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Trail runners talk freely about almost anything while we're out running. The stories we share can be deeply personal, embarrassing, and profound . . . and sometimes all of these qualities rolled into one. One thing we have in common is a drive to keep moving forward. "Relentless forward progress" is the advice given to anyone trying to run their first ultramarathon. No matter what happens, keep moving forward until you finish or can't go any farther. Some people say that life is a marathon n ...
 
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Ryan Steiner isn't one to back away from a big challenge. Ryan told his story in Ep 52 about his decision to go from loving food and weighing over 700 pounds to running and loving ultramarathons. Ryan also has the challenge of interacting with the world through his autism. Social interactions do not come naturally. And new people, places, and routi…
 
I'm excited to introduce this week's guest, Richard Hill, otherwise known as Day Tripper. I first discovered him earlier this year when I was looking for videos on the Coast to Coast. From there, I started watching his other videos about his outdoor adventures. I was particularly interested in his videos on stealth camping. This is a type of wild c…
 
Lindsay Dare Shoop says that she's lucky she lacked confidence when she graduated high school. She was a star athlete in high school and played all the sports. But when she looked at the competition she'd face as a college athlete, she convinced herself that she'd never be good enough. But without sports, she struggled with motivation in college, a…
 
I'm excited to introduce this week's guest, Brad Borkan. This is Brad's third time on the show. He was a guest on episodes 422 and 370, where we talked about Adventures in Audacious Goal Setting and How Outdoor Adventures Can Help You Make Better Decisions In Life. Now he's back, and we're talking about goal setting for our adventures and other are…
 
What does it take to run 40,075 kilometers as a self-supported run around the earth? Tomasz Drybala is my guest this week, and he is going to start his around the world run in September of 2022. Starting in New York, he will run to Florida, and then across the southern US. Then he will travel to Asia and eventually finish in Europe. Tomasz started …
 
I'm back again, with another solo episode! This week, I take you on a walk in the woods. This is a kind of guided journey, designed to help you connect with nature on your walks. It's a total experiment, so if you don't love it, no worries! I probably won't be trying this again in the future. If you do love it, though, let me know—I might find some…
 
According to Jesus, the second greatest commandment in the Bible is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. I’ve been going to church all my life, and I’ve never heard a preacher talk about this like what I’m about to say. I don’t know if I really want other people to love me like they love themselves.…
 
When Tom Foreman was young, he was a competitive runner in all the races he entered. And he barely trained for these races. But he stopped running for years. Then his daughter asked him to help her train for a marathon. He went on from that to run four half-marathons, three full marathons, and a 50 mile ultramarathon in the space of a year. He docu…
 
I'm back again, with another solo episode! This week, I talk about how to crew for a friend, family member, or someone else on their race, long training run, or other events. My husband and I had a really successful race when he ran the South Downs Way 100 this year, and I wanted to share what we did to help things run smoothly. Listen To This Epis…
 
How can anyone be afraid of winning . . . be afraid of success? If you Google “fear of success” you’ll get about 430 million results. There are a lot of us out in the world who struggle with the idea of winning and being successful. And there are a lot of different reasons people develop a fear of success. Mine came from growing up in church.…
 
Get a good education and find a career that will give you success and security! This is the advice we get for how to make our way in the world. Some of us, however, aren't satisfied with with the status-quo. Sarah Williams decided that she wanted something different for herself. She decided to launch out and create a life full of adventure and chal…
 
I'm excited to introduce this week's guest, Eric Deeter. He’s an ultramarathon runner and mindset coach—two things I really love talking about. In this episode, we discuss what Eric calls the “100-mile mindset” or the “ultramarathon mindset.” This mindset, which is something that can be applied to all areas of life, embodies lessons learned from ru…
 
It’s easier to fool people than it is to convince them they have been fooled. This quote has been attributed to Mark Twain. The irony is that there are no references showing Mark Twain saying these words. And yet the uninformed continue to credit him with this proverb. How do you know whether the truth you believe to be true is actually the truth? …
 
My friend, Dallas Amsden, returns for another conversation. He was my second guest on the podcast, back when my audience was in the single digits. Dallas is a coach for professionals who want to become outstanding communicators. We talk about how breaking down tasks into a series of sprints can bring about ultramarathon results in running and busin…
 
I'm back again, with another solo episode! This episode was inspired by a novel I recently read, called The Trail. Some of the characters were a bit judgmental about other hikers, despite the fact that they were aware of the concept “hike your own hike.” This is something I've seen a lot in books about the Camino de Santiago, and it always grates o…
 
Today is July 4, Independence Day in the US. Today you’ll see posts and memes about freedom and independence. And it’s good to celebrate. Freedom is better than living under socialism or communism. Fire up the grill, crack open a beer, watch the fireworks. And take a minute to think about what freedom means to you. For me, it was the freedom to loo…
 
Chase Hammond is a man with vision. As an ultramarathon runner he saw an opportunity to create a race series at the trail he runs in central Kansas. The Hell Creek race series is both challenging and beautiful. And for those who think Kansas is flat, the elevation profile for the 100 mile is over 10,000 feet of gain. Chase also saw an opportunity t…
 
I'm back again, with another solo episode! This episode is based on a request from a listener, who wrote the following: I would love to hear your thoughts about the seasons we go through, especially rest and quiet, when it doesn't feel like we are "actively growing" but maybe it's a time for letting everything settle in or preparing for the next bi…
 
I always thought the Spartan obstacle course races were pretty much like other OCR events. But Cliff Moitt came on the show to talk to me about the Spartan Death Race. The shorter Spartan races don't rise to the level of difficulty you face in the Death Race. The Spartan Death Race is designed with mental challenges as well as physical. There are o…
 
I'm excited to introduce this week's guest, Vaishnavi Viswanathan. We originally met on Instagram, where Vaishnavi interviewed me last year. We’ve had this podcast chat in the plans for almost a year now, and I’m so pleased that we finally made it happen. I hope it inspires you to connect with nature in new and joyful ways! About Vaishnavi Vaishnav…
 
What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? Life coaches & motivational speakers often ask this hypothetical question. The idea is to get you to look at your life and discover those epic dreams you have for yourself that you’re afraid to go after. You’ve probably heard this question before. Have you thought about an answer yet? What chal…
 
When I was 27 years old, I was a runner. I’d been married for a few years and started putting on weight. I decided I could become a runner and still eat whatever I wanted. It worked. I lost weight. Then I decided that since I was a runner I should set a goal to run a marathon. But after I reached my goal, I quit running. For 30 years, I quit. I lea…
 
How do you fuel your body to train for and finish an Irornman race? Dana Eshelman is an Ironman athlete and nutrition coach and she shares her knowledge and experience from her personal training and competition as well as coaching other endurance athletes. Dana wants athletes to not be afraid to eat carbs. But getting the right kind of carbs in the…
 
I'm excited to introduce this week's guest, Robert Bendetti. Last year, he hiked through the Grand Canyon from the south rim to the north rim and back to the south rim (also known as the Rim2Rim2Rim). The route he took was 50 miles in length, with 22,000 feet (6,705 meters) of elevation change. He did this solo and unsupported in just 23 hours, on …
 
We hear about fires in the western United States every year. And the news reports give stats on how well those fires have been contained. What is left unsaid is that those fires are contained by men and women trekking through the forest with tools and gear. My guest this week is Martha Schoppe. She is one of those who go into the wilderness to figh…
 
I'm back again, with another solo episode! I've talked quite a bit about success on this podcast, mostly back in the day when I was discussing business. I've also spoken on failure, most notably back in episode 341, which is a great companion to this one. I've been reflecting on my goals for this year, and how I've adjusted them from their original…
 
Once you decide what you want and you decide that you’re going to do what it takes to get what you want, you need to take the next step immediately! Most people think the next step is to make a plan for how you’re going to get what you want! This is WRONG! Oh, don’t misunderstand! You need a plan. But now is not the time for planning. Planning at t…
 
Iveta Zaklasnikova knew at age 16 what kind of life she didn't want. She didn't want to be stuck in a job that slowly drained her life energy. So she studied business and got a job in sales when she left school. It took a few years of working a "regular" job for her to discover what kind of life she did want. She wanted the freedom to travel and to…
 
I'm back again, with another solo episode! I've been asked to comment on this topic a couple of times in recent weeks, so I thought it would be worth exploring this issue a little more. I'm not going to talk about how to stay safe in the outdoors in terms of practical knowledge and skills. I'm going to address the biggest fear that most people talk…
 
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. It’s a day of remembrance for those who have died serving in the US military. Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War (which ended in 1865) and a desire to honor our dead. On the 5th of May in 1868, General John Logan who was the national commander of the Grand Army of the republic, officially …
 
Imagine what it would be like to plan a big goal for your 60th birthday. It should be something epic and noteworthy. After all, turning sixty is a milestone. Will Turner decided that the year he turned sixty he would do sixty Ironman triathlons. A full Ironman is 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles on a bike, and running 26.2 miles. Sixty of these in …
 
I'm back again, with another solo episode! I just returned from walking Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk, which was a huge uplevel for me. It was a longer trail than I'd ever walked before, and I was camping along the whole way, which was new for me. It meant that I'd have to carry a lot more in my pack than usual. All in all, it was a fantastic ad…
 
What is the number one most important thing you have to do if you want to have an amazing life? You have to do this if you want to have even a good life. You have to do this even to get a mediocre life. The better you are at this one thing, the better your life will be. And if you have epic skills at this one thing, you can have an epic life. So wh…
 
Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a child, Mike Burke's life expectancy was supposedly only a handful of years. But he beat the odds, even playing sports in high school. But when he began his career, his hectic lifestyle took a toll on his health. But he decided to change his mindset, and he began running and cycling. He ran multiple marathons and …
 
I'm excited to introduce this week's guest, Katherine Leamy. I’ve been following her on Instagram for a few months, and I really love her approach to lightweight travel and adventure. In this episode she shares her top tips for traveling light. I’ve never thought of myself as a light traveler, but there have been several occasions in life where peo…
 
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