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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #170: Kayla Howell — Fearless Tales of Adventure Racing, 14ers, and Ultras

I’m super excited to have ultra runner, adventurer, and all around awesome person Kayla Howell back on the show this week!

When I think of someone who loves the outdoors and is up for any adventure life brings her way, I think of Kayla.  She’s competed in all sorts of different endurance events all over the country and always steps up to any challenge with a tremendous attitude.

In this episode we dive into her adventurous life starting when she was a kid all the way through various endurance sports she has competed in.  We spend a lot of time chatting about her experiences adventure racing across Florida and Georgia, what it’s like to work with a high level adventure racing team and how she keeps a positive attitude in the midst of some seriously stressful, tiring moments.  She also shares stories from the Little 500 bike race in Indiana, taking on her first Ironman triathlon and climbing her first 14er!

Kayla is awesome and I really hope you enjoy the episode as much as I did!

MORE FROM KAYLA:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kayla868/?hl=en

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #169: Inaugural Marine Corps Marathon 50k — Race Reflections with Phil Pinti

This week Phil Pinti and I are sitting down and chatting about our experience running the Inaugural Marine Corps Marathon 50k through the streets of Washington DC.

The day was my very first big time road race and Phil’s 6th MCM.  It was a rainy, action packed, and incredibly moving event.  I would highly recommend everyone to add this one to your bucket list, road runners and ultra runners alike.  It is a race unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of.

Huge thanks to the Marine Corps for putting this on and to Phil Pinti and Rachel Ridgway for showing me around for the weekend!  It was an absolute blast!  Big congrats to every person out there, especially those running for their loved ones.

Hope you guys enjoy the Race Reflections!! We’ll be back at you next week!

MORE FROM MARINE CORPS MARATHON:

Our interview with Race Director Rick Nealis: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/143-rick-nealis

Website: https://www.marinemarathon.com

MORE FROM PHIL PINTI:

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

Like a Bigfoot #136: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/136-phil-pinti

Like a Bigfoot #150: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/150-phil-pinti-2

Like a Bigfoot #153: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/153-return-to-desert-rats

East Coast Trail and Ultra Episode: https://eastcoastultrapodcast.com/2019/10/02/episode-145-the-yeti-and-the-macho-man/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #168: Rob Steger 2 — Taking on the Triple Crown of 200s, “Training for Ultra”

This week we welcome back ultrarunner, filmmaker and host of the excellent “Training for Ultra” podcast Rob Steger.

Rob is fresh off of completing the Triple Crown of 200s, a race series that consists of all three of Destination Trail’s gigantic 200 mile adventures.  In the past three months he has ventured over miles and miles, battled extreme obstacles and experienced an adventure of a lifetime all on a quest of self discovery and to raise money for Pediatric Cancer research for a friend’s daughter Celia who is battling Histiocytosis (FIND OUT HOW TO SUPPORT IN THE LINKS BELOW!).

In this episode we hear about the highs and lows of his three races- Bigfoot 200, Tahoe 200, and Moab 240.  Everything from showing up late to missing the beginning of Tahoe to hammering his fastest mile over 200 miles into Moab to getting hypothermia deep in the woods of Tahoe and so much more!

Our episode is mostly the highlights of his adventures.  If you want more from Rob, you can listen to his full race recaps on his Training for Ultra Podcast and please stay tuned for the upcoming Training for Ultra show on Amazon that will highlight his 200 mile adventures!

Hope you guys enjoy the show! Always a blast chatting with Rob!

(Cover Photo from Ryan Clayton)

MORE FROM ROB STEGER:

Donate to Rob’s 401k for Pediatric Cancer: http://give.texaschildrens.org/site/TR?px=2081200&fr_id=1073&pg=personal

Training for Ultra Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-training-for-ultra-podcast/id1265633252?mt=2

Website: https://trainingforultra.com

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

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

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoxBqa1BQr-3Bzb1QNB0_uQ

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #167: Juddson Vance — Climbing the 100 Tallest Mountains in Colorado

This week we are chatting with Juddson Vance fresh off of finishing the Centennials, Colorado’s 100 tallest mountains!!

Juddson has spent many weekends over the last few years chipping away at his big adventure, driving and camping all around the state and climbing not only the 14ers but also some of the most rugged and remote 13ers.  This is a quest that many strive for and few complete, so it’s a major accomplishment for him and one that I’m very excited to hear about.

In this episode we hear various tales from the Centennials along with digging into Juddson’s “why” and discover how mountains and wilderness have shaped his life.  For those mountain lovers out there, you will hear about a variety of 14ers including some of the more sketchy traverses, along with some of the lesser hiked mountains like Thunder Pyramid, Vestal, and Jagged.  Juddson also shares some of the more bizarre experiences he has had out in the Colorado Wilderness.

Hope you guys enjoy the episode! I really loved hearing Juddson’s stories and wish him nothing but the best for everything he pursues in the future!

MORE FROM JUDDSON AND THE CENTENNIALS:

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

Centennials: https://www.peakbagger.com/list.aspx?lid=21363

More Centennial Information: https://www.summitpost.org/colorado-centennials/699526

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #166: Julian Vandervelde — NFL to the Highland Games, His Athletic Journey

This week I’m very excited to sit down and chat with former Iowa Hawkeye and Philadelphia Eagle offensive Lineman Julian Vandervelde!

Julian has had quite the athletic journey.  Finding success at a young age in the little league world series through becoming a four year football starter at the University of Iowa to becoming a 5th round draft pick in the NFL to throwing heavy stuff while wearing a kilt at the Highland Games.

Jumping head first into each sport with a “Blank Slate” mindset, he has discovered lessons he’s carried over into all aspects of his life.

In this episode, Julian shares tales from his journey.  What the offensive line mentality is and what it takes to play at such a high level and how he’s transitioned that mindset into his post-NFL life.

One of my favorite stories in the show was when he describes football from the perspective of a lineman- how he used visualization and preparation to be successful throughout his career.   This viewpoint is such an awesome part of football most people do not recognize or consider so it was really fun, as an ex-lineman myself, to shine a light on tales from the linemen trenches!  We also chat about what led him to the Highland Games, an event that can only be described as people throwing super heavy things like telephone poles, weights on chains and hammers all while rocking kilts at various Scottish festivals.

Julian is an awesome person who is incredibly smart and kind.  I want to thank him for sharing his time with us for the show!

Hope you guys enjoy the interview as much as I did!!

MORE FROM JULIAN VANDERVELDE:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BatMandervelde

NFL Films Segment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndo_dwQZ2Dw

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #165: Danny “Oreo” — Tales From the Pacific Crest Trail

This week we welcome Danny “Oreo” a world traveler from Germany fresh of of completing her hike of the Pacific Crest Trail!

Over the 2,653 miles from Mexico to Canada Danny experienced all the ups and downs that the trail brings.  Forming beautiful friendships and pushing her own boundaries, she battled everything from the dry heat (and hills!) of the desert to postholing through insanely deep snow in the high country.  This being her first trip to America, she also formed a unique perspective on the beauty and culture of our country (and the weirdness of Poptarts).

Her last seven years have been absorbed with travel.  She left school, flew to Australia where she spent a year before deciding to check out New Zealand and, before she knew it, she was a full time traveler.

Danny is quite a fun, adventurous spirit and I was curious if lessons she learned from traveling came into play through her 5 months trekking through the woods.

I have so much respect and envy for the folks who take on thru-hiking and absolutely love sharing their stories on the podcast.  To me, the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail feels like the epitome of epic advneture and I really think anyone who is seeking a change in life, searching for a community of awesome people, or even pursuing self realization should take thru-hiking one of these epic trails into consideration.

Thank you so much for sharing Danny!! I look forward to chatting with you again in the future!

Enjoy the show!

MORE FROM DANNY:

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

The Trek Articles: https://thetrek.co/author/daniela-drees/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #164: Thomas Mullins — Trust the Plan, Enduring the Tahoe 200

On this week’s episode we are chatting all about the epic Tahoe 200 mile endurance race with my friend Thomas Mullins!

I was recently asked to think about a person I look up to and have great respect for.  Instantly my answer was Thomas.  This is a guy who shows up, gets the work done, is incredibly driven to accomplish great things all while never forgetting the real important part of life, how we give to others and help them along the way.

Thomas and I met at Desert RATS 2018 and ran quite a bit of the course together.  As an ultra runner he has the most incredible focus and stoic nature.  He sticks to his plan throughout these long events while also displaying the adaptability needed to survive weather changes, severe heat and other things that could possibly go wrong.  I’ve learned more from him than anyone else in endurance sports and really look up to the guy!

Having recently finished the Tahoe 200, a Destination Trails race that circumnavigates Lake Tahoe, Thomas joins us to chat all about this incredible event!  Over the course of 205 miles, he persevered through a snowstorm, was attacked by bees, and experienced beautiful sunrises and sunsets over this beautiful wilderness.  In this episode we get to hear how he prepared for this race with no long runs over 4.5 hours, how he focused on showing up to the start line healthy, and what his strategy was for the race days.

My favorite part of the show was chatting about what he discovers about himself and what he is ultimately chasing by testing his limits.

I’m very impressed with him as a person and as an ultra runner and am so very excited to share this with you today!

MORE FROM THOMAS MULLINS:

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

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #163: Phil Pinti 3 — Preparing for His First 100 Miler, “Right Fielder Challenge”

In this episode we are reconnecting with our friend Phil Pinti as he prepares for two big races- the Yeti 100 (his first 100 miler) and the inaugural Marine Corps Marathon 50k (which I’m flying out to run with him).

Phil is a few weeks ago from the Yeti 100, a hugely popular race in Virginia.  We chat about how he’s preparing, his expectations going into the race, and what strategies he is going to use in order to survive and endure all those miles.

As always when talking with Phil, our conversation meanders in and out of all sorts of topics.  Through this winding road, we stumbled upon the issue of our own cell phone use.  In short, we are exposing ourselves to way too much screen time.  Ultimately, this distraction is keeping us from connecting to the present moment, to being truly focused on what’s most important, acting in a conscious way versus a “zombie mode”.  Steering the ship rather than letting the winds blow us wherever.

We dubbed this challenge the “Right Fielder” challenge.  (Listen to the show to find out why!)  We are going to make an attempt at keeping our cell phone screen time to less than one hour a day, with an emphasis on limiting our social media time.

Feel free to join us!! We’re basically just texting each other screenshots of our “screen time” app.  I’m not really sure how we could turn this into a thing multiple people engage in so if you have any ideas email them to likeabigfoot@gmail.com!  We’ll get this thing rolling!!

Thanks for chatting Phil! Always a great time!

Hope you guys enjoy the show!!

MORE FROM PHIL PINTI:

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

Like a Bigfoot #136: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/136-phil-pinti

Like a Bigfoot #150: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/150-phil-pinti-2

Like a Bigfoot #153: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/153-return-to-desert-rats

East Coast Trail and Ultra Episode: https://eastcoastultrapodcast.com/2018/06/07/episode-89-macho-madness-yeah/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #162: Third Year Anniversary!! 10 Questions with Lindsey Ward

This week we are celebrating three years of the Like a Bigfoot Podcast!!

In September 2016 I was a stay at home dad with two of my kiddos, a 2 year old and a newborn.  I knew I needed some sort of creative outlet to work on each and every week (and an excuse to chat with grownups!), I had a handful of friends who had some incredible stories, and as a huge podcast fan I had always wanted to start one myself.

It was nerve wracking, there was a lot of self doubt, but I pulled the trigger and committed to posting one a week for a year and just see where it went from there.

Through consistent action and not striving for perfection but instead looking for improvement, the show has grew and all of a sudden I was not only interviewing my friends but I was talking with some incredible athletes and super awesome people.  People who I didn’t know were sending me messages about how much they enjoyed the show, I was going for runs with some of the folks I had previously interviewed, and the podcast was helping me grow as a person through these weekly conversations.

All of a sudden this fun passion project was engrained in my life.  And I am so thankful it is.

And I am so grateful for you guys for dropping in and listening or choosing a show of ours once in a while or tuning in to a friend who I’ve interviewed or binging every single one.  However you stumbled across this little passion project, I just wanted to say “thank you”, I hope you’ve received as much inspiration from our incredible Like a Bigfoot tribe as I have and I sincerely hope it’s added some sort of goodness to your life.

After all, shouldn’t spreading goodness be something we all strive for?

Much love

Chris

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #161: Jacky Hunt-Broersma — Paving the Way for Trail Running Amputees, TransRockies Stage Race

This week we are chatting with the awesome North Carolina Ultrarunner Jacky Hunt-Broersma after her recent adventure taking on the TransRockies Stage Race.

In 2001 a cancerous tumor was discovered on a nerve in Jacky’s foot.  One week later she had her leg amputated.  A decade and a half later she decided to become a trail runner.  Now she’s paving the way for other amputees to get out onto the trails and enjoy this great sport!

She’s gone from non-runner to ultra-runner all while workshopping how to make blade work best on the trails.  As she’s increased in miles and difficult terrain (I’ve ran in North Carolina…that’s some rocky and rooty country!), she’s proven the people who have told her that she “shouldn’t trail run” wrong.  Now Jacky’s fresh off a 6 day stage race where she ran over mountain passes and competed at some serious altitude.

On this episode we chat about how ultra-running has shifted her mindset, what she finds by challenging herself over difficult terrain, and how she has combated her own self doubt along with the people who have told her “she shouldn’t”, “she can’t” or “she won’t be able to”, whom she has proven that she “should”, “can”, and “will.”

Jacky is awesome and super inspirational!! You will find a bunch of excellent takeaways in this episode!

Thanks for listening!!

MORE FROM JACKY:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NCrunnerjacky

Women’s Running Article: https://www.womensrunning.com/2019/06/get-inspired/shes-blazing-a-trail-for-other-amputees_102592

Ultrarunning Magazine Article:  https://ultrarunning.com/featured/blue-collar-runners-jacky-hunt-broersma/

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