Rank #1: Karl Meltzer Interview
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 …
Rank #2: Jim Walmsley – Lighting the Fire for Western States 2017
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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Rank #3: Mike Strzelecki’s 18 Tips for Trail and Ultramarathon Success
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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Rank #4: Courtney Dauwalter | Big’s Backyard in the Past and Big Plans for the Future
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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Rank #5: Stephanie Case – Rescue in the Alps and Pushing our Limitations
Stephanie Case Interview Stephanie Case has in incredible resume of ultramarathon and trail races: Tor des Geants Lavaredo UTMB Gobi Desert Grand to Grand Vermont Matterhorn Madeira Island UROC If it’s long and tough and pushes the limits, Stephanie has likely run it. Does she “listen to her body” when it …
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Rank #6: Steven Wiseman – Couch to 50 Miler in Nine Months
Steven Wiseman – Couch to 50 Miler in Nine Months Prior to March of this year, Steven Wiseman wasn’t a runner at all. He’d never owned a pair of running shoes and was overweight. For whatever reason, Steven entered a 5k, suffered through to the finish, then a friend challenged …
Rank #7: Frank Bozanich Interview
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 …
Rank #8: Travis Macy – The Ultra Mindset
Sarah and I sit down with The Ultra Mindset – An Endurance Champion’s 8 Core Principles for Success in Business, Sports, and Life (Lifelong Books) author Travis Macy to learn how we can apply what we know as ultrarunners to our every day lives. Though Travis is an experienced endurance athlete and …
Rank #9: Courtney Dauwalter | Blind Perseverance at RRR100
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 …
Rank #10: Carol Seppilu | From Tragedy to Trails
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
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.
Rank #11: Kyle Pietari – Leadville Lessons, Strollers, Run Commuting, and Poop Science
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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Rank #12: Kaci Lickteig | Western Grit
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 …
Rank #13: Hal Koerner 2014
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 …
Rank #14: Jim Walmsley | Houston Half Reflections and What’s Next
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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Rank #15: Mike “The Fruitarian” Arnstein 2015
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 …
Rank #16: Jeff Browning Interview
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 …
Rank #17: Zach Bitter Interview
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 …
Rank #18: Mental Health, Depression, and Ultrarunning – A Talk with Nikki Kimball and John Onate, MD
Nikki Kimball and John Onate, MD: Depression and Ultrarunning Nikki Kimball is one of the most accomplished female ultrarunners in the sport. She’s won Marathon des Sables, UTMB, Western States, represented the US overseas in countless races, and even went to Olympic Trials for the damn biathlon. Nikki has also been …
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Rank #19: Gary Robbins Interview – Pacing 100s, Barkley, and Squamish
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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Rank #20: John Andersen and His Run at the Wet and Wild Grindstone 100
John Andersen and His Run at the Wet and Wild Grindstone 100 John Andersen ran his first hundred earlier this year at Bighorn100 in Wyoming and had a blast. He felt great, had fun, ate well, and loved every minute of it. Well, then he signed up for his local …
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