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Month: March 2018

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #85: Brendan Leonard & Jayson Sime — “How to Run 100 Miles”

(Cover Photo by Josh Perez)

This week I was lucky enough to have Brendan Leonard and Jayson Sime come over and chat with me about their excellent film “How to Run 100 Miles”.  We recorded this “live” in studio….aka outside on the porch in my back yard (It was a 60 degree day and this is an outdoor podcast…so I thought “what the heck?”)

If you have not seen the film, do yourself a favor and check it out immediately.  It is the inspiring, touching, and often hilarious story of these two friends and their quest to train for and run their first 100 mile ultramarathon through the rugged mountains of Northern Colorado.

Their 100 mile experience connected on so many levels, but to me the film is an ode to true friendship and, more specifically, to the people in our lives who always say “why not?”.  My absolute favorite type of people who push us and challenge us to do more and be more than anything we ever thought possible.

These two are shining examples.  They come up with crazy ideas, train their butts off, support each other through and through and then get it done.

For ultrarunners the film connects on the ideas of pushing through discomfort, dealing with pain and suffering, and how to handle….errrr…stomach issues in the woods.

I’m very excited to share this conversation! Both Brendan and Jayson are fascinating people in their own rights, but you get them together and they completely shine.  Cracking jokes, sharing stories, challenging each other, sharing the emotional moments, and everything else that comes from wonderful lifelong friendships.

Brendan Leonard is an adventure, travel, and human experience writer who’s work has appeared in Backpacker, National Geographic, Outside, Men’s Journal, and other publications.  He has also written a few books “Sixty Meters to Anywhere” and “The Great Outdoors: a User’s Guide”.  He’s a climber, mountaineer and all around adventure athlete who blogs about outdoor adventures for the “Everyman and Everywoman” at

Jayson Sime is a public speaker, life coach and Bikram Yoga Instructor who’s mission is to spread the message that everyone has the potential to become their best selves.  He has started “Right to Shine” as a way to spread positivity and goodness to everyone around him.  Please check out his website at


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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #84: Mitch Matthews — “Dream. Think. Do.” and Backpacking Adventures

This week I’m incredibly excited to chat with author, speaker, family man, and incredibly nice guy Mitch Matthews!

Almost two years ago I listened to my buddy Calvin Johannsen on Mitch’s podcast “Dream. Think. Do.” talking about his 14ers project.  I checked out a few more episodes of the show and completely connected with Mitch’s advice about going after big, intimidating goals and his dream to “Inspire 1,000,000 Dreams.”

I thought to myself “what have I always wanted to do but just can’t seem to pull the trigger on??”

The answer was clear as day – a podcast.

I had actually started one a few years earlier, released two episodes, and promptly gave up once I felt a bit outside my comfort zone.

Using the encouragement and enthusiasm I was hearing  through “Dream. Think. Do.” I finally made the commitment and promptly started this show.  I’m serious….within three episodes of Mitch’s podcast I was all “LET’S DO THIS!”

His enthusiasm is contagious and he is THAT motivational!

In this episode we chat all about Mitch’s philosophies around dreams.  Why it’s important to give yourself time to dream your big audacious dreams, why you should step outside your comfort zone, how to get past seeing your goals as “unattainable” or “unrealistic” and why “Dream. Think. Do”ing is a simple concept and yet so hard for most people to actually implement.

This being an outdoor adventure podcast, we also discuss Mitch’s yearly backpacking trips with his teenage sons.  How adventures have shaped them into resilient young men, the lessons and experiences they’ve shared as a family, and how he scaffolded them as kids to take on the bigger and badder trips.

Enjoy the show!




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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #83: Travis Steffen 3 — Mindset, Importance of Introspection, Failing Produces Success

Today the always fascinating Travis Steffen is back to the podcast.

If you haven’t listened to the previous episodes, Travis is one of my absolute best friends in the whole world.  He’s also one of the wisest, strangest, most successful and genuine people I know.

I never know what to expect when we do a podcast.  This week as I sat at my kitchen table, watching him put his hair up in a ‘Manbun’ I thought… “What direction is he gonna take this one?”  The conversation is extremely introspective, at times both heartbreaking and hilarious, and inspirational.  There’s always lessons to be taken away from listening to Travis.

Today is all about mindset, self reflection and failing in order to succeed.

Travis shares the importance of being completely transparent and genuine, why we need to take time to self reflect, how a strength in one area of life could be a weakness in another, and how epic failures have helped him let go of fear and driven him towards success.

Please go back and check out Travis’s previous episodes if you have missed them! He will always make you think while inspiring and entertaining you.


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