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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #192: Ryan & Emily Wanless 2 — Enduring the 350 Mile Iditarod Trail Invitational

A month ago we chatted with Ryan and Emily Wanless as Ryan was days away from entering the Alaskan Wilderness to take on the EPIC 350 mile Iditarod Trail Invitational.

Since that time, Ryan has slept near wolves, trudged through ridiculously deep snow, heard tales of Moose attacks, pulled a sled up through a mountain range, marched down a frozen river, and finished his incredible adventure at backwoods cabin in McGrath, Alaska.

This episode captures some of the adventures he had along with the lessons he learned along the way.  I love chatting with Ryan and Emily about the extreme ultras they take on and have learned a lot about the sport through our conversations.

Hope you guys enjoy the episode and are finding new and exciting ways to spend your days as we are all battling through this difficult time.  Much love!

MORE FROM RYAN AND EMILY:

Ryan’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wanlessrm/

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

Ryan’s Previous LABF Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/133-ryan-wanless

Emily’s Previous LABF Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/157-emily-wanless

Iditarod Trail Invitational: https://www.iditarodtrailinvitational.com/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #191: Jake Allison — Embracing the Journey Into Ballet and Cycling

While some take the path of least resistance, the easiest one laying before them, Jake Allison chose the path of passion, committing most of his time to the blood, sweat and tears necessary to pursue his dream.

Jake and I went to high school together in Muscatine, Iowa.  In high school he decided to pursue his dream to become a dancer.  Leaving behind what was comfortable, Jake set out to see how far he could make it in the extremely competitive world and challenging world of ballet.

I absolutely love his story as it illustrates the passion and enthusiasm our ambitions drive us towards and the guts it takes to step outside the norm to chase something you truly love.  I’ve always been inspired by Jake’s assertiveness and was extremely excited to hear the journey he took after we parted ways in high school.

Ballet sounds incredibly difficult and I’m astounded by the skill needed to master it.  We also chat a bit about Jake’s recent journey into competitive cycling and how that has coincided with his move to Northern Ireland.

Hope you guys enjoy the show!!

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #190: Brittany Charboneau — Joyfully Competing in the Olympic Marathon Trials

A few weeks ago Brittany Charboneau competed in the Olympic Marathon Trials.  Just being a part of this race is a BIG TIME goal that athletes work years and years to achieve.  Brittany not only participated, but she placed 13th in a stacked field AND beat her personal best marathon time by three minutes!!

In this episode we chat all about Brittany’s journey from “I guess I’ll try one of these running race thingys” to “I will be a complete badass and run super fast against other super fast people.”  She shares how she uses the power of positive self-talk (and funny imaginary characters) along with intentionally enhancing personal joy to push through tough moments.

Brittany also talks extensively about the awesomeness of the Olympic Trials experience she had in Atlanta, what it’s like to race with some of her idols, the love and happiness she receives during running, and how she uses incremental steps to attain a goal this big!

Hope you all enjoy the episode and are finding many things to be joyful about (despite the difficult circumstances we have all found ourselves in).

Huge thanks to Brittany for sharing her mindset and her stories on the show this week!

MORE FROM BRITTANY CHARBONEAU:

Website: http://thefunnyrunner.com

Running Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/funnyrunner26.2/

Art Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/funnyrunner26.art/

Mercuria Running: http://mercuriarunning.com

Mercuria Running Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mercuriarunning/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #189: Paul Scheuring 2 — Perpetually Soldiering on Despite the Unknown

A conversation about the absurdity of a massive endeavor, the fear of the unknown, the wonderfulness of a community, the power of stories, the compounding effects of small acts of kindness, the adaptability of humanity, and the inevitability of a bad time….when you’re canoeing.

This has been a long freaking anxiety producing, world shifting week.  Thank goodness we have friends.  Those wonderful souls to talk things out with- the serious talks, the talks about nothing and everything in-between!

This is why I called up my buddy Paul Scheuring.  Listening to wisdom from Paul has quickly become one of my favorite pastimes and I legitimately cherish every conversation we have!

Hope you guys gain some peace of mind, some positivity and some love from this episode!

Through this weird time that we are all going through, remember to act with kindness.  Act from the goodness of your heart, help your community with the conviction of love, and, simply, be nice!

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #188: Tricia O’Hara — Running the Empire State Building & Other Adventures of an Elite Stair Runner

Tricia O’Hara loves stairs.  Running them, climbing them, the feeling of floating up them to the top of a building using nothing but her body and a ridiculously hard, pure anaerobic effort.  In fact, she loves them so much that she has become one of the elite stair runners, athletes who travel around sprinting up the most famous buildings in the world.

Over the last six years, she has climbed stairwells in the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, the Freedom Tower, and Rockafeller Center.   Along with stair climbing, she has been a lifelong endurance athlete participating in many marathons and triathlons ranging from sprint distances to Ironmans.  She has also battled a fear of swimming and a serious injury where she was hit head on by a truck and was told to be uncertain about the possibility of running again.

She’s awesome! She demonstrates positivity, passion, and the grit to endure such an explosive, high energy sport!

In this episode we chat all about her adventures into stair climbing!  Why does she love the sport and what has she learned about herself through these challenges?  What is it like to be at the very top of such iconic buildings like the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower?  What mental tricks she has to push through the wall when she is completely out of breath and physically exhausted?  Tricia also explains what a Redbull 400 is and it blows my mind! (and no..it is not a 400 mile race…which is where my ultrarunning mind went to right away)

Hope you guys enjoy the show!! Huge thanks to Tricia for sharing her story and to my cousin Susan Nowell for setting up the interview!

MORE FROM TRICIA O’HARA:

Website: https://www.triciaohara.com

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

20 Question Article: http://lessonsinbadassery.com/20-questions-tricia-ohara-elite-stair-runner/

Stair Running: http://towerrunningusa.com

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #187: Brady Manriquez 3 — Training for His First Ultra, 50k Mistakes & Triumphs

SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE!!!

My buddy Brady Manriquez is in the middle of training for his very first ultramarathon- a 50k at the Booneville Backroads Ultra!!

In this episode, Brady and I talk about the ups and downs of a 50k, what he should be ready for both mentally and physically, and I share mistakes I’ve made and lessons I’ve learned throughout my last seven years of ultrarunning.

Prepare yourself for a conversation about chafing, drinking from mold infested water bottles, intense downpours of freezing rain, more chafing, something called “chub rub”, shorts shaming, and, did I mention, chafing.

This a fun, long chat with one of my best friends in the whole world.  I hope you guys draw some wisdom from my misadventures but keep in mind that I am not a medical expert, sports scientist, or even an amazing ultrarunner….so please take all advice with a grain of salt!

MORE FROM BOONEVILLE BACKROADS ULTRA:

Website: http://boonevillebackroadsultra.com

Ultrasignup: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=72917

“Reach for the Stars” Documentary: https://www.expandyourpossible.com/online-store/Reach-for-the-Stars-The-Booneville-Backroads-Ultra-Marathon-Digital-%26-Streaming-p139527512

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #186: Ryan & Emily Wanless — Preparing to Run the Iditarod Trail Invitational

This week Ryan and Emily Wanless are back on the show straight from Alaska, the “Land of the Midnight Sun” to review their past year of ultrarunning and explain how Ryan’s plans for enduring the 350 miles of the Iditarod Trail Invitational.

Emily and Ryan are both athletes out of South Dakota who set out to take on some of the world’s toughest, fastest, and coldest races.  Last August, they traveled to Europe so Emily could take on the CCC, one of the world’s largest ultras and now they are in Alaska getting Ryan ready for his ultimate winter ultra test, enduring the legendary Iditarod course.

In this episode we catch up with both of them- We hear about the brutal mountains  of the CCC and how they affected Emily’s race, how Tuscobia 160 and Arrowhead 135 were used as tools to prepare Ryan for Alaska, what their trip up north has consisted of so far, what mental and physical obstacles Ryan is preparing for, and what tips the Iditarod veterans have shared with them.

We also talk animal furs, Moose safety, and candy filled rock climbing bags!

This episode was recorded a few days before Ryan took off and as I type this he is a few days into the adventure.  Please follow his tracker and send him positivity as he braves a wilderness some of us will only ever dream about!  https://trackleaders.com/iti20i.php?name=Ryan_Wanless

Best of luck to Ryan!! Hope you guys are inspired as I am by him and Emily!! Enjoy the episode!

MORE FROM RYAN AND EMILY:

Ryan’s Race Tracker: https://trackleaders.com/iti20i.php?name=Ryan_Wanless

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

Ryan’s Previous LABF Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/133-ryan-wanless

Emily’s Previous LABF Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/157-emily-wanless

Iditarod Trail Invitational: https://www.iditarodtrailinvitational.com/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #185: Angus Peacock — Lifetime of Rugby, Enduring the Gobi March

This week we are chatting with Angus Peacock, the executive director of Rugby Colorado, lifelong rugby player, and Gobi March Stage Race finisher.

Angus was a high level international rugby player who became coach of the Shanghai rugby squad before moving to Colorado where he is setting up a foundation for the sport in America.  He also competed in the 2010 Gobi March, a weeklong ultraendurance stage race across China.

Our conversation touches on many important topics: What was his rugby journey like and how did he grow along the way?  What is it about Rugby that promotes so much passion in people?  How did he transform a team composed of multiple cultures and languages into champions?  What can we do to get more people to connect to it in America?  What did he discover through pushing himself, untrained, through the desert?  How did the camp respond to a tragic death during the race?

Those are our topics today- Rugby and Ultrarunning.  Two of my absolute favorite things in the world! This is a great one!! I cannot wait for you to listen!

MORE FROM ANGUS PEACOCK:

Rugby Room Podcast: https://therugbyroom.podbean.com/

Rugby Room Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK9L_WH0YutPz5saKiRflIw

Rugby Colorado: https://rugbycolorado.org/

Nike Youth Rugby Camp: https://www.ussportscamps.com/rugby

Gobi March: https://www.racingtheplanet.com/gobimarch

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #184: Aaron Saft — Lessons from 30 Years of Running, East Coast Ultrarunning

This week I am honored to sit down and chat with an amazing ultrarunner from Asheville, North Carolina, Aaron Saft.

Aaron’s running career has spanned 30 years and in that time he has taken on everything from indoor track 2 milers and collegiate cross country events to the Georgia Death Race and UTMB.  In 2007, he won the USA Track and Field Trail Marathon championship and his ultrasignup reads of podium after podium of the best races on the east coast.

Along with being a high level runner, Aaron also owns and operates the Foot RX Running store in Asheville where he has established an excellent trail running community in one of the most beautiful outdoorsy towns in the United States.

In other words, he is freaking fast and, when it comes to running, is extremely knowledgeable!

Throughout this episode Aaron shares stories from his career: How in the world does one run the Quest for the Crest 50k course and then win the whole thing????  (There is 12,000 ft of GAIN in only 31 miles- the thing is a beast!)  What drives him to compete at such a high level?  What was it like to from injured to taking on UTMB?  How being a father and a husband has enhanced his love of the sport?  Why is the Georgia Death Race so unbelievably brutal?  What it takes to plan and organize the Hellbender 100?

Aaron competes in the Southeast which is where I fell in love with Trail Running so I really enjoyed geeking out about all things East Coast and Appalachia in this episode!

Hope you guys enjoy the show!! We will definitely have Aaron back for more stories and running advice in the future!

MORE FROM AARON SAFT:

RX Running Store: https://www.footrxasheville.com/

Hellbender 100: https://www.hellbender100.com/

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

Running World Article: https://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/a20826403/runners-world-cover-search-finalist-aaron-saft/

Blue Ridge Outdoors Article: https://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/go-outside/a-week-in-the-life-of-a-health-nut/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #183: Travis Steffen 6 — Training for His First 100k, What Drives Him Towards Success

This week we are bringing back on Travis Steffen for an unparalleled six time!

Over the years I have successfully pressured Travis outside of his comfort zone to take on a variety of endurance races- an adventure race through the woods of Virginia, a mountanous 50k, and a brutally long desert 50 miler.  I’m proud to say I have convinced (tricked….) him into pushing his limits once again as he is planning his very first 100k this May.

Two and a half years ago he battled his 50 miler undertrained/unprepared and this time we are adding 12 more miles of pure type 2 fun! In this episode, we talk about how he plans to attack the race, if he is intending to learn (or not learn) from his last ultra, and what he expects to discover about himself during the event.

As always we also hit on a smorgasbord of fun topics such as: how he recovered from a devastating injury, how our football careers ended with a fizzle…or a bang if you’re talking about Travis’s achilles, moments in life when our paradigms shifted, and why we want more and more people to experience the adventure of an ultrarun!

Hope you guys enjoy the episode. I absolutely love sharing Travis stories with you guys! He’s the best!

MORE FROM TRAVIS:

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

The time he powered through 50 miles: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/32-monument-valley-ultras-race-report-2

50 minutes on his morning routine and the story of his first marathon: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/29-travis-steffen-2

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