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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #120: Katie and Jason Parker — Van Life, Why They Are Taking a Year to Chase Adventure

This week we are chatting with Katie and Jason Parker about what it takes to remodel a van, quit your jobs, and hit the road in search of adventure!

Three years ago they bought an old Ford van, gutted it, and spent their time together remodeling it into a living space.  Currently, they are about four months into a year long road trip that will take them completely around the country.  In those short four months they have faced down bison and bears, survived brake failures at in-opportune moments (i.e.- going down the steepest hill they’ve driven on), learned what it takes to keep a healthy relationship while living in a tight space, and have seen some of the most stunning places in the west.

Hope you guys enjoy this episode! The lessons I took away are how simplifying our lives brings about freedom and a reminder to place importance on travel and seeking adventure.

MORE FROM JASON AND KATIE:

Website: https://michelvangelo.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kitty.parker/?hl=en

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #119: Jennifer Mabus 2 — Adventures from the Pacific Crest Trail

This week we are welcoming back Jennifer Mabus to hear some stories from her adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail!!

While hiking from Mexico to Canada, Jennifer experienced what truly can be described as an epic adventure.  In this episode she shares stories from the trail, how she felt to reach the last mile of her journey, how the PCT community supported each other along the way, and what it is like to face down a mountain lion in the dead of night armed only with a  rock and a knife.  (In my opinion, her week long mountain lion encounters are some of the most intense stories that have been shared through all of our shows!)

I really hope you enjoy this episode and use Jennifer’s inspiration and positivity to step up to the challenges in your life.  Maybe it will even motivate you to take on the unknowns of an adventure!!

MORE FROM JENNIFER:

Whimsical Woman Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIUPDURNSrgUg96rxhlr5rA

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thewhimsicalwoman/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewhimsicalwoman/

The Whimsical Woman Blog: https://thewhimsicalwoman.com

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #118: Matt Rackers 2 — Running His First Trail Race!

This week we are welcoming back my cousin Matt Rackers from one of our earliest episodes!!

Back then Matt had just finished his very first half marathon.  This time, he is fresh off completing his self made trifecta where he finished an obstacle course race one weekend, a half marathon the next, and his first trail 25k on the third weekend.

In this episode we talk all about these experiences, what drives Matt to take on challenges, what kind of goals he sets during the year (including playing golf in a three piece suit), and what he learned about himself when he found himself alone in the woods for a majority of the 25k.

I laughed harder and smiled more in this episode than I have in quite awhile! It’s always a joy catching up with Matt and I truly hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did!!

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #117: Rob Pope — The Real Life Forrest Gump, Running 15,000 Miles Across America 5 Times

“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run.” – Forrest Gump

I’m extremely excited to welcome Rob Pope, the real life Forrest Gump, to this week’s show!

Over the last few years, Rob has taken on the EPIC challenge of recreating Forrest Gump’s famous run.  Over 15,000 miles across the United States 5 times, he tested the limits of his own endurance and experienced the U.S. to the absolute fullest.  Over his year and a half adventure he experienced highs and lows, received major support from strangers along the way, and ran through some of the most iconic places in the country.  The human connections he made, along with the places he explored were life changing.  Completing the challenge was absolutely unprecedented.

Today’s episode is all about this INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE.

Rob shares how one of his last conversations with his mother about “Doing one thing that makes a difference in this world” inspired this challenge.  He also chats about the adventures he had along the way, along with the obstacles he had to overcome (including a torn quadricep..yikes!).  We also talk a lot about one of my favorite subjects….Tom Hanks!

Please check out Rob’s website.  He would love your help supporting two excellent charities- Peace Direct and World Wildlife Fund.

Enjoy!!

MORE FROM ROB POPE:

Website: http://www.goingthedistancerun.com/

Support WWF and Peace Direct: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=goingthedistancerun&pageUrl=2

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/run.robla.run/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/runroblarun/

BBC Article: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-43517715

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #116: Josh Sprague — Founder of Orange Mud, Taking on “Leadman”

This week I’m honored to share a conversation with Josh Sprague, adventure racer, ultra endurance athlete, and founder of adventure gear company Orange Mud.

We chat all about his recent attempt at Leadman, the series where competitors take on every single Leadville, CO endurance event over the summer.  Josh also shares stories from his time as an adventure racer and discusses what led him down the path of creating adventure gear.

I really enjoyed talking with Josh and I hope you guys take as much away from this episode as I did!

MORE FROM JOSH SPRAGUE AND ORANGE MUD:

Orange Mud website: https://www.orangemud.com

Orange Mud Adventure Channel Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/orange-mud-adventure-channel/id1206428899?mt=2

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/orangemud/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/orangemud/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #115: Jay Lund — Yeti 100, The Exciting and Dangerous World of Cave Diving

This week we are talking with Jay Lund, an athlete who has taken on many impressive adventures and has stepped up to some intense challenges in his life.  In this episode we talk about a bunch of different topics; everything from his recent race at the Yeti 100 in Virginia to the joys of east coast trail running to dodging alligators in Florida trail races.

We also spend a bit of time talking about underwater cave diving which is an incredibly dangerous sport that Jay explored for quite a few years.  The general idea is that you scuba dive into various cave systems.  It sounds like the definition of extreme and requires some intense focus and preparation.  Jay is really knowledgeable and his stories about cave diving will have you on the edge of your seat!

Thanks for coming on the show Jay, I really appreciated hanging and am grateful that you shared your stories with the podcast.

Hope you guys enjoy! We’ll catch you next week.

MORE FROM JAY LUND:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/voodoo36?lang=en

Desert RATS bio: https://geminiadventures.com/desert-rats-bio-2018-lay-lund/

How Cave Diving Works: https://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/water-sports/cave-diving.htm

Yeti 100: https://www.yetitrailrunners.com/races/2017/9/29/l15tjltymtozh89rqy4ntmapfc6nlb

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #114: Alfredo Garcia Huerta — How to Train For and Complete Your First Ironman

This week we are talking with Alfredo Garcia Huerta, an incredible athlete from Virginia, about the ups and downs he experienced taking on his very first Ironman triathlon.

An Ironman is something most endurance athletes have on their bucket list with a training that seems incredibly time consuming and intense.  It’s something I’ve always wanted to dig deeper into for this podcast!

In this episode Alfredo shares how he juggled real life with long training sessions, how being 100% committed to the plan leads to no excuses or regrets on race day, the ways in which an Ironman is different than a regular marathon or ultra, and his experience swimming, biking and running his way on the big day.

Enjoy the episode!

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/run_alfredo_run/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alfredo.h.garcia

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #113: Thad Burkamper 2 — Spartan Race Trifecta Victory, FOCUS – What Stops Us From Our Goals?

This week we are reconnecting with Thad Burkamper to talk about his recent Spartan Race Trifecta, what it was like training and running a race with his wife Rachel, his concept of FOCUS- the things that stop us from reaching our goals, and the lessons he learned from his longest run to date!

Hope you guys enjoy this one!! I absolutely loved chatting with Thad and hearing about his adventures!

MORE FROM THAD:

TB Mentalism: https://www.facebook.com/tbmentalism/

Previous LABF episode: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/59-thad-burkamper

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #112: Ryan Esdohr 3 — Why We Need Ultra Endurance Events

This week we welcome back Ryan Esdohr to the show to talk about his recent 48 hour GoRuck Challenge….we end up mostly talking about why we take on these extreme ultra endurance events- all the positives and all the negatives.

What follows is one of my absolute favorite conversations I’ve had in my two years of doing this podcast.  Check it out!

MORE FROM RYAN:

Superhuman Lab: https://www.mysuperhumanlab.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superhumanlab/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryanesdohr/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #110: Zandy Mangold — Chasing Your Passions, How Photography Led to Ultrarunning

This week’s show features an amazing photographer and awesome ultra runner Zandy Mangold!

Zandy started ultrarunning after being hired as the photographer for the Racing the Planet series.  Since then he has been all around the world and has participated in a wide variety of races- everything from week long stage races in Chile to the Badwater 135 to the Georgia Death Race and so much more!!

In this episode Zandy explains the journey of turning his passion for photography into his career.  He also gives us a rundown of the 4 desert races, talks about the conundrum of watching people suffer through an ultra marathon only to think to yourself “I think I should do this!” and describes the extreme heat he faced at Badwater this year.

Hope you guys enjoy the show! I really loved chatting with Zandy.  I always think it’s super inspiring when someone is living their life guided by their passions!

Be sure to check out all of his photos by following run_n_shoot on instagram https://www.instagram.com/run_n_shoot/?hl=ens.

His work is incredible!

MORE FROM ZANDY MANGOLD:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/run_n_shoot/?hl=en

Twitter: https://twitter.com/zandymangold?lang=en

Website: https://zandymangoldnyc.com

National Geographic Article: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/features/ultramarathon-runner-science-obsession-pain-culture/

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