It’s been a wild few months, with the release of the Trail Runner’s System, the launch of the Trail Talk podcast, and a busy training season.

After all that craziness, I thought this would be a good time to update you on the goings-on at Rock Creek Runner.

All of which, I’m really excited to share.

HOKA ONE ONE Ambassador

When you have a blog, companies tend to reach out in hopes that you’ll write about their new product or promote their brand. Usually in exchange for free gear or merch.

Since day 1 of Rock Creek Runner, I’ve avoided almost all of these offers for a few reasons:

  1. In order to build your trust, I didn’t want to align myself with multiple companies, and
  2. There are few products and brands that I really believe in.

A few months ago I was approached by HOKA ONE ONE to join their new ambassador program, and for the first time since the blog was created, I immediately knew I wanted to be a part of it.

I bought my first pair of HOKAs a few years ago, and right away they made a difference to my training. After the first pair wore out, I purchased a second, which I wore during last year’s Massanutten Mountain Trails 100.

Since then, I’ve played around with several different shoes and brands, but I keep coming back to HOKA ONE ONE. It’s a brand that I know I can rely on when it comes to shoes for rugged trails and ultras.

All that’s to say that I’m thrilled to officially announce that I have become an Ambassador for HOKA ONE ONE!

Over the past few years HOKA ONE ONE has built a great reputation in the trail and ultra running community by supporting runners, sponsoring races, and continuing to put out innovative and well made shoes. I’m proud to be part of that community.

What this means for you:

Becoming an ambassador doesn’t mean that this blog will change or all my posts will become HOKA ONE ONE focused. I’ll continue to offer the support and advice that you’ve come to expect, and reviews and updates on new gear and shoes. None of that will change.

This partnership will, however, provide extra material and connections that I know will only make Rock Creek Runner a more valuable resource for you as a runner.

Trail Talk, the Podcast (Thank You!)

I could seriously kiss you right now.

Earlier this week I announced the launch of my brand new podcast, Trail Talk, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the response. So many of you replied with kind words and shared the announcement with your friends.

Thank you!

It was a big enough response to launch Trail Talk to the top 10 of Fitness and Nutrition podcasts in iTunes on the first day! At the time, Trail Talk was ranking higher than big-shots like Jillian Michaels and Rich Roll. Now that’s incredible.


The second episode was released this morning. Listen to it here.

In this episode, I discuss the importance of back-to-back long runs, and what you need to know before incorporating them into your training.

Subscribe in iTunes to make sure you don’t miss an episode. They wont always be posted to the blog.

5 Benefits of Night Running

I recently wrote a post for Olympia’s blog all about the benefits of running at night.

If you aren’t a regular night runner, you might want to consider it. Check out 5 Ways Night Running Can Reinvigorate Your Training here.

What Do You Want to See?

As things continue to grow and we’re releasing more regular content than ever, I want to know how I can better help you.

After all, the whole mission of Rock Creek Runner isn’t to chronicle my running, but to help make trail and ultra running as accessible and easy as possible. For you, and for the thousands of readers who find this site in search of tips and advice.

So let me know, either via email or in the comments below, what you’re struggling with and what you’d like to see covered or featured on Rock Creek Runner and Trail Talk.

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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