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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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Western States 100 is the "Boston Marathon" of trail running. It's an iconic race that many trail runners put on their bucket list. But there are other options if you don't want to wait for your name to come up in the lottery for Western States. You could create your own 100 mile trail race on trails close to where you live! That's what Gary (Story…
 
Poor decisions make for the best stories! This is a quote from Sarah Snyder's website. She says she's gotten into adventures because she's willing to join her friends when they suggest even the craziest things. She became an ultramarathon runner. Then she became an assistant Race Director. And now she is Race Director for several challenging races …
 
Once upon a time . . . You know a story is coming next when you hear this introduction. And you know the story will require you to suspend your disbelief in what is possible. In the story of the Three Little Pigs you have to accept that pigs have money, build houses, and negotiate business deals with strangers on the road. You also have to believe …
 
There are a lot of reasons to run ultramarathons. For most of us, it's a personal challenge, a way to test our limits and see what we're made of. But none of us live in a vacuum. The people who matter to us need to see that we are doing the work to become the best version of ourselves we can be. My guest this week is Shaun Bemis. He returns for a s…
 
Training for an ultramarathon requires a lot of hours out on the trail. It also requires time in the gym. But when you are an ultramarathon runner and an obstacle course runner, it requires a lot of time both running and in strength training. Devin Nelson is both an obstacle course runner and an ultramarathon runner. And he says that his training p…
 
But don’t let the idea of “Achievable” be an excuse to set goals that are “Safe.” Here’s a clue that you’re setting your goals too small. If you feel stuck, you might be playing it too safe. If you feel like your’re in Groundhog Day, you might be playing it too safe. If you feel tired and sluggish, you might be playing it too safe. If you have brai…
 
Ray Zahab has run in some of the most extreme places and conditions in the world. From the Sahara Desert to Death Valley and most of the major deserts in the world, he's crossed them on foot in the hottest parts of the year. On the other extreme, he's done multiple Arctic treks, including a world record to the South Pole. He uses running and advent…
 
Follow the Pirate Code! The only thing I remember from Pirates of the Caribbean. But when the Code isn’t working out so well for you: Well, it’s not a Code. It’s more like guidelines we try to follow. This is the start of a New Year. A lot of us are setting goals for what we want to achieve this year. Some of you are setting SMART goals.…
 
Going off into the bush by herself is Jaqui O'Donohoe's idea of a great way to spend the day . . . or several days. Jaqui is an ultramarathon runner and adventurer. She enjoys trail running and racing. And she also likes to put her necessities in a backpack and head out by herself on the trail. Jaqui also enjoys playing Cricket on a women's Cricket…
 
New Year Resolutions don’t last much longer than fresh fish in the fridge. Then why do we keep making them? Here’s a radical idea. DON’T make Resolutions this year. Instead, set goals that matter to you and do what it takes to crush them. Here is a free offer! My video course called “How to Crush Your Goals.”…
 
Walking a mail route every day would be enough of a workout for most people. But Ryan Petty is both a mail carrier and an ultramarathon runner. He says running saved his life. He decided to lose weight and get his life straight, and running seemed to him like a good way to do that. He progressed by trial and error and gathered injuries and lessons …
 
Imagine yourself sitting in the scene from Anger Management. Who are you? Not your job. Not your personality. Not your roles and responsibilities: Mother, Father, Husband, Wife Most of the time none of us stop to think about this. Why does it matter? Carl Jung: The world will ask who you are, and if you don’t know, the world will tell you. What doe…
 
You’ve probably heard the story of how to boil a frog. If you put the frog in a pot of boiling water, he will jump out. But if you put a frog in a pot of cool water and gradually turn up the heat, the frog will stay in until he boils to death. My experience with frogs: They wouldn’t stay in the pot no matter what. But the conventional wisdom from t…
 
Brian Hoover is a man who loves adventure. And I can't think of a better person to feature on a best-of episode. This conversation comes from way back in Episode 28. Brian decided to kayak the Mississippi River from the headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico. My first conversation with him had been about his trek, hiking from Mexico to Canada on the Paci…
 
Carol Dweck is a psychologist who wrote a book talking about the differences between people with fixed mindsets vs those with growth mindsets. Someone with a growth mindset views intelligence, abilities, and talents as learnable and capable of improvement through effort. On the other hand, someone with a fixed mindset views those same traits as inh…
 
Nita Sweeney is the award-winning wellness author of Depression Hates a Moving Target, You Should Be Writing, and Make Every Move a Meditation. UltraMarathoner. Meditator. Writing practice zealot. Mental health advocate. Dog mom. Publisher of Write Now Columbus. Nita joined me for a great conversation about the power of running and it's relationshi…
 
Your default response to anything unpleasant or painful is to get away from it.You learned this early in life when you first touched a hot stove.In my case, it was a hairpin in an electrical outlet at 18 months.But you will put up with pain and sufferingIf you think the reward is big enough.If you think change will be too hard.Ultramarathon runners…
 
The stories that Sally McRae shared with me stuck in my memory. When I thought of what conversations I could share as a “best of the show” episode, this conversation was the first one I thought of. Sally is a tough competitor and trains her mind as well as her body. In this episode she shares stories of how she developed the drive to succeed and to…
 
Your body is designed to heal itself. There is a natural force within us to fix and repair injuries and fight illness. What isn't discussed very often is that your soul/mind also influences what happens in your body. You have probably experienced the principle that whatever you focus your attention on grows bigger. This same principle applies to th…
 
Ciara Carter is a mindset coach, a marathon runner, and she isn't afraid to do things that scare her. This year she decided to pack up her stuff and move from Florida to Utah. In this episode, we talk about how easy it is for us to get stuck in our comfort zone and settle into a rut. Ciara knew it would be a challenge to leave her friends in Florid…
 
There was a psychological study done where people were asked to watch a video and tell how many times basketballs were passed by a group of people. About half of the people watching were so focused on counting the passes that they did not see a “gorilla” walk through the middle of the group and beat his chest. You can see an example of the video HE…
 
Ben Reale went into the Marine Corps as a licensed attorney and an officer. He found that the life of a JAG officer was not as glamorous as the hit TV series made it appear. And after his service, he decided to take a very different career path. He became certified as a personal trainer and then went on to become certified as a nutrition coach. He …
 
Most people like to know what to expect. They don’t like change. They don’t like surprises. The appeal of fast food franchises is they are all the same. McDonalds in Tucumcari, NM has the same food as New York City. How would you feel if you woke up one day and discovered that every McDonalds in the world was now vegan? And every one has a differen…
 
Andy Moskal is willing to push hard to find his limits. But he's also willing to pull the plug when things aren't going right in a race. His hundred-mile attempt at the Yeti 100 had him looking at a sub eighteen-hour time and in 5th place overall. sub-eighteen-hour. But around 50 miles in he was facing the symptoms of rhabdomyolysis. He decided to …
 
The best weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. ~William James The Creator gave us the complete, unchallengeable right of prerogative over the one thing, and only thing we own, our mind. ~Napoleon Hill Your ability to choose what thoughts you think is a superpower. When you run an ultramarathon, managing your thoug…
 
Competitive athletes often tie their identity to their ability to perform and to win. They have the drive and ability, but they may not realize they are limiting themselves. My guest this week is Lauren Ammon. She was a competitive swimmer for 20 years. She swam in her first race when she was five years old. She had success as a swimmer. And she ha…
 
Proverbs 18:21 ~ Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. You may have heard the expression in English: you will eat your words. Meaning: You’re going to regret saying what you just said. Truth: What you say . . . the words you use, have power. According to Proverbs: Death or Life.…
 
What do you do when you’re in a dark place and nothing is working and you’re at the end of your rope? If you’re like Alex Wisch, you shake off the cobwebs and do what it takes to get somewhere you can get the help you need. Alex went from severe depression to a leading mindset coach, helping athletes and professionals become their best. Alex teache…
 
You form views about the world and your role in it based on the stories you tell yourself about what the people you live with say and do. You get a mixed bag. You get skills that teach you how to survive in the world and society. You form opinions about yourself and your worth as a person. This is your first tier of LIMITING BELIEFS.…
 
What do you do when you get involved in a sport and you see that there aren't many people from your culture represented there? If you are like Verna Volker, you jump in and create an organization to address the issue. Verna is Navajo. She didn't care much for running when she was in school. But later in life, after a good friend passed away, she go…
 
When you decide you want more from your life, you will face resistance. Your mind and body both work hard to keep you in your comfort zone. Your Lizard Brain works with your subconscious mind to keep you doing the same thing over and over. Anything new or different = a possible threat that may kill you! Your subconscious uses an emotional kill swit…
 
Erica Terblanche is an adventurer, ultra runner, author, speaker, and coach. We connected for a conversation that is the essence of what trail runners experience when we run together. Yes, we talked about Erica's adventures and the races she's done and the challenges she's still going after. But we talked about mindset, managing pain, what to do wh…
 
Have you ever been around someone who always finds the bad in every situation? It’s exhausting to be around them. They suck all your positive energy into a black hole of negativity. You try to encourage them and build them up, but it’s like trying to teach a cat to play fetch. They can imagine all sorts of trouble you never would think of. I’ve sai…
 
Studies show that most of your thoughts are negative. Can you believe it? The better question may be how much can you trust any study. But I'm sure you know how often your mind generates thoughts that aren't helpful and those that are outright toxic! It's time to "STOP IT!". (This is a random recording that came out of a microphone test.)…
 
My guest this week is Cam F Awesome. Cam has won more boxing matches than anyone in the history of the sport. He’s the most decorated boxer in history. Now he’s a public speaker, traveling the country sharing the lessons he learned through boxing: mental toughness and a mindset for confidence. When I first met Cam, he told me that he figured out ea…
 
As far as we know, we humans are the only creatures on this planet with the ability to think about and imagine the future. This gives us the ability to plan & set goals. It also gives us the ability to procrastinate. It’s also what makes us feel like the turning of a new year is a fresh start. For a majority of people, the start of a new year is th…
 
There are some people in the world who would refer to running 600 miles over multiple days as "fun." And there are some who would do it again if a friend convinced them that getting an FKT (Fastest Known Time) record was possible. Leah Atherton ran the Southwest Coast Trail, England's longest footpath, with the goal to set an FKT. An injury kept he…
 
When you “manage” something, it suggests that you have some amount of influence over it. When you manage other people - they are supposed to listen and do what you ask them to do. You don’t have complete control, but you make decisions that affect what they do. So how much influence do you have over time? Can you tell it to slow down or speed up? C…
 
Finishing the Leadville 100 is a challenge. Not only is there the physical effort of getting up and down the mountain trails, but the air is also thin above 10,000 feet. Johnathan Prosser lives in the relatively low elevation of Kansas. And his first attempt at a mountain trail race ended with a DNF. He had a goal to run the Leadville 100 and he de…
 
Most of us look at skydiving and bungee jumping as dangerous. Wouldn’t think of it! Stats show you are just as likely to die at a dance party as you are skydiving. You are 50x more likely to die in a canoe than bungee jumping. You are 35x more likely to die in a car than riding a bicycle. But most of us will still feel safer driving a car than skyd…
 
When a rouge wave threw Vinny Crispino from his surfboard and crushed him against a rock, it took him a few seconds to realize he could no longer feel his leg. He made it to shore, but he discovered he had broken his back. He still had use of his legs, but the doctors said the only option was to fuse his spine and that he'd never surf or run again.…
 
How are you doing with your work/life balance? 51% of workers say they have missed important life events because of work commitments. 40% of employees say they use their personal devices for work purposes after business hours. 70% of employees will read their emails while watching television at home. 60% of Americans say they have poor work-life ba…
 
There is a power in nature to heal us and restore our souls. Holly Worton has a life-long love of nature and its wild beauty and flow. Holly is an avid trail runner and hiker. She has skills in woodcraft and bushcraft. She has taken numerous long-distance hiking adventures. Her podcast, "Into the Woods" reflects her passion for nature and adventure…
 
In 2019, the “last man standing” at Big's Backyard Ultra was Maggie Guterl . She ran for 60 hours straight. She ran a total of 250 miles. Some so-called experts have asked how women seem able to compete head-to-head with men in ultra distances of 100 miles or more. I suspect most of these conversations are by men. And here I am, a man about to offe…
 
Shannon Mick is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a private mental health practice in Pennsylvania. She is also an ultramarathon runner and mindset coach. You don't have to be an athlete to be a mindset performance coach. But I do believe it is an advantage to work with someone who has run the distance and has experienced the mental challen…
 
Take a cold shower Run in the heat Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. This is the advice you can find when you want to develop mental toughness as a runner. Mental toughness is about driving yourself to do hard things. Doing hard things is the life of an ultramarathon runner. But "mental toughness" is not a good long-term plan for ultramarat…
 
Viktoria Brown set the 72-hour world record this year, going farther than every runner, male and female. She also has an impressive list of other records and accomplishments as a runner and a triathlete. And she balances her racing schedule with being a mom of three girls and the CEO of Hold the Carbs, a supplier of keto foods.…
 
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