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Oct 6, 2016

Last week we heard Paul Gwynn Garrity's transition from never running to training for the Table Rock 50K, his first ultramarathon.

This week I've asked Paul back on to recap his race. To share what went right, what went wrong, and what he'd do differently next time.

Like any first ultramarathon, his race had it's moments, and we'll hear the lessons he learned throughout the process.

Sep 22, 2016

Less than two years ago -- at a family Christmas gathering -- I was approached by my cousin's husband Paul.

"I want to train for a half marathon," he said.

Music to my ears. I responded with the usual questions ... What does your running look like now? Have you trained for races in the past?

He wasn't. He hadn't.

But I could tell he was serious about chasing this goal.

Since that conversation Paul hit the half marathon goal, ran a sub-four hour marathon, and is now just days away from attempting his first ultramarathon -- the Table Rock 50K.

In less than two years Paul has gone from barely being able to run a mile to training for his first ultramarathon.

Today's episode of Trail Talk is different. Instead of my standard quick tip, I've asked Paul to share his transformation to becoming a runner.

And the lessons, struggles, and achievements that came along the way.

Here's what we talk about in today's episode:

  • Why health and longevity is an important motivator
  • Becoming a runner ... when you never liked running
  • Paul's accountability struggle
  • Training for your first ultramarathon (and learning to love trails)
  • Perfecting your mid-run fueling strategy
Sep 1, 2016

Continuing along with the season of speedier ultramarathons, this week we talk about finishing strong and fast during your next big race.

Finishing strong means running smart for the first half, and training well for a tough second half.

Both of which I discuss in today's episode:

Aug 17, 2016

Aid stations are your lifeline during an ultramarathon. They're where you restock, refuel, and rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit.

But if you're not careful, they can also be a major time suck.

In today's episode I discuss how to be move through aid stations efficiently to become a speedier runner during your next ultramarathon.

Aug 4, 2016

Have you ever found yourself just a few weeks out from a race without having done the full training?

I know I have.

So what do you do? You could sit it out ... or you could cram. Just like like you did before tests in college.

In today's episode I talk about when it's acceptable to cram for a race, and how to go about it without injuring yourself.

Jul 21, 2016

And we're back with the first episode to Season 4! This season is all about speed, speed, and more speed.

Being a speedy runner is about more than just learning how to run quickly, and in today's episode, you'll find out just what I mean ... 

Jul 7, 2016

"What do you eat during a race?"

That's a question I get all the time, but the answer is never straight forward.

In an attempt to give a basic understanding of my approach to mid-race nutrition, I share my strategy for fueling a marathon, 50K, 50-Mile, 100K, and 100-Mile ultramarathon.

Jun 18, 2016

Ask a runner what they fear most and chances are it will be injury. Injuries can derail training and bust up a race goal before you even toe the line.

Who wants that? But for some reason the majority of runners aren't doing what they can to protect themselves against injury.

Today's episode is all about injuries, or more specifically, using strength training as a tool to help prevent injuries. I reach out to coach Jeff Gaudette of Runners Connect for his thoughts on incorporating a strength routine into your training.



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Jun 1, 2016

Sometimes the best way to learn about racing is to run a race, and after the recent Thunder Rock 100 miler, I have plenty of advice to share.

In this episodes I share what went right, what went wrong, and wrap up season 3 with stories from the trail.

Quick Note: There are audio issues in this episode. Sorry about that! I promise to have it fixed for the next one.

May 10, 2016

10 days! That's how long I have before my next 100 mile attempt. With race day fueling and nutrition on the brain, I decided to reach back to an older interview with elite ultrarunner Stephanie Marie Howe, which I recorded for the Trail Runner's System. In this interview we discuss everything race fueling, from what to eat and how often, to managing an upset stomach.

May 3, 2016

Today I tap into a lesson learned from studying abroad, of allthings, and get down and dirty on how to survive the dreaded RacingDip.

You know, that low point each race when you swear off everracing again...

Apr 26, 2016

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.

Apr 14, 2016

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.

Apr 6, 2016

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.

Feb 26, 2016

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.


Feb 16, 2016

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.

Feb 11, 2016

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. 

Feb 2, 2016

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.

Jan 19, 2016

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.

Jan 12, 2016

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.

Jan 5, 2016

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.

Nov 6, 2015

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.

Oct 13, 2015
You don't need no stink'n base building, right? Wrong.

In today's episode, I discuss the importance of a base building cycle before your next training plan starts, and the 6 principles I follow to make sure it's worth my time.

Whether you're training for a half marathon, marathon, or ultramarathon, focusing on building your base mileage and endurance before race specific training is key to a successful and injury free race.
Sep 25, 2015

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.

Sep 9, 2015

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.

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