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This week, I spoke to Veejay Jones, Spartan's youngest pro-team member and a strong contender in their championship series. We start with Veejay telling her all about the championship race in Chicago where Veejay placed second, conquering all the mud out there and beating out some top contenders. That leads us to discuss the different challenge ...…
 
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT BELOW. Toughest Mudder East was held last week in Boston, with Shaun Stephens-Whale and Allison Tai taking home the win for the men and women. We talk with Shaun and Allison about their wins, the course, and their plans for the rest of the Tough Mudder season. Before we talk with Shaun and Allison we talk about some news in Tou ...…
 
While in the middle of a crazy travel bout, I'm back with another great episode to help you train smarter for your OCR to enhance your longevity in the sport. After recently getting back from the Chicago Spartan Race, I share my insights on one of the muddiest races I have done. There are some things that are hard to prep for, but many other th ...…
 
Morgan Mckay joins us to talk about Toughest Mudder East taking place this weekend near Boston. Morgan won 3rd Place at World's Toughest Mudder 2016. She was on pace for another podium finish at World's Toughest 2017 when she was injured coming off an obstacle. She was medically disqualified and unable to complete the race. One month after that ...…
 
Jojo and Fay sit down with Spartan's Emily leRoux. We discuss her introduction into obstacle racing and how she came about Spartan and the creation of the Spartan Women's Ambassador Program in 2017. Music: Freeharmonics by The Freeharmonics Orchestra
 
Four deleted scenes from Season Two, Episode 27 (#085 overall). 0:00 Intro 0:52 Races recaps aren’t about you 2:42 Is Ninja Warrior a sport? 5:33 OCR and the World Cup 11:56 Fittest, Fastest, Toughest: Where do we stand? Let us know what you think about deleted scenes in a review on Apple Podcasts or on Amazon.com --- Would you like to be a par ...…
 
We are halfway through the Toughest Mudder season, with four of the eight Toughest and World's Toughest events completed. In today's episode, we talk about each Toughest Mudder so far this year. We compare each Toughest with each other and get a preliminary answer to the question: "Which Toughest is the toughest Toughest?". We also talk with a ...…
 
In this episode we discuss more great training tips to help you prep for your next OCR. I recently got to interview a few people post race after the Big Bear Beast/Sprint Spartan weekend. I got their immediate thoughts on the race as well as my own as we review the brutal course. I also talk about my latest article I wrote for Spartan on Additi ...…
 
Ryan Atkins has run the 8-hour Toughest Mudder race six times. He has won all six. He has run the 24-hour World's Toughest Mudder five times. He has won all five. Ryan Atkins is the single greatest endurance OCR athlete in the world today. We talk about his recent win at Toughest Mudder Midwest, his philosophy on goals (he doesn't like them), a ...…
 
Toughest Mudder Midwest is this weekend and Kris Mendoza will be there. We talk about the course, the weather, and the elites we expect to see in Michigan. Kris also talks about his feelings on the "Kristopher Mendoza" theme song, shares exclusive news about his new sponsors, and gives us his best Rea Kolbl "Five Stars" impression. --- World's ...…
 
We have never done an episode like this before. We welcome Spartan CEO Joe De Sena for our first ever Spartan episode of the show. Today we talk about any obstacle course race you'd like, as long as it is Spartan Race. Before we talk with Joe we talk about the recent Spartan US Championship Series race in Big Bear. We talk about the podium fini ...…
 
Allison Tai has run seven Toughest Mudders, including this past weekend at Australia's Toughest Mudder. She has seven top-three podium finishes. That is more than anyone else, man or woman. Allison took time out of her Australia family vacation to join the show and talk about Toughest Mudder Australia and how her husband John is her secret weap ...…
 
We talk with Lachlan Dansie, one of the elite athletes expected to do well at Australia's Toughest Mudder. Lachlan is a three-time winner of the 24-hour Enduro race that will be co-branded as the OCRWC 24 Hour World Championship this year. He has also won multiple Spartan races and other races as well. We talk about the course map, the obstacle ...…
 
Ulrikke Evensen joins us to talk about her first-place finish at Europe's Toughest Mudder. Ulrikke ran 45 miles at Europe's Toughest Mudder, tying the women's record held by Lindsay Webster and Allison Tai. Ulrikke talks about how the race went for her, how the weather affected her, and how a man named Sam from the U.K. stepped up at the last m ...…
 
Allison Tai and Shaun Stephens-Whale are the Toughest Mudder South women's and men's second-place finishers. Allison ran 40 miles for her second-place finish. Allison's personal best for Toughest Mudder is her 45-mile performance at Chicago in 2017 to secure the Toughest Mudder Series win. Shaun Stephens-Whale ran 45 miles for his second-place. ...…
 
Europe's Toughest Mudder preview! Ian Kay joins us to talk about the weather, the course, and the obstacles for Europe's Toughest Mudder. Europe's Toughest Mudder is an eight-hour race on a five-mile looped course. The man and woman who complete the most laps in eight hours are crowned "Europe's Toughest Mudder". Before we talk with Ian we talk ...…
 
Are you read for more training training tips to help you prep for your next Spartan Race or other OCR? We got you covered with another awesome episode. In this episode, I share some great tips on how you can train your legs to better prep for hills without running hills. In our research review I discuss the different between training for muscle ...…
 
Rea Kolbl won Toughest Mudder South with 40 miles in 7:33. We talk with her about the course, the competition, and she recovers from running 40 miles in eight hours. Hint: More running. Before we talk with Rea, we share some brief thoughts on Toughest Mudder South. We will do a deep dive on Toughest Mudder South with more information, statistic ...…
 
Toughest Mudder South preview episode! We talk about everything you need to know about Toughest Mudder South including the obstacles, the course, the rules, and the elites. We break down the course with Brian Gowiski. Brian was a member of the team that finished in first place at World's Toughest Mudder 2017 with 120 miles. Brian will be compet ...…
 
Today Jay talked to Mark Batres about his new endeavor into coaching. Mark shares some great information about: The goal for miles to run in a week Using a bike to replace running during an injury or to reduce strain on joints Training to both aerobic and anaerobic capacity How to run more effeciently Training to be in the right mental space fo ...…
 
Orla Walsh joins us to talk about the mental aspect of racing TMX. Orla talks about the mantras and self-talk she uses to push herself while she is out on course. We also talk about her second place finish at TMX Miami and what it will take to beat Corinna Coffin at the TMX championships in Virginia on June 8th. Before we talk with Orla, we hav ...…
 
Continuing our coverage from last weekend's Spartan race in Seattle, we were there on Sunday for the Sprint and spoke with some of the top competitors (and the course manager!) from the race that day, including: -Veejay Jones -Ian Hosek -Alyssa Hawley -Steve Hammond - Allison Tai We spoke about the Championship race the day before, the competit ...…
 
Last weekend, we were in Washington State for the second Super race in Spartan's National Championship series. We tackled the extremely wet and muddy course, and then spoke with some of the top competitors from the race, including: -Ryan Kent -Rea Kolbl -Faye Morgan -Robert Killian -Glenn Racz -Rose Wetzel-Sinnett We also grabbed interviews fro ...…
 
I'm super excited to announce we have a new sponsor to the show. If you have had issues with the grip based obstacles in races you will definitely want to check this out. Handmaster Plus is an incredible tool for not just improving your grip, but for developing more balance in the muscles of the hand. There are 9 muscles that close the hand and ...…
 
Michelle Ford is one of three people and the only woman to win a podium at World’s Toughest Mudder and TMX. Those other two? Ryan Atkins and Hunter McIntyre, two of the indisputably best athletes in OCR. Michelle finished in third place at TMX Sacramento recently. TMX is a one-mile race combining classic Tough Mudder obstacles with functional f ...…
 
This week, I brought Yancy Culp back on the podcast to talk all about TMX, training topics, and the top OCR competitors in the 2018 season. We start by talking about the Sacramento Tough Mudder X competition, and Yancy gives me a breakdown of the event from his perspective, from the athletes, to the layout of the course in comparison to last ye ...…
 
Last Sunday, the Overcome and Run team was in Sacramento for Tough Mudder X, Tough Mudder's 1-mile competitive race complete with both obstacles and functional fitness stations. This was the first TMX event since last summer's invitational TMX event, and is one of three events that Tough Mudder is hosting this year. We grabbed tons of live foot ...…
 
Corinna Coffin is the TMX women’s reigning champion. The three-race TMX series kicks off this weekend in Sacramento. The following TMX races will be April 8 in Miami with the championship race on June 8th in Virginia. In addition to holding the women’s TMX title she also holds the Broken Skull Ranch title. We talk about both of those events and ...…
 
This week, the Overcome and Run podcast hits its 100th episode! We wanted to do something special, so we reached out to you, the listeners, for any and all questions you have for us about OCR, training, or our own personal OCR experience and goals. We start with a discussion about whether or not we see OCR in the Olympics, and what that might l ...…
 
Brian Gowiski, the first place elite male from last weekend's Greek Peak Spartan Race, joins me on the podcast this week to talk all about that Winter Sprint, World's Toughest Mudder, and all sorts of OCR topics from training, to strategy, to his goals for this year. Brian starts by telling me all about how he got into OCR and how he focused on ...…
 
Francis Lackner and Sue Harvey-Brown join us in this episode. You may have seen Francis on a Tough Mudder course in his jolly red suit carrying his running partner, Santa Claus. Santa has "run" 39 Tough Mudder events. Francis plans to cross the 100 event mark himself in 2018. In June of 2017, Francis lost his mom to cancer. A few months later F ...…
 
Jojo puts Fay under the spotlight in this episode. Fay learns all about the 'Prince Albert' as well as talking Spartan, Crisis at Christmas, and all things Fay. To follow Fay, check out the below: Instagram: faykelly2 We’re on iTunes too: iTunes And on Stitcher for those Android users: Stitcher Music: Freeharmonics by The Freeharmonics Orchestra…
 
The Spartan Race Series is well underway now with more and more racers getting excited for the 2018 season. This episode has you covered to make sure your OCR training is on point for this year. In this episode I discuss more on the release of our new Fuel and Fire Program. We are only taking 30 applicants into the beta version, so if you want ...…
 
Heather Heaton did her first World’s Toughest Mudder in 2014. She went in knowing nothing. After taking her lumps from the course and the sandstorm she joined the World’s Toughest community online and came back ready for anything her next time. Heather is a member of Team Three Rex. They are best known for their WTM Pit Crew headband fundraiser ...…
 
In this episode I talk to Nicole Kifer and Kristofer Raycraft about Platinum Personal Training. Nicole started Platinum Personal Training to help athletes love training like she did and has turned it into a 7 acre ranch outside San Diego with 40+ obstacles where some of the most elite athletes from Southern California come to train. Kris is the ...…
 
Toughest Mudder West is this weekend. This is the first Toughest Mudder of the eight-race series for 2018. Deanna Brasz and I talk about the course, the obstacles, and what people can expect from this cold, difficult race. Deanna was one of the stars of Tougher Mudder in 2017. She ran 10 Tougher Mudders, with seven podiums, and four first place ...…
 
Hunter McIntyre is often called a “character” or a “bad boy” or a “big personality”, and those things may be true. But he’s no dummy. You can hear in this conversation between Hunter and Will that Hunter takes his training seriously. Hunter has his nutrition dialed in. His job is winning races and he takes his job seriously. Hunter talks about ...…
 
In this special episode I interview SGX Coach and Registered Dietitian Anne L'Heureux on the release of our brand new 90 Day Spartan Race Training Program. We discuss some of the key elements in any training program and how your nutrition plan needs to match the demand you are putting on your body. It is an oversimplification to eat the same wa ...…
 
Jesi Stracham is the first person, man or woman, to complete the Tough Mudder Holy Grail in a wheelchair. To earn your Holy Grail you must complete a 10-mile Tougher Mudder, an eight-hour Toughest Mudder, and the 24-hour World’s Toughest Mudder in the same calendar year. Jesi was a motorsports athlete when she was injured. She was a passenger o ...…
 
David Hellard, host of the Bad Boy Running Podcast, joins me this week to discuss the OCR scene in Europe, the importance of OCRs finding a balance between accessibility and challenge as they grow, his recent win at the Somaliland Marathon, and the marathon mentality. David starts by sharing how he got started in OCR and the creation of the Bri ...…
 
This week, I tried my hand at my first in-studio interview with Chris Bednar, an elite OCR athlete who has been climbing the ranks in the west coast OCR scene. Chris tells me about how he got into OCR and reaching his first podium at Warrior Dash last year. He talks about training with some of the top OCR athletes and how that affects his perfo ...…
 
Jojo and Fay sit down with hilarious Hatti. We get to talk to her about Australia, jelly wrestling, Mudstacle's Most Inspirational, Insight.tv's Thru, and The Unknown. There's even crocodile talk thrown in. We even get to hear about Fay's travels to Iceland and her near-arrest at the airport. Music: Freeharmonics by The Freeharmonics Orchestra…
 
We celebrate Valentine’s Day with an extra episode this week starring Carlo Piscitello and Josh Cox. Carlo Piscitello and Josh Cox were the first people to have a weekly show dedicated to World’s Toughest Mudder and the WTM Community. They’ve both been on our podcast before, and this is their first joint appearance on the show. Season Four of T ...…
 
Ian Panter ran 30 miles at World’s Toughest Mudder in 2016. The last eight of those miles were on a broken foot. In 2017 after running Tough Mudder, he was a passenger in a car getting a ride back to his hotel. He was planning on running Toughest Mudder Philly that night and wanted to catch a quick nap before start time at midnight. As his car ...…
 
Tough Mudder announced 26 cities will host a Tough Mudder 5k in 2018. We talked with Jay Ruggiero about the first ever Tough Mudder 5k in this bonus ep from last year. --- Jay Ruggerio is running this weekend in the first ever Tough Mudder 5k. We talk through the 3.1 miles and the 10 obstacles that many people will be facing for the first time ...…
 
Adriane Alvord joins the show to share her story. Adriane finished in 9th Place at her first WTM in 2016. After qualifying as an Elite Contender at Toughest Mudder Philly she had high hopes for 2017. The race didn't end up working out the way she hoped, after a nasty fall from Stage 5 Clinger left her with a concussion and unable to run in a st ...…
 
Last weekend we were in Chino for Spartan's opening Super/Sprint weekend, and on Saturday I grabbed interviews from the Elite podium winners of the Super race. We talk about everything and anything from the course, to the obstacles, to the competition, to the comparison between this year and last year's January race. Veejay also tells me about ...…
 
TMHQ hosts a large brunch the day after World’s Toughest Mudder. It’s a celebration of the event, the winners, and the community. After brunch Will sat down with Sue Harvey Brown, Kris Mendoza, and Kris’ parents, Katie and Danny Mendoza. As part of her job for Merrell Sue is the liaison to Tough Mudder and the WTM Community. But she’s also a pa ...…
 
On today’s show, Back to the Phones! We take calls from Melissa “Sharkbait” Dugan, Ian Richardson, and Molly Kenneth on today’s episode. We start by talking about WTM 2017 but each conversation finds its own way. Before we talk with the callers we talk about some Tough Mudder volunteer news, I messed up with Australia again, and Tough Mudder is ...…
 
Kickoff Week 2018 Continues! The morning after WTM 2017 Will Hicks took his microphone to the hotel lobby to see who he could find. He ended up talking with Zoe Szczepanek, Maria Herrera, Gaspar Vazquez, and Evan Perperis for this episode. Zoe Szczepanek (Scha-pah-neck. You can do it) was the sideline reporter for the Facebook Live coverage of ...…
 
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