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Wonderful!

By kathyjrivera - Sep 04 2019
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Thanks Eric for always bringing great guests and making fun and smart questions! Love the podcast!

Irreverent and informative. Great stuff!

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Great podcast. One of the only two I can listen to.

iTunes Ratings

637 Ratings
Average Ratings
587
27
8
3
12

Wonderful!

By kathyjrivera - Sep 04 2019
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Thanks Eric for always bringing great guests and making fun and smart questions! Love the podcast!

Irreverent and informative. Great stuff!

By 123678sdr - Apr 17 2019
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Great podcast. One of the only two I can listen to.

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Karl Meltzer Interview

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According to Karl Meltzer, 100 miles is not that far. After talking with Karl we were so amped up to go run 100 miles, it might be true. The “King” of 100 milers joins us to talk about running for Red Bull, preparing for Western States and throwing down a …

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Jun 01 2013

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Mike Strzelecki’s 18 Tips for Trail and Ultramarathon Success

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Mike Strzelecki isn’t fast, but he’s been running trails and ultramarathons for the better part of thirty years. This guy loves single track. He loves timed events. He loves road races and trail races. And he loves the heck out of the ultramarathon community. It’s one thing to hear advice …

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Apr 11 2018

1hr 2mins

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Timothy Olson and Mid Career Optimism

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It’d be easy to look at Timothy Olson’s career and focus on the past. He’s got some big wins (current course record at Western States Endurance Run, anyone?), plenty of highlights, and has run at the top of the field for years, but I wanted to have Tim on to …

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Nov 22 2017

1hr 9mins

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Courtney Dauwalter | Blind Perseverance at RRR100

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Courtney Dauwalter already holds the 24 hour record (155 miles) as well as numerous course records on mountain ultramarathons in the US.  She won (outright) Javelina Jundred 100k last year and bagged a nice win when she won Run Rabbit Run 100 miler in 2016.  Along with other runs, she’s …

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Sep 15 2017

1hr 16mins

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Ben Gibbard Interview

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Many of you know Ben Gibbard as the lead singer/songwriter for Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service, but it turns out, he’s just as big of an ultrarunning geek as the rest of us.  When most of us talk about our records, Ben has to clarify which he’s referring …

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Apr 23 2015

52mins

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Jeff Browning Interview

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Jeff Browning has been running ultramarathons since 2001 and has racked up a string of victories, course records, and lessons from around the world.  I got a chance to speak with Jeff about a number of issues important to MUT runners. In this interview we talk about: How he’s stayed …

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Oct 06 2015

1hr 2mins

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Gary Robbins Interview – Pacing 100s, Barkley, and Squamish

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Gary Robbins Interview Gary Robbins joins URP to chat about a wide swath of topics, all of which kept me captivated during our hour-long conversation.  This is one of those interviews that I’ll go back and listen to over an over, as Gary drops a few metric tons of wisdom …

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Apr 11 2016

1hr 12mins

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Mike “The Fruitarian” Arnstein 2015

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Since we spoke with Mike Arnstein last (in 2012!), he’s ran a Badwater/Vermont double, a handful of 2:3x marathons, ran a sub 13 hour 100 miler, retired from ultrarunning, moved to Hawaii, and most recently…won HURT. Wait, what? Mike is one of our most downloaded and asked about guests, and …

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Jan 23 2015

54mins

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Courtney Dauwalter | Big’s Backyard in the Past and Big Plans for the Future

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Courtney Dauwalter joins Sarah and I to talk about the finer points of Big's Backyard Ultra, her plans for 2018, the partnership with her husband Kevin, and more.

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Oct 31 2018

1hr 19mins

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Anton Krupicka ’14

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Anton has had a heckuva few months–and says he’s back in shape to win on the trails.  As an athlete with such a stout resume, he has set himself up for Speedgoat, then UTMB later in the summer–both races that require a fair amount of climbing prowess–and he’ll be racing hard …

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Jul 15 2014

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Anthony Costales Interview | Preparing for Ultra Distances

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Anthony Costless just clicked off a 2:13:12 marathon at CIM, a mere four weeks after finishing 2nd at the USATF Trail Championships to Mario Mendoza in Moab. While Anthony hasn’t yet crested 26.2, we talk a lot about sub-ultra distances and what he’s doing to train for his first trail …

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Dec 13 2017

59mins

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Jim Walmsley | Houston Half Reflections and What’s Next

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How many people win UROY and qualify for the Olympic Trials in the half marathon in the same year? Not many. Jim shares his story right this way---->

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Jan 23 2019

1hr 28mins

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Nickademus Hollon

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At twenty four years old, Nickademus has finished HURT, Western States, Tor des Geants,  Badwater, Barkley, adventure races in the jungle…and he’s not done yet.  Nick talks to me about how to train for sleep deprivation, why he never DNFs, why he carried a bunch of concrete in Nicaragua, and …

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Apr 01 2014

50mins

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Avery Collins Interview

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Avery Collins Interview In this interview with Avery Collins, I get a chance to hear what it’s like racing Gary Robbins through the jungle at HURT 100, and what he’d do differently next year.  We talk about weight training, an insane schedule of some of the world’s toughest ultramarathons, and the …

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Jan 27 2016

1hr 14mins

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Michael Carson | Mental Strength and Physical Training

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Michael Carson lives and works in Phoenix Arizona and trains on flat canal paths, treadmills, and an indoor spin bike. Two weeks ago he took this training to the notoriously tough Mogollan Monster 100 miler and came away with a podium win. So how’d he do it?

I asked Michael to join me on the show because of an Instagram post he shared where he stated that he really focused on mental training and mental strength to make up for the lack of hill training, and we discuss that at length. What can the rest of us do to channel this strength when our legs and hips are telling us “no!”

Michael Carson at Leadville

Michael Carson Episode Topics

  • Running in India.
  • The importance of music while running and racing.
  • Trail running scene in Phoenix.
  • His role in Mountain Outhouse and the role of media in the growth of MUT running.
  • Drones and new technology.
  • What are the trends we’re seeing in the sport and where are we headed.
From left, I see Derrick Lytle, Amanda Basham…

Michael Carson Episode Notes

Here’s Michael’s website, and you can also find him on Instagram.

Here’s the downhill Mt. Lemmon marathon we were discussing.

This Michael Carson episode was sponsored by XOSkin. Check out their line of compression bottoms and socks that are all designed and manufactured in the US and worn thoughout the world on some of the toughest trails. in our sport. Use URP for 20% off your order.

Michael is the (former?) editor for the popular Mountain Outhouse News.

Mt. Marathon coverage.

Here’s the Brooks Caldera 3 that Michael wore at MM100.

Intro/outro music used with permission from David Rosales.

Michael Carson shooting live at Black Canyon.

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Sep 24 2019

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Frank Bozanich Interview

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Frank Bozanich has been running ultras for the last four decades. Recently inducted into the American Ultra Running Hall of Fame, 69 year old Frank isn’t showing any signs of wanting to slow down. In fact, he’s looking ahead to 2014 and beyond. Frank is a true competitor with strong …

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Jan 07 2014

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Kyle Pietari – Leadville Lessons, Strollers, Run Commuting, and Poop Science

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Kyle Pietari (Altra/NordicTrack) ran Leadville in 2012 as his first hundred miler and finished in 28th place. Not bad, but since then, he’s been back to finish 2nd two times, has wins and podiums across the country, and ran to a grueling M10 at Western States Endurance Run last year …

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Jan 26 2018

1hr 11mins

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Zach Bitter Interview

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What can you do in 11 hours, 47 minutes and 21 seconds? Do you think you could run a hundred miles? Zach Bitter did it and set a US record and 12 hour world record. How do you like them apples? Zach joins URP during his recovery to share his …

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Dec 17 2013

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Anthony Famigletti – From the Olympic Games to 100 Miles

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Anthony Famigletti Interview Anthony Famigletti has spent plenty of time at the very far reaches of racing success. Two Olympic Games, multiple US championships, Penn Relay Champion, a freaking 4:23 mile pushing a stroller and a 3:58 mile on a treadmill.   But in the last few years we sort of …

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May 04 2017

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Jenn Shelton ’14

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Well, well, what can you say about Jenn? We talk about her recent 220 mile John Muir Trail FKT attempt with Krissy Moehl, what to do with Desitin on the trail, which wild animal she’s like to make pork rinds out of, DNFing a beer mile, which special guest flew in to …

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Aug 07 2014

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Grayson Murphy | Movin on up in the Trail Scene

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Grayson Murphy (Saucony) has yet to run past 26.2 miles, but she’s got everything it takes to make a big impact in this sport. She’s a former collegiate track/xc runner who also ran steeple. She finished 2nd at Bridger Ridge Run, one of the more technical trail runs in the country. She trained with NAZ Elite but quit to focus on family and trails. She works hard in training and has a long-term plan, and yeah, she just won the World Mountain Running Championships in Argentina followed a week later by X-Terra Trail champs in Hawai’i.

Grayson Murphy after winning X-Terra Trail Championships in Hawaii.

In this interview, Grayson talks about her life growing up as a soccer player with a twin sister, how she found running, what’s brought her to the trails, and when she might make her ultra debut. We also talk about body image issues and expectations and how those affect us.

Grayson Murphy Episode Notes

Here’s a cool article about Grayson’s mentor and coaching team Emma Bates and Kameron Ulmer.

And here’s a track from Rainbow Kitten Surprise. Definitely adding to my running playlist.

Here’s the Bridger Ridge Run website. and here’s our 2018 interview with 2019 men’s champ David Ayala.

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Grayson Murphy winning World Mountain Running Championships in Argentina in October.

Gear Reviews with Ben

The North Face Flight Futurelight Jacket
Highlight: Breathable and rainproof

GORE WEAR R7 Men’s Hooded Running Jacket Partial Gore-TEX INFINIUM  (affiliate link)
Highlight: 100% windproof.

Ultimate Direction Moonlight Jacket
Highlight: Super packable at a great price point.

Lake Sonoma: Don’t forget to get your name in the lottery for 2020! (Hint, hint, Grayson!)

Connect with Grayson Murphy

Here’s her blog and her post about body image and running.

And you heard Grayson talk about her journals…find them right here. Great gift idea!

Follow Grayson on Instagram right this way.

Music

Intro music used with permission from David Rosales
Outro music used with permission from AJ LeGrand

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Dec 02 2019

1hr 27mins

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Sabrina Stanley | Surviving a Tough First Half to Win at Grand Raid

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No American has even stood on the podium at Grand Raid Reunion Island (and Diagonale des Fous.) The notoriously difficult hundred miler in the India Ocean has seen greats like Andrea Huser, Nathalie Mauclair, Nuria Picas, Kilian Jornet, and Francois d’Haene work for wins, but Americans have had a tough time performing well.

Sabrina Stanley, Crew Chief Daf, and Sabrina Stanley. Pic by Avery Collins.

Then there’s Sabrina Stanley. When we had her on the show last year she talked about not being happy with second place…she wanted the win every single time. In a recent interview with Chase Parnell, she spoke about her plans for Grand Raid:

“I didn’t travel (literally) half way around the world to finish in any other place but first. An American has never won this race. I plan on being the first.”

And a quick glance at Sabrina’s last year of racing gives her some credence, right? She’s the current Hardrock Champion (her win in 2018 still stands since there was no race in 2019), she won HURT in January, Cruel Jewel in May, and a handful of other races…all wins except for one.

In this interview, we hear about how she chose this race, what her training looked like leading up to it, and how she overcame an insanely tough first half (stage diving?!? vomiting? stranded crew? Sh*tty pants?!? lost gear!) to fight hard for the win.

This is a story of training and preparation, but more importantly patience.

Sabrina Stanley Episode Notes

Here’s our first interview with Sabrina.

She mentioned Lee Conner as an inspiration for some of her training. Here’s that interview.

Here’s my version of HOKA recovery sandals.

Follow Sabrina on Instagram here.

Intro music: David Rosales.
Outro music: AJ LeGrand.

Photo used with permission from Oliver Pesaresi.

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Nov 04 2019

1hr 30mins

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Michael Ortiz | A 100 Miler Each Week for a Year

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Inspired and motivated by his late brother, Michael Ortiz set off on an audacious goal last year…run a hundred miler each weekend for a year. Could it be done? Could he handle not just the running, but the logistics and travel of such a big project?

Michael Ortiz

Now throw in a big job in New York’s financial district and you’ll begin to understand the complexity of what Michael Ortiz is doing…He’s run 48 hundreds since November, each requiring travel, accommodations, gear, course knowledge, at a cost of around $1k each. Throw in the daily stresses of life and his requirement that he’s back in his office every Monday morning, and it starts giving me anxiety.

Michael Ortiz Episode Notes

Follow Michael on Instagram right here.

Here’s our interview with Walt Handloser…he’s trying to complete fifty hundred milers in 2019.

Intro music by David Rosales. Outro music by AJ LeGrand.

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Oct 22 2019

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Jessica Hewitt: Mojo Lost and Found

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Jessica Hewitt recently went through an experience most of have endured: The strange conundrum when he have a passion like trail running, but our minds tire of it, our bodies get run down, and we focus our energies either elsewhere or towards doing nothing. It’s then that we find ourselves trying to convince ourselves to do something that we truly love to do. If you think about it, it’s a pretty strange predicament, right?

In this interview, we try to differentiate between mojo and motivation, address some reasons for losing focus, fears of sidelining ourselves, and discuss what steps can be taken to get back at it.

Jessica Hewitt and her husky

Jessica Hewitt Episode Notes:

Here’s Jessica’s post in Trail Sisters: Loss and Rediscovery of Running Mojo.

Here’s our interview with licensed therapist Drew Mikita when he tried to walk me through the fine balance of mojo, burnout, and excessive enthusiasm.

And here’s our interview with Traci Falbo from last year where she spoke at length about losing her mojo and desire to race. Good stuff from an elite perspective.

Intro music by David Rosales. Outro music by AJ LeGrand.

Jessica Hewitt and her other passion.

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Oct 07 2019

1hr 9mins

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Chase Parnell | Taking Big Steps Towards his Best Life

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Chase Parnell was working an attorney job that was eating his soul, drinking too much, and not spending quality time with his family. He yearned for more trail time, more time with his two young kids, and simply wanted to live his best life with his wife Nikki.

Two weeks ago he stopped drinking, quit his job, and started a website about ultra trail running, parenthood, and the outdoors. Many of us wish we could take that proverbial jump…Chase and Nikki did it and are living it right now. Here’s their story.

Chase Parnell and Nikki Parnell

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Chase Parnell Episode Notes:

Here’s Chase and Nikki’s website Treeline Journal.

I erroneously attributed a tweet to Tim Tollefson at the end of the episode. It was actually posted by Scott Fauble right here. My mistake and apologies.

Here’s the Wookie Kim interview I referenced about surviving HACE and changing his lifestyle.

And here’s David Ayala’s interview where we talk about Bridger Ridge Run.

Here’s the Lagunitas Hop Refresher and here’s the THC-infused version.

Intro music by David Rosales. Outro music by AJ LeGrand.

Chase Parnell

Gear Chat with Ben:

In our talk, Ben discussed the following products. Disclaimer: We recieved the first four items on a review basis with zero editorial expectations or payment. Ben purchase the Patagonia jacket with his own money.

Chae Parnell and his son.

Connect with Treeline Journal:

Support URP on Patreon!

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Oct 03 2019

1hr 38mins

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Michael Carson | Mental Strength and Physical Training

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Michael Carson lives and works in Phoenix Arizona and trains on flat canal paths, treadmills, and an indoor spin bike. Two weeks ago he took this training to the notoriously tough Mogollan Monster 100 miler and came away with a podium win. So how’d he do it?

I asked Michael to join me on the show because of an Instagram post he shared where he stated that he really focused on mental training and mental strength to make up for the lack of hill training, and we discuss that at length. What can the rest of us do to channel this strength when our legs and hips are telling us “no!”

Michael Carson at Leadville

Michael Carson Episode Topics

  • Running in India.
  • The importance of music while running and racing.
  • Trail running scene in Phoenix.
  • His role in Mountain Outhouse and the role of media in the growth of MUT running.
  • Drones and new technology.
  • What are the trends we’re seeing in the sport and where are we headed.
From left, I see Derrick Lytle, Amanda Basham…

Michael Carson Episode Notes

Here’s Michael’s website, and you can also find him on Instagram.

Here’s the downhill Mt. Lemmon marathon we were discussing.

This Michael Carson episode was sponsored by XOSkin. Check out their line of compression bottoms and socks that are all designed and manufactured in the US and worn thoughout the world on some of the toughest trails. in our sport. Use URP for 20% off your order.

Michael is the (former?) editor for the popular Mountain Outhouse News.

Mt. Marathon coverage.

Here’s the Brooks Caldera 3 that Michael wore at MM100.

Intro/outro music used with permission from David Rosales.

Michael Carson shooting live at Black Canyon.

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Sep 24 2019

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Author Jared Beasley | In Search of Al Howie

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Author Jared Beasley joins me to chat about his upcoming book, In Search of Al Howie. Howie was not only an accomplished mega-distance runner, but a person who’s life was full of stories and extreme highs and lows: He used fake names to evade law enforcement, couldn’t afford a simple bus ticket to races, and worked itinerant jobs, all while setting running records that still stand today.

Al Howie

For those not familiar with Al Howie, you’re in for quite an awakening. Howie was a Scotsman-turned-Canadian whose ultrarunning exploits in the 80s and 90s are hard to fathom:

  • He ran across Canada in a still-world-record of 72 days (that’s just over 100k/day), then two weeks later, ran 1300 miles to break his own world record.
  • Howie (ahem) still holds the world record for longest run without stopping by running 360 miles around a standard track.
  • He ran from England through France to the island of Sardinia to compete in a marathon.
Al Howie cross training with a beer on a bike.

In this interview, author/biographer Jared Beasley talks about how he came across Al Howie and what he learned from talking to him over the last few years of his life. How severe was the mental illness Howie suffered? What did he think his own accomplishments, and which races stood out? And what about that cancer diagnosis that was cured with a macrobiotic diet?

Al Howie during his 1,000 mile run at Sri Chimnoy

Al Howie Episode Notes

Here’s info and purchasing info for the book. It’ll be released in October 2019.

Your author and guest, Jared Beasley.

Here’s Jared’s site.

Here’s the Dinkelacker beer he was talking about.

Here’s a link to the only race in which Al Howie and Yiannis Kouros competed head to head.

Intro and outro music used courtesy of David Rosales. Find his music and tour schedule right here.

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Sep 09 2019

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Wookie Kim | Fighting For His Life in the Maroon Bells

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Wookie Kim started out his weekend like many of us do. He’d planned a fun run in Colorado’s Maroon Bells with a buddy and they’d given themselves 12 hours to finish the 27 mile loop.

All was going well, until fit hit the shan.

Wookie and Will earlier in the day. First Pass.

Faced with an excruciating headache that spiraled into loss of balance, vision, and ultimately consciousness, Wookie was dealing with severe High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE), two conditions that often lead to death.

This interview is about that weekend run and how he was ultimately rescued from the trails and the recovery process—both physically and emotionally—that followed.

Wookie Kim in the ICU after his rescue.

Wookie Kim Episode Notes:

Here’s the HURT running group.

Here’s our interview with Kyle Pietari.

You must read Wookie’s blog post about his ordeal and watch the videos.

Here’s a Spot 3 Satellite GPS Messenger for less than a hundred bucks on Amazon. It’ll keep you safe AND it’ll drop a few bucks into the URP coffers.

Here’s some research by Wookie’s neurologist Dr. Philip Yarnell where he writes about HACE.

Intro/Outro music used with permission from David Rosales.

Wookie Kim finishing HURT (Pic courtesy Augusto Decastro)

Episode Sponsor: XO Skin

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Gear Talk with Ben:

HOKA ONE ONE Evo Speedtoat: More info here.

Salomon X Alpine Pro | More info here.

Altra Olympus 3.5| More info here

Follow and Connect with Wookie: Instagram

Wookie and his fiancee Gillian after the marriage proposal on Haleakala.

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Aug 30 2019

1hr 31mins

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Zach Violett | Ronda and Stephanie

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Earlier this summer, Zach Violett ducked away to Andorra for a month–his goal being a good finish at the notoriously difficult and beautiful Ronda dels Cims 105 miler.

Zach Violett. Somewhere in Andorra.

In this interview, we talk about his training and execution of the race (he, ahem, negative split the darn thing) and he and I discuss what we thought of Andorra, the trails, and the organization.

We also talk about what it’s like being married to an elite athlete. How he and his wife Stephanie Howe Violett balance schedules, how they support each other, and what it’s like crewing and pacing your spouse.

Finally, we talk about bow hunting and Brazillian Jujitsu and why BJJ is the wrong sport for stubborn ultrarunners.

After the chat, I talk a bit more about my race in Andorra, my family’s trip to Europe, and a controversial issue that popped up while I was away.

It’s good to be back.

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Zach Violett Episode Notes:

More on Zach’s ski career.

More on Tor des Geants: Nickadeums Hollon | Doug Strachan (don’t miss this one) | Stephanie Case

Here’s the Ultra Trail Andorra race site.

Here’s the Altra King MT we were talking about.

Intro/outro music by David Rosales.

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Aug 23 2019

1hr 13mins

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Carol Seppilu | From Tragedy to Trails

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Carol Seppilu lives in Nome Alaska, a town 500+ miles north of Anchorage where residents celebrate their Eskimo heritage and culture.

Carol participating in her other passion: Traditional Eskimo dancing.

When she was a teenager, Carol attempted suicide after drinking, then went through 15 years of surgeries, therapy, weight gain, and depression. We talk about her attempt and what could have been done to prevent it and the miraculous change of events in her life over the past few years.

Heads up: You’ll have to be patient with the audio. Between her remote location and tracheotomy, John and I struggled to understand some of Carol’s answers and conversation and you’ll have to listen hard to understand portions. I did my best to clean up the audio file, but there are parts that couldn’t be improved.

Then, inspired by a friend a few years ago, Carol started running and has found the ultra trail community a group that helps her push her limits, brighten her life, and ultimately, accept her for who she is. She wears a medical mask to cover the facial injuries and breathes through a tracheotomy, but like many others out on the trail, Carol’s not allowing her past to define who she is now. Hers is a powerful story.

Butchering a seal mid-run. Badass, defined.

2013 vs 2019

Carol shares stories of freezing temperatures (and frozen tracheotomies!), animal encounters (grizzlies!), and what it’s like butchering a seal mid-run. She’s also attempting an ultramarathon in all fifty states and shares her goals and reasoning behind this project.

“Every pain I’ve felt (while running) is a lot less painful than what I’ve been through.”

After our talk, Gear Editor Ben joins us to talk about some of his new favorite trail shoes. I’ve linked to those below.

Carol Seppilu finishing Broken Arrow Skyrace.

Carol Seppilu Episode Notes:

Here’s Carol’s blog. Definitely check it out.

Connect with Carol on Instagram

Intro and Outro music used with permission from David Rosales.

Suicide Prevention Resources

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Alliance on Mental Illness

More about my cohost John Onate, MD

Here’s John’s blog and contact info.

John also joined me for our talk with Nikki Kimball where we dove deep into depression and endurance sports.

Gear Review with Ben!

Ben reviews the following trail shoes towards the end of the show. Below are links to their manufacturers.

HOKA ONE ONE EVO Mafate 2

Salomon Sense Ride 2

TOPO MTN Racer

Altra Superior 4

La Sportiva Kaptiva

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Jul 08 2019

1hr 24mins

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Jonathan Levitt: Podcasting and Predictions

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Ever wondered what it takes to start a podcast? What kind of equipment is needed, what level of tech knowledge is necessary, and how and why guests are booked? Some hosts focus on accomplishments, some on deeper stories, and some avoid controversy while others take on big issues. This past …

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Jun 25 2019

1hr 18mins

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Jennifer O’Connor | Lessons from Western States and Marking the Course

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Sarah joins me again to talk to the woman responsible for getting her into running 25 years ago. Jennifer has lined up at Western before but had a bad day and was carried out on horse back. She’s also finished with less than an hour to spare, and has moved …

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Jun 20 2019

1hr 17mins

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Tim Lambert | From the UK to Squaw Valley

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Tim Lambert has had his name in the Western States lottery for six years and every year he’s come up short. He’s been to The Big Dance two times, crewing elite runner Jez Bragg and soaking up as much information and wisdom as possible. Then in December of last year, …

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Jun 13 2019

1hr 29mins

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Amanda Basham Interview

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Amanda Basham has lined up at Western States three times in the past three years. Two of those were fourth place finishes and one was a DNF with a pulled ankle. So what’s her strategy this year? Harder? Faster? More intense? Or did she pick up some tips from one …

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Jun 07 2019

1hr 13mins

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Adam Kimble | Keep it Exciting and Keep it Positive

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Adam Kimble has won 5ks, 250ks, and the Showcase Showdown on The Price is Right. He does it all by staying positive and having fun.

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May 31 2019

1hr 5mins

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Zach Ornelas Interview | What a Year!

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Zach Ornelas won American River 50 miler just over a year ago. Then he represented the US at the IAU Trail Championships in Spain, then he  won the USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships at Tussey Mountainback. Less than two months later he finished California International Marathon (CIM) with a three …

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May 13 2019

1hr 19mins

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Jimmy Elam | Golden Ticket to the Big Dance

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Jimmy Elam has been running competitively since he was nine years old. He was an All American in college, ran his first and only marathon in 2:21, and has had tremendous success in the MUT scene, setting a CR at the wild and competitive Broken Arrow Skyrace, pushing Walmsley hard …

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Apr 30 2019

1hr 14mins

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Anna Mae Flynn | Sonoma Strategy and Future Plans

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Anna Mae Flynn had an incredible performance at Lake Sonoma on Saturday, finishing it off by overtaking race leader YiOu Wang in the final 1/4 mile of the race. At the finish line she was offered a Golden Ticket to Western States Endurance Run and she told RD Craig Thornley …

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Apr 16 2019

1hr 52mins

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Gabi Maudiere | Another Tough DNF. Now What?

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Last weekend Gabi Maudiere lined up at American River 50 miler and felt off from the start. She battled stomach issues the whole way, never able to shake the nausea and finally throwing in the towel at mile 42. So what happened? She’s run the distance before. Heck, she’d won …

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Apr 10 2019

1hr 11mins

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M.E.A.N. events with Guillaume Arthus

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Guillaume Arthus joins me to talk about an acronym he’s been using to describe alt-format events in this wacky sport of ours. MEAN stands for Mind – Endurance – Autonomy – Navigation and describes events with increased mental strain, abnormally long distances, many, many hours of alone time, and map …

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Apr 05 2019

1hr 35mins

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