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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