Study an ex-pro runner’s history to race and train smarter with Mike Trees

Everything you need to know about Mike Trees’ Forest Gump-like life

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There’s a saying – If you don’t know your history, then you are bound to repeat it.

While it’s a stretch, knowing and understanding other successful endurance athletes’ history might just prove to help you perform better in your life.

In this episode, we go into the archives and get to hear how Mike Trees got started in his 50-year endurance career (He just turned 60 years old and can still run a 17 min, 5k).

Listen on to find out how to train, race and live with purpose for as long as possible on this episode of Trees of DLake.

This is part one of a few, and we end it the episode right before he goes to University. If you’re feeling this we’ll be releasing more types of episodes in the future – let us know on Instagram or email

What You Will Learn

  • Where Mike is at right now in his fitness, training and racing
  • How he got here and the early beginning
  • Awesome story about his first race failure and what he learned
  • And a lot more!

Episode Highlights and Timestamps

[02:47] What has been going on this training week

[04:55] Breaking down Mike’s history to where he is right now

[06:18] What keeps Mike going

[07:56] Stepping up for the first race

[11:45] Taking lessons from the first race

[16:17] Mike’s failure during his young age

[18:44] Mike at 60

[22:02] Cooldown: Would you rather train on time or distance?

Notable Quotables

Question Of The Episode

”Would you rather train on time or on distance?



This episode is brought to you by NRG – Coaching which is Mike Trees’ coaching service. Mike coaches beginners to pros and all levels in between.

No one is too fast and no one too slow. They just want a desire to learn and improve.

They focus on 1,500m to marathon running and triathlon training.

NRG Coaching is constantly overbooked, so Instagram and this new podcast venture, gives Mike and the rest of his NRG coaching team a way to reach out to more people.

Contact mike and his team for more info


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