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Trail Transformation

La Crosse, Wisconsin

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Trail Transformation

La Crosse, Wisconsin

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Craig Mason

24 October 2019

Coach Jake has helped me take my trail running “racing”to a level I didn’t think possible. In particular specific speed and taper plans for ultras is giving me incredible results. In addition to that the PT exercises have made me run more efficiently and kept me injury free. Trail Transformation is composed of incredible coaches and team members I can’t say enough good about. I’m so happy to be apart of this team and strongly recommend them to anyone interested in performance and being injury free. More...

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Robert Gavanda

12 October 2019

Coach Pat at Trail Tranformation got me ready for my Ironman race and I couldn't have done it without him. He was a great resource and provided me with a plan that helped me reach my goals.

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Erin Oberton Gervais

7 October 2019

Coach Pat has been awesome to work with! He helped me reach my goals, but made it easy and fun along the way! It was great to have someone else planning all my workouts and also to have the accountability of a coach tracking my progress.

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Katie Kubont

30 September 2019

I started working w TT earlier this year! I was able to increase my speed and finish a 110 mile race! The communication is great. If I had any question any day... I was able to get a response.. because let’s be real, life isn’t predictable! I highly recommend TT!!!! More...

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Nicholas Fell

22 September 2019

Dr. Jake (doogie!) Is the best.

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Gerard Cramer

22 September 2019

I've been working with Rachel on race day nutrition for just over a year now. I started with her after failing due to nutrition at my 2nd attempt a distance over 50 miles. Since then I have completed a 50 miler, a 100k and recently a 100 mile race. In all these races nutrition I have been able to take in enough calories with liquids and take in more solid foods then I have ever before. Rachel has been great to work with. Based on my symptoms in my other races she recommended a few options for me to experiment with and once we figured out what worked we fine tuned amounts and then worked to add in different types of solids to supplement. We continued experimenting during long runs after each race and have developed basic plan that gets me enough calories to finish. Whilst we still haven't figured out the perfect nutrition plan I feel confident that with more data on my races and Rachel's expertise my next training cycle will continue the progression in figuring out my nutrition. I would highly recommend people work with Rachel as knows runners and understands our individual dietary tastes/needs More...

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Mary Anderson

9 September 2019

Rachel was great to work with! She helped me figure out a nutrition plan for my first half ironman. She was there to hold me accountable as I trackied my eating (not always easy) so she could better give me nutrition suggestions. .

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Nick Rogers

8 September 2019

I used Trail Transformation to help me with the Rut Run, a high altitude technical run in Montana. Obviously that created some unique challenges living in Minnesota. I tried it on my own a couple of years ago and failed. I tried it this year with Trail Transformation, and exceeded my own expectations! So I guess what else to you need to know!My coach was Tyler. He was great the whole time. I travel a lot for work and so often needed to move things around. He was very flexible and timely in his communication. I would recommend Tyler and Trail Transformation to anyone looking for a little more structure in the training regimen. More...

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Laurie Ellefson

3 September 2019

Mike is great at motivation. He does a great job explaining how each exercise works a muscle/muscle group. He stresses the importance of how to perform an exercise correctly!

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Lisa Wiens Heinsohn

31 August 2019

I heartily recommend trail transformations. For my 50th birthday this year I decided to give myself the gift of seeking a coach. After six months of coaching, I took 23 minutes off my half marathon time. Jake gave me fun, challenging and varied workouts and was responsive to my questions and requests. I highly recommend them! More...

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Janelle Perry

26 August 2019

I had a phone consultation with Rachel about nutrition and my goals. I've always found being active easy, but my bad eating habits have caught up to me as I've gotten older. Between her knowledge, advice, and personalized plan for me, I now have a plan for my goals. I'm only at the beginning of this journey, but I'm optimistic that a healthier me is in my future. Rachel was friendly, easy to talk to, and answered all of my questions. I would recommend her to anyone! More...

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Travis Smith

9 August 2019

I was feeling tired and lethargic for over a month, especially after the 3 mile mark on my runs; with a quick look at a 3 day diet log, Rachel was able to pinpoint some deficiencies in my diet. After a month of adding some supplements and more protein to my diet, I feel SO MUCH BETTER and can run comfortably for more than 5 miles. I asked Rachel about some of the tests they offer but she didn't think I needed any (all of which were quite expensive). Rachel was knowledgable, helpful, and able to make some impactful recommendations in just one consultation. I am so grateful for her and is my #1 choice if I need any diet/nutrition advice in the future!! Sarah Smith More...

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deb seitz

23 July 2019

I whole-heartedly recommend Trail Transformation!! Their services are comprehensive, and tailored to each individual and his/her goals. I returned to running after decades of inactivity and old injuries. I had hoped to someday finish a marathon... Coach Mike has helped me finish several -- plus a 50k and a 50 miler! I know that with his help I can continue to be a runner for many years. On top of all this.... they're just really fun people More...

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Deb Asp Seitz

22 July 2019

Trail Transformation is amazing! The whole staff is knowledgeable-- and a lot of fun! I am a definite back-of-the-pack runner, but that doesn't mean I don't get quality attention. They are quickly responsive to questions, and they tailor the training to each individual. My primary goal is to be able to run for many, many years. With their help I know I can do this! More...

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Marty Otten

2 July 2019

The coaches were extremely helpful and helped me reach my personal goals. They took the time to assess my current performance and create a customized plan. Pat and Rachel then tracked my progress to adjust as necessary for me to achieve my best.Great experience and would recommend to anyone who is looking to improve their running. More...

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Michelle Stolz

2 July 2019

When I started questioning my training from being burnt out, from injury, and being unsure about my race day and everyday nutrition, I filled out the initial evaluation with Trail Transformation. From that initial questionnaire to where I am now is more than I can fit into a review. I feel confident in my training, and consistent during my races with a plan of action for nutrition and how I should treat each race and the goals I have set in place. Recovery post-race has felt great since I started using their coaching services, and can be completely transparent with them as well about how I am feeling with how my training and races are going, or if certain aches or pains pop up in the process. They also understand that life happens and that switching or tailoring the training plan can happen. They truly care about my goals and the training it takes to get there. The communication system, check-ins, and questions that may arise are always answered! If you want to take your running to the next level, to think about the longevity of running in your life, to feel consistent, strong, confident, and even more connected in your running community, as well as fueling yourself to the best potential, I would highly recommend Trail Transformation not only for coaching but for nutrition services. They have not only helped me but coached many others to achieve their goals and have seen many succeed! They are also some of the kindest and caring people I have ever worked with! More...

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Marty Otten

1 July 2019

Great coaching at Trail Transformation! Pat and Rachel helped me achieve my goals by understanding my current fitness level and building a customized plan.

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Chris Stindt

30 June 2019

I worked with Rachel on the MRT. It's definitely a challenging process and having someone go through it with you was super helpful. Rachel answered all of my questions and the results were as expected. More...

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Emily Piechowski

30 June 2019

I worked with coach Tyler for 6 months to train for a road marathon. He was so knowledgeable, patient, and accommodating in my program. I saw success and had fun doing it- a win win! The whole process was smooth and I would highly recommend Trail Transformation. More...

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Christopher Stindt

12 June 2019

I'm not one to set big goals, but I signed up for 2 bike rides that are each over 200 miles. I did the fitness class twice and found it to be super helpful to my general fitness and day to day activities, as well as my on bike handling. As a single sport athlete, I didn't realize how great that would be. I also have had diet issues for a number of years and decided to do the MRT food sensitivity testing with Rachel. She walked me through the process and supported me. I feel much better day to day and more prepared for the eating-contest-on-a-bike that a 200 mile ride will inevitably be. I can comfortably say that the class and diet testing have both put me in a better place to be successful in my endurance endeavors. More...

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Erik PUESCHNER

30 May 2019

Michael and Jake have really helped me push to new limits in my running and riding. I've been able to confidently charge at the front of my MTB races and set a new PR in a marathon. I know none of this would have been possible without the guidance from them. Highly recommend the Trails Transformation team. More...

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Yaniha Giebel

30 May 2019

Michael with trail transformation has completely transformed my trail running, in ways I didn't think were even possible. It's been work, but I'm running stronger on trails than I ever have previously. As well as helping me to fall in love with running again after having a year long slump. I can not wait to see how the rest of the year plays out with my lofty goals. I am so glad I came across TT before I started training for my first 100 miler, it's taken the guess work out of wondering if I am adequately training. I plan to stick with them long term, and highly recommend them to anyone on the fence thinking of working with a coach! More...

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Mark Johnson

30 April 2019

I’ve been working with coach Mike for over a year now. It’s been a great experience and with his help I’ve been beating race times that I ran 10 years ago! Looking forward to continuing to improve and excited for the coming year! Thanks Mike!I also went through the MRT food sensitivity testing protocol with Rachel. Rachel was great at helping me through the process step by step. I had been dealing with stomach issues for quite some time, and following the MRT protocol and adhering to it all the way to completion made a HUGE difference. I felt absolutely amazing. My sleep was better, my running improved, my stomach issues dramatically improved. I now work with Rachel monthly and she is very knowledgeable and helpful. If you’re experiencing GI issues while running or just in every day life, I’d highly recommend getting in touch with Rachel! More...

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Josh Miller

30 March 2019

Working with Rachel through the MRT process was a valuable experience that helped me achieve my nutrition goals and also provided me with a road map for sustained success. I would definitely recommend contacting Rachel and the Trail Transformation team if you are looking to understand and improve upon your current nutrition. More...

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Tim Andrews

30 March 2019

I've been working with Jake for over a year now and he has really taken my running to the next level. I was looking for a coach that could prepare me for the Superior 100 last fall and the plan that Jake put together helped me achieve that goal. I'll be back again this September with the goal of improving my overall finishing time. He's helped me and encouraged me during the low moments of injuries and adjusted the training plan to match how my body was feeling. Anyone looking to improve their overall running performance or someone needing a custom training plan, the folks at Trail Transformation can get it done!! More...

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Kim Siegersma

30 March 2019

Working with Coach Mike has changed my whole mindset on my running. For so long I considered myself a runner wannabe. He helped show me that I’m not only a runner but that I can accomplish so much more than I have ever dreamed. His workouts and feedback have not only made me a stronger runner, but also a confident one. Coach Mike’s scheduled workouts for me are challenging and they give me a sense of accomplishment when finished. I have ran a handful of half marathons over the past few years and he even helped me to finish my first full marathon this past fall (2018). I’m now registered for 2 full marathons, a 17 mile trail run, and the Hixon 25k in 2019. 50k in 2020 Watch out trails. With Mike’s help who knows what I can do!Kim Siegersma La Crescent More...

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Paul Hagan

30 March 2019

I sought out Trail Transformation in order to improve my ultramarathon performance and develop better training habits. They’re reputation was excellent and it has lived up to my expectations. My speed and endurance are improved after a few months and I’m looking forward testing it at a race. More...

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Denise Ward

30 March 2019

I worked with Rachel Turi of Trail Transformation to dial in my diet for "maximum return on the effort of chewing food." She used a blood test to find out what foods I negatively reacted to and guided me step by step through the process of what foods to eat and what to hold off on. The result was healing my gut by eliminating foods that caused an immune response. I ended up recovering more quickly after workouts both at the gym and after hard running efforts. Highly recommend working with Rachel! More...

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Mike Asmus

28 February 2019

Working with Michael has been awesome. I've worked with him training for 100 milers, and not only have I been able to do it with significantly less injury, I've been able to increase my performance on race day in a really fun and awesome way.

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Cookie Dough2

28 February 2019

I have been working with Jake and the experience has been great. When I started I was having major achilles problems and in a rut. Jake worked on developing a plan that not only helped my injury but also kept me super motivated and excited to set new goals. With his strength and training program I am healthy and my legs, body and mind are infinitely stronger. Each year i have set new PR's at every distance and I am continuing to beat times from 5,6,7 years ago, all while being healthy. Jake does a great job of pushing me past my percieved limits which not only helps my running but life as well. Highly recommend. More...

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Candice Schneider

30 January 2019

Rachel has been a tremendous help to my running (and life) over the past few months. Some pretty terrible stomach issues were preventing me from getting in the type of training I needed to for my goals. She has walked me through the MRT process every step of the way. I could pretty quickly tell the difference in my health. I even broke a 6 year old PR in the half marathon that I thought was untouchable. I’m able to train better than I have been able to in years! I also feel SO much better in general. I’m so thankful for her help. More...

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Barb Wettstein

30 December 2018

Rachel used the MRT results and walked me through the process of eliminating inflammation in my body. She is amazing! Life without pain is beautiful! I have and will continue to recommend Rachel and the MRT process to others. :) More...

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Bob Fudurich

30 December 2018

Working with Jake and Trail Transformation has been a great experience. I started working with Jake in 2016 and I brought a few conflicting goals of avoiding injuries, getting faster, and running longer distances. Jake was actually able to work with that and helped me set new PRs and strong race showings at several distances from 10 miles to 50k. He also helped me complete my first 100 mile race. Trail Transformation offers a unique package in their basic coaching package. It really fills the gap between self training or off the shelf plans and the more expensive options. The service I received from the basic plan was much more in line with the advanced plan, minus dietitian services or phone calls. Either package is still a great value relative to anything else I've seen and I'd recommend Trail Transformation to anyone looking to take their running to a new level. More...

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Jessica Arnett

30 December 2018

These guys are wonderful--Knowledgeable, passionate about the sport, and willing and able to help anyone achieve their goals. I started working with Mike back in August. I had transitioned from road running to trail and ultra running back in 2016 and had somewhat successfully trained myself to the point where I could muddle/suffer through two fifty mile races, two 50k races, an Ironman, and a number of smaller runs/races and decided to take on the 100 mile distance. Like my prior races, my training consisted of running as much as I could, without much rhyme or reason or purpose for individual runs, and while I felt strong, I DNFed at mile 38, a result of weather and trail conditions for which I was not prepared or strong enough to handle. Shortly afterward, I succumbed to debilitating plantar fasciitis (likely a result of poorly executed random and scattered training) which sidelined me for the entire summer. It was at this point that i realized I needed the guidance and expertise of people who had experience and knew how to structure my training in a way that would take my running to the next level, help me train smartly and with purpose, help me address my concerns and questions, and help me stay injury free. In the last few months that I've worked with Trail Transformation, I have noticed a remarkable change in how I feel while running. Not only is the purpose of each run apparent and targeted, but the progression is logical, challenging, and results producing--and as things change or come up on a week to week or day to day basis, the responsiveness of the coaches in making necessary adjustments is commendable--as is their encouragement to their runners! My race season is beginning soon, and I have much more confidence not only in my ability to finish my upcoming 50 and 100 mile races, but to finish them well. The knowledge and experience that Trail Transformation coaches bring to the table is a game changer, whether you are struggling or just want to see what the possibilities are for your future running! More...

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Michael Borst

30 December 2018

Rachel, and the MRT process have both been great for me. I have been running competitively in Ultras for the past 7 years, and I thought that through a lot of trial and error I had things fairly dialed in. I had been following an optimized high fat diet for 3 years, and I had a lot less GI upset than I did earlier in my racing career. However, I was still having issues in training and during high effort races. After going through the MRT process Rachel was able to point out several food items that I ate very frequently that were possibly contributing to some of my issues. Rachel then helped me to follow a regiment that eliminated foods I was reactive too. Since then I have run many hard workouts, and a 100k and 100 mile all without the same GI issues I was having prior. Working with Rachel through the MRT process is something I would suggest to anyone suffering from GI issues in life, training, or racing. More...

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Josh Rouse

30 December 2018

I started working with Michael Borst/Trail Transformation back in August rehabbing so I could get back to runnning. I had persistant IT band issues that have lasted the better part of 3 years that I couldn’t figure out with Dr Google. I talked with Mike and he put together a strength and workout regime that fit my schedule and gradually helped push through my limitations and has me on target to run a trail marathon next fall. Thanks a lot Mike! More...

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Jon Toomey

30 November 2018

In 2016 i had some goals in mind. i wanted to run a marathon and a 50k trail race and get thru them both injury free. I did some research on coaches local to the area and found Jake at Trail transformations. He was an easy choice, he's personable, friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and easy to work with. He was able to set up a training program that worked out really well for me and my schedule. At times my life would get fairly hectic and Jake easily moved my training around to fit. I was able to run both events injury free and really enjoyed the experiences of them. I would not hesitate to work with Jake again on some future goals. More...

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Don Lundgren

30 November 2018

As a slightly older, back of the pack runner I wasn’t sure that I was the target market for a coach. But with a little prodding from my wife, I signed on with Trail Transformation and found out that I could not have been more wrong. Anyone can benefit from hiring a coach and the folks at Trail Transformation are the best. I found the workouts simple and easy to understand. One of the biggest benefit areas for me has been the reduction in injuries resulting from the strengthening program. Additionally, the dietary component was something I had been sorely missing. I see a difference not only in my weight, but in how I feel. My energy levels are fantastic and I recover more quickly from long runs and races. Overall, my experience working with Jake and Rachel at Trail Transformation has been amazing! I would highly recommend them (and have) to anyone considering hiring a coach. More...

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Marissa Poissant

30 November 2018

I'd absolutely recommend Rachel - she was wonderful to work with! I was training for my 8th marathon and had battled stomach issues, I wanted to see if I could adjust nutrition to help with that and to help get into race shape. She was amazing and putting together a plan, adjusting it until we found what worked, and checking in! I ran a PR and am in better shape now than pre-baby! More...

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Julie Kraai

30 November 2018

I've been training with Jake at Trail Transformation since May of 2017. My more immediate goal was to break a sub-2 in the half marathon distance (previous PR was a 2:05, which I could not seem to break), and also to keep my nagging Achilles Tendinopathy at bay--every time I started training and ramping up the mileage I'd re-injure myself. It was definitely time to hire a coach!After a few months of training with Jake, I crushed my half marathon goal (cruising in at a 1:54, while thoroughly enjoying myself AND staying injury-free), and decided to train for the marathon. My training was solid, still under Jake's coaching), but after several training runs that I felt totally depleted and exhausted, I felt I needed a bit of extra help. I knew it wasn't the training itself that was causing me to feel crummy, I knew it was user error. Jake suggested I talk to dietician Rachel Turi (who is also a runner!), also with Trail Transformation, and she was exactly what I needed. She tailored a plan to fit my needs, likes and dislikes, which covered everything from race and training nutrition, to what to eat every day (and even the timing of what to eat/when). I started to nail my workouts again--feeling great during and after, and to date have had absolutely no cramping issues. I ran the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon this past weekend, and I felt strong and solid the whole time. And I know it was because of the expertise and knowledge that both Jake and Rachel have offered.Both Rachel and Jake have been worth every single penny. I am grateful for their support and guidance, and am excited to continue to work with them! More...

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Travis Harvieux

30 November 2018

Working with Jake and his team at Trail Transformation has taken my running to a new level. To start, Jake helped overcome an ongoing knee injury with a personalized program incorporating strength training, cross-training, and a diverse running schedule. Since, his team has successfully helped me go from a mid-pack runner to running a Boston Qualifier, Completing my first 100 miler, and earning a 50k 1st place overall finish. The team at Trail Transformation has a wealth of knowledge that makes working with them such a great value! More...

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Ashley Hansen

30 November 2018

Jake is a fantastic coach! I always recommend him and his team to others. He motivates me to work hard, reach my goals and then some. Overall an absolute pleasure to work with! More...

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Kate Hanson

30 September 2018

When I decided to attempt to run my first 100 miler, I knew I needed help to ensure I would not only show up on race day prepared, but also without injury. Working with Jake and Rachel of Trail Transformation over the past nine months has been the best investment I could have made in my running progress- not only did I achieve my goal of completing a 100 mile run, but I felt supported during the process, and even had no injuries during training, which was a first for me. Jake’s ability to provide specific workouts that were tailored to my goals (and then his flexibility to rework them when life got in the way) were very appreciated and it is clear that he wanted what was best for me as a long-term runner. His knowledge as a PT kept me injury free and confident that I would be ready to compete on race day. Working with Rachel on my nutrition needs was also pivotal to my success, not only was she a source of nutritional content knowledge, but was so compassionate and really helped me work on the way I see my body in all aspects of life. Overall, I can’t recommend working with Jake and Rachel highly enough, whether it’s training for your distance PR, trying to improve speed, working on dialing in nutrition, or just trying to stay injury free, they do it all. More...

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Rose Ryan

30 September 2018

I would highly recommend Jake and Rachel at Trail Transformation! I started working with Jake in March 2017. I had a couple initial goals: be injury-free and complete the Superior 50k and Bighorn 52 mile race. As a PT and ultrarunner, Jake has been the perfect coach to help me achieve those goals and more. In the last 1.5 years, I have seen huge gains in my fitness and I am enjoying running even more than before. I've been injury-free and really appreciate being able to contact Jake anytime a little extra soreness pops up. He always has good suggestions to address the issue before it turns into an injury. Jake is also great at tailoring my training schedule to fit around my full life with lots of work and fun travel. I started working with Rachel a few months ago to improve my diet and figure out better ways to fuel my training and recovery. She is super knowledgeable, responsive, and always has great practical ideas to address any of my nutritional concerns. The 2018 Superior 50 mile was a test of how far I have come with Trail Transformation's support. I ran the 50 mile in 2016 as my first ultra, undertrained and with stomach problems nearly the whole way. In 2018 I had a perfect day on the trails: my legs held up great, my nutrition strategy was spot-on, and I ended up taking 4h45 min off my 2016 time to finish second woman. I could not have done it without Jake and Rachel! More...

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Dan Harke

30 September 2018

I have been working with Jake Hegge at Trail Transformation for a couple years now and have had nothing but a great experience. He has prepared me both physically and mentally to perform at a high level while balancing work and family life. Highly recommend! More...

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Melissa Hoffman Bodin

30 September 2018

I started working with Trail Transformation just over five months ago and I could not be happier with my coach, Tyler, and with the gains I have made already! For the first time in my life, I’m actually training with a purpose, instead of haphazardly following a plan I found on the internet. I’ve gotten faster and stronger and there is no end in sight! I was nervous, at first to starting working with a coach as I am an average runner, at best, and my goal is simply to become a better runner and maybe someday finish an ultra. Working with Trail Transformation has been one of the best things I could have done for myself and my running! More...

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NEAL COLLICK

30 September 2018

Trail Transformation has been a tremendous help with my training for both road marathons and trail ultras. The weekly run plan, strength training, and mobility routines help me to be a well rounded runner. The plans are modified to fit my busy schedule, while still helping me to achieve the highest level of success. I have met every goal I set out for since starting with TT in 2016, including a big marathon PR at Boston, and completing (and winning) numerous 50 and 100 mile ultras. They have backgrounds in Physical Therapy which comes in handy if you have any aches or pains while training. I highly recommend Trail Transformation if you want to take your training to the next level! More...

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Scott Coles

30 September 2018

I highly recommend Trail Transformation no matter what your ability. Planning to do Zumbro 100, I was given the gift of coaching and it was the best gift ever. Coach Jake put together a plan that pushed me and my abilities while keeping me healthy and injury free. Rachel helped tune up my diet. Two months into training I saw results with my first overall win in a 50k, and followed that up with a win at Zumbro 100. Since then I have seen great improvements in my fitness and running. An added bonus is a great community of other Trail Transformation athletes. More...

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Rj Miller

30 August 2018

I stared at Michael across the table and thought "I'm old enough to be his grandpa". My wife had insisted that after 5 failed attempts at 100 miles, Trail Transformation would be able to help me, but I must confess that Michael's youth had me wondering. I'm also old enough to know that you can't judge a book by it's cover. As our meeting progressed and Michael carefully listened to my litany of failures, I realized that he had a wealth of knowledge and even more impressive, his resume of experience. I walked away from the meeting encouraged in the knowledge that I could trust him and a promise from him to tailor a training regimen that would work with my limited schedule. A couple of days later I had a schedule and started introducing his added strength training to my usual running routine. I tried to follow his instructions to the letter and as the next 3 months progressed I felt great improvements in my overall condition. Michael followed my progress via an internet program and frequent email conversations. The night before the race I got an email from Michael in a pre-race encouraging "follow your training" note. I can say that my race was still difficult, but with help of a great crew, and the extensive training regimen from Trail Transformation I finally accomplished a life goal of running 100 miles. Thank You Michael,RJ Miller60 years old. More...

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Andrew Steger

30 August 2018

I was recovering from a knee injury that kept me out of running for 5 months and I was searching for guided instruction for strength training. I signed up for one class because I had nothing to lose by attending. The coaches at Trail Transformation explained and demonstrated every exercise and what muscles each were targeting and ensured proper and safe form was used at all time. As an added bonus, at the end of each workout, foam rolling techniques and instructions were included. In 6 short weeks, I lost weight, became leaner, and stronger. I’m elated to say I’m running farther, faster, and injury free since taking these classes. With the help of the Trail Transformation coaches, I’m on pace to run my first 50k in October. I do not hesitate to recommend the educated and experienced staff at Trail Transformation for not just runners, but anyone who wants to be healthier and learn more about the importance and advantages of strength training. More...

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Laurel Sipe

30 August 2018

Working with Trail Transformation has by far been the best decision I've made when it comes to running. Coach Michael listens to my goals, wants and needs and puts together just the right mix to push me without leaving me burned out or injured. I am now running less but working far more efficiently and not getting set back by injuries that have plagued me in the past. My recent race results are proof that following Michael's guidance is working. I highly recommend Trail Transformation to anyone who wants to run happy and injury free. More...

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Meghan M Larson

30 August 2018

I started using Trail Transformation after I signed up for the Fall Superior 50 miler in 2017. I had had my first DNF at the Spring Superior 50k in the spring of 2016 and I had also been struggling with plantar fasciitis, so I knew I needed help if I hoped to finish injury-free.Coach Michael worked with me on a training plan that helped strengthen my legs enough to take on the hills of the Superior Hiking Trail – I live in the lowcountry of South Carolina and the average elevation of my runs is 5ft—and strengthen and improve the flexibility of my ankles and feet enough so that I was able to complete the 50 miler with no foot pain (I mean, there definitely was pain—it WAS 50 miles—just nothing that a couple of days of rest couldn’t heal).After the success of that race, I continued to work with Coach Michael to train for a 55k in Iceland (also a mountain race … and snow, and glaciers, and freezing streams). We continued the work on my strength and I also started working with Rachel Turi. I have always struggled with nausea on my long runs and races and Rachel helped me immensely – I now have a great strategy for long run nutrition that consistently works and I no longer have to worry about whether my stomach is going to cut my run short.I would definitely recommend Trail Transformation, Coach Michael, and Rachel Turi to my friends and family. They are great to work with and have helped me tons! More...

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Eric Brandt

30 August 2018

Trail Transformation helps me set a proper training program and achieve my goals. I head into races with the confidence that I have properly trained and I highly recommend them. Having a coach set and monitor my training is great motivation. More...

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Ben Sexton

30 August 2018

Thanks in large part to Michael Borst and Trail Transformation, I was able to complete my first 100 this year at Black Hills 100, two years after running my first 5k. Rachel Turi's nutrition support was also instrumental in meeting my goal. More...

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Lacy Shelby

30 August 2018

Trail Transformation has been an awesome training resource for me as I continue to develop as a runner. I have remained injury free, increased mileage, gained confidence and broadened my goals. I am doing things now I would never have imagined possible. The coaching staff is top notch. Michael is flexible and responsive while providing consistent and clear performance recommendations. Thanks for the awesome coaching! More...

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Luke Froehle

30 August 2018

I have had a great experience with Trail Transformation. Michael and Rachel have helped me reach my goals. I love having a training plan that pushes me. I have seen great improvement, I have gotten faster and stronger, I have lost weight and maybe most impressive is that I have not been injured. No trips to the physical therapist. I'm having fun and am constantly improving. I would definitely recommend Trail Transformation to my friends and family. More...

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Karen Lyga

30 August 2018

I am a current client of Trail Transformation and Dr. Mike B. My running goals were simple - to return to running after two surgeries and a 7 year hiatus. Mike has been wonderful!!!! He is so knowledgeable about the sport and combines that knowledge with his education and training as a physical therapist. He truly listens to my concerns and offers insightful tips on how to return to running without injury. He has provided weekly programs for me and monitors my progress closely. While I am definitely not an elite runner, to Mike it doesn't matter. His passion, I believe, is helping me achieve my goal in getting back to the simple joy of running. I highly recommend Mike and Trail Transformation!!! Five stars!!!! More...

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Culley Smith

30 August 2018

I began working with the Trail Transformation team in November 2017. With their help, I took a wholistic approach to my training. I got my diet under control by "going keto", which helped me lose 20lbs, run on very minimal calories, and recover more quickly after strenuous workouts and races. By introducing regular strength training and dynamic exercises, I've managed to stay injury free, even though I'm pushing myself harder than ever! Perhaps most importantly, I've set speed and distance goals, which I previously thought beyond my reach. I can now consistently run a sub six-minute mile and set a 50 mile PR... running nearly 4 hours faster than my previous two attempts! The team at Trail Transformation remove the headache of building a training plan, so I can focus my effort on execution. More...

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Eric Pleiss

30 August 2018

I have worked with Trail Transformation for more than a year and in that time I have set PRs in 50k, 50mile and 100k races. I have been able to remain healthy while also increasing my training load. Trail Transformation is especially helpful because the coaches are also physical therapists so any time you have aches and pains they can prescribe workouts and exercises to keep you out running on the trails. Highly recommend. More...

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joseph altendahl

30 August 2018

I came to Coach Mike at Trail Transformation after having spent 6 years self-coaching for ultra distance events. Although those 6 years had some decent results, I invariably ended up with nagging injuries throughout the season. Additionally, I would always feel under-recovered when coming into an event. I've now trained with Mike for a year and a half and I've seen better results , a serious decrease in the number of injuries, as well as arriving at the start line feeling recovered and ready to race hard. More...

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Isaac Hagen

30 August 2018

I started working with Mike a couple months ago. It’s been a wonderful experience and my running has improved significant. It’s great to have a coach like Mike in your corner to help support your goals, issues/injuries and strategy. He’s made training highly engaging. More...

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Rick LaCaille

30 August 2018

Working with Mike Borst (of Trail Transformation) has been a rewarding experience that has helped me remain motivated, healthy and injury free, particularly as my running volume has ramped up in prep for various ultra races and adventures. He's very responsive to his runners' needs and I would highly recommend him if you enjoy the pursuit of goals and making a fitter version of yourself! More...

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Vern Weisensel

30 August 2018

Excellent, personalized coaching; committed to helping me reach my goals, without being overbearing or too "coachy" . If you need guidance in your running, Trail Transformation is an incredible resource!

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Cody Urban

30 August 2018

Both Mike and Jake have been there for me the entire time I have been with Trail Transformation! There is literally NO downside of having them coach you. I went from running the 5k as my main race distance, all the way up to a 50 mile trail race last year. If you want to see what your capable of, set new personal records, and have a lot of fun, put your trust in them and they will point you in the right direction! More...

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Michelle Lane

30 August 2018

I have worked with several members of the Trail Transformation team (Jake, Rachel and Michael) since March 2018. All three are very knowledgeable and have been a huge asset to helping me get back to a more healthy and active lifestyle. You do not have to be an elite athlete to benefit from their services - just someone who wants to get back into shape and/or maintain your body in top working condition. I cannot recommend Trail Transformation highly enough!! More...

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Scott Huston

30 August 2018

My running was in a funk, poor race results, lack of motivation and injuries were causing me to lose interest in running. This was big for me because running was a major part of my life, so I decided to make a change and hire a coach. I had seen Michael at several trail races, he was always racing towards the finish and me to the turnaround, damn fast guys. I was fascinated at how effortlessly he runs through the woods and I thought to myself why not hire the man himself. My goals were simple, get back to running, become stronger, reduce injuries and place in my age group. I received my first week’s plan and thought to myself does this guy know I have run over 60 marathons/ultras, this is not enough miles, ok take a breath there is a master plan. I followed the plan and before I knew it I was getting faster, stronger, lost a few ponds and toned up. It is funny how motivated you are by a little green dot that shows you completed a workout each day or how you stay away from the red dot. Trail transformation has done an amazing job in supplying me with a training plan that includes running, strength, cross training and diet. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is seeking to improve their running. More...

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Mark Martinsen

30 July 2018

When I first met Jake I was doing a lot of miles of training, and not really doing any better at races. I spent so much time training and not really enjoying it all of the time. I wanted Trail Transformation to help me be the best that I could be. With the plan that I have done I do less than half the mileage I used to do and actually do much better at races than I used to. I also have more time to do everything else that fills up my life. I no longer do a bunch of junk miles that I don't need. I really enjoy all of my runs, and when I do run a race I am ready for it and confident that I can achieve whatever goal I have set for this race. Most importantly I have fun whenever I run. I did so well on the basic plan that this year I decided to go to the advanced package, so that I could get nutritional advice and a strength training program. Dietitian Rachel Thur has been great. She was able to do a few small tweaks to my diet that has supercharged my performance. Any issues or questions that I have about nutrition are quickly addressed by her. Her help has really helped me with my ketogenic diet. Any of my friends that seem to have hit a plateau of feeling burned out, or just struggling with a training plan and I will always recommend Trail Transformation. I may be their biggest advocate as I am always urging my friends to try the Trail Transformation team. I always tell them that I do not have to second guess if I have the right training plan or not as after 2 years I am confident that I have done everything that needed to be done to get me to the starting line of a race, healthy and fit. More...

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Stephanie Hoff

30 July 2018

Trail Transformation is top notch! Coach Michael listens to my goals, my personal obstacles and the need for a unique training schedule to fit my job/family life. He writes my plan to accommodate me but while still pushing me. Last year while training with Michael I set Personal records at Voyageur 50 mile (by over 45 minutes) and Superior 100 mile (by over 2 hours). I'm looking forward to another fun racing season with Michael as my coach. If you feel like your running is lacking or you need an extra push, I highly recommend Trail Transformation! I feel so lucky and fortunate to have Michael as my coach! More...

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Rick Berg

30 July 2018

This Team is incredibly talented. From day one they have had my goals in mind. I sometimes wonder if Coach Jake understands me better than I understand myself. The passion that this team has for running shows through their kindness and commitment to the running community. They are involved in all aspects of the sport. Race directing, sponsoring, volunteering and trail work are just a few of the activities that they are involved with....and committed runners as well.All are well educated in the latest information from nutrition to racing!This is a true Dream Team!! More...

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Erik Dinsmore

30 July 2018

I have been working with Jake for running and Rachel for Nutrition, since November 2017. I initially started working with Trail Transformation because I was getting ready for my first 100 mile race, and knew that I needed a more structured approach to my training. Well, Zumbro 100 was a great success for me, and things have just continued to improve. The training guidance I have gotten from Jake has been amazing. He has supported me and answered questions every step along the way. In addition to helping with my running, the nutritional support I have gotten from Rachel has been great. She has helped me to start eating better and has been invaluable in helping me craft hydration/nutrition planning for my running and racing.For anyone looking for coaching and/or nutrition help, I would highly recommend Trail Transformation! More...

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wildknits

30 July 2018

I have been running Ultras (50K, 50M, 100K and 100M) since 2009. Initially I saw good results but after several years started having odd injuries, and eventually mental burnout. I knew that I still had things I wanted to accomplish as an ultra runner so reached out to Jake at Trail Transformation about coaching services. Since I started working with him in the fall of 2016 my race times have improved, including placing in my age group in several races, and more importantly I have remained injury free and am mentally much fresher. In the Fall of 2017 I began working with Rachel (Dietitian) to sort out some annoying GI issues that had hampered my running, and led to a DNF at a 100 mile event. Within a few months of working on dietary changes my symptoms were much improved. Now, 9 months later, after MRT testing and additional dietary changes, my symptoms are nearly 100% resolved AND I am running even better with strong finishes at recent races. An added bonus is that the generalized joint and muscle pain I had been having (something I had attributed to getting older) has disappeared and my overall mood and energy level have improved. I feel that both Jake and Rachel are very receptive and responsive to questions and concerns and have supported me in going for, and achieving, my race goals.I highly recommended Trail Transformation to folks who are looking to improve their running, avoid injury and/or to address dietary/GI issues. More...

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Heather Scherer

30 July 2018

I've had a great experience working with Jake and the Trail Transformation team! I've been a runner for several years but wanted to work with a coach before training for my first marathon. Jake created a schedule that helped me PR at a half marathon in the fall and then helped me recover from an injury over the winter. I was really intimidated to tackle marathon training after being off running for 8 weeks. The program Jake designed got me to the starting line feeling healthy and confident. I had a great race and am excited to tackle more goals this fall! I also worked with Rachel, to help dial in my nutrition during marathon training. She was extremely knowledgeable and helped me realize some problem areas and how to correct them. More...

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Joe Meyer

30 July 2018

Coach Jake took the time to put together training that will keep me running for the long haul. He has helped me achieve tough goals by preparing me physically and mentally. Rachel carefully analyzed my diet and offered solutions that made tackling ultra distances more enjoyable. I now have several fueling strategies and the ability to adapt on the fly if something goes wrong. I highly recommend Trail Transformation. More...

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Katherine Stevenson

30 July 2018

Jake Hegge was recommended to me as a physiotherapist, and I was so impressed with his approach to running-related fitness that I decided to sign on for some coaching. Working with him has improved my technique, helped me prevent or repair minor glitches, and made running much more satisfying. He and the others are so encouraging and positive-- they know their stuff, they love what they do, and it shows! Highly recommmended. More...