, International Trail Running Association.  Bob helps The Nation understand more about this little known organization that we SHOULD know about and support.  ITRA's values mirror our shared values of authenticity, humility, fair play, respect, solitary, and teamwork.  Not only can it represent our collective voice, but can help race directors and individuals alike.  The basic membership is free so please sign up to strengthen our voice and protect our culture.

  • EP 466: How Does Your Brain Work? with Dr. Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson

    10/04/2020 Duration: 01h05min

    We often hear that, "ultra running is 90% mental and the rest is in your head".....or something like that. Returning favorite guest, Dr. Simon Marshall and 3-time Xterra world champion, Lesley Paterson join The Nation to help us understand how the brain works and strategies to help us perform at a higher level. Visit their website: to learn more or to schedule 1/2 hour mental coaching sessions. Check out their new Xterra Podcast They co-authored the book, "Brave Athlete - Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion" Try out their FREE "Smog Report"personalized advice to optimize your training Fun video introduction of the book. Follow Simon and Lesley on Twitter Here is the link to our previous podcast with Simon and Lesley

  • EP 465: TRN Audio Magazine - Volume 8

    03/04/2020 Duration: 01h17min

    Volume 8 of the Pulitzer Prize winning TRN Audio Magazine is now available at your corner newspaper stand. Featured articles : Is Longer Better? Good Until the Last Drop Give me 5 You Never Forget Your First Time Does the Tail Wag the Dog? Running, Is it Good for Your Knees? Don't Believe the Hype How Much? Anton Krupicka "Indulgence" Video JB Benna's "Unbreakable" Movie - Free for a limited time The effects of various drugs on spider webs spider web Check out AJW's Coaching If you are interested in getting some great quality facemasks check out these two manufacturers: C29Mask Theramasks

  • EP 464: Western States Cancels 2020 Race - A Talk With the RD

    28/03/2020 Duration: 47min

    Today, the Western States Endurance Run Board of Directors announced the cancellation of the 2020 race.  This is only the second time in the race's 46 years that they have had to cancel the race.  Race Director, Craig Thornley, joins Andy Jones-Wilkins in a discussion to clarify and answer any questions.

  • EP 463: The What Now?

    20/03/2020 Duration: 01h12min

    Earlier this week we posted a podcast discussing the situation with COVID-19.  Since then, many communities have been directed to "shelter in place".  This doesn't mean we cannot continue with our passion of running. As promised, this is the follow up podcast with Coach and Prognosticator, Andy Jones-Wilkins.  The discuss the subject of what we can do now.  If we approach this with the right attitude (as many ultra runners do), we can see this as a great opportunity to try something new or experiment with something in our training.  Let us know what you are planning to do.  Let's occupy social media with our trail running spirit of optimism and motivation! We also chat with Julie Fingar, RD for NorCal Ultras, about the ramifications RDs have to deal with and how they are trying to innovate and create options for runners.

  • EP 462: COVID-19 Cancelled Our Race

    18/03/2020 Duration: 50min

    SPECIAL EDITION: We recently posted a letter from the Ultra-Endurance Sport Science & Medicine web site.  This letter makes recommendations for our sport during this pandemic.  Dr. Marty Hoffman, co-author, joins us to explain how this virus can affects our community.  Bob Crowley, Trail Animals Club, also explains how this affects our race season. Here is the link to Corrine Malcolm's article at irunfar For an updated status on race cancelations: Check your race web site Check Updated list at Ultrarunning Magazine Be a solution, Be kind...mãs!

  • EP 461: Running the Dream with Matt Fitzgerald

    13/03/2020 Duration: 01h25s

    Matt Fitzgerald (sports nutritionist, writer, athlete, coach) will be releasing a new book in May, "Running the Dream; One Summer Living, Training and Racing with a Team of World-Class Runners Half My Age".  We talk to him about his journey as he trains with Hoka's NAZ elite team of professional runners in Flagstaff, AZ. He also has launched an interesting cool new running camp concept, "Endeavorun".  Check it out.

  • EP 460: Introducing Trail Hacks, A New Podcast

    09/03/2020 Duration: 29min

    There are many high profile races out there and many of those are very difficult to get into.  The good news is there are many GREAT races that you might not know about.  It the New TRN produced podcast, Trail Hacks highlights one of these amazing races.  We speak with the Race Director to better understand the characteristics of the race. We then get with a veteran runner to give us a hack or two that might help us successfully complete the race. In our inaugural Trail Hacks Podcast, we speak with Scotty Kumar, producer of the award winning podcast Ten Junk Miles.  His team runs the Badger Trail Races held on August 1-2. Register HERE Be sure to subscribe to Trail Hacks podcast where ever you listen or visit

  • EP 459: The Great Debate- Sabotaging Your Run

    06/03/2020 Duration: 01h18min

    Don found a recent article, "13 Things You're Probably Doing That Are Sabotaging Your Run" by Erin Kelly on We decided to make a game to discuss the points.  TRN friends:Donna NiCuarta and Warren Pole join us to debate the pros and cons of each point.

  • EP 458: Motivation vs. Discipline

    29/02/2020 Duration: 01h06min

    There is a correlation between motivation and self-discipline in successful runners.  Coach AJW joins The Nation to discuss what motivation and discipline is, how we can use it, and how to improve it. Here are the links that we discussed Gene Hackman's motivational speech in Hoosiers Brad Kerns Morning Routine Podcast on Vulnerability Podcast Anatomy of a DNF AJW's Coaching AJW's Tap Room

  • EP 457: Gold Nuggets for New Trail Runners with Stephanie Howe

    22/02/2020 Duration: 56min

    If you have been trail running for a while, you inevitably have been mentored by others with a lot of experience and wisdom.  This is where Trail Runner Nation was born - to provide a venue to share this knowledge with a broader audience.  Stephanie Howe  joins us to discuss some of the great golden nuggets of knowledge that we have learned. Make sure you check out Stephanie's web site for coaching or nutritional consultation. Instagram Facebook Twitter Nathan Sports Vapor Howe Cliff Bar The North Face

  • EP 456: What Does it Mean to Be a Trail Runner?

    14/02/2020 Duration: 01h03min

    Nearly 8 years ago we recorded a podcast where we talked about the SoCal Coyotes' philosophy.  These tenants are common throughout our tribe.  Coach Jimmy Dean Freeman joins us to discuss its relevance eight years later. Click HERE to watch the video Click HERE to listen to the original podcast

  • EP 455: Grab Bag with Alex Hutchinson and Dr. Matt Laye

    07/02/2020 Duration: 01h08min

    In this edition of Grab Bag, Alex Hutchinson and Matt Laye join us as we try an find out the truth behind: Over breathing? Can we become so efficient that we are burning less energy than a sedentary person? Is there a benefit to stretching? How does your microbiom affect health? Can smiling improve performance? Do we have limits to the number of calories we can process? Links that of stuff we talked about: Stronger by Science Podcast term=gut%20microbiota%20fermentation%20determines%20the%20efficacy%20of%20exercise%20for%20diabetes%20prevention&cmd=correctspelling Matt Laye is an endurance athlete and PhD in medical physiology and an assistant professor of health and human performance at The College of Idaho.  Matt is a coach at Sharman Ultra and a regular contributor to Ultrarunning Magazine,  Visit Matt's Blog: Lay

  • EP 454: Why is Weight-Loss so Difficult Even for Runners? Dr. Phil Maffetone

    31/01/2020 Duration: 01h23min

    Dr. Phil Maffetone helps us understand the difference about over-weight and over-fat.  We discuss why is so difficult to lose weight because our understandings may be in error. If we lose excess fat, we will become healthier and more efficient runners. Book: Overfat Pandemic - Exposing the problems and its simple solution for everyone who needs to eliminate excess body fat  Article: "Six Reasons Weight-Loss is so Darn Difficult" Other Dr. Maffetone podcasts: Daydreaming is Healthy for Runners Dr. Phil Maffetone Unplugged Dr. Phil Maffetone was RIGHT all along! Take Your Shirt Off and Get Some Vitamin D - with Dr. Phil Maffetone Phil Maffetone: How can Rhythm Improve Your Efficiency? Breaking the 1:59 marathon with Dr. Phil Maffetone Dr. Phil Maffetone - Building a Better Athletic Brain Phil Maffetone transcribed! Eat to Win with Dr. Phil Maffetone. Dr. Phil Maffetone - Speed up by slowing down Get the Maffetone App HERE Take the 2 Week Test Get a taste of Dr. Maffetone's best articles HERE Phil Maf

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