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Buzz Burrell and Corrine Malcolm team up to bring you a lively mix of trail topics, stories, and real runner questions. Whether you’re an experienced ultrarunner or “trail curious” and just getting started in the sport, start your run with UltraSignup and meet us at The Trailhead!

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100M DNF

Season 2 Episode 10: Drop Bags, DNFs, and Barefoot Shoes on Techy Terrain

On this week’s episode of The Trailhead, Corrine and Buzz ask a tricky question: Who’s the most important runner in the sport? 

Then, we hear from Heather Balogh Rochfort about handling the highs and lows of ultrarunning. See more of how to put your best foot forward in Heather’s article, “How to not DNF a 100-miler.”

Then, Buzz answers real runner questions about knowing when you are ready for an ultramarathon and whether your shoe choice is slowing you down over technical terrain.

Finally, we want to know why YOU are passionate about running trails. Email trailhead@ultrasignup.com with your why for a chance to be featured in a future episode.

The Trailhead Podcast is a production from UltraSignup News. This episode is presented by Sidas, your foot company. Use promo code TRAILHEAD20 for 20% off your entire purchase at Sidas.com.

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Going the distance with your dog

Season 2 Episode 9: Livestreams, Running with Dogs, and Birthday Run Projects

Race season is here! And with live events, comes live streaming. Corrine and Buzz go over the latest news in livestreams from UTMB, Golden Trail Series, and UltraSignup’s very own foray.

Then, Jen Sotolongo is back, talking to Corrine about the best practices for running with your dog. You can read more tips from Jen on UltraSignup News.

Later, Buzz interviews two callers, and gives some insight into training for a birthday run project and how much focus to give certain data points.

The Trailhead Podcast is a production from UltraSignup News. This episode is presented by Ultimate Direction. Use promo code “Trailhead25” for 25% off at Ultimate Direction.

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Season 2 Episode 8: Women Who FKT, Mandatory Gear, & leaping from 100K to 100 Miles

On this episode of The Trailhead, Corrine and Buzz dive into safety and mandatory gear lists. They may seem overwhelming, especially depending on the country you’re racing in, but will you ever regret following them? Then, Corrine talks to Jen Sotolongo and Marta Fisher about the Women Who FKT project, which has inspired and encouraged more runners to set out on their own fastest known time adventures. You can read Jen’s piece and some real FKT-er’s stories on UltraSignup News. Then, Buzz speaks to Jacob about an upcoming journey run that John Muir would be proud of, and to Laura about making the leap from 100K to 100M. The Trailhead Podcast is a production from UltraSignup News. This episode is presented by Sidas, your foot company. Use promo code “BOGOSOCKS” to get two pairs of running socks for the price of one at us.Sidas.com. Listen to Episode
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Season 2 Episode 7: Snowpack, Hellah Run Streaks, and Base Building

As we creep towards peak race season, Corrine and Buzz discuss how record snowfall this year could affect this summer’s events.

Then, Corrine interviews Hellah Sidibe, former professional soccer player turned professional runner. They talk about his journey to ultrarunning, his run across America, and how his run streak became bigger than himself. You can read the profile on Hellah at UltraSignup News.

Then, Buzz interviews two real runners, and gives insight into building up for a 50K and what it takes to mentally jump from marathons to ultras.

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Berkley Marathons

Season 2 Episode 6: Trail Lore: Barkley, Learning Moments, and Racing Culture

Two weeks ago, we were all glued to Keith Dunn’s twitter page refreshing for updates on ultrarunning’s best-known secret. So this week, Corrine and Buzz dive into the Barkley Marathons (also see our beautiful photo piece on the race).

Corrine interviews Eric Sutliff about trail running in the South and the things he’s learned since his first ultra. You can read his piece for Like The Wind magazine about his first 50K on UltraSignup News.

Then, Buzz speaks to a real runner about what to do when another trail runner might need help.

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Season 2 Episode 5: Becoming a Pro, Taming Dragons, & New England Gnar

This week, Corrine and Buzz talk about what it takes to become a sponsored athlete—is it really just follower count?

Corrine interviews Jenn Hughes, former editor-in-chief of UltraSignup News, about her experience facing dragons and searching for joy during the blizzard year of Tor des Géants. You can read Jenn’s article “How to Tame a Dragon” at UltraSignup News.

Then, Buzz interviews Ultimate Direction ultrarunner Jeff Colt, about the difference between New England trails and Colorado trails, seeking balance, and how the pandemic actually helped him get to where he is today.

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Season 2 Episode 4: How to Cope: Injury, Runner’s Low and Racing at Altitude

This week, Buzz and Corrine get real about how they tackle injury and the healing process.

Then, Corrine interviews Emily Halnon about the emotional crash she experienced after running her dream race, the Hardrock 100. Emily first wrote about this in “The Runner’s Low” for UltraSignup News.

Later, Buzz gives Steven from Georgia some tips on training for race day elevation when you don’t live at altitude.

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Season 2 Episode 3: Pro Runners Unite, Andrew Drummond, and KTRW Award Winners.

This week, Buzz and Corrine talk about the Pro Trail Runners Association (PTRA), a non-profit based in Switzerland that Corrine help found.

Corrine interviews Andrew Drummond, from Run the Whites, about our UltraSignup News article “Rock hopping with Run the Whites,” and his ultra-journey from helping Scott Jurek set an FKT to putting the White Mountains back on the map.

Buzz then talks to two of our Keep Trail Running Weird award winners: Mike Melton who won the Most Tenacious and Jen Golbeck who has inspired thousands to start running (at any pace) and won our Most Inspirational. She even inspires Buzz along the way! You can find Jen on Instagram at Jen Runs With Dogs.

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Season 2 Episode 2: Arlen Glick and our Keep Trail Running Weird Award Winners

This week is a fun one! Buzz and Corrine discuss the best trail runners of 2023. =You can read Buzz’s Top 10 Cliff’s Notes here.

Corrine interviews ultrarunning champion Arlen Glick about his fantastic race season and training in less than idea situations. (You can read our article on him here)

Then, Buzz interviews three of our Keep Trail Running Weird award winners:

Mike Smith—MOST MILES RACED.

Shannon Brandl—BEST RACE DAY FAIL

Joel Gartenberg—FAVORITE TRAIL WEIRDO

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SEASON 2 EPISODE 1: Year in Review, Predictions Ahead, and Allie Mac!

Buzz and Corrine talk “best of” 2022 and make some predictions for the year ahead. Corrine interviews Allie “Mac” McLaughlin about her spectacular race season and our article, “Sprinting down and flying above the world’s biggest mountains.” And Buzz drops the hard truth on our caller, Nick, who wants to PR in the marathon after running his first 100-miler.

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Episode 6: Doping up, staying resilient, and starting again.

Illegal drugs are cropping up in the running world again; Buzz and Corrine talk testing and their own performance enhancing strategies.

Then Corrine interviews Anita Cardinal, a Cree activist and lawyer, about running, resilience, and representation. Finally, Buzz and caller Jane brainstorm how to get back to ultra-distances after having a baby – with a focus on letting go of outcome and simply enjoying the journey.

We’ll be back! Season 2 starts in January, so stay tuned for our next release.

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Episode 5: World Record DNFs, being a Long Run dad, and when to “just smile”

Corrine and Buzz chat about the recent Backyard World Championships and how it’s possible to set a world record and DNF at the same time?! Corrine talks to elite marathoner Peter Bromka about balancing parenting and the long run, diving into his popular article “The Endurance Dad Dilemma.” Then Buzz talks with runner Brianne about how to stay positive during long races, sharing favorite run-tested mantras that work.

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Episode 4: What’s the name of the game?

Corrine and Buzz talk about “crushing” and “dominating” on the trails with writer and pro-athlete Meg Mackenzie who penned the thought provoking article “Annihilate That Course and Obliterate Your Competition.” Does using violent language influence our sport experience? The UltraSignup community had heated reactions to the online article; listen in and add your opinion. Then Buzz helps Matt from Issaquah, WA decide how long to rest after a big ultra-effort. Plus, Buzz’s favorite go-to recovery activity.

Have a question about trail or distance running? Send your question to news@ultrasignup.com for a chance to chat with Buzz on an upcoming episode.

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Episode 3: Advice from another planet, the lure of 4.167, and running’s most common injury.

Corrine and Buzz break down Kilian Jornet’s exhaustive new blog recapping his 2022 training with micro-details, including his workouts, nutrition, sleep, stress and more. Are there usable tips for a “normie” runner or is Kilian simply from another planet? Next, Corrine talks to writer and runner Jared Beasley about the quiet, but seductive appeal of the backyard race phenomenon. His piece, “Everyone’s Got A Shot at a Backyard, Right?” looks at the enigmatic format and how an average runner can get (happily?) sucked in. And Buzz talks to Isabella from L.A. about shin splints and offers a range of tips and tricks to help.

Have a question about trail or distance running? Send your question to news@ultrasignup.com for a chance to chat with Buzz on an upcoming episode.

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Episode 2: The Growth of Trail Running, Carbon Fiber Shoes and Real Runner Questions about The Bear

In this episode, Corrine and Buzz chat about the expansion of trail running media coverage and how runners can “vote with their feet” to keep the smaller races alive. Then, Corrine talks to shoe guru Brian Metzler about carbon fiber running shoes and why they might not be the holy grail for trail runners. You can read Brian’s article “Don’t get FOMO about the twinkle of carbon finer on the trails” here. And Buzz answers Christian’s “Real Runner Questions” about The Bear.

Have a question about trail or distance running? Send your question to news@ultrasignup.com for a chance to chat with Buzz on an upcoming episode.

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Episode 1: UTMB Recap, Reimagining the FKT, and a Fast Hike with Jelly Beans

Corrine and Buzz offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into UTMB, revealing a few race hiccups and what it’s like to livestream an event of this magnitude. Then Corrine sits down with Oregon PCT FKT holder Emily Halnon to learn about her unique experience setting the record in partnership with the former fastest time owner. A inspiring conversation that goes deeper on Emily’s story: My friend helped me beat her FKT record. We both won. Finally, Buzz speaks with Caroline from Wisconsin about how to dial in race nutrition as her distances increase. Turns out, chocolate and jelly beans are a strategic choice.

Have a question about trail or distance running? Send your question to news@ultrasignup.com for a chance to chat with Buzz on an upcoming episode.

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