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Month: June 2020

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #205: Matt ‘Shep’ Shepard — Tackling Backyard Ultras & Six Day Races

Matt Shepard is a on a quest to tackle some of the most challenging ultra running events around by taking on “Last Runner Standing” style Backyard Ultras and ridiculously long six day races.  He’s a big dreamer with some serious resilience and the ability to dig deep into the pain cave to withstand these brutally long events.

He started off with a win at OUTRUN Backyard Ultra in Alberta receiving a golden ticket to Big’s Backyard down in Tennessee where he learned a lot but didn’t quite come away with the result he (and everyone else who was not named Maggie Guetrl) was eyeing.  After that he got 2nd place at the Across the Years 6 day event running a stout 435.87 miles (yes, you read that correctly!) and has his sights set on the Canadian six day record of 870km (540.6 miles) which he will be taking on starting July 1st.

Also he ran a significant portion of Personal Peak’s Quarantine Backyard Ultra around and around and around a coffee shop!

In this episode we chat all about Matt’s journey, the lessons he has learned along the way, how he prepares to race multi day ultras, and some of the mental, physical and emotional strategies he use in order to be successful!

Hope you guys enjoy, are inspired and learn a bunch! I can’t wait to chat with him again!

MORE FROM MATT ‘SHEP’ SHEPARD:

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

OUTRUN Backyard Ultra: https://www.facebook.com/OutrunRare/

CBC Article about Quarantine Ultra: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/valleyview-runner-virtual-ultramarathon-indoors-covid-19-1.5524034?fbclid=IwAR1cuMvJLN3Ym2sKXNSoqVJ0lxu_G_PprSZMQotPo2x4uLbOxXrGWMFhzOg

Personal Peak: https://personalpeak.ca

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #204: Beau Miles — The Spirit of Adventure and the Power of Storytelling

Today’s guest is the eccentric adventurer, filmmaker and writer Beau Miles!!

Beau has filmed some of the most inventive adventures out there including “The Human Bean”, “A Mile an Hour”, “Run the Line”, “Africa by Kayak” and many more.  His Youtube channel is full of entertaining, quirky, impressive filmmaking and I am so grateful I was able to sit down and chat with him for this episode!

Throughout his many adventures (and misadventures), Beau comes across as a person who is passionate for new experiences, who seeks understandings of the world both the internal and external, and someone who expresses his artistic side through creating some major challenges.  At their core these adventures demonstrate an honest-to-goodness curiosity for life.

From running an abandoned railroad line in his hometown to kayaking 2,000kms along the Souther African Coast to commuting 60+ miles to work by highway and waterway, Beau shows all the ups and downs of forging new experiences.

In this episode we chat all about the lessons he’s learned, his musings on adventure both local and exotic, and how he’s evolved along the way.

I hope you love this one as much as I did! Huge thanks to Beau and make sure you tune into all of the amazing projects he has released and everything that is on the way!!

MORE FROM BEAU MILES:

Website: https://beaumiles.com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm325cMiw9B15xl22_gr6Dw

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

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #203: Darius Sam — The 19 Year Old Who Braved 100 Miles for Charity

Three days ago 19 year old Darius Sam pushed through anguish, adversity and 100 plus miles of PURE GRIT.

His story is quite remarkable.  After years of struggle, one day Darius looked himself in the mirror and realized just how much potential he was wasting.  He pulled himself together, started waking up at 3am to work and powerlift and decided to complete an ironman on minimal training.  Once that was accomplished he was determined to really see how far he could push his limits so he set his sights on taking on 100 miles.

Around the same time of his self betterment, Darius realized just how people in his community were struggling.  Really wanting to prove to himself that “one person can make a huge difference” he decided that he would use the experience of suffering through an ultra marathon to raise money for the local food bank.  So he set a goal of $1,000.  Through the last week and through all the ups and downs of his run, that number has exploded!!

We are releasing this episode early in the week in hopes that we can contribute in some way to Darius’s GoFundMe for the Nicola Valley Food Bank (link below).  Also I wanted to put the show out there just because I’m so damn impressed by Darius and his determination!  Please help him out if you can.

The story of his hundred is absolutely EPIC, including major support from his family and his community, a trip to the hospital, a quick checkout of the hospital and a person completely going to war in the pain cave!

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

MORE FROM DARIUS AND HIS FUNDRAISER:

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/nicola-valley-food-bank-fundraiser?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet

Original Vancouver Sun Story: https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/indigenous-teen-overcomes-past-and-raises-5000-for-local-food-bank-with-ultra-marathon

News Video Coverage: https://cfox.com/news/7065516/b-c-teen-running-ultramarathon-for-charity-hospitalized-20km-from-finish/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #202: Alyx Luck & Billy Barnett — Forming an Ultrarunning Community on the Big Island

This week we are chatting with ultrarunners and race directors Alyx Luck and Billy Barnett!

In this episode we hear about their respective journeys and how they came to find each other on Hawaii.  Alyx shares lessons she learned through competitive body building, racing around the world, and coaching others in health and fitness.  Billy and I chat about his teaching career, awesome places to trail run in his home state of Virginia, and why you should use running to simply go out and explore.

We also dive into the new races they are directing, including the Mauna Kea 50 Miler, the Time for Wine 6Hr race, and the Under the Moon Ultra which takes runners completely across the Big Island through the middle of the night.

I really enjoyed chatting with Alyx and Billy and hope you guys love the episode as much as I do!

MORE FROM ALYX AND BILLY:

Time for Wine Ultra: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=76130

Alyx Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dralyxluck/

Alyx Coaching: https://firepowerbody.com/pages/coaches

“Just Go Do It” Hawaii-Tribune Article: https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2017/08/28/sports/wright-on-with-a-just-go-do-it-motto-barnett-is-the-anti-guru/

Hawaii Mountain Running: https://hawaiimountainrunning.com

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