I have a big, vulnerable announcement to make today.

I just launched a podcast.

Yup, Rock Creek Runner is now a teeny tiny slice of the giant iTunes pie. It’s equal parts exciting and scary.

Some of you may know that I already co-host the No Meat Athlete Radio podcast with Matt Frazier. We’ve recorded nearly 60 episodes together, and I love the weekly ritual of chatting through a topic.

But I’ve never had to do one on my own. For some reason, that feels terrifying.

Nonetheless, the first real episode of Trail Talk is now live, and I’m ready to put my voice inside your ear-buds to talk running.

What is Trail Talk (And Why You Should Listen)

In the online content world, the big names keep repeating that 2014 was the year of the podcast.

Unless you were living in your running shoebox, or out for a really long run deep in the woods, you probably heard about the Serial podcast. It was huge. The success of that podcast turned on an entirely new audience to audio, and had people who never read blogs or listened to audio before, suddenly searching for content.

With that wave of new listeners came a wide range of new programs, including many in the trail and ultra running space. As I subscribed and listened, I found that almost all of them had one big thing in common:

They interviewed elites who talked about issues facing elites

Their stories were fascinating, and I absolutely love some of those shows (check out the UltraRunnerPodcast, one of my favorites), but I kept thinking something was missing.

Where is the simple, actionable tips and advice for those of us that aren’t elite?

That’s how the Trail Talk idea was born:

A podcast offering bite-sized episodes that cover a single topic ready for you to incorporate into your training. Immediately.

While hour-long interviews can be a lot of fun, each Trail Talk episode will avoid that model, and remain something you can quickly digest and put into practice.

The goal of Rock Creek Runner has always been to help make trail and ultra running as simple and approachable as possible, and Trail Talk is just another way I hope to do just that.

Episode 1: 3 Words to Jumpstart Your Training

To jumpstart the podcast, it felt natural to begin with the topic of jumpstarting your training.

In today’s episode I share a short clip from a recent interview I did with Laura Beachy. Laura is a media specialist who’s worked with some of the biggest names in running and a trail and ultra runner in her own right.

Together we share advice for new trail runners.

Listen to episode 1 here:

Or you can subscribe and listen in iTunes here.

What Now? Let’s Share Trail Running With the World

I want this podcast in the ears of as many potential runners as possible. Trail running has changed my life, just as it has changed many of yours.

In order to get Trail Talk noticed, I need your help spreading the word.

To do that is very simple:

  1. Login to iTunes
  2. Search for Trail Talk
  3. Subscribe to the show
  4. Leave a comment and rating (5 stars, of course! ;))

That’s it!

The way iTunes’ ranking works is very simple. The more people subscribing, listening, and rating the podcast, the better it ranks.

If you don’t use iTunes, don’t worry! I just submitted the feed to several other podcast providers, so hopefully it will go live with them soon. If you don’t see it showing up in yours soon, just let me know and I’ll make sure I get in.

Sound like a good plan?

Thanks in advance for helping me get trail running on the map by supporting the podcast.

Enjoy the first episode!


Author Doug Hay is the founder of Rock Creek Runner, host of the Trail Talk podcast, and fanatical about everything trail running -- beards, plaid shirts, bruised toenails, and all. He and his wife live and run in beautiful Black Mountain, NC.

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9 thoughts on “Announcing Trail Talk: A New Trail and Ultra Running Podcast

  1. Congratulations on launching your first podcast! I have subscribed and will check it out later today during my run. Thanks for bringing additional content and keep up the great work.

  2. Thanks so much! I’m learning so much from you, I am 3 months new to trail running and I love it. Your advice has been so helpful.

  3. Okay, I’m an old school ultra podcast listener who doesn’t use iTunes, Stitcher, Sound Cloud or the other 19 ways to listen to you have an RSS feed for us old timers?

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