Trail Running & Ultra Marathoning Fun

January 30, 2015
Hosted by Coach Michael Merlino

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The growth of the sport of road racing from the 5K to the marathon has exploded since the 1970s as everyday people train to reach the finish line. But many runners who are burned out with city races and the stress they put on their bodies are heading for the hills and gravitating to fun, off road race experiences on wooded nature trails, mountain ranges and paths less traveled. The sport of off road trail running and ultra marathoning has really taken off with new, outdoorsy races popping up all over the country. These off road running experiences are much easier on the body and offer great views of nature, challenging terrains and running adventures that are just not possible in most cities. During Fitness Momentum show #7, Coach Michael Merlino is joined by guest Bill Gardner from Run In Texas as they discuss the draw of trail running and ultra marathoning and why you may want to add some of these cool, fun and challenging races to your race calendar.

In Flight Running

In Flight Running

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Since the 1990s the popularity of running has exploded with more people than ever embracing the sport by training for and participating in road races world-wide from the 5K to ultra-marathon distance. The once elusive 26.2 mile marathon has now become one of the most popular physical and mental challenges in the world for those looking to go the distance and conquer a huge lifetime goal.

In Flight Running the radio show celebrates the great sport of running and welcomes listeners who are hungry to be the best runner they can be. Running coach and fitness trainer Michael Merlino and his guests offer training tips and an insider’s view of the coaching techniques and tools he uses to help runners train for and reach the finish line. Get expert advice on training, improving running form, injury prevention and treatment, nutrition strategies, race preparation and more. Tune in for some fun and engaging running discussions all designed to help take your running to new heights.

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Coach Michael Merlino

Coach Michael Merlino

Fitness trainer and running Coach Michael Merlino can speak from experience when it comes to the challenges of getting in shape and staying in shape. After leaving a ten year career in corporate human resources with a world renowned medical college and a Fortune 500 energy company, he traded his suit and tie for warmups and running shoes. He has taught thousands of runners and fitness clients how to get in shape and reach the finish line with sound run coaching advice and fitness and nutrition strategies that get results.

Michael owns Houston Texas based In Flight Running, a run coaching program that trains and prepares runners for races from the 5K to marathon level. He also owns Merlino Fitness, a fitness training business that offers both one on one and group strength training programs. He has been a running coach since 2000 and a fitness trainer since 1997. Coach Michael trains runners and clients at Houston area parks and running trails and his private fitness training studio.

He spends his time coaching and training others on the sport of running, improving athletic performance, getting in shape, maintaining fitness, weight loss and strength training. Michael is also a fitness and wellness consultant, speaker, blogger, writer and radio host for the Voice America Radio Network’s Health and Wellness Channel.

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