The Uphill Athlete Podcast: Luke Nelson and Training for Ultra Running


Scott Johnston is the long-time coach of Ultra-Runner Luke Nelson, and in this conversation Luke and Scott do a deep dive into Uphill Athlete’s Muscular Endurance progression. Luke has used it multiple times with great success for races and and FKTs. They discuss its role in providing increased fatigue resistance without super high mileage. They also touch on Luke’s balancing of career and family with his athletic ambitions; the appeal of fastest known times or FKTs; honoring the recovery process; how to encourage fatigue resistance, and how to program that into a training regime; the nuances of concentrated loading and shifting to tapering; the importance of the craft of daily practice as process-oriented goals; how to take the long-view and how to honor that process; how to construct the recovery process; “swimming like a cat” and using swimming as a recovery tool; and mastering efficiency on multiple types of terrain. There is much to be gleaned from this episode. Join in and give it a listen!

Title image: Luke Nelson on a long adventure trail run exploring the northern Wind River range, and the Titcomb Basin, Wyoming. Fred Marmsater Photo


Luke Nelson competing the 2018 Tor des Geants. Stefano Jeantet Photo


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