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Who Woke Me Up?

Jon "Fast Big Dog" Schafer

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The podcast arm of nordicinsights.news, your source for North American cross-country ski news with integrity and intent. Join host Fast Big Dog as we sit down for unfiltered conversations with a wide range of people involved in and impacting nordic skiing in this country. We aim to both educate and amuse. Podcast content does not reflect the views of Nordic Insights or its advertisers.
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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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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 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 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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You had questions: about ski choice, about differences between ski brands, about what really distinguishes World Cup stock, about listed weight ranges and flex, about how to find the best skis for you, about release angles (!), about testing skis, and so much more. We have some answers for you! Tune in for a Q&A episode with Zach Caldwell, a man fo…
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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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Julian Robert and Jeff Courter of Rossignol are back for the second of two sponsored episodes. Would you like to know a ski manufacturer’s philosophy on factory grinds? What structure testing looks like at the World Cup level? Which is more important at the citizen-racer level, hand structure vs. ski choice? Two men who have more knowledge about fa…
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Julian Robert and Jeff Courter head up research and development at Rossignol, the longtime ski brand of podcast host Fast Big Dog. Join them to learn how ski designers work with athletes to develop skis, how to make the best use of demo days to find new skis that work for you, and their biggest tip for someone looking to buy a new pair of skis. You…
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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 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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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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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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Find out everything you need to know about ski waxing, plus many things that you didn’t know you needed to know but will benefit from now knowing, in this masterclass on waxing and ski preparation from wax tech to the stars Zach Caldwell. Kick, glide, fluoros, non-fluoros, paraffins, tools, race waxing, everyday waxing – you name it, he talks about…
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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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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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Wax tech to the stars Zach Caldwell holds forth on everything citizen racers need to know about ski selection and fleet management. Don’t have a dozen pairs of race skis? No problem. He’ll tell you what you need to prioritize. Plus a healthy dose of banter and anecdotes that will both educate and entertain.…
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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 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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Last weekend JC Schoonmaker was at the top of the ski world, going stride for stride with Klæbo en route to the first American men’s World Cup podium since Simi Hamilton. But just six weeks ago he was suffering through a low-grade virus that wouldn’t go away, and already thinking that maybe this just wasn’t his year. Join us for real talk on what’s…
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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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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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Sophia Laukli is the American who lives and trains in Norway, the nordic skiing Olympian who is also the reigning champion in international trail running, the late bloomer who didn’t start rollerskiing till age 17. She’s forged her own path in both skiing and running, finding balance along the way. Hear her speak about how she’s done it, and what o…
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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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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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Ben Ogden speaks. We listened. The brightest star in American men’s skiing is also its most interesting and its most unassuming. Want to know what advice Ogden has for young skiers? How he recalibrated his mental prep when moving from college to the World Cup? The one thing he really wants to ask Klæbo? Find all that, and more, only here. Now ft. g…
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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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The third and final guest in our opening series of skiers-turned-mountain-bike-racers, Carter Hall discusses getting in his cycling training while working long hours on the road as a wax tech for BSF Pro Team. Plus the advantages and disadvantages of starting high-level bike racing late in life, what you learn from nordic skiing that you don’t from…
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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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Who’s weirder, distance runners or nordic skiers? What’s the hardest sport between running, nordic skiing, and mountain biking? What should a college athlete trying to keep up training while moving on in life consider when taking those next steps? Evan Arthur sits down with Fast Big Dog to answer these questions and more.…
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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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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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John Wessling has lived all over and has pretty much done it all in sport, both endurance sports and skill sports. He self-effacingly describes himself as “the best of the worst” in most of these endeavors, but he’s also a three-time Cat 1 national champion in cross-country mountain bike racing, so take that last assessment with a grain of salt. We…
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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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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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In this episode, we delve deep into the often-overlooked synergy between road and trail running with Coach Ian Sharman. As head coach at Sharman Ultra and a seasoned ultra-distance trail runner, Ian brings a unique perspective, showcasing the merits and benefits of embracing both terrains in training. From the physiological adaptions and mental res…
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Today, we've got an extraordinary guest who truly personifies the spirit of relentless improvement—Mika Thewes. She has not only completed the grueling Bigfoot 200 ultra-marathon five times but has also managed to get faster with each and every race! In this episode, we'll delve into Mika's journey from her first Bigfoot 200 to her recent defending…
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In this must-listen episode of Trail Runner Nation, we explore the enigmatic "Pain Cave"—a space every runner knows but wishes to avoid. Our exceptional panel includes ultra-marathon champions Jeff Browning, Michael Wardian, and Courtney Dauwalter, as well as sports science expert Alex Hutchinson. They join us to dissect this complex topic in a thr…
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We have a special treat for all those seeking inspiration from the world of endurance sports. Imagine hurtling down treacherous slopes at breakneck speeds, defying gravity, and pushing the limits of human ability. Our guest needs no introduction in the world of alpine racing but might in our tribe - he's the epitome of dedication, grit, and perseve…
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Have you ever been told, you are heel striking, you shouldn't do that! You need to land on your forefoot or midfoot! And after trying, became frustrated and given up? Today we are going to speak with an expert on gait, balance and stability to understand how you can improve your core balance and stability that then will help you run more efficientl…
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Are you patient? Can you find benefits of being more patient? Returning expert and ultra runner, Dr. Rob Bell. helps us with some strategies that can help us be more patient. A certified Mental Performance Coach and author of "I Can't Wait to Be Patient (And the Fastest Way to Get There)," Dr. Bell shares his expertise cultivated through years of a…
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This year it seems like course records throughout trail running have been dropping like flies. UltraRunning Magazine lists hundreds of new records for both men and women on their site. Some of these records are decades old. Are we getting faster? It sure seems like that. Alex Hutchinson has also been wondering this and decided to do his science thi…
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