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We entertain and encourage everyday trail runners and ultra trail runners all over the world who are out there getting it done! Whether you're on a 5K a day streak, training for a race, or even exploring the idea of trail running, we are here to celebrate you and the amazing community and culture. Join us - we laugh a bunch and have a lot of fun.
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One of our favorite segments, My First Trail Race, is back with another installment.  Hear  Big Ass Runner Herd member Chelsea Ericson talk about her first trail race, and how she went from a 5K to a 50K in one big jump.  Did she finish?  You'll have to listen to find out. In segment two, we bring back a new segment called That Bites.  Find out if this sound bite passes the smell test....so to speak. And there may be a little surprise....let's just say very successful trail runner has a special message for the Herd.All that and more on Episode 63 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast. Episode 63 line-up:Intro: Glenn Roby (@ryzen_is_running)Pre-show: A special message from a trail running superstarSegment One: My First Trail Race (feat. Chelsea Ericson)Shoutout and Kudos: Denver Isom (@run__denver__run)Segment Two: That Bites (this is a load of crap)BigAssRunner.comMore content on IG @big_ass_runnerWe recommend Trail Running apparel at Path ProjectsWe recommend Trail Running jackets and vests at Vander JacketStarting a podcast?  We recommend Buzzsprout for hosting.Audio Engineer: Steve "Super Soaker" Saunders#trailrunning#trailrunningpodcast#runningpodcast
With all the ups and downs in the world today, we felt like a heavy dose of encouragement is just what the doctor ordered.  So we got a doctor on the show!  In segment one, Dr. G is back to give us a word of encouragement, and Big Ass Runner Herd member Kelly Black shares her own dose of encouragement as well.In segment two, Chief Encouragement Officer Jake Thompson shares how trail runners can Compete Every Day.  You'll benefit from his words of encouragement and ways to reframe the story we tell ourselves.  Plus, we sprinkle in a few other surprises along the way.All that and more on Episode 62 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast. Episode 62 line-up:Intro: Andy Allen @the.andy.allenPre-show: Why an encouragement episode?Segment One: A Does of Encouragement (feat. Dr. G @dr_keving and Kelly Black @lovegoesthedistance)Shoutout and Kudos: The Big Ass Runner HerdSegment Two: Compete Every Day (feat. Jake Thompson @competeeveryday)BigAssRunner.comMore content on IG @big_ass_runnerWe recommend Trail Running apparel at Path ProjectsWe recommend Trail Running jackets and vests at Vander JacketStarting a podcast?  We recommend Buzzsprout for hosting.Audio Engineer: Steve "Sunny Side Up" Saunders#trailrunning#trailrunningpodcast#runningpodcast
We love to hear The Herds first experience with a trail race.  And on Episode 61 of the Big Ass Runner, we hear from Megan Opperman (@runstoppable_mo) who tackled a trail 10K.  Did she enjoy it?  Did she have any awkward moments?  Listen and find out.And back by popular demand (mainly their popular demand), the Data Scientists are back to determine the three different kinds of runners based on scientific data.  Their results may surprise you.  Actually, they will definitely surprise you.   Which kind of runner are you?Plus, Jeff and Steven have a few corrections from previous shows and read a few new written reviews!  All that and more on Episode 61 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast. Episode 61 line-up:Intro: Richard Cullen @i_do_burbeesPre-show: Corrections and ReviewsSegment One: My First Trail Race (feat. @runstoppable_moShoutout and Kudos: Jen Kirkpatrick (@jenkirk72)Segment Two: Ask the Data Scientists (Kinds of Trail Runners)BigAssRunner.comMore content on IG @big_ass_runnerWe recommend Trail Running apparel at Path ProjectsWe recommend Trail Running jackets and vests at Vander JacketStarting a podcast?  We recommend Buzzsprout for hosting.Audio Engineer: Steve "Spaghetti Sauce" Saunders#trailrunning#trailrunningpodcast#runningpodcast
Three letters no one enjoys is DNF.  But sometimes that's the best and smartest decision a trail runner can make.  Jeff and Steven talk about the infamous DNF as well as something that happened on a recent race that had never happened before.  What could it be?And Marcie Bazor is back to bring her unique perspective to the conversation as always.  Find out what sport she might have been destined to excel in had she not done "this" prematurely.Plus, Jeff and Steven talk about their training and Jeff makes a big announcement that could impact his next several races.  All that and more on Episode 60 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast. Episode 60 line-up:Intro: Tom Ratterman @basketballdad2Pre-show: Big Race Training UpdateSegment One: Embracing the Trail Race DNFShoutout and Kudos: Jeff Jordan (@pinbuster300)Segment Two: Marcie Bazor (quitting regrets)BigAssRunner.comMore content on IG @big_ass_runnerWe recommend Trail Running apparel at Path ProjectsWe recommend Trail Running jackets and vests at Vander JacketStarting a podcast?  We recommend Buzzsprout for hosting.Audio Engineer: Steve "Sassafras" Saunders#trailrunning#trailrunningpodcast#runningpodcast
Big races are approaching and as the weather temps go down, our mileage often goes up.  Dr. Lisa is back to give us some great tips on how to take care of your body as you increase miles, and look to stay injury-free into the racing season.  And, Timmy Time is back to see how well Steven knows some very popular fall movie classics.  Can you beat Steven's score?  Plus, Jeff and Steven talk about their very first night race.  How did it go?  Did things go bump in the night?  All that and more on Episode 59 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast.Episode 59 line-up:Intro: Angila Franklin @iceprincess.franklinPre-show: Our First Night RaceSegment One: Dr. Lisa on taking care of your body as your miles increaseShoutout and Kudos: Heather Hesse @grannygear13Segment Two: Timmy Time (fall movie classics)BigAssRunner.comMore content on IG @big_ass_runnerWe recommend Trail Running apparel at Path ProjectsWe recommend Trail Running jackets and vests at Vander JacketStarting a podcast?  We recommend Buzzsprout for hosting.Audio Engineer: Steve "Sriracha Pants" Saunders#trailrunning#trailrunningpodcast#runningpodcast
It's Labor Day, which supposedly means the end of summer and the beginning of fall.  Although it is still hot in Texas, we celebrate the new season with a fresh, clean segment of Steven's New Ass Stuff.  We've got five great items for you, and maybe even a bonus.And, we bring in the new season with a new segment called "That Bites".  Wonder what that means?  Well, find out in this very "moving" first installment that will no doubt leave you wanting to make a deposit. Plus, Jeff and Steven talk about the meaning of Labor Day and what plans they have to celebrate.All that and more on Episode 58 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast.Episode 58 line-up:Intro: Caroline Loveall  @cynicalcarolinePre-show: Labor Day ChatSegment One: Steven's New Ass StuffShoutout and Kudos: Matt Moretz @matt_moretzSegment Two: That Bites (feat. Nick Bare Audio)BigAssRunner.comMore content on IG @big_ass_runnerSteven's New Ass Stuff:Aeropress GoBPN Strong Reds and Strong GreensYeti Hopper XOSkin SocksApple AirTagPath Projects Wheeler FTWe recommend Trail Running apparel at Path ProjectsWe recommend Trail Running jackets and vests at Vander JacketStarting a podcast?  We recommend Buzzsprout for hosting.Audio Engineer: Steve "Soggy Bottoms" Saunders#trailrunning#trailrunningpodcast#runningpodcast
We celebrate Episode 57 with a fun, ketchup-themed show.  We start with Big Ass Runner Herd member Justin Frye's Why I Run, the first one of year two.  You'll love Justin's transparency and battle with something that grips many of us.And, Scott Graesser joins us to talk about what final meal we'd have if we were on death row.  Wait, why are we on death row?  Herd member Eileen Dover shares her very well thought out meal.  What would your meal be?Plus, Jeff and Steven talk about pre-race meals with feedback from the Herd.  Guess what most people say is their favorite pre-race meal.  All that and more on Episode 57 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast.Episode 57 line-up:Intro: Jason Aldridge  @jaycin71Pre-show: Pre-Race meals, with listener inputSegment One: Why I Run (feat. Justin Frye @jfrye121)Shoutout and Kudos: Susan Johnson (@susan.leann.johnson)Segment Two: Death Row, Final Meal with Scott Graesser (feat. Eileen Dover @trimeon) BigAssRunner.comMore content on IG @big_ass_runnerWe recommend Trail Running apparel at Path ProjectsWe recommend Trail Running jackets and vests at Vander JacketStarting a podcast?  We recommend Buzzsprout for hosting.Audio Engineer: Steve "Secret Sauce" Saunders#trailrunning#trailrunningpodcast#runningpodcast
How much strategy goes into trail running?  Well, probably more than you think.  Jeff and Steven discuss all the elements that go into trail running and reference a really cool article Jeff found while clomping around the inter-webs as only Clydesdales can. And, Timmy Time is back to show all of us how really talented he is.  Both a candy connoisseur and move line aficionado, Tim brings the fun and the funny.  How many movies can Steven guess of the five selected and nominated by the Big Ass Runner Herd.Plus, Jeff and Steven talk about movie candy and Jeff's generational observation. All that and more on Episode 56 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast.Episode 56 line-up:Intro: Jennifer Hardison  @jj_hardisonPre-show: Movie Candy ObservationsSegment One: Trail Running StrategyShoutout and Kudos: Jason Aldridge (@jaycin71)Segment Two: Timmy Time: Candy Connoisseur and Movie Line Maven BigAssRunner.comMore content on IG @big_ass_runnerWe recommend Trail Running apparel at Path ProjectsWe recommend Trail Running jackets and vests at Vander JacketStarting a podcast?  We recommend Buzzsprout for hosting.Audio Engineer: Steve "Short Rib" Saunders#trailrunning#trailrunningpodcast#runningpodcast
Just when you thought the Olympics were over, the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast brings it back into focus by giving out some Big Ass Medals of our own.  We looked across all of trail running and wanted to give out awards to some very interesting and deserving candidates. Even the Big Ass Runner Herd gives out some medals of their own.And, Marcie Bazor is back to join Jeff and Steven as they determine, if "this" were an Olympic sport, we'd surely medal.  Find out what hidden talents they "think" they have you might not expect.Plus, Jeff and Steven talk about their overall Olympic observations. All that and more on Episode 55 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast.Episode 55 line-up:Intro: Brian Krantz @just___bkPre-show: Our Olympic ObservationsSegment One: Olympic Medals: Trail Running EditionShoutout and Kudos: Marty Janoschek (@bike_run_marty) from Heather Hesse (@grannygear13)Segment Two: "If This Were An Olympic Sport" with Marcie Bazor  BigAssRunner.comMore content on IG @big_ass_runnerWe recommend Trail Running apparel at Path ProjectsWe recommend Trail Running jackets and vests at Vander JacketStarting a podcast?  We recommend Buzzsprout for hosting.Audio Engineer: Steve "Short Rib" Saunders#trailrunning#trailrunningpodcast#runningpodcast
Happy Birthday Big Ass Runner Herd!  We celebrate our first birthday with a few surprises.  We start with some observations we've made about trail runners after one year of doing the podcast. Next, we highlight some of Big Ass Runner Herd members by hearing about their best or worst birthdays.  You'll hear from Denver, Sheila, Andy, and Terry.  You will laugh and you might even cry.  But you'll definitely enjoy their stories.  Plus, Jeff and Steven talk about their best or worst birthdays. Why does Steven's birthday often get overlooked?All that and more on Episode 54 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast.Episode 54 line-up:Intro: Kelly Fain @moonstonekelly Pre-show: Our best or worst birthdays Segment One: Year One Observations Shoutout and Kudos: Ashley Braun (@ashleybraun31)Segment Two: Herd Best or Worst Birthdays  (feat. Denver Isom, Sheila Gibson, Andy Allen, Terry Clark) BigAssRunner.comMore content on IG @big_ass_runnerWe recommend Trail Running apparel at Path ProjectsWe recommend Trail Running jackets and vests at Vander JacketStarting a podcast?  We recommend Buzzsprout for hosting.Audio Engineer: Steve "Sidewinder" Saunders#trailrunning#trailrunningpodcast#runningpodcast
We end Year 1 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast on a bang!  Segment one looks at the Three P's of Trail Running.   What are they?  Well, you'll just have to be patient and listen to the episode to find out.And, the very popular Why I Run is the perfect segment to end the first year of the podcast.  But just a warning, this one is going to hit you in all the feels.  Powerful, raw, honest, and inspiring. Plus, Jeff and Steven talk about some of their favorite segments from Year 1 of the podcast.All that and more on Episode 53 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast.Episode 53 line-up:Intro: Joe Kern of Run Across IndianaPre-show: Some of our favorite segments from Year 1 Segment One: The Three P's of Trail RunningShoutout and Kudos: Sally McRae (@yellowrunner)Segment Two: Why I Run (feat. Marc Jacksina) BigAssRunner.comMore content on IG @big_ass_runnerWe recommend Trail Running apparel at Path ProjectsWe recommend Trail Running jackets and vests at Vander JacketStarting a podcast?  We recommend Buzzsprout for hosting.Audio Engineer: Steve Saunders#trailrunning#trailrunningpodcast#runningpodcast
Recovery is an important part of trail running but is often overlooked.  So we are theming this episode, "Recovery Road".  In segment one, we dissect an article in Trail Runner Magazine about Working Out vs. Working In.  What does that even mean?  And how can it help the everyday trail runner?And, Marcie Bazor is back to tell the tale of the "Marcie Massage".  You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll definitely learn something new.  Maybe about what not to do.Plus, Jeff and Steven talk about some of their favorite ways to recover.All that and more on Episode 52 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast.Episode 52 line-up:Intro: Mindy @m_fit_4lifePre-show: Our favorite ways to recover Segment One: Working Out vs. Working In (feat. Trail Runner Magazine)Shoutout and Kudos: Trish (@secondchancerunner)Segment Two: Marcie Bazor and the "Marcie Massage"BigAssRunner.comMore content on IG @big_ass_runnerWe recommend Trail Running apparel at Path ProjectsWe recommend Trail Running jackets and vests at Vander JacketStarting a podcast?  We recommend Buzzsprout for hosting.Audio Engineer: Steve "Silly String" Saunders#trailrunning#trailrunningpodcast#runningpodcast
Summer is here and we're talking about the heat.  Such much so, we're calling this The Heat is On episode.  Segment one brings you some sizzlin' wisdom from veteran runners like Bandera Race Director Chris McWatters from Tejas Trails and several the the ambassadors at Path Projects on how to run in the heat.   And, Timmy Time is back to test Steven's knowledge on Summer Blockbuster movies.  You won't believe what hot element we add to "bump it up a notch".    See if you can out-guess Steven on these summer classics.Plus, Jeff and Steven talk about any celebrity crushes they might have had growing up.All that and more on Episode 51 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast.Episode 51 line-up:Intro: Mandee Hernandez @run.moo.runPre-show: Celebrity crushes Segment One: Running in the Heat (feat. Chris McWatters & Path Projects Ambassadors)Shoutout and Kudos: Marc Soley (@marc_soley_runs)Segment Two: Timmy Time shares Summer Blockbuster moviesBigAssRunner.comMore content on IG @big_ass_runnerWe recommend Trail Running apparel at Path ProjectsWe recommend Trail Running jackets and vests at Vander JacketStarting a podcast?  We recommend Buzzsprout for hosting.Audio Engineer: Steve "Snickerdoodle" Saunders#trailrunning#trailrunningpodcast#runningpodcast
The Big Ass Runner trail running podcast celebrates 50 episodes with an "over the hill" themed show.  Segment one brings you both the physical and mental side of running over hills, with our friend Ashley Durstine adding her wisdom to the discussion. And, Marcie Bazor is back to talk about any mid-life crisis she may be going through.  You won't believe what she is riding around without this on.  Plus, Jeff and Steven talk about where the term "over the hill" came from in the first place, and what things they are totally over.All that and more on Episode 50 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast.Episode 50 line-up:Intro: Juan @kermittherunnerPre-show: What is over the hill?  What things are we over?Segment One: Running Hills - physical and mental (with @azrunnershigh)Shoutout and Kudos: Terry Clark (@clarkmomontherun.13)Segment Two: Marcie Bazor discusses mid-life crisisBigAssRunner.comMore content on IG @big_ass_runnerWe recommend Trail Running apparel at Path ProjectsWe recommend Trail Running jackets and vests at Vander JacketStarting a podcast?  We recommend Buzzsprout for hosting.Audio Engineer: Steve "Cinnamon Toast" Saunders#trailrunning#trailrunningpodcast#runningpodcast
"My First Trail Race" was such a big hit we bring you part two featuring the one and only, Dani Mathews.  She spews some insight and wisdom from her very first trail race you will definitely want to hear. And, Jeff and Steven bring you 10 Unlikely Insights from the  Western States 100 you won't hear anywhere else.  Plus, Jeff and Steven talk about things reopening and what they are most excited about.All that and more on Episode 49 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast.Episode 49 line-up:Intro: Rusty and family  @running_caniacPre-show: What we're most excited about reopeningSegment One: My First Trail Race - Dani Mathews (@unicorns.eat.pancakes)Shoutout and Kudos: Ryan Miller (@ryanmiller34)Segment Two: 10 Unlikely Insights from Western States 100BigAssRunner.comMore content on IG @big_ass_runnerWe recommend Trail Running apparel at Path ProjectsWe recommend Trail Running jackets and vests at Vander JacketStarting a podcast?  We recommend Buzzsprout for hosting.Audio Engineer: Steve "Silky Smooth" Saunders#trailrunning#trailrunningpodcast#runningpodcast
We debut our brand new segment "My First Trail Race"!  Hear about Andy Allen's first go at a trail race and find out what he what he compares the atmosphere of a trail race to - could brisket be involved?And in segment two, we head back to the data warehouse and Ask the Data Scientists how something Jeff and Steven are chasing got its origin.  the Funyuns and Mountain Dew will be flying as the data scientists grapple with this very important question. Plus, Jeff and Steven talk a bit about their very first trail race. All that and more on Episode 48 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast.Episode 48 line-up:Intro: Kate Musser  @nezmomPre-show: Jeff and Steven's first trail raceSegment One: My First Trail Race - Andy Allen (@the.andy.allen)Shoutout and Kudos: Mandee Hernandez (@run.moo.run)Segment Two: Ask the Data Scientists (Belt Buckles)BigAssRunner.comMore content on IG @big_ass_runnerWe recommend Trail Running apparel at Path ProjectsWe recommend Trail Running jackets and vests at Vander JacketStarting a podcast?  We recommend Buzzsprout for hosting.Audio Engineer: Steve "Sly Dog" Saunders#trailrunning#trailrunningpodcast#runningpodcast
One of our favorite segments is "Why I Run" and this week is the second in our two-part series.  You'll love Sheila Gibson's Why.  And you'll see why she is one of our favorites...if we had favorites. And, in segment two, the very popular Steven's New Ass Stuff is back as a service to the Big Ass Runners out there.  Steven shares some of his favorite, hand-picked trail running items, and even Jeff shares one he recently discovered and loves.Plus, Jeff talks about his field trip to the dentist.  What major mistake did he make?All that and more on Episode 47 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast.Episode 47 line-up:Intro: Gene from Michigan @gene_on_the_runPre-show: Jeff's Trip to the DentistSegment One: Why I Run - Sheila Gibson (@shero.gibson)Shoutout and Kudos: Rachel S (@Rachel_s_85)Segment Two: Steven's New Ass Stuff (see below)Items:Oofos Recovery SandalsGarmin Instinct Goat Milk SoapVuori JoggersSan Francisco Bay CoffeeBigAssRunner.comMore content on IG @big_ass_runnerWe recommend Trail Running apparel at Path ProjectsWe recommend Trail Running jackets and vests at Vander JacketStarting a podcast?  We recommend Buzzsprout for hosting.Audio Engineer: Steve "Slim Shady" Saunders#trailrunning#trailrunningpodcast#runningpodcast
One of our favorite segments is "Why I Run" and this week is a nod to Father's Day, and you'll be blown away by Jeb Buffington's Why.  Very powerful and moving. And, in segment two, we tackle Runner's World's list of 30 Weird Things Runners Do.  How can there possibly be 30?  And do you agree with them?Plus, we talk a little bit about our Favorite Sidekicks.  Do we mention yours?All that and more on Episode 46 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast.Episode 46 line-up:Intro: Darren from Western AustraliaPre-show: Our Favorite SidekicksSegment One: Why I Run - Jeb Buffington (@jebbuffington)Shoutout and Kudos: Matt Eby (@eby_matt)Segment Two: 30 Weird Things Runners DoBigAssRunner.comMore content on IG @big_ass_runnerWe recommend Trail Running apparel at Path ProjectsWe recommend Trail Running jackets and vests at Vander JacketStarting a podcast?  We recommend Buzzsprout for hosting.Audio Engineer: Steve "Scissorhands" Saunders#trailrunning#trailrunningpodcast#runningpodcast
Get some amazing insight on building your base using heart rate training with special guest, Floris Gierman, ultra runner and head of marketing at Path Projects.  You won't believe his interesting morning routine.And, in segment two Timmy Time is back, singing songs with "heart" as only Timmy Time can.  The final duet with one of the hosts may break the internet.  Again.Plus, Jeff shares some wedding observations after his son Hayden got married to his dream girl.  All that and more on Episode 45 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast.Episode 45 line-up:Intro: Adrian Lynn (@asarkoz)Pre-show: Jeff's Wedding ObservationsSegment One: Heart Rate Training with Floris Gierman (@florisgierman)Shoutout and Kudos: Billy Ornold Segment Two: Timmy Time (Songs with "heart")BigAssRunner.comMore content on IG @big_ass_runnerWe recommend Trail Running apparel at Path ProjectsWe recommend Trail Running jackets and vests at Vander JacketStarting a podcast?  We recommend Buzzsprout for hosting.#trailrunning#trailrunningpodcast#runningpodcast
Another talented listener joins the show!  Dr. Lisa Mitro is a Physical Therapist and gives us some very practical tips on avoiding injury as we pile up the miles.And, in segment two we hear from the great Scott Graesser of Big Papa Pickle fame.  Scott is coming back from injury and gives us some wisdom nuggets on how to deal with running setbacks.Plus, Jeff & Steven place a trail racing version of Mad Libs to uncover the perfect workout for the impending summer racing season.All that and more on Episode 44 of the Big Ass Runner Trail Running Podcast.Episode 44 line-up:Intro: Emily Saldaña-Fitzgerald (@emily.running.down.a.dream)Pre-show: Steven's Fun Workout Segment One: Dr. Lisa Mitro on Avoiding Injury (@runningwithgoldens)Shoutout and Kudos: Andy Allen (@the.andy.allen)Segment Two: Scott Graesser Rehab UpdateBigAssRunner.comMore content on IG @big_ass_runnerWe recommend Trail Running apparel at Path ProjectsWe recommend Trail Running jackets and vests at Vander JacketStarting a podcast?  We recommend Buzzsprout for hosting.#trailrunning#trailrunningpodcast#runningpodcast
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