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Vert is the home for every trail & ultra runner. On this podcast we host conversations with key members of our Trail & Ultra running community from all over the world. From professional world class athletes to our Vert.run members and community. Narrating captivating stories and learning from and about this amazing sport.
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Parker Farabee is a trail runner, physiotherapist, exercise physiologist and coach from Portland, Oregon. In this episode we talk about strength training for trail runners. Why is strength training so important, why do we need strength as trail runners? Of course we're not bodybuilders, so how much strenght do we need? What type of strength trainin…
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I’m recording this interview live, from the vert run headquarters in boulder aka moi’s house, and my guest today is Seth Ruhling. Seth is a North Face sponsored athlete, a podcast host and a boulder boy fans favorite. He’s originally from Tennessee but he’s moved to Boulder to chase his dream to train and compete at the highest level in the sport o…
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Yngvild Kaspersen, Toni McCann and Dani Moreno are professional trail athletes for Adidas Terrex and respectively CCC 2023 winner, OCC 2023 winner and third place finisher at OCC 2022. Yngvild, Toni and Dani are currently in Auburn for a short training camp on the Western States trails, so I thought it would be fun to catch up and see how they’re d…
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Benjamin Roubiol is our 2023 trail running world champion. Benjamin comes from France (Savoie) won the world title in the long race in Innsbruck, on a 80km course with 6000m of elevation. We catch up with Benjamin to know how he’s doing and how he is structuring his training in this first part of the season, his goals in 2024, some curiosities abou…
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Steve Krenn is a trail runner from New York and a Vert.run coach. Running at night can be a beautiful and rewarding experience, if you know how to do it. Some of the most famous ultra trail races often include running through the night. During the wintertime, when the days are short, we’re often running through the dark, before or after school or w…
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Carlos Ferrer Fernández is a trail runner from Paris and the managing director of the newsletter Mile and Stone. I invited Carlos on the podcast after following his newsletter for a while, and discovering a great project that I feel like is contributing to more knowledge, better information and more professionalization in the trail and ultra runnin…
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Kimi Schreiber is a professional trail runner, a journalist and a podcaster from Germany. She runs for Adidas Terrex. In this episode, we chat about running, training and trail running media, but the main topic of our conversation is probably authenticity: the courage to be ourselves and show other people what we really are, not what we pretend to …
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Parker Farabee is a trail runner, physiotherapist, exercise physiologist and coach from Portland, Oregon. In this episode we talk about base training and how to build an aerobic base. What are the benefits of base training? Why is it essential to increase our work capacity and improve fatigue resistance? What happens to our bodies when we're traini…
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Robbie Simpson is a professional trail and road runner from Scotland, sponsored by Adidas Terrex. Robbie is one of the best all around athletes in the world: he's run anything from 5k on the road to ultramarathons. He's been on the podium of Sierre-Zinal FIVE times, he's won a world mountain running championships bronze medal, and he's won a medal …
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Max Keith is a trail runner from Chile and the co-founder of Vert. In this episode we talk about how to monitor your training: what data and metrics should we be paying attention to? Technology, with all kinds of data, has become so easy to access, but what is actually relevant and what should we really care about? What can we learn from the analys…
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Henriette Albon is a professional runner for Arc'teryx living in Norway. Henriette just set the women’s winter FKT of the Bob Graham Round, one of the most challenging and famous trail routes in the British Lake District, tagging 42 peaks and covering 106 miles with over 8000m of elevation. In this episode we talk about the challenges of her advent…
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Parker Farabee is a trail runner, physiotherapist, exercise physiologist and coach from Portland, Oregon. In this episode we talk about how to deal with an injury and about cross training and rehab. We will point out and clarify some of the most important things you should do when you get injured, how you can and should maintain consistency in your…
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Kristin Jensen is a trail runner from Denmark and a Vert.run explore athlete. Kristin is a passionate runner whose goal is, like many other athletes that we coach, to run longer, faster and stronger while having fun in the process. In this episode we talk about being a trail runner in Denmark, probably not the most typical place you would think whe…
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Katie Schide is a professional trail runner for The North Face from the US, living in France. Katie is one of the most well known and established trail runners in the world: she’s just been awarded the second place of the Trail Runner of the Year Award presented by Freetrail, and as well as the second place of the historic Ultra Runner of the Year …
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In this episode we talk about some common misconceptions in training for trail and ultras. With the recent increase in participation in trail and ultrarunning and more and more people coming to trail running from the roads or other endurance sports, team sports, or from being sedentary, we felt a need to discuss some common myths and not always acc…
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Dan Curts is a professional trail runner for Brooks coming from New Hampshire, United States. With PRs of 3:43 in the 1500m, sub 4 min in the mile and 13:38 in the 5000m, Dan is a really fast, really talented runner who’s main focus is on mountain running and the sub ultra distances. This year he won the US mountain running up and down champs and h…
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Our own Max Keith just ran The Speed Project Atacama, a 500km crossing of the Atacama Desert that is not just a race, it’s an adventure, a deep dive into the unknown, a shared experience with all the participants and crews, an introspective journey across one’s emotions and soul. The only rule of this event is that there are no rules, and that you …
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James Huw is a trail runner, a science presenter, a geologist, astronomy and climate scientist from Wales, UK. James’ mission is to communicate science, make science cool and accessible to people. With Kilian Jornet he founded the Athlete Climate Academy, a place to give outdoor athletes the background they need to discuss climate change and enviro…
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Emkay Sullivan is a professional trail runner for Craft from Reno, Nevada, United States. After a long and challenging year full of success but also some setbacks, Emkay decided to put off her final goal of 2023 and not run CIM, California International Marathon. In this episode talk about the challenge of training, the difficulty of redefining goa…
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Malen Osa is a professional trail runner for Salomon living in Spain, in the Basque Country. Malen is only 20 years old and has had a breakthrough season in 2023, placing fourth overall in the final ranking Golden Trail World Series, and top 5 at Dolomyths Run, Pikes Peak Ascent and Mammoth Trail Fest. She’s definitely one of the most interesting y…
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Emily Hawgood is a professional trail and ultra runner from Zimbabwe sponsored by Adidas Terrex. Emily is one of the most wonderful and cheerful people I know, not just in the sport of running, and she’s one of the strongest trail athletes in the world, especially in the 100k-100m distance. She’s also a running coach, a strength coach, she studied …
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Mike McMonagle is trail runner and photographer from Salt Lake City, United States. I met Mike, better known to the public with his instagram handle @shitinthewoods, last year at the world championship in Thailand, and I was inspired by his vibrant pictures showing the athletes in the peak of their efforts. I started following him and I discovered …
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Francesco Puppi⁠ is a pro athlete for Nike and your Running Long podcast host. Today I'm joined by Max and Moi, founder and co-founder of Vert.run, to talk about my 2023 season, including my first experience in a long ultra at Templiers (80km +3500m), where I placed second behind Jonathan Albon. We’re going to dive deep into how the race went, how …
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Laurein Klein is a trail and ultra runner with an undergraduate degree in athletic training, a master degree in exercise science and experience in the sports medicine field. In this episode we talk about how biomechanics influences running economy and how we can improve our running economy through training to become better and more efficient runner…
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Gloria Giudici - for me and for some of my friends Rita - is an amateur runner, Sportsshoes ambassador and full time worker who happens to be my girlfriend. Rita - which is Gloria’s middle name, for those of you who are wondering about where it comes from, is one of the hardest working people I know and for sure a great source of strength and inspi…
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Here at Vert, we run to have fun, feel good and learn something about ourselves in the process. How can we build self confidence through trail running? How can we be ok with the fact that we all want to grow and progress, but we may still experience failures and setbacks? How can we feel empowered through trail running? Today's guest is Steve Krenn…
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Ida Nilsson is a professional trail runner for Craft, she's from Sweden but she currently lives in Norway. Ida has been in the sport for a very very long time and she’s explored pretty much everything that there is to explore within the sport of running, from the track to cross country, from the roads to the trails. Together with Mimmi Kotka and Em…
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The Golden Trail World Series athletes and crew landed in the United States for the two final stages of the circuit and another adventure in the West of the United States. We raced at the Pikes Peak Ascent in Manitou Springs (CO) where Remi Bonnet set a new course record, beating the legendary mark by Matt Carpenter that was set 30 years ago, and a…
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Abby Hall is a professional trail runner from Flagstaff, USA, sponsored by Adidas Terrex. I wanted to have Abby on the podcast in a very particular situation, which is not an easy moment for her. It's definitely a moment of struggle or at least not what people generally associate with the life of a professional athlete. Abby had a big injury earlie…
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Miguel Quinta is a vert.run explore athlete from Portugal living in Spain. Miguel started training with Vert in 2023 with the goal to finish CCC, a 100km race with 6000m around Mont Blanc. In this episode we talk about Miguel’s race, how it went and how he handled the difficulties that he faced; about his preparation (using a specific training plan…
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Toni McCann is a professional trail runner from South Africa sponsored by Adidas Terrex She's the 2023 OCC women champion, with an incredible race and performance - she ran 53km with 3100m of elevation in 5h18 min. In this episode we talk about her preparation, which was not short of challenges and setbacks, her race, her strategy and in general ab…
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If you're struggling around routines or to get back to your normal life after the summer and hopefully some time off for vacation, training or racing, then this episode is for you! Olya Amelina is a health and performance coach helping people create daily routines around food, sleep, training and rest to enhance performance and achieve their goals …
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After the summer season and especially after this week's UTMB, we figured it's important to relisten to this conversation with Coach Daniel Rowland on recovery and managing the time after a race. It’s a very delicate period, both physically and mentally: we need to make sure that we've recovered well after a race and many months hard training, and …
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This episode focuses on the nutrition during a race or a long run: you will learn how to fuel during an endurance effort, what it makes sense to eat and what doesn’t, some strategies that will help you always stay on top of your nutrition and get the all energy that you need. Wilfredo Benitez is a trail runner and nutritionist based in Portland, Or…
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This episode focuses on nutrition before a race or a long run: you will learn how to fuel before an endurance effort, what it makes sense to eat and what doesn’t, some strategies that will help you get all the energy that you need, in order to achieve your goal. ⁠Wilfredo Benitez⁠ is a trail runner and nutritionist based in Portland, Oregon, and fo…
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On Pace Wellness is a company based in Portland, Oregon, which helps endurance athletes to optimize their nutrition for health, wellness and performance. We chat with Wilfredo Benitez, head nutritionist at On Pace Wellness, USATF certified coach and trail runner, about the importance of a balanced nutrition for athletes. How and what we eat have th…
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What are training zones? Why is it so important to run at the correct intensity? With Eoin today we talk about training with heart rate zones, why running at the correct intensity is key and how to use heart rate zones in your daily training. Eoin Everard is an Irish athlete, physiotherapist and pilates instructor with a PHD in biomechanics. Eoin h…
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How has the shoe technology evolved during the past decade? How do we choose a trail shoe, what should we pay attention to? What are the most important features, depending on their use and purpose? As trail runners, our most important piece of gear is a pair of running shoes, and there are now well over 200 trail running shoes on the market. That m…
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Meikael Beaudoin Rousseau and Anna Gibson are two young American athletes and members of The Trail Team. The mission of The Trail Team is to independently support and develop rising athletes into the best professional trail runners in the world through mentorship, skill development, and media exposure. With Meikael and Anna we will talk about their…
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Rosie Mitchell is a 63 year old lady from Zimbabwe currently living in Cape Town (South Africa). Rosie is an ultra runner, graphic designer, Vert.run athlete and so much more. Rosie is one of our most loyal and dedicated athletes, she’s had an incredible and super inspiring personal story which you will discover in today’s conversation, and she’s c…
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Masters' running is usually framed as a process of decline and we rarely talk about understanding and optimizing masters runners’ potential in the same way that we do with younger runners. This episode wants to bring a constructive approach to the topic, giving some tips and ideas to better manage our training as we get older. Our guest is Eoin Eve…
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Stian Angermund is a professional trail runner for Asics living in Norway, and the 2023 (and 2022) short trail world champion. Stian is one of the most humble, well known and respected athletes in the trail running world, and he managed to repeat himself in the last edition of the trail world championship in Innsbruck, after his gold medal in Thail…
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Kris Jones is a professional runner for Hoka coming from Wales. Kris placed 8th at the 2023 world trail and mountain running championships Innsbruck 2023 in the short trail distance, and thanks to his result he helped the GB team take home the gold medal with his teammates Thomas Roach and Jonathan Albon. One reason why I decided to invide Kris to …
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Marco Altini is a data scientist, computer science engineer, high performance coach and founder of HRV4TRAINING. In this episode we talk about heart rate variability or HRV. Measuring HRV is an effective way to capture our body’s response to stress and how it's responding and adapting ​to training and lifestyle stressors. In this episode, we learn …
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Steve Krenn is a trail and ultra runner from New York City and a Vert.run coach. In this episode we will try to answer the question "can I train for a mountain or trail race even though I live in a flat place? Even with limited access to the trails, you can still call yourself a trail runner and develop the specific adaptations required by running …
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Adam Peterman makes his second appearance on this podcast after his incredible 2022, when he became the Western States Champion and the Trail Running World Champion in the long distance event, in Thailand. In this episode, we discussed how Adam’s life has changed after his incredible 2022, how he balances being a pro athlete with his other occupati…
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Craig Thornley is the race director of Western States. Western States is the oldest 100 mile race in America and one of the ultimate endurance challenges in the world, and Craig has been race director of the race since 2013. In this episode we talk about the history of the race, how he got involved, his work as a race director, and how he and the W…
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Leo Pershall is a Vert.run athlete and ambassador from California. Leo has an incredible story in endurance sports, and he went from being an ultra cyclist, to sailing around the world during the pandemic, to becoming a smoker and quitting any kind of physical activity, to finding the love for running again. This year, Leo was signed up to Black Ca…
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Rachel Drake is a professional trail runner sponsored by Nike from Portland, Oregon. In this episode we talk about Rachel’s experience with postpartum return to running, how she’s dealing with a bone injury that she picked up during her post pregnancy, the challenges of being a mom and training as a professional athlete. This is a great episode if …
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In this episode of Coach Lab we talk about cross training and how to incorporate it into your preparation. As runners, we tend to focus very much on running and neglect what is a fundamental part of training. Max and Francesco discuss the different types of cross training, their benefits and purposes, when you should you include cross training into…
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