Humans of Ultrarunning

Humans of Ultrarunning

Exploring the depths of human experience through running really, really far. Stories and interviews from the world's most extreme athletes.... Show More

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August 1, 2020 79 min

Helen Pelster is a risk-adverse adventurer and we explore her mindset, planning and execution of the 171 mile Tahoe Rim Trail Fastest Known Time (FKT) as well as discuss motherhood, mindful meditation, getting kids involved in the outdoors, gear/nutrition/water sources digging all the way into the nature of reality. Helen is a multi dimensional athlete who balances family life with some pretty incredible goals.

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Kaylo Littlejohn is a Columbia graduate and getting his phD at UC Berkley in electrical engineering and computer science. He's also one of the youngest finishers of the Moab 240 (21 yrs) and Bigfoot 200 (22 yrs). Kaylo overcame a lot to be where he is today from an abusive home environment to being in special education because he was misunderstood. We talk about his ultrarunning experiences and motivation, racism growing up and...

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Charismatic and irreverent Jason Green talks about how he went from smoking and sedentary to running ultramarathons, creating a cult-- I mean running club--Yeti Trail Runners, and a successful race organization that is selling out races, creating community on the East Coast (and West), his love for inclusivity and trails. 

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April 21, 2020 90 min

I sat down (virtually) with Courtney Dauwalter and we dug into your questions in a new and fun Q & A format. We explored topics like tapering, favorite desserts, how to get faster on the trails, my speed attempt on the Arizona Trail, how we are managing the quarantine, cancelled races and so much more! This episode is sponsored by Altra Running and Kogalla Lights. Please consider supporting the podcast on Patreon: https://www.p...

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Joel Rhyner is a co-founder of Run Wenatchee, an event organization and run club. He works as a Physician's Assistant in Wenatchee, WA. Joel and I talk about races and the current coronavirus outbreak. His experience in the medical field, as an event director and run club leader brings an important perspective to the pandemic we are dealing with and how it is affecting running events, hospitals and the communities around them. 

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In this episode, the planning phase of my Speed Attempt on the Arizona Trail, I speak with the Executive Director of the Arizona Trail, Matthew Nelson. Matt goes over some of the challenges of the trail, why the AZT is unique and how it was created to be inclusive to trail users. We are just 2.5 weeks away from my start date for the FKT (Fastest Known Time)!

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July 11, 2019 80 min

Clare Gallagher joins us shortly after her stunning win at Western States 100, the most competitive 100 miler in the USA, following a trip to the Arctic National Refuge to work on climate change with David Roche (her coach extraordinaire) to talk about Western States, the lead up to the race including training and balancing life, activism, coaching, cultivating empathy and being kind to yourself. We delve into the importance of res...

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I got together a group of my friends and ran the Enchantments Traverse while recording a podcast! This route is near my home in Leavenworth, WA and boasts some of the most amazing terrain you can find in the world. It's a tough and technical route through the Stuart Mountain Range in Washington State and much of it requires following cairns, crossing snow and boulder fields. We talk about the route and its challenges, what to b...

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In HOU's Part 2 on Trolls and Social Media, Stephanie Voilett and Candice Burt chat about Stephanie's experience with online trolls and negativity including the Udo's Oil ad that came out a few years ago, common problems with social media, the effect of comments on women, sexualization of athletes, how to be a part of the solution including some environmental tips. We address the recent Outside Online article about Trai...

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Camille Herron is one of the best ultrarunners in the world right now for both women and men. You can find Camille with a big smile on her face while regularly beating both the men and women in ultramarathons. One of her secret weapons is her unwavering positive attitude and a desire to prove her doubters wrong. She has been successful in both road and trail races from the marathon,  100 miles and 24 hour events. Earlier this year ...

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Podcast episode co-hosted by Kevin Westlake and Candice Burt chronicling the inaugural Delirious WEST 219 mile/350km race that took place on the West Coast of Australia. We bring you live recordings from before, during and after the race including Candice's story (1st place female/3rd place overall) and Kevin's experiences as a first time crew/pacer and his interviews of other athletes in the race, volunteers, crew/pacers a...

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In a series of episodes we explore trolling, the internet and social media. Part one features Chris Mocko. Chris is a lively and colorful personality in the Ultrarunning and trail world. Chris runs professionally for Nike. He's known for his playful "The Mocko Show" on YouTube. He lives in Boulder Colorado, loves Costco and drives a bright yellow Kio Rio named Daisy. 

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Jeff Garmire set the new overall record on the 800 mile Arizona Trail, finishing it self supported in 15 days 13 hours and 10 minutes. That beats the supported record by 9+ hours and 3+days for the self supported record, an impressive effort! Jeff calls the 800 mile Arizona Trail a "short" FKT (Fastest Known Time) route. As unbelievable as that sounds, to Jeff 800 miles is a tiny portion of trails he's accomplis...

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April 26, 2019 97 min

Dr. Josh Emdur joins us to discuss your running related questions and talk about his online medicine practice, an innovative way to have your doctor at your fingertips! Josh is a graduate of Western University of Health and Sciences School of Osteopathic Medicine and board certified in Family Medicine. He is the Medical Director of Steady MD, an online concierge practice for athletes and anyone interested in living a healthy life. ...

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YiOu Wang is an educator and teacher and a professional trail and ultrarunner and she sure is fast! She is a 2:38 marathoner, Olympic Trials Qualifier and she's been winning competitive ultras for years. YiOu had the opportunity of a lifetime: she travelled to 26 different countries and she brings some of her wisdom and lessons from her travels to the podcast. We talk about some of the things she saw and experienced around the ...

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Terry Abrams is a proponent for the underdog and believes that all miles are equal regardless of your pace or place. Terry is 61 years old and was an ultrarunner before it was cool. She did her first ultra in the 1980s! She was the first woman to complete the Badwater Triple (449 miles) and she recently ran 1000 miles from Enumclaw, WA to Mt. Whitney, CA. We talk about being a pioneer in the sport, learning by trial and error, bein...

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The Barkley Marathons has long been considered one of the world's toughest races. Gavin Woody, a runner who embraces some of the world's toughest ultramarathons, joins us to talk about this unique event and we explore his experiences this year as well as his accomplishments as a runner. We dive into the motivation behind wanting to do these kinds of extreme races, the mental side of racing, what mistakes Gavin made in this ...

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Mike Wardian ran 631 miles / 1000km in 10 days 16 hours and 36 minutes to set a new FKT (Fastest Known Time) this March 2019. He ran through incredibly varied terrain including snow, mountains, hail and rain storms, route finding, international travel, hallucinations... and more! He talks about how through this FKT he was able to connect with the community and tackle his biggest challenge yet. This episode explores Mike's run a...

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Final HURT 100 Episode: Candice's Story. Part 1: "How the HURT 100 Race turned into a love story" narrated by Candice Burt (story style). Part 2: Interview with Kevin Westlake (pacer/Crew/Airbnb Host). Part 3: Interview with Catra Corbett, Crew and Pacer. From Candice's story: "He was standing near me and just his presence made me feel alive. His fingers clasped in his running vest, board shorts hanging down to ...

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Caroline Gleich is a 33 year old professional ski mountaineer, adventurer and activist for social and environmental justice. She was the first woman to ski all 90 lines of "The Chuting Gallery" a steep skiing guidebook to Utah's Wasatch Mountain Range by Andrew Mclean and she runs ultramarathons! We talk about some of thing Caroline is passionate about: skiing and running and activism as well as mental health, online bu...

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