Ultra and Trail Race Training: Episode 11 of Q&A with Coach with Matt Frazier

Episode 11 of Q&A with Coach is not to be missed – we have a special guest joining us, none other than Matt Frazier.

Ultra & Trail Racing with Matt Frazier

The best freeze frame of the episode

Matt is the author of the award-winning blog No Meat Athlete, the book of the same name, and an accomplished ultramarathoner and Boston Qualifying marathoner.

He’s also a friend, someone I look to for advice when it comes to writing, trail running, and ultramarathons.

This past weekend we attended a blogging conference in Denver and had the opportunity to sit down together for a unique episode of Q&A with Coach.

Today’s topics include:

  • How to transition from road marathons to 50k ultramarathons
  • When to add hill work (and what types) as you prepare for a long trail race

Matt has run multiple ultramarathons (all of them trail races) so I was excited to hear his perspectives on these topics.

Ready? Let’s do this.

Matt Frazier on Transitioning to Ultras and Training for Trail Races

Note: the audio is fainter than usual, so turn up the volume slightly so you can hear us.

Show notes:

  • 1:00 – Question 1!
  • 2:00 – Matt shares the biggest difference between road marathons and ultras
  • 3:15 – The importance of the Ultra Mindset
  • 4:25 – The two variables that define “terrain”
  • 5:15 – Two classic ultra workouts that every runner needs
  • 7:25 – Question 2!
  • 8:45 – Example hill workout #1
  • 9:25 – “Roller Coaster runs”
  • 9:55 – Roller Coaster runs on steroids
  • 10:30 – How Matt preps for hilly trail races
  • 11:30 – Effort vs. Pace
  • 13:00 – Shout out to Frank Shorter!

Please drop in the comments below and thank Matt for joining me on Episode 11 of Q&A with Coach!

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  1. girl who is a frog says:

    ok. something said FATE in this one for me. just failed, miserably, @ a 50miler yesterday and also fell IN LOVE with trail running and ultras all @ the same time. i ended up with 20miles done and then i wept all the way home with some odd twinge on the side of my knee. just wasn’t the day to be black widow thor girl.

    soooo…do you, jason, also cyber coach beg ultra runners OR would you push right back to square one and see where all the flaws are, as a runner and start there?

    interested in learning about the coaching, now that you have hit my fav running goal. btw…LOVE reading your daily emails…a bit of a lurker, tho. sorry! 🙂