The Liles Trials

Ready for Launch

An episode of The Liles Trials

By Travis Liles
I've been running ultramarathons for over a decade and now I'm turning 40. This show explores taking a big picture look at how to keep working on self improvement when the window for (personal) peak performance is closing and perhaps learn some things I wish I'd of known sooner.

I'll explore diet options like keto and high fat low carb, training at lower intensities using methods like MAF, rest, recovery, strength, mobility, and race performance in my experiment of one.
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18 months Keto - What now?
18 month check in. 3 lessons learned along the way.
June 26, 2019
HURT 100 Ultra Marathon Race Recap
Covering my results from the HURT 100 including race day food plan and execution.
March 6, 2019
Keeping a New Years resolution
The new year is here!! You’ve set a resolution now you want to keep it. Here I discuss how I kept a New Years resolution all year long. Find me at:
January 10, 2019
It's a New Year and sleep test results
Happy New Year!  Getting this episode out the door is part of my New Year's resolution which is to not waste my time away on mindless scrolling on my phone and use that time more wisely.   Mainly, I discuss some improved sleep results after I took a 7 day challenge to try to improve sleep quality by cutting down on device usage at night.   Find me at:
January 2, 2019
Blue Light Special!
Some of the newest devices and popular applications are getting built-in features to tell you how much you use them. That can't be just because they are nice. There has to be more to it right? In this episode I dig into device usage and the impact on sleep. I also offer up a 7 day challenge to improve sleep by just making some minor tweaks to when I use my devices and turning on some built in settings. Reference Materials at
October 22, 2018
Oregon PCT (part 2)
Wrapping up thoughts and results from my 240 mile trek to complete the state of Oregon via the PCT on foot.
September 25, 2018
Completing the Oregon PCT Recap - part 1
Talking about completing the remaining 240 miles of the Oregon Pacific Crest Trail that I didn't complete in 2016. I talk about how my plans changed and how that effected the entire vibe of the trip in the most awesome way. I also discuss what I ate along the way and how my High Fat/Low Carb diet played out. reach out at:
September 4, 2018
Big Horn 100 Race Report
Talking about the Big Horn 100 run and how it played out.
July 12, 2018
Is It Fair to Compare?
A little free flow thinking. Is it good to compare your efforts to the tops in your area of practice? Maybe. It is also good to be pleased with your accomplishments and just leave it at that.
May 31, 2018
Dieting with your spouse
First guest! I interview my better half, Micaela (not a runner and doesn't listen to this show). She talks about diet ups and downs. Successes shes currently having. Cravings she had and the strategies she's used to combat them. She also takes some time to talk about her relationship with food and how going Keto has changed that. Lastly she talks about how cooking for the family as a whole has changed (or hasn't). Questions or comments ? Reach out on Twitter or Instagram @travisliles on both. Or find leave a comment on tbe the podcast section of
May 24, 2018
4 month Check-in
Time for a check in! My training volume is up. I'm in crunch time of getting ready for the Big Horn 100 so I decided to give some personal stories of how I am seeing all this diet and training playing out. Short answer: Body feels good. I'm seeing performance increases. I'm recovering faster. Long answer? You'll get that in the audio. Human Performance Podcast - Dr Jeff Volek -
May 17, 2018
Go To Sleep
Discussing Sleep and Athletic Performance. Did you know that you could increase performance metrics by 10% by getting more sleep? Study after study shows significant performance boosts by getting 10 hours a night. 10 hours!! Whoa, that is a lot but perhaps worth exploring. Find me / comment / ask questions at the places below.
May 9, 2018
Chuckanut 50k Race Report
Here it is! A real life test to see how and if slowing down in training and going low carb would play out on a race course. I talk about running the Chuckanut 50k, a race that includes a lot more flat running than I thought going in. I discuss the course layout, race approach, calorie consumption, race result, and anything noticeable that came from changing my diet and training post race as well. reach out with questions or comments at :
May 2, 2018
Is all this exercise even good for me?
I went off script this week and didn't stay on my planned agenda. The last show got me thinking about longevity and if this exercise stuff is really even healthy. Well.... the answer seems to be "sort of." Peak performance and longevity generally don't go hand in hand and in the TedTalk linked below or on my blog from cardiologist Dr. James O'Keefe called - "Run for your life! At a comfortable pace, and not too far" covers just that.
April 25, 2018
A New Training Block
This one cover talking about the MAF (maximum aerobic function) method of training by Dr. Phil Maffetone. Keeping it slow for a bit to support, possibly accelerate the dietary change and keep the cravings away. Learning how to slow down and not get all wrapped up in my Strava data. I find out that my aerobic fitness is .... not good and yours probably isn't either.
April 12, 2018
A Case of the 2's
This one is all about getting my head right, timing, and sticking to it. Taking the time to surround yourself with options is key. Make sure to have alternatives for meals, snacks, and know where to go when you are out of your "safe space." Going keto or high fat low carb is tough enough given the general food options that surround us. Set yourself up to nail it .
April 5, 2018
Dr Pepper Tastes Good
I discuss how I am using keto as a part of training, just like you would a base building or a speed work block. I cover off on what a day to day diet might look like for me and how deciding when to take on any type of change matters in terms of success.
April 2, 2018
Why so Hangry?!
Here i set the stage for what high fat low carb is. Why I chose it and some unexpected benefits.
March 20, 2018
Ready for Launch
Putting my toes back in the podcasting waters. This is the first episode discussing what is coming. I'm turning 40, still trying to get better at this running and life stuff. I'm taking a different approach to diet, training, and recovery. Will it work? I'm not sure yet, but there are some positive signs. This one lays the groundwork for what is to come
March 16, 2018
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