Last weekend I ran the Mendocino Coast 50k in California, and had the rare opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at what goes in to putting on such a long race. In today's episode I sit down with the hilarious race director Sid Garza-Hillman, and pick his brain about what it's like to put on a race, what he's learned throughout the process, and how it has changed him as a runner.
In my opinion, the race starts well before runners take off from the line. The preparations you make during the days leading up to the race have a direct effect on your race day performance. In today's episode, I give you 5 tips to nail your next race week.
Welcome to Season 3 of Trail Talk! This season is all about racing: Racing strategies, nutrition, pacing, and so much more.
In today's episode, we kick things off by talking about luck. More specifically, how to create your own luck, so you aren't leaving it up to chance.
On this final episode of season two, we're wrapping up the topic of training with a doozy...
I reveal what I believe to be the truth about training (and it's kind of depressing, I must admit), how to make running a priority, and what to do when facing an injury setback.
Trust me, this is one not to skip.
And no, this is not just another "mix up your routine" list.
There's nothing worse than the mid training slump ... you know, when the excitement fades and you still have weeks until race day. In today's episode, I share my tips for how to avoid the slump all together.
What happens when you ask the internet for training and racing advice? Well, have a listen and you'll find out.
In today's episode I crowdsourced advice from all my online running networks, and have a good time sharing some of those responses. The tips cover all the bases, from training and racing, to fueling and even poop.
We've all heard the advice to treat long runs as a practice for race day. But what does that really mean?
In today's episode I explore exactly what you should "practice" for race day, and how to go about doing just that throughout your training.
Let's face it, there are certain aspects of our training that we focus on more than others. It's only natural to put more importance on certain tactics.
But I've noticed a disturbing trend that runners are ignoring a few key parts of there training. Maybe because they don't like them, or maybe just because they don't understand how important they really are.
In today's episode, I touch on the 6 important parts of training I see ignored the most, and why you should give them the attention they deserve.
Yup, that's right. This episode is all about road running, and why trail runners shouldn't be afraid of a few road miles.
I talk the benefits of road running for trails runners, and 4 road workouts you should incorporate into your training for better results. Even when the focus is on an ultramarathon.
Yes! Trail Talk is back with season 2, and this season is all about training. More specifically, How to Take Your Training to the Next Level.
In this first episode, we talk about how I screwed up the last season of Trail Talk, what I learned, and how those lessons will help you train smarter.
Because if I'm being honest, I was destined for failure last time, and I'm not going to let you make those same mistakes with your training.
In just a few hours I'll load up the car and head down to North Georgia for the Sky to Summit 50k. Traveling to a race introduces a number of extra logistical challenges, and camping the night before like I am only makes it worse.
In today's episode, I share how to prepare for your travel, and what you can do to make sure you toe the line stress free and ready to run.
Last week I got a tweet from a listener with what I thought was a simple question:
"What was your biggest ultramarathon mistake, and what did you learn from it?"
Thinking it would make for a good topic for Trail Talk, I sat down to decide what my biggest mistake had been. As it turns out, I've had many ultra-sized ultramarathon mistakes, and it was impossible to just pick one.
So in today's episode, I'm sharing not just 1, but 6 of my biggest race day mistakes, what I learned from them, and most importantly, how you can avoid making those mistakes yourself.
Just a few days out from my next 50k, this episode is all about final preparations. What my taper looks like, how I get the mind primed and ready to race, and how I approach pre and mid race nutrition.
I give the full rundown of everything going down mentally and physically the final two weeks before the Steep Canyon 50k.
Oh man, I just talked to a legend, Karl "Speedgoat" Meltzer, and now I'm sharing it with you.
In today's episode, we're breaking Trail Talk tradition with an interview from the Speedgoat himself. In this interview, we talk mountain running, newbie ultrarunning mistakes, shoes, gear, and how the sport has changed since he ran his first ultra more than 20 years ago.
This one's a do not miss!
In between training plans and don't know what to do?
While it might be the easiest route, the last thing you want to do is get in the habit of running laps around your house. Unfortunately, that's where most people start.
In today's episode, I break down what a typical training week should look like, and provide you with the tools to build out runs during those weeks where you aren't on a specific schedule. I discuss mileage percentages, how to structure each day, and give a real life example for you to use as a guide.
Let's be honest, we're all a little scared of the dark. Especially when we're deep into the spooky forest!
But trail running at night can be a lot of fun, a good way to mix up your routine, and a required skill to master if you're training for a long ultramarathon. Many of which run through the night.
In today's episode I talk about the benefits of nighttime trail running, and 6 tips for doing it effectively, safely, and without wetting your pants after ever rustle in the leaves.
Let's face it, we're all busy. And when you're busy, running is one of the first things to go. In today's episode, I share the 4 steps I've taken to build a consistent running routine that lasts, even with my busy schedule. Plus learn more about an exciting new project at Rock Creek Runner.
Over the past few years, available gear for trail runners has exploded. The good news?
This means we're a community worth investing in, and the result is new and improved gear. The bad news?
More gear = more questions. Do I really need a handheld and a pack? A pack with a bladder and a pack with bottles? What shoes work best for my trails? Are trail running shorts really better than road running shorts?
Should I carry this stuff on every run?
It's complicated. And if you're not careful, it leads to spending a ton of money while seeing few results.
In today's episode I try to answer those questions and save you a little money. I break down all the essential gear items for trail runners, and my personal preferences for short, medium, and long runs or races.
Here's what to expect from this episode:
I spend a lot of time trying to convince road runners to give the trail a try. Today I'm flipping that around.
Just like road runners see benefits to running trails, trail runners can see major improvements by spending some days on the road.
In today's episode, I discuss the benefits to road running, and specific workouts trail runners should pound out on the pavement.
Remember those tiny 1% improvements from episode 4? Well now I want you to go big! And I want us to do it together.
Let's set a massive goal and use those small steps to make it a reality. Will you join me in doing something great?
The race is over, and the sore muscles have faded. Now what?
For many, that "Now what?" question sets you off into a downward spiral I like to call the post-race blues. And it's a tough place to recover from.
So today we're talking post-race blues, why they're happen and how to prevent them, and how you should start training after the big race is finished.
In today's episode I address one of the most common concerns for new trail runners: safety. While running through the woods does introduce different safety issues than running on the road, it doesn't have to be more dangerous.
Take these precautions to avoid making safety mistakes, and you can start running trails worry free.
Run hard. Race hard. Party hard? You hear those first 2 (and maybe the 3rd) thrown out by runners all the time. But what about recovery?
Like it or not, how well you recover directly affects how hard you can run and race. Not so much party.
In today's episode, I talk about recovery throughout your training. What to do the minutes, hours, and days after a long run or tough workout that will aid recovery and help build muscle.
It's about to get personal... Have you ever experienced that moment when everything clicks with your training? Maybe it was after a big run or even in the middle of a race? If you have, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
I call it the "Aha Moment," and that single moment can completely change everything you understand about running.
In today's episode, I share my two major aha moments, and discuss the power they posses over who I am and how I train.