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Cultra Trail Running is The Cult of Ultra Culture, North East Trail running from the grass roots. Our podcast shares the unique perspective of the North East Beast Coast Ultra running scene: raw, impulsive, and irreverent. The Cultra Trail Running Podcast is a place where we can get together and discuss all the fun stuff that happens on the trails that most normal people don't care about. Join the Cult! or maybe you already have without realizing it... resistance is futile.
 
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Yakkin' it up about jackassin' = that's YACKASSIN' my people. We go full crew sans guest (so no one looks on in horror) as we dissect Becky's day at the Brewery. Hear how she almost bested the field of ladies and how our friend Brian V and his Steep Endurance squad once again put on a safe event during a global pandemic. Fred keeps on running, hitt…
 
Craig Lloyd is an ultra runner living in Utah. He also heads up Trail And Ultra Running (TAUR) which has a Facebook group of over 122,000 members, making it the largest online running community in the world (allegedly). It is a place of huge proportions, where most posts are likely to get hundreds of answers. We talk about how he manages to keep 12…
 
Alex McDaniel is the founder of the West Rock Ramblers, West Coast transplant, and a three time Western States finisher. He joins AFB for a one on one interview and the rest is Cultramatic poetic history. We talk about the differences between East and West coast, the Connecticut running scene, and so much more.…
 
"Sorry Jimmy I got nothing" is the message Art Byram sent over to me with the draft of this show, as far as the title of the show is concerned. I actually like it- we're all still sitting here in limbo waiting for the 2020 Presidential election results so it's fitting, really captures the zeitgeist. We recap the Pachaug Trail Runs, thrown by yours …
 
Ah, Runners World- you kill me. Listen I get it, you want people to read you, take it all in, see the hundreds of advertisements and then instantly forget that they ever read you. I get it. I really do. It's just that we need more from you, if you're going to be the voice of our sport, we need more. Okay whatever. Here's the damn RW article Science…
 
Finn Melanson grew up in New England but truly, he's a man of the world. A restless soul in the best possible way, young Finn's spirit is too large to be confined or defined by geographical boundaries. In this episode we crack Finn open- nay, he cracks US open and we get down to the heart of the matter; what it is that makes us who we are and why t…
 
Art picks the names of the episodes but I write the show notes. Art said "hey how's this name?" in reference to the title and I said "I like this other name" in reference to the alternate title and Fred chimed in with "How to Get Into Brown?" which works really well too and I thought we may have reached an impasse but alas, Art sent me the draft wi…
 
Herman Pontzer, PhD is an evolutionary anthropologist at Duke University interested in how the human body evolved and how our species’ past has shaped our health and physiology today. He studies the ecology, lifestyle, diet and evolutionary history of humans and apes to better understand metabolism and health. As you’ll hear in the interview, we em…
 
Hey gang! Do we have a special episode for you- this is a jam-packed, all-star interview session with the top gals and guys from last week's Blue to Blue Challenge in New Haven, CT- and it was a barn-burner! Hear all the gory details from a knock down, drag out fight between friends Laura Becker and Deb Livingston (I jest) and third place finisher …
 
Robert Jason Jeffers gives us exclusive expert information on Pop-Tarts, and how they can help you get the calories you need and deserve. There is a Pop-tart Test and Robert Aces it! He tells us his origin story and we have many laughs with AFB and Evil Becky. Art and Robert also share their first hand experience of what it was like to be in downto…
 
It was supposed to be a triple half marathon. 39 miles for a 39th birthday they said. They said they'd have gelato along the way. But someone had to go and turn it into a 100-miler. Hear all the details of how Gelato (who the fuck is Kate?) ran 100 miles with Bill DUMBASS Odendahl as they were supported by a cast of characters and friends to get Ge…
 
Who is Justin Kousky, and how did he manage to run the CUT112 unsupported in under 26 hours? Tune in to this episode for details on this FKT and hear how he has approached 22 other unsupported FKTs this year. He is definitely someone to keep an eye on! So glad to hear his stories and to have the full Crew together- Becky is back and in all her awkw…
 
Liz Allen and Rick O'Toole are trail runners. They recently ran Live Loud Running's Six Hours at the Reservoir race in Ansonia, CT. The both won their respective races and had fun doing it. Listen to what makes a champion. Becky shows up late for an awkward and fun time, Fred is still streaking and Art is befuddled by Jimmy's jackassing. That's bas…
 
Samantha LeBlanc is a compact but powerful runner who shares her story of gaining her independence at a young age, setting out to explore her boundaries. After training for six months to finish a 2.4 mile race, she gradually caught the running bug, and ultimately discovered her superpower, the ability to take on the most difficult courses including…
 
Phat Phred Mulrolo and AFB sit down to talk with Mike Cook. Mike proceeds to tell us the history of the ancient world, and we bond sharing stories of digging up bones, tools and Peruvian outhouses. Somehow all stories involve poop. Mike got a first class tune up from Coach Steve LaBranche, helping him prepare for a 100k. Was it the workouts or did …
 
Most of the crew ran 112 miles from Long Island Sound to the Massachusetts border and back last weekend, hear their tale of life, death, resurrection and rebirth. A classic episode that's brand new. Allegedly. We’re on Spotify! https://open.spotify.com/show/44etXyR0WbJtmKRKrP7V6M We’re on iTunes! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cultra-trail-r…
 
CULTRA Crew puts Desitin all over you! What a fun episode to record- we hope you like it. Jimmy recounts the debacle of his second M&M Trail attempt, Fred has a ton of Umstead gear, Art shows his junk and Becky has us all rolling along. Later in the episode Reagan joins the fun to help plan out a 114-mile adventure for the weekend. Live Loud Runnin…
 
Kevin Dames went to Fresno State as an Exercise Major, then moved to Colorado to get his PhD in bio mechanics. He now teaches others about how humans move and why they move that way, as well as applied statistics and research methods. He now lives in Cortlandt New York and allegedly occasionally hangs with Ian Golden and crosses paths with Ellie Pe…
 
Iñigo is back on the show, following up on his recent appearance in episode 127. In the previous episode, we talked about tapering. In this episode, talk about strength training from every angle, and we dive into two specific examples of training tweaks that made big improvements for athletes he coaches. Episode page: https://scienceofultra.com/pod…
 
When Cindy Sullivan was in middle school, she was forbidden to run- she had a degenerative genetic knee condition that got her out of gym class and physical activity. Fast forward about 20 years and Cindy decides she's going to run for the most selfless of reasons- to inspire her then three year old son. After running her first trail race (Nipmuck …
 
We talk race strategy, hydration, nutrition, equipment and mental toughness as we recount our recent efforts at running 104 Dumbass Miles on the Pequonnock River Trail in lovely Trumbull, CT. No monkeys were harmed during the recording of this podcast. Special shout-outs to Chip Howard, Mike Crutchley, Sally Campbell, Michelle O'Neill, Jason Robert…
 
Believe it or not, he's walkin' on air, he never thought he could feel so free! Flyin' away on a wing and a prayer, who could it be? Believe it or not it's just Jay Durand! "Here's the episode folks!" We’re on Spotify! https://open.spotify.com/show/44etXyR0WbJtmKRKrP7V6M We’re on iTunes! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cultra-trail-running/id…
 
Paulius, O Paulius! He has the name and physique of a Roman emperor, except he hails from the mean streets of Lithuania and went to Glasgow for university. He loved it so much he decided to stay and conquer. Paulius loves the mountains, he's an avid climber, mountaineer and boss trail runner; although we learned that in Scotland you can go wherever…
 
First of all, this was a rare Monday night recording so all of our moons and stars were aligned and... naw I don't believe in that stuff. We were in rare form so to speak, and everyone is getting after it. From the local to the regional to the national FKT scene to Jimmy celebrating 10 years running by running 40 miles to Simon's triumphant return …
 
Alyssa Amos Clark is an extraordinary athlete. We start this interview after she completed 66 marathons in 66 days, on her way to many more. We finish discussing her journey, including her battles with COVID-19. Episode page: https://scienceofultra.com/podcasts/128 Instagram: @theory_in_motion Alyssa's website: https://akamos13.wixsite.com/website…
 
Its hard to paddle a canoe without water, but we give it our best shot. Would you expect anything less from the Crew? First we dive into some serious jackassing- Jimmy DNFs an FKT attempt, we recap the latest Social Distance Challenge, introduce the newest challenge, the longest Patreon reading ever, then we get all cinematic and dive out of the ca…
 
Debbie and Scott Livingston are one of the North East’s power ultra running couples. This episode tells the story of how they met at the Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Race and Ultra Run, and how they have built a life of adventures together. Debbie and Scott have been knocking off FKTs and seeking adventures for years. Their most recent adventure was a …
 
The CUT112 is a brutal 112 mile course starting at the CT MA line and traveling down the heart of CT on The New England Trail linking some of CT's toughest running spots. Alex Cabrera is a tough man, having grown up in the Dominican Republic, Serving in the US Army, and training on the trails of New Hampshire. Alex shares what it was like to pursue…
 
We really enjoyed this conversation with Tim, and we know you will too! So many interesting things to discuss from eating disorders to self worth and running. Learning how to be kind to ourselves and be the best we can be on a given day. We talk about our own moments of truth, and about hanging with Little Debbie We’re on Spotify! https://open.spot…
 
Iñigo Mujika (PhD) has coached numerous Olympians, national teams, and is recognized as one of the top triathlon (swimming, cycling, and running) coaches in the world. He's published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, books, and book chapters. He literally wrote the book on tapering, which is the main focus of our discussion though we touch on many o…
 
Bill Gibbs loves runners so much he puts them back together for a living, appearing at a ton of local races to offer his massage services. He often times will run the race, then cool off and set up shop to help runners with their aches and pains. What an amazing guy. Bill Gibbs Massage Therapy We’re on Spotify! https://open.spotify.com/show/44etXyR…
 
Simon Edgett is resilient. Simon is persistent. He's headstrong, wily and a huge part of CULTRA. I say all this because we almost lost Simon last December- hear in the podcast how he's overcome some serious adversity. We’re on Spotify! https://open.spotify.com/show/44etXyR0WbJtmKRKrP7V6M We’re on iTunes! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cultra…
 
Amy Mower came to running a bit later in life and took to it fantastically. She has an impressive resume and is highly competitive yet also a really nice person- seriously, no douche canoeing here! Here her stories of racing at Across the Years, the Pistol in Tennessee, what it's like to run 875 miles in a single month(!) and some amazing performan…
 
Dave Walker puts on some of the hardest races in the USA, from the tough as nails Worlds End Ultramarathon to the gnarly Black Forest 100k as well as serving as the RD of Eastern States 100 from 2017-19, he's no stranger to adversity both on the trails and off. Hear how Dave discovered running, going from a 5k up to the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Ult…
 
My guest today is David Bishop, PhD from Victoria University in Australia. He’s a world leading expert on the health and performance outcomes of exercise prescription with a particular emphasis on mitochondrial adaptations. Recently, he’s been studying the impact of twice-per-day training and that’s the main reason I brought him on the show. You’ll…
 
We have a good time talking to McGruff during this episode. Ok, so truth is we hardly understood half of what he said, but it was a lot of fun anyway. We also ask the tough questions, like how can someone who was a National Geographic Geography Bee contender manage to have so many people get lost on his race course? We’re on Spotify! https://open.s…
 
Hi everybody! A lot has been happening in the world lately and on this episode we try to balance our patented CULTRA jackassing with an appropriate and much needed conversation about race, privilege and what it means to be an ally. Jimmy runs 100 miles for no reason at all, Fred finishes his Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, Becky is all heart a…
 
What's up with all the fast guests lately? We got another speedy one here with Josh Katzman, who you may know of Trail Animals Running Club in the Greater Boston area. Did you know Josh has run a 15 hour 100-miler? Did you know Josh was top 20 at Western States? Learn all this and more from this week's CULTRA! We allegedly open a can of worms re: R…
 
Jose Areta studies energy availability, training, and performance. We talk about his recent case study of an amenorrhoeic athlete who restored their menstrual cycle while training and competing at a high level, his comprehensive review of glycogen utilization, and how an athlete can loose weight while training for performance and periodizing carboh…
 
Raven "Rae" Matherne (not to be confused with Disney sitcom star Raven Symone of "That's So Raven" fame) has lived an incredible life- from becoming a black belt to scaling all 48 of the New Hampshire 4000-footers to becoming an elected lawmaker in Fairfield County, this 32-year old has overcome a lot in their life, and we sit down to one of our mo…
 
Sarah Poriss is an attorney (allegedly) and she specializes in debt relief and foreclosures, but what she's really known for is her superhuman ability to crew the F out of any runners going long. Sarah is a published author as well- check out her book Got Debt? Sarah's website: https://www.sarahporiss.com/ We’re on Spotify! https://open.spotify.com…
 
Ian Golden is a runner's runner. In his 43 years he has been around ultra and trail running for way more years than he should be and has popped up in various hotspots like Bend, Oregon and now Ithaca, NY helping the sport grow and flourish; all the while being an amazing advocate for the trails. He even tried his hand running for New York State Con…
 
Rob Sawyer lives on a horse farm in eastern Connecticut with his family and his now famous red dog, Rusty. He even ran the first 13.1 miles with said dog in a trail marathon! Rob has spent some serious time underwater... in a multi-million dollar US Navy submarine! We’re on Spotify! https://open.spotify.com/show/44etXyR0WbJtmKRKrP7V6M We’re on iTun…
 
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