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Ultra marathon physiology brought to you by the world’s leading scientists, coaches, and athletes. Science Of Ultra host, Dr. Shawn Bearden, brings you interviews and more to deliver everything you want to know about all facets of training, nutrition, hydration, environment, psychology, gear, and much more. Become your ultra best!

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Ultra marathon running physiology brought to you by the world’s leading scientists, coaches, and athletes. Science Of Ultra host, Dr. Shawn Bearden, brings you interviews and more to deliver everything you want to know about all facets of training, nutrition, hydration, environment, psychology, gear, and much more. Become your ultra best!
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Neuromuscular Fatigue in Ultramarathons

Guillaume Millet, Ph.D. is the world's leading expert on neuromuscular fatigue in ultramarathons. We explore the many facets of fatigue and bring his years of field research to you in practical and applied terms that you can use to help become your ult...

Neuromuscular control and fatigue with Roger Enoka, PhD

Dr. Roger Enoka is the world’s leading expert on the neuromuscular determinants of movement in health and disease. Today we talk about the physiology of controlling muscle force, new paradigms for viewing fatigue, muscle cramps, and aging. He also answ...
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Tendons and Sinews with Keith Baar, PhD

The structures that transmit force from muscle cells to bone are critical components of your running health and economy in addition to a common site of injury. Today we learn all about tendons and sinews from the world's leading expert on this topic.
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SOUP Bites

Answers to listener questions.
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SOUP Bites 1

In this first installment of the SOUP Bites series, I answer your questions. Today we cover questions on heat acclimatization for altitude performance, veganism, building hiking into training even if you live in a flat area, respiratory discomfort afte...
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55 Critical Power/Speed with David Poole, PhD

A deep scientific discussion of the concept of critical power/critical speed as the 'fatigue threshold' with an emphasis on how it may apply to ultra-endurance training and performance.

54 Shoes and Biomechanics with John Mercer PhD

Today we touch on a variety of topics in biomechanics, from shoe cushioning to children's shoes to pool running...and more...

53 SOUP Bites

Introduction of a new episode category: SOUP Bites. You have specific questions. In SOUP Bites, you'll get specific answers!

52 Questioning Training Dogma with John Kiely, PhD

A thought-provoking analysis of training dogma, practices, and approaches from one of the world's leading experts on program development.

51 Coach's Corner with David Roche

One of the highest profile and most sought after coaches in ultra marathon running, David Roche delivers novel approaches to training athletes that may help you as much as they've helped his runners.

50 Performance Predictors with Beat Knechtle MD

An overview of the best predictors of ultra endurance performance from the world's leading expert. The data may surprise you...

49 Recovery Science with Jonathan Peake, PhD

Soup to nuts on our current understanding of recovery from one of the scientific leaders in the field. Dr. Peake is a colleague of Dr. Neubauer, who was on last episode (#48), discussing the immune system in recovery. Today we broaden the discussion an...

48 Recovery and the immune system with Oliver Neubauer PhD

Think the immune system just helps to keep us from getting sick or recover from illness? Think again...

47 Healthy Running with Doc Andrew Murray

Dr. Andrew Murray is a Scottish ultra-distance runner, family medicine practitioner, and author of 'Running Your Best: Some Science and Medicine' and 'Running Beyond Limits: The Adventures of an Ultra Marathon Runner'. Today we sit down for a chat abou...

46 Genetics with Claude Bouchard PhD

Legendary geneticist Claude Bouchard, PhD joined me for a pragmatic discussion. In discussion of genetics, the focus is often on the genetic outliers and extremes of potential. While that's always fun, today's discussion is focused on what we know that...

45 Ultra Mindset with Travis Macy

Author of 'The Ultra Mindset', Travis Macy, sits down with us to discuss the book and share his insights into mental side of our sport.

44 Developing Your Hydration Strategy with Bob Kenefick PhD

This week I interviewed Bob Kenefick PhD and we outline a strategy for you to develop your approach to staying properly hydrated - actionable info! And - I'm running the World Marathon Challenge, 7 marathons 7 continents 7 days, with your partnership. ...

43 Athlete Spotlight with Mike Wardian

In this week’s episode, I sat down with Mike Wardian. He's one of the most prolific runners on planet Earth. As this episode airs, he’s traveling the world to complete seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. He’s a font of information on how...

42 Optimizing Protein Intake with Luc van Loon, PhD

Everything you need to know for optimal protein nutrition to maximize your training and adaption. Dr. van Loon joins us from the Netherlands where he leads a large and outstanding research group. He's the world's leading expert on this topic. How much,...

41 Biomechanics and Injury with Richard Willy PhD PT

Everything you need to know about the fundamentals of biomechanics as they relate to injury in runners. Lots of actionable info in this one!

40 Biomechanics and Energetics with Rodger Kram, PhD

We dive into Dr. Kram's research on biomechanics and energy utilization, running economy, and the things you need to pay attention to as well as what you don't.

39 Athlete Spotlight: Stephanie Howe Violett, PhD

A comprehensive conversation with elite ultra runner Stephanie Howe Violett, PhD where we talk about her year of injuries, her approaches to injury recovery and to training, and her expertise (PhD) in sports nutrition.

38 What is training?

What do you mean when you use the word 'training'? Today, we start a project, together, to create a training framework.

37 GI Distress at the Western States 100 with Kristin Stuempfle, PhD

Recent research findings from research at the Western States Endurance Run on gastrointestinal distress.

36 Event Recovery with Natalie Badowski Wu, MD

Findings from recent research on recovery practices and their effectiveness for ultra marathon finishers.

35 Adrenal Fatigue, Really?

The myth of adrenal fatigue.

34 Athlete Spotlight with Magdalena Boulet

Western States champion (2015), Magdalena Boulet, joins me for an amazing episode. Learn all the ins and outs of her training, racing approaches, nutrition strategies, and much more!

33 Coach's Corner: Coaching Roundtable

Roundtable discussion with three coaches (Paul Lind, Andrew Simmons, Ty Draney) recorded on location, including audience questions.

32 Coach's Corner with Ian Torrence

Ian Torrence has complete nearly 200 ultra distance events and has won approximately 25% of them. He has important advice to give regarding longevity in the sport and approaches to DNFing that you need to hear if you want to be successful in this sport...

31 High Intensity Interval Training with Martin Gibala, PhD

You are an endurance runner. So, what's the point in doing high intensity interval training (HIIT)? Whether you are new to endurance running or a seasoned veteran, you will benefit from HIIT. We explore how, what, when, and why in this episode.

30 Heat Acclimation with Chris Minson, PhD

Learn how to prepare for performance in the heat and how heat acclimation can actually improve your performance in moderate temperatures.

29 Altitude Physiology with Ben Levine, MD

Ben Levine, MD is among the legends of exercise cardiology and altitude physiology in sport performance. It is an honor to have him join the Ultra Clan for this amazing interview, packed with heaps of evidence-based, applicable, relevant, and actionabl...

28 Athlete Spotlight with Mathew Laye, PhD

Today, I shine the spotlight on Mathew Laye, PhD. He is a scientist, coach, and athlete. As winner of the Rocky Raccoon 100 miler, along with his scientific and coaching background, he brings a rare mix of all three areas of expertise in ultra marathon...

27 Heart Health with Larry Creswell, MD and Aaron Baggish, MD

A double episode. Interviews with cardiologists Larry Creswell M.D. and Aaron Baggish M.D. They are at the forefront of heart health in endurance athletes. Is ultra marathon running okay for your heart? Listen and learn.

26 Athlete Spotlight: Terri Schneider

My guest today has had a life of endurance, persistence, adventure and exploration that we can all learn from. My guest is Terri Schneider. She was a professional triathlete for nine years, has raced multi-day eco-adventures around the planet, and is a...

25 Running Economy with Andrew Kilding, PhD and Kyle Barnes, PhD

This week, we explore the ins and outs of economical running. Learn what you can do to improve yours and to what extent it will make a difference in your performance.

24 High Pressure Psychology with Michael Gervais, PhD

My guest today is Michael Gervais, PhD. He has been described as an industry visionary. Dr. Gervais is a licensed psychologist who focuses most of his time on people at the "top of their game", including the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, NBA players, Olympia...

23 Foot Care with John VonHof

My guest today is John VonHof. He literally wrote the book on foot care for the athlete, Fixing Your Feet. You can learn more from him on his website, http://www.fixingyourfeet.comToday we dig into all the essential components of good foot care, from s...

22 Athlete Spotlight: Max King

My guest this week is Max King. He won the 2011 World Mountain Running Championships and the 2014 IAU 100 km World Championship. He’s won numerous national titles at distances ranging from half marathons to ultra marathons and he was named U.S. nationa...

21 Psychological Fatigue with Sam Marcora, PhD and Alister McCormick, PhD

An incredible episode on psychological fatigue. Is fatigue in ultra endurance performance mostly in your mind? What can you do to stay psychologically motivated to keep going? Listen and learn on today's episode with the pioneering experts on this topi...

20 Barefoot Running with Daniel Lieberman, PhD

My guest today is Daniel Lieberman, PhD Dr. Lieberman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, and the Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences at Harvard University. He was educated at Harvard and Cambridge. H...

19 Fat Adaptation with Louise Burke, PhD

My guest today is Louise Burke, PhD Dr. Burke is Head of Discipline in Sports Nutrition for the Australian Institute of Sport. She is also Chair in Sports Nutrition, Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University. She serv...

18 Fatigue with Michael Joyner, MD

My guest today is Michael Joyner, MD. He would need no introduction in the field of exercise physiology. Dr. Joyner is an integrative physiologist, scientist, and evidence-based Anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic. His specific areas of expertise inclu...

17 Athlete Spotlight: Jennifer Pharr Davis

My guest today is Jennifer Pharr Davis. She is an author, speaker, and a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.Jennifer is among the most well known of American long distance hikers. She holds the record for the women’s FKT for a thru-hike of the ...

16 GI Distress with Patrick Wilson, PhD

My guest today is Patrick Wilson, PhD and RD. He is Assistant Professor of exercise science in the Human Movement Sciences Department at Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, VA, where he also directs the Human Performance Laboratory. He earned a Ph.D...

15 Athlete Spotlight: William Sichel

William is a 62 year old British and Scottish international athlete and has set 160 ultra distance running records (from 30 miles on the track to 3100 miles/ 5000 kms on the road) at World, British and Scottish level including age-group records.Connect...

14 Journey to 100

My guest today is…you…and…me. This episode is all about an amazing new project I’ve created for you. If you don’t want to hear about a new project I have for you, and only what the science on Science Of Ultra - then I’ll be back next week with another ...

13 Carbohydrate for Ultra Athletes with Asker Jeukendrup, PhD

Science of Ultra   Episode 13   Carbohydrates for ultra marathon training and racing   My guest today is Asker Jeukendrup, PhD. He is a leading sports nutritionist and exercise physiologist who spent most of his career at the University of Birmingham (...

12 Athlete Spotlight: Cody Lind

My guest today is Cody Lind. He's sponsored by Scott and, at age 20, is a rising start in the ultra marathon community. He set five course records and placed second in the U.S. Sky Running Series.We talk about his training, racing, and his perspectives...

11 Protein for Endurance Athletes with Stuart Phillips, PhD

My guest today is Stuart Phillips, Ph.D. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in Human Physiology. He joined McMaster University in 1999 as an Assistant Professor and is currently a full Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and M...