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Kim’s own ultra experience is probably what makes her such a valuable crew member for her husband, veteran ultrarunner Topher Gaylord. She’s raced and crewed all over the world, and now she sits down with me and chats about the traveling circus around the runner and what it takes to get them to …
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Jun 23 2014
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 …
Jun 01 2013
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 …
Aug 07 2014
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
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 …
Apr 23 2015
Competing in ultramarathon at a high level for an extended time is tough to do in this sport, and Rod Bien seems to have mastered it. He’s been running ultras for 15 years–ten of those near the top. Sarah and I chat with him to find out what he’s doing …
Feb 25 2015
She’s 42, she just ran a course record 15:07 at Umstead 100, and she did it all while stopping to pump on the floor of an outhouse. Sarah and I sit down with Liza Howard to talk about running through-and post-pregnancy, adapting to training with kids, wilderness survival, beer, coaching, …
Apr 16 2014
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 …
Sep 15 2017
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
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
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
Hal Koerner Interview We’ve spoken with Hal before, but it’s generally right after or before a major run. Western States, Hardrock, Javelina, and the JMT FKT interviews have all been great, but this week Sarah and I spoke with him about not running–he’s been injured since July with a torn meniscus. With …
Oct 29 2014
Jim Walmsley is a fearless runner who’s been known to target other runners, records, and FKTs with abandon. His performances have backed up and sustained this confidence as he’s only “lost” one race in over two years–that the infamous “wrong turn heard ’round the world” at last year’s Western States …
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Jun 21 2017
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 …
Jan 23 2015
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 …
Jul 15 2014
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 …
Oct 06 2015
John Kelly Interview – Barkley Finisher 15 John Kelly joined me just a few days after his finish to talk about what it took to finish the Barkley Marathons. Here’s a hint: Massive amounts of planning, decades of course knowledge, his Aunt Brenda’s cookies, and the incredible ability to focus …
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Apr 10 2017
Jim Wamsley and His Run at Western States 2016 All eyes were glued to Jim Walmsley’s breakneck speed as he traversed the Western States Endurance Run course on Saturday. Chewing deeper into the course record as miles fell under his feet, Jim was putting on a clinic on how to …
Jun 29 2016
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 …
Jan 07 2014
Kaci Lickteig has a solid history at Western States, winning the storied trek from Squaw Valley to Auburn last year, and starting the race this year in tip top shape and ready to race hard. Considered one of the best trail ultramarathon runners in the country, Kaci was odds on …
Jun 29 2017
Leah Yingling has been tearing up trail races in the Wasatch for a few years. From podiums at The Grand Traverse, North Face, Bear, Squaw Peak, and Telluride Mountain Run, she’s also reached out to put on a popular fatass that traverses 40 miles across some incredible terrain.Leah Lingying in the La Sal Mountains in Utah, 2018.
Leah grew up in Pennsylvania, one of four girls in a very competitive family that saw all siblings on the same high school cross country team at the same time.
From there, you’ll have to hear her story about college, trauma, training, diet, and her love for the trail community in the Wasatch Range.Pretty much the coolest race shirt ever. Pic courtesy Leah Lingying.
Here’s the Melvin 2×4 IPA she raved about.
Lydia reviewed the following garments from rabbit.
Lighting tank top
Bunny hop tank top
Flash trail top
Surf n turn short 2.5in
Catch me if you can short
Mountain climbers short
As always, a disclaimer: We receive(d) complimentary products in exchange for honest, unbiased reviews. This site receives no payment or other compensation for reviews of products or services. All words are ours.
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Jun 18 2020
Jason Hardrath has been raging FKTs on routes all over the West Coast, with a focus on the PNW. Recently he realized he was in striking distance of catching the King of FKTs Ben Nephew and is loving the challenge of chasing big solo routes in the mountains.
In straight numbers, Jason is currently at 51 FKTs versus Ben’s 56. For reference, the third place guy has 27. Anton has 23, Kilian has 21.Jason Hardrath
In this episode, we talk about how and why Jason transitioned from a solid triathlete and marathoner to a guy going after solo pursuits in the mountains. We talk about some of the similarities and differences between races and FKTs and the added elements of the former. Gear choices, route setting and finding, and FKT confirmation are all extra quirks that the athlete must bring to the table and Jason explains how he handles each.Jason Hardrath
Here’s the interview with Ben Nephew.
I mentioned Leor Pantilat. Here’s our chat with Leor from a few years ago.
I used this Adventure Sports podcast as a source for this episode.
Here’s the current list on the FKT website.
Disclaimer: All of these products were supplied to URP for gear testing purposes. No money was exchanged and all words and thoughts are our own. The Altra Timp link is an Amazon affiliate link and will put a few nickels into the URP coffers should you decide to keep the shoes.
Ben says: “Light polyester with some spandex. Very breathable and light and it doesn’t cling to the skin when wet. Forty five bucks is a lot for a shirt, but it’s worth it.”
(And here’s the tank I was referring to.)
Ben says: “This is my Goldilocks shoe…it does everything well. It’s got a 23/18mm drop but feels like more cush.. Breathes much better and has better configured lugs than the first version.”
Ben says: ” This plus version has a different upper and is a lightweight and neutral shoe. The Skechers Go Fun 7+ has a 29/25mm drop and I wear it for everything…from long and slow to speedwork. This is my go-to road shoe and I love it.”Altra Timp 2 | $140
Ben says: “This is an entirely different shoe than the original Timp. It’s much lighter, has a newer and tighter midsole and 29mm of cush front and back. But be weary, if you’re used to the original Timp, you’ll definitely want to try this one on first. It’s very different.”
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Apr 24 2020
If you heard our last episode with Meredith Edwards, you know that she lives for the mountains. Whether it’s running, scrambling or skiing, Meredith travels the world looking for the biggest peaks and races and takes them all hard.Meredith Edwards on the trails
So naturally it was a surprise to many when she laid low from the competitive circuit last year while she was fighting an energy, iron, and GI issue that threatened to derail her career, livelihood, and main source of joy.
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Just getting ready and training for the zombie apocalypse. All you have to do is not give up. This is me finishing and winning the @montreuxtrailfestival 35k. 2 weeks prior I had just raced @eigerultratrail 100k which is a burly mountain course. Which seems to be theme in Europe because @montreuxtrailfestival was no different even for a short race. I was in 4th place most of the day till the final descent The last downhill was around 4000 ft and I just said screw it let’s see what I got. Well I found out. With 5k to go I fell and split my eyebrow open. Best scar of my life and good reminder you are always stronger than you think. Only 27 days left of #quarantine #ihope #letsgetthroughthis #coronavirus #happyweekend #zerolimits #altrarunning #springenergy #natureup #bestracephotoever #finishphoto #savage #bleedforspeed PC @outdoorandnews
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In this episode, we learn about her symptoms, her multiple diagnoses from physicians, and ultimately, what finally worked for her. We also talk about the race where she nearly busted her orbital socket, her secret desire to run more track events, kombucha, the Covid shutdown, and more.Meredith Edwards and Jason Schlarb running around the world
Loose on the front, tight on the back. Big, tight pockets for essentials.
Here’s the Ultra Virus 12 hour race I’m doing this weekend.
Here’s more on =Access, the product Mere used to help her absorb iron and feel better.
Intro music used with permission from David Rosales
Outro music used with permission from Matt Flaherty
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Apr 13 2020
Ellie Pell played team sports in high school then really took up running when she accidentally won a half marathon a few years ago. Since then, she’s lowered her marathon PR to 2:41, finished third at the competitive JFK50, earned a ton of attention with an outright win at a trail 50k, and most recently–just last weekend–ran in the Olympic Trials for the marathon.
Ellie’s stoke level is on HIGH and you’ll hear her smile through your headset. She met a ton of runners in Atlanta, ran with joy and no pressure, grabbed a free pair of shoes that might pay for her next vacation, and now has her sights set on Lake Sonoma 50 miler next month. And hey Saucony, you hearing this???
Anyone going to Lake Sonoma wanna go halfsies on my AirBnB? Retweet to save the planet— Ellie Pell (@gazzellie) March 4, 2020
Here’s her website.
Here’s her podcast.
Here’s her Instagram.
And here she is on Twitter.
Mar 05 2020
For those who use Twitter to get their ultramarathon and trail news, you’re likely familiar with SteeltownRunner. He adds to conversations with civil, salient, and smart commentary about some of the obscure races, records, and athletes from our sport.Unmasked. Steeltown Runner Paul. Pic by Doug Freese.
Behind the online moniker is Paul, a guy originally from Pennsylvania who now lives in New York City, and has become obsessed–in the true student of the sport sense–with ultramarathons from past and present. In this interview, we also discuss the future: Who are the true elites of today, where are they racing, and what kind of mark are they leaving on the sport.
This is a different type of URP episode. Rather than digging into the guests’ own running, we talk primarily about Jim Walmsley, Camille Herron, Courtney Dauwalter, and a few other elite runners, as well as notable races from around the world. In short: We geek out about the top runners and put them in context.L-R: Phil McCarthy, Nick Marshall (photo caught him by surprise), SteeltownRunner Paul, and Alan Kirik at a Ted Corbitt memorial at New York Road Runners.
Follow Paul on the Twitter here.
Want to hear the URP interview with the people we discussed?
That list of ultramarathon longevity Paul was talking about? Here it is. Set some time aside to really dig into it.
Pretty good piece on Pedestrianims from the early part of the last century.
Paul’s favorite soprano slash runner, Lisette Oropesa performs an aria from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.
Intro music used with permission from David Rosales
Outro music used with permission from AJ LeGrand
Feb 17 2020
Ryan Haebe dominated D2 Cross Country and Steeplechase in 2011 and 2012, earning himself and his tam National Champion titles and nearly every award in collegiate athletics. He then earned himself a spot at the Olympic Trials. Ryan was firing on all cylinders and according to those who raced against him, he was a fierce competitor, hard worker, and above all, a good guy and great teammate.
During Ryan’s time at Colorado Western State University (yes, that’s a place), he ran with Tyler Pennell, David Goodman, Ian Butler, and Gabe Proctor a group of guys with varied backgrounds who all coalesced into a truly incredible team. Additionally, a notable college friend and competitor was Matt Daniels who attended rival Adams State.Ryan Haebe winning the 2011 D2 XC Championships.
Within two weeks of qualifying for the trials, he made a decision that nearly cost him his life and he’d spend the next four months in the hospital, much of it a coma and the ICU. Ryan had to relearn life, one step at a time.Ryan Haebe in the hospital.
So what’s he been up to? Ryan popped up on my radar last year when he won Canyon de Chelly ultra in Arizona, and I’ve been curious if we’ll be seeing him line up at any other races. Where’s his head? What’s his relationship with running and racing? Does he remember running collegiately? And is he a different person and/or runner than he was prior to the accident?Ryan Haebe in the Navajo Nation, 2019.
Here’s a short film on Shaun Martin. Cool guy.
Here’s our interview with Travis Macy.
Intro music by David Rosales
Outro music by AJ LeGrandFighter.
Below are some of the products mentioned in our extended gear chat. Some are affiliate links that’ll kick a few nickels into the UPR coffers, some are just links. Thanks everyone.Icebreaker Merino wool long sleeve Icebreaker Merino wool long sleeve Kahtoola MICROspikes Footwear Traction GORE WEAR C5 Thermo Gloves Ultimate Direction Ultra Flip Glove, Convertible Running Glove with Stowable Mitt for Men & Women, Medium ALTRA Men’s King MT 2 Trail Running Shoe BUFF Unisex Original Multifunctional Headwear, Black, OSFM
Salomon Agile 5 set
Favorite everything shoe: Salomon Sense Ride 3Topo Athletic Terraventure 2 Running Shoe – Men’s Olive/Red 12
…and here’s Fegy’s recent post about the Terraventure.ALTRA Men’s Superior 4 Trail Running Shoe
Road: HOKA CarbonXRoad: Skechers Unisex GOrun Razor 3 Hyper Running Shoe
Road: HOKA Mach 3
Long roads: Hoka Rincon
Waistpack: Vapor Krar
Jan 24 2020
Bethany Patterson started her running career when she took David Horton’s ultramarathon class back in 1999. (Here’s our interview with the good doc from 2013.) From his class, she learned where to run, how to run, and he supported her throughout her upcoming races around the country. Here’s a great video that shows her time at Liberty University and how she’s grown.
After graduation, Bethany had a meteoric rise in the sport which saw her run and win some of the biggest ultramarathons in the country. She was picked up by the OG Montrail/Pagagonia Ultra team, and was putting her hyper-competitive drive to good use.
In 2004 Bethany headed to Western States where she had a DNF caused by what she described by mental pressure and took some time to reflect.
The next year, Bethany married and soon after started a family with her husband. Now faced with raising a family, her training changed and she’s adapted through the years to roads, treadmills, and using what mom energy she’s got to tear up the trails in Virginia and around the country
In this interview, we talk about her recent podium at Hellgate, what it’s like running with frozen eyeballs, her return to Western in 2016, and why she’s confident her best years are still ahead of her.
Here’s more on ultramarathon-associated visual impairment and here are two URP episodes that detail the phenomenon: Courtney Dauwalter and Chuck Radford.
Bethany mentioned the interview with Sabrina Stanley as an example of someone who is competitive like she is. Here it is.
Here’s the Gingerbread Stout from Hardy Brewery.
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Dec 19 2019
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.
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.
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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.
And you heard Grayson talk about her journals…find them right here. Great gift idea!
Dec 02 2019
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.
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.Oliver Pesaresi.
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Nov 04 2019
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.
Follow Michael on Instagram right here.
Here’s our interview with Walt Handloser…he’s trying to complete fifty hundred milers in 2019.
Oct 22 2019
Oct 07 2019
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 Parnell and Nikki did it and are living it right now. Here's there story.
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Oct 03 2019
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 …
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Sep 24 2019
Sep 09 2019
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. Faced with an excruciating headache that …
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Aug 30 2019
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. In this interview, we talk about his training and execution of the race (he, ahem, negative split the darn thing) and he …
Aug 23 2019
Jul 08 2019
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 …
Jun 25 2019
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
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, …
Jun 13 2019