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Trail Runner Nation is a gathering place for the trail and ultrarunning community. We aim to help the listener improve their running experiences through better health and fitness via expert guests. This podcast is for informational and entertainment purposes only and is not intended to replace professional, medical, or training advice or recommendations for listeners. The views expressed in this podcast by guests are not necessarily endorsed by Trail Runner Nation, LLC.
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This week's episode kicks off with Tamara recovering both from a sore back and a very spicy dinner in Portland. A fun evening in Portland included dinner and drinks, and Tamara did her best to keep up with ordering a fancy drink. Dinner and drinks were very good, but surprisingly spicy. Rheannon's house hold is struggling with another round of cold…
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Everything starts with foot health, with your contact with the ground. Your body relies on that first bit of sensory information, so up that kinetic chain, all the way through the shin, the knee, the hip, the low back, the torso, all the way up to the brain." Fitness expert and seasoned endurance athlete, Mark Sisson delves into the crucial link be…
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Have you ever found yourself staring at your running shoes, willing yourself to lace up and step out the door? Or perhaps, midway through a run, questioned what keeps you moving forward? Today, we're talking about the heart of what fuels us and how to harness that drive every day. Key Takeaways Listen to Your Body: Tuning into your physical and emo…
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Coach Ian Sharman joins us on The Nation to unravel the nuances between durability and stamina in the realm of endurance running. With stamina framed as the ability to resist fatigue and durability as resilience against fatigue's cumulative toll, the discussion delves into the critical roles of pacing and mental strength. The conversation also touc…
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This weeks episode kicks off with Tamara's adventure at IKEA. She was very happy to buy some new lights, but things got off track and she ended up having a few more things jump into her cart. She is still very happy with all of her purchases. Rheannon is concerned about Tamara's choice of movies for a movie marathon. Tamara struggles to talk Rheann…
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This week's episode kicks off with minor tech support. Tamara was thoroughly entertained by a facetime mini Blaire Witch Project. It was like being in the movie only if it was a comedy and your best friend was running through their own house. It is amazing what a shaking camera and a dark interior can accommodate. Last week Tamara was struggling ge…
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This episode is part 2 in a discussion around the book, 'Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity' by Dr. Peter Attia. In this episode we disect chapters 9: Chasing memory: understanding alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases 10: Thining tactically: Building a framework of principles that work for you and 16: The awakening: how t…
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What are some of your biggest fears when running alone? How can technology transform your running experience into a safer, more connected journey? Discover the answer with Dena Lewis and the innovative Running Mate app in this episode of Trail Runner Nation. Dena Lewis is the visionary founder and CEO of Running Mate. She shares her personal journe…
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In this hilariously uncensored episode of Downhill Fast, Rheannon hilariously claps back at her wife's oddball infatuation with Tom Cruise's Lestat from 1994, sharing her mix of horror and bizarre agreement. Amid the chaos, Tamara weaves through the madness, uncovering the underlying truths and helping Rheannon see her own blend of masculinity and …
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In this episode, Scott and Don play a type of true or false game with frequent guest Alex Hutchinson. Play along as Scott and Don try to predict the outcomes or findings of the article without reading it. They discuss various articles that Alex has written about in his Outside Online column, Sweat Science about and reveal whether they are true or f…
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This podcast episode with Brian "Tosh" Chontosh focuses on the "mind's mind," the inner voice that shapes our thoughts and actions, often seeking comfort and leading to self-sabotage. Tosh emphasizes understanding this influence to improve decision-making and personal growth, particularly in endurance events. "Diesel Days," derived from military tr…
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Have you ever wondered how conquering rugged trails and embracing the wild can transform not just your physical health, but your entire outlook on life? Embark on an exhilarating journey into the heart of nature with Sid Garza-Hillman, acclaimed author of 'Ultra Running for Normal People.' Sid unravels the transformative power of trail running, inv…
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"🎙️💣 'Downhill Fast' goes wild! 💣🎙️ Rheannon's MIA, so Theresa & Tamara wreak havoc with cheeky challenges and a space odyssey in 'Project Hail Mary.' 🚀 Plus, Theresa confesses her crush on Tom Cruise a la Vampire - swoon-worthy hair included! 🧛‍♂️✨ Missing this episode? You'd miss more laughs and thrills than your heart can handle. 🔥 #TandTDynamit…
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Ultra runner and acclaimed writer Katie Arnold delves into her profound journey within the realm of ultra running, challenging conventional perceptions and embracing a fresh, beginner's mindset. Katie illuminates the beauty of uncertainty in running, the thrill of flow, and the transformative power of redefining one's runner identity through persis…
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In this riot of an episode, Tamara dives headfirst (and wrist-first, unfortunately) into the saga of her latest athletic misadventure. Picture this: a tale of bravery, folly, and a wrist that's seen better days. Rheannon, ever the sage, swoops in with remedies that sound more like ancient witchcraft than actual medical advice. Tamara, in her infini…
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In today's episode, we are going to open the bookstore and review the book "Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity"by Dr. Peter Attia. This book offers a radical approach to longevity, emphasizing proactive, personalized strategies over the reactive methods of mainstream medicine. Today, we'll focus on four key chapters that explore innovative n…
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We return to our 'Endurance Of The Trail" Series in this episode with our friend Major Brian "Tosh" Chontosh, United States Marine Corps, Retired. He recounts his extraordinary journey of participating in The World's Roughest Row, rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean with his team of former Navy SEALs despite their lack of prior experience i…
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Hold onto your W2s and 1040s, folks! Downhill Fast is back with another episode that'll have you laughing harder than trying to understand the Federal Tax Codes. In this week's episode of chaos, Tamara spills the beans on her potential new flame – will sparks fly or will she just be swiping left? Rheannon, our trusty wing woman, reveals her unique …
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In this episode, we dive into the unique intersection of everyday vocabulary and the expansive world of trail and ultrarunning. We are joined by the ever-insightful Warren Pole and the ultrarunning sage, Andy Jones-Wilkins, for a lighthearted yet profound discussion that ties the randomness of language to the trails we cherish. There are times in o…
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Get ready to buckle up for a rollercoaster of laughs in the latest episode of Downhill Fast Pod, where our editor's pursuit of a master's degree takes "fashionably late" to a whole new level. Episode 7 dives into Rheannon's wild encounter with Idahoans in parking lots—spoiler alert: her wife's freedom remains intact. Tamara drops some hilarious wis…
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Dive into the Thrilling World of Ultra Running with Historian Davy Crockett! Join hosts us in an exhilarating journey through the untold history and fascinating evolution of ultra marathons. Discover the legendary races that shaped the sport: from the historic Comrades Marathon to the enigmatic Barkley Marathons. Learn about the earliest ultra runn…
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In this bonus episode, we are talking about metabolism. We have learned a lot of great information, strategies, and tactics while we have been partnered with MetPro, an innovative program offering personalized health and fitness strategies and coaching. The episode features insights from Mike, who shares his successful journey with MetPro in achiev…
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This episode is focused on the fuel that drives endurance athletes. It's a world where what you eat isn't just about satisfying hunger; it's about strategy, precision, and sometimes, survival. Joining us from Australia are two experts of sports dietetics, Steph Gaskell and Alan Mccubbin, co-hosts of "The Fueling Endurance" podcast. Steph, a trail r…
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This week’s episode kicks off with Tamara opening her present of a harmonic. She does try a couple of notes, but is excited to learn more. Rheannon did some research to try and set Tamara up for success. Tamara is shocked to learn Rheannon played not one but three instruments growing up. Rheannon shares that the family fought a stomach bug and lost…
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Dr. Latt Mansor joins The Nation to discuss how metabolic flexibility and fat adaptation can significantly improve endurance running performance. He discusses the roles of different fuel sources, emphasizing that fats and ketones are more efficient for endurance athletes than proteins. Additionally, Dr. Mansor highlights the benefits of exogenous k…
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In this episode, we talk about the strategic aspects of building a race calendar, emphasizing the importance of setting clear goals and having backup plans. Coaches Ian Sharman and Stefanie Flippin join us to help us understand some ways to approach building a race calendar. The conversation goes beyond just focusing on popular races or qualifiers,…
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In this hilariously belated episode of Downhill Fast Season 8, the hosts finally roll out the podcast after recovering from a Christmas-induced time warp. Rheannon's facing a hydration crisis, rejecting the mere notion of plain water like it's a villain in a superhero movie. Meanwhile, Tamara's living her best life in a cabin by the water, blissful…
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In this year-end episode of Trail Runner Nation, we thought we'd publish the last audio magazine for the year. Joining us to create the articles for this edition is Crack-a-Brew podcast host and coach, Andy Jones-Wilkins. Audio Magazine is where we each "write" two magazine articles. The created titles for these articles are somewhat disconnected. …
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In this episode, Matt Fitzgerald and Ryan Whited discuss their book 'Pain and Performance: The Revolutionary New Way to Use Training as Treatment for Pain and Injury' focusing on training as treatment. They emphasize the effectiveness of using exercise to heal exercise-related pain and injuries. The conversation also delves into understanding pain …
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Get ready for a rollercoaster of laughs on this week's episode of Downhill Fast! Tamara kicks things off by accusing herself of unintentionally adopting a Christmas ornament orphan several years ago. The twist? She can't remember who it originally belonged to! The big question looms: should she keep it or embark on a quest to return it after all th…
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This episode explores a unique perspective on risk-taking and personal growth. Our world has become a comfort zone, where taking risks is often avoided, leading to a softer, more complacent society. But what if the key to unlocking success and joy lies in stepping into vulnerability and embracing challenges? To shed light on this intriguing idea, w…
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Welcome to Downhill Fast, the podcast where chaos is our co-host, and sanity is just a distant memory. In Season 8, Episode 3, Tamara graces us with her fashionably late presence because punctuality is overrated, and tardiness is an art form she has perfected. Meanwhile, Rheannon, the beanie bandit, swipes a hat from the kitchen counter faster than…
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Are you navigating the intricate trails of ultra running, seeking to debunk common myths and embrace effective strategies? Join us as we delve into the world of trail and ultra running with Stefanie Flippin. Stefanie is a coach, freelance writer, podcaster (Making Strides), and...did we mention she is a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon and ru…
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This week's rollercoaster ride through culinary catastrophes and festive fiascos starts with Tamara unleashing a symphony of flavors from a dinner rendezvous with a past podcast guest. Brace yourselves as she spills the beans on her Christmas tree misadventure in a mega-store that left her wallet gasping for breath. Meanwhile, Rheannon shares the e…
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Are you grappling with the challenge of balancing your career aspirations, family responsibilities, fitness goals, and other personal pursuits? You're not alone. Nick Jonsson, a figure synonymous with achieving an enviable equilibrium in life, faced similar challenges. As a top executive and an accomplished triathlete, Nick's journey to find balanc…
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This episode focuses on the intersection of coaching, athlete training, and the utilization of cutting-edge technology to enhance performance. What is the role of the plethora of tech devices and data analytics we now have? We are joined by two luminaries in the field, Joe Friel and Dirk Friel. Joe is a lifelong athlete with a masters degree in exe…
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It's a Thanksgiving extravaganza as Tamara finally unveils her highly-anticipated T-Rex costume pic, and let's just say it's more like a dino-disappointment. But fear not, because Rheannon's amazing wife, our behind-the-scenes superhero, steps into the spotlight this week to tackle Tamara's movie-related queries—or at least tries to between the tan…
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This is a episode on our series we call, Endurance off the Trail, where we look at other endurance sports and see what we can learn from them to make us better trail runners. In this episode, we talk about the endurance event that preceeded the Western States Endurance run, The Tevis Cup. This is a 100-mile endurance event that follows the Western …
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Get ready to roll with laughter because the Season 7 finale of Downhill Fast is here! Tamara's T-Rex costume photoshoot is fashionably late, like it's on dino time. Rheannon's side of the state is experiencing a natural gas outage – winter without heat is colder than your ex's heart. Tamara's wifi is throwing it back to the dial-up days, causing mo…
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In this episode, we are rejoined by Dr. Matt Laye—an endurance athlete with a PhD in medical physiology and an assistant professor of physiology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. As we explore the critical role of sleep in running performance and recovery, Dr. Laye unpacks the science behind why a lack of sleep can be a runner’s downfal…
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In this week's episode of Downhill Fast, get ready for some laugh-out-loud moments as we dive into Tamara's hilarious workout fail and her failure to keep up her end of the bargain. You won't believe the epic Halloween recap where Tamara ventured back to her folks' house near a spooky forest, fearing awkward run-ins with crushes or exes. But that's…
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Today we're unpacking the transition from long-distance to explosive short runs. Curious about the differences and how to adapt? We've got you covered. Addie Bracy from Sharman Ultra, a sports psychologist and author, joins us again, making her sixth appearance. Also with us is Ian Sharman, head coach at Sharman Ultra, an ultrarunning record holder…
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Today, we're going to explore the microscopic powerhouses that fuel every step of our runs: mitochondria. Often referred to as the 'batteries' or 'powerhouses' of the cell, these tiny organelles are where the magic happens when it comes to producing the energy we need, whether we're pushing up a steep incline or sprinting towards the finish line. D…
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This week kicks off with an update with construction projects. 12 hour days and Rheannon is fighting the good fight of finishing a construction project. Tamara shares some updates from her trip to Canada. Meet a lot of new folks and ate a lot of good food. Tamara also shares about her trying to be a good wing-woman for her buddy. That lead a tangen…
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All winners have common threads that they do differently than everyone else. Lanny Bassham, a 2-time Olympic medalist and 4-time world champion has discovered a formula to prepare mentally to be a champion. Since retiring from competition, he has continued as a coach to many World and Olympic champions, Fortune 500 companies, the United States Secr…
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In today's episode, we have an incredible story of determination and endurance. Meet Kristian Morgan, a British ultra-runner who has recently achieved a remarkable feat on the famous Appalachian Trail in North America. Kristian set a new Fastest Known Time (FKT) by completing the 2,200-mile trail in just 45 days, 4 hours, and 27 minutes. Battling t…
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This episode kicks off with Tamara being late for video games and Rheannon’s spooky lighting. Workout challenge has officially wrapped with Tamara losing. She is making plans to break the Diet Coke fast next week, and Tamara could not be more excited. Rheannon has some critique for Tamara’s mic stand. Even with her Dad’s help the mic stand is still…
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Our reoccuring episode series where we bring on some great running coaches and ask them questions about running. In this episode, we asked TRN listeners via social media what questions you need answers to. We dive into heart rate zones, heat aclimation with sauna, and race strategy Our coaches in this episode are: Jenny Guilty Jenny Guilty of Abbot…
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This is the second of our series of episodes called "Endurance off the Trail" where we dive deep into the world of endurance sports outside of trail running. Our mission? To uncover the similarities we share and the differences that set us apart. We believe that by exploring the nuances of other endurance disciplines, we can enrich our own experien…
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This week kicks off with Tamara being on time for once! She wasn’t time all day, but she was on time where she could. This week’s workout challenge is finally banging on all cylinders for Tamara. Rheannon couldn’t wait any longer to tell Tamara what she will be dressing up as for Halloween. Let’s just say there will be a lot of Jurassic Park music …
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