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Running is the most popular recreational activity in the world. More people run to achieve fitness than any other medium of exercise. Unfortunately, over 70% of the running community is injured due to improper training and running form. The Natural Running Network addresses these issues and provides highly relevant tips to help runners stay healthy. We also interview luminaries from the endurance world including but not limited to Obstacle Course Racing, Triathletes, Ultra-Marathon runners, Obstacle racers cyclists and all the support systems and professionals tied to these sports.

The Natural Running Network Richard Diaz

    • Wilderness
    • 4.6 • 44 Ratings

Running is the most popular recreational activity in the world. More people run to achieve fitness than any other medium of exercise. Unfortunately, over 70% of the running community is injured due to improper training and running form. The Natural Running Network addresses these issues and provides highly relevant tips to help runners stay healthy. We also interview luminaries from the endurance world including but not limited to Obstacle Course Racing, Triathletes, Ultra-Marathon runners, Obstacle racers cyclists and all the support systems and professionals tied to these sports.

    Are Trails better than Road for Runners?

    Are Trails better than Road for Runners?

    There is much controversy that surrounds the choice of running shoes and how they may or may not protect you from injury. Some say they won’t run on pavement because it hurts their knees or gives them shin splints. In this interview, I speak with Dr Emily Splichal a world renowned board certified Podiatrist and founder of Evidence Based Fitness to debunk some of the confusion surrounding the topic.

    • 42 min
    Lauren Fisher and Jenn Ryan visit The Secret Lab

    Lauren Fisher and Jenn Ryan visit The Secret Lab

    Two of the Fittest Women in the World







    Some may argue, that the fittest athletes on the planet are CrossFit athletes.  I am not going to argue for or against the prospect.  What I will defend is that Lauren Fisher and Jen Ryann have shown the world on many occasion that they belong on the short list!  Lauren, a seven time Crossfit Games competitor and member of the 3rd fittest Crossfit team in the world and Jenn Ryan the 2019 age group champion at the Crossfit Games in 2019  work hard to earn those accolades.  In this interview, held at The Secret Lab we discuss their visit, what they had learned and what they will take away from spending half of the day with me.  Putting these ladies to task and revealing their potential was eye opening for us all. The two ladies operate a virtual training program exclusively for women, you can find them at: www.grownstrong.com.

    • 26 min
    Virtual Racing with OCR Stars

    Virtual Racing with OCR Stars

    Things suck these days if you yearn to compete.  The Corona Virus has everyone around the world in lock down mode.  Finding an outlet for your competitive drive has been a challenge onto itself this entire year.  With so many race companies struggling to stay afloat, not many have given a care for the athletes, whom many, have already struggled to eek out a living from the sports they love. 







    Enter Hunter McIntyre, an early adopter in the OCR profession.  Aside from the beat downs he’s handed out, the sport has not been kind to him.  Becoming a world champion in multiple disciplines only to have the sports who paid him, ultimately failed him.  What’s an athlete to do?  Answer… produce his own competition with the focus on giving competitive athletes in the sport a fighting chance to earn a decent purse IF they can win the competition set forth. 







    Enter – OCR Stars a competition developed by one of the top OCR athletes in the world for athletes.  If I have just perked your interest, be sure to listen to an unfiltered conversation between long time friend and coach Richard Diaz and Hunter McIntyre. Visit: https://www.ocrstars.com

    • 50 min
    Breathing - Best practices for performance

    Breathing - Best practices for performance

    Breathing – Best practices for performance! Everyone has at one time or another, pondered the idea: What would be the best way to breathe while running?  There are so many opinions on the subject, it’s no wonder so many are confused.  Veejay Jones – Elite OCR athlete and I (Richard Diaz) thought it would be entertaining to discuss some of the popular theories on the subject and offer up our own opinions.  Are you a chest breather? Have you ever heard of diaphragmatic breathing?  Do you get cramps in your sides when you red line in competition?  It may very well be that the way you breathe is holding you back from your next best performance!  Is breathing exclusively through your nose a good idea? How about hypoxic training, simply holding your breath? Ever heard of the Wim Hof Method?We had some fun with this one.  Listen in and you may even learn how long Tom Cruise can hold his breath!

    • 41 min
    OCR Performance Project a virtual group training program

    OCR Performance Project a virtual group training program

    Coach Diaz and Elite OCR Athlete Veejay Jones share details of their OCR Performance Project a virtual group training program for aspiring Spartan competitors.  Aside from this, Coach Diaz also shares some insights into his freshly released book- TRAINING THE DARK SIDE. This book is a great read for any endurance athlete hoping to better understand RUNNING FORM and TRAINING THE ENERGY SYSTEM to develop unstoppable ENDURANCE and through an incredibly unique approach. We’re going to have some fun doing it! To see us LIVE visit this link! https://youtu.be/Y1GtcoR1f9s







    Be sure and subscribe to the YouTube channel while you’re there! Lots of great content.







    To learn more about the OCR Performance Project, visit this link: https://spark.adobe.com/page/WcxXdwd3rdh8l/

    • 44 min
    Tips on Home Exercise while you Hunker Down!

    Tips on Home Exercise while you Hunker Down!

    Veejay Jones (pro obstacle course athlete) and I Richard Diaz (his coach). Discuss current affairs, home exercise options and what's the best treadmill to buy for your budget.

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

BigBrotherSpartan ,

The Best OCR Podcast

This OCR/Running Podcast was not the first OCR podcast I have listened too but in my opinion it is the best. If you stick up the other big podcasts in OCR, they really don’t compare. I started with ORM media, then tried Obstacle Order and Obstacle Dominator, also giving Spartan Up and a few others a try. I have to be completely honest, the other’s are not even close. Richard combines consistency (monthly and often weekly podcasts are churned out), with subjects that help the audience learn/grow, as well as providing insight in to how to become a better athlete. The reason for all of this is Richard, he is willing to put his experience and expertise on the sport of running/OCR out there, and this willingness provides a compelling narrative. He also has a wide array of co-hosts and/or guests, which provide gripping insight. A great example of his variety is going from interviewing Matt Fitzgerald to speaking with Cole Schwartz or Hunter, and he doesn’t waste time talking to people who have nothing to offer. The last thing is he is a running guru. I personally believe that modern OCR is really trail running with obstacles on top. Its got to be the funnest and most engrossing sport out there but at the same time, it is still about trail running. The other sites do not specialize in running, they hype or talk more about the obstacles, the strength, the vibe, and sometimes they are unfunny people trying to be funny. Rich tells it straight, you want to have fun and be a better OCR athlete… then get better at running, and then he tells you how to do it. Im obviously a huge fan and I want to say one last thing. Authenticity is huge to me, if your gonna be something, be it. Well, I made the trip up to see Richard a month or so back for an assessment after listening to the podcast for a bit and hearing Hunter’s glowing assessment of his expertise, and I have to say that he is exactly the same guy he is face to face as he is on the podcast.

Nanul-45 ,

Gruntled Old Man

Well, I wanted to write this review with an open mind. I like most of the science behind the running but it’s hard to get through with Richard who apparently has a chip on his shoulder. Highly ranting is what he calls it but seems to me and others that it’s complaining and jealousy. He’s not on the level as the Yancy Camp business wise. Sorry nobody goes and cancels your running clinics lol. People are not interested in an over weight old man spewing out garage(negativity) and a mix of For pseudo-science and legit science. Eh, we’d rather listen to a more qualified coach.

Wfdny74 ,

Love this!

I attended one of Richard’s clinics and in a matter of a few hours he changed my life for the better. To be able to listen to the podcasts about different athletes and ways to train keep me on track to continue to put me in a better place. Check out his videos on YouTube as well. Keep the podcasts coming!

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