Episode 323: Tyler Green – 2nd Place at Western States

Tyler Green is on the show today! Tyler just placed second at the Western States Endurance Run. In this episode, he shares all about that experience and he also talks about all the things that he did leading up to the race that he believes helped him both physically and mentally have a strong race and a big breakthrough. In 2019, he was 14th at Western States, so this year was a big breakthrough!

Tyler has run the fastest known time (FKT) on the Lost Coast Trail, Wonderland Trail, Timberline Trail, Loowit Trail and more! Tyler has also won the Black Canyon 100, Cascade Crest 100, and Bandera 100k. He was 2nd at the Javelina Jundred in 2019 and 3rd at the Sean O’Brien 100k in 2018.

Tyler is a middle school health teacher and lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Rachel Drake who is also a talented ultra runner! 

What we talked about:

4:40- Recapping his second place finish at Western States

6:55- How he got into trail and ultra running

7:45- Living in Nepal and Libya after college

10:35- Being a health teacher at a middle school

15:05- Recapping the last few years of races

22:00- Favorite trail to run

22:45- Growing up on Mt. Tabor, a volcano in Oregon

24:40- Changes that Tyler made in training between 2019 to now that lead to his success at Western States

28:30- Where his strengths are in racing

30:55- How he and his wife, Rachel Drake, met

35:05- Balancing finding joy in competing and being competitive

36:45- Mindset during the Western States race

41:25- Running with his teammate during the Western States race

46:00- Thoughts on the women’s performances at Western States

50:35- Lessons learned from Western States

52:30- His coach and the mindset that he helped Tyler have

53:35- Different running tactics that he implemented into his training

55:25- What’s next for Tyler

56:35- Tyler’s nutrition during an ultra race

58:50- End of podcast questions

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