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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk to The Rock Creek Runner, Doug Hay about the ins and outs of trail running. We start off by talking to Doug about his experience in raising his plant-based daughter, Eliza. The support he had from friends, family and doctors is very different from what we experienced. We also get into what you need to know in becoming a trail runner and if you’re already an experience runner you’ll surely pick up some great tips and gems in this one. We cover everything from mindset, gear, distances, expectations and tips that you won’t want to miss.

Doug Hay is an ultrarunner, coach, and lover of all things vegetables. He’s the founder of Rock Creek Runner, host of the Trail Talk podcast, a trail and ultra running resource, and the co-host of No Meat Athlete Radio. Doug is fanatical about everything trail running: beards, plaid shirts, bruised toenails, and all. You can find him on the beautiful trails in the Black Mountains of North Carolina or at @RockCreekRunner on your favorite social media platform.


In this episode we discuss:

  • Plant-based children and pushback
  • Plant-based transition
  • Running recovery
  • Eating what you want as a runner
  • Going the distance (or what distances he has done)
  • Trail running 101
  • Training for trail runs
  • Rookie tips
  • Trail gear
  • Actionable tips for getting started


Links to things we mentioned:

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Doug Hay: Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Trail Talk by Rock Creek Runner – Podcast

No Meat Athlete


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