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Month: April 2021

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #250: SPECIAL EPISODE — Announcing our Desert RATS Film Project!!

What happens to a person when they run 150 miles through one of hottest and most remote regions in the United States in the middle of summer? More importantly, why would anyone do it?

The DESERT RATS film aims to find out, following numerous racers as they tackle the notorious 6-day Desert RATS race along the challenging Kokopeli Trail in Utah, documenting all the blow-ups, epiphanies, lost toe nails, heat exhaustion, and hallucinations of the participants as they seek the finish line.  

This week I’m joined by my friend, fellow Desert RAT, ultrarunner and filmmaker Paul Scheuring to announce the Desert RATS Film, the big project we have been working on for the last ten months!

Paul has over twenty years of professional experience working as a writer, producer, and director, with credits such as the FOX smash TV hit Prison Break, which he created, and the Discovery miniseries Klondike, produced in winter high-country Banff.

In this episode, we talk all about what has drawn us to this race over the last three years and how it has helped us grow and process life events.

We also dive into the themes we are going to explore with the film:

  • What does hardship do for a person?
  • How does one make meaning of suffering?
  • How in the crucible of extreme endurance events, in that exceeding discomfort and pain, do we sometimes find an answer? 

I truly believe this will be something ALL endurance racers, adventurers and humans will relate to. Suffering is a very human thing that everyone will go through at some point. How can that obstacle be used as a stepping stone for us along our path?

Hope you guys enjoy the episode!!

We are asking for any support you are willing to offer on our Indiegogo Campaign (truly anything helps!)

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/desert-rats-film/

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Like a Bigfoot #249: Amanda Rasmussen — Journey From Non Runner to 150 Tough Miles

This week we chat with ultrarunner, mom and all around awesome person Amanda Rasmussen!!

Amanda just raced at the Potawomi 200 where she faced torrential downpours, crazy muddy trails and the longest distance she has ever stepped up to! She completed 150 miles of the event, which is inspirational to me as she just began her running journey a few years ago. 

In this episode we talk all about her recent race along with her reasons for running ultras and why she keeps striving for bigger and bigger challenges. We also preview a bit of her upcoming summer where she will take on three 100 milers- ,Leadville 100, and the Cloudsplitter 100.

It was an honor to have Amanda on the show and to share her story with all of you!!

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

Potawatomi Trail Runs: http://www.potultras.com

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #248: Magnus Brisman — Trail Blazing Sweden, A Half Marathon In All Of Sweden’s National Parks

This week we welcome Magnus Brisman to the show!

Magnus is a traveling salesman in Sweden who, after driving all around and quickly approaching age 50, decided he was going to run a half marathon through every one of the country’s the thirty national parks.

This week we chat all about this adventure! Magnus shares stories of extremely cold half marathons to having to take helicopters and boats into the parks to moments of pure elation in some of the prettiest places on Earth!

I was also interested in his perspective on what sorts of things a big passion project like this brings to one’s life. I truly believe a goal you are striving to achieve is of extreme importance in bringing passion, joy, a solid mindset, and a sense of adventure to one’s life and Magnus represents this wholly.

MORE FROM MAGNUS BRISMAN:

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

Sweden’s National Parks: https://www.nationalparksofsweden.se

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #247: Kathy Adams — What It’s Like to Run the 200 Milers, Impossible2Possible

(Photo Credit: Howie Stern)

This week we are chatting with Kathy Adams, an amazing human being and an ultrarunner!

Over the last few years Kathy has completed all of Candice Burt’s 200 milers- The Bigfoot 200 in Washington, Tahoe 200, and Moab 240!!!

In this episode we discuss all that it takes to complete a gigantic task like training for and running a 200 miler. She also shares stories from her races, compares the three, and talks about how she fit training into her busy life. We also chat a bit about her motivation and what inspired her to seek out these huge challenges, including her husband Ray Zahab’s multi-week expeditions across deserts and tundras (which you can hear more about by listening to episode 241 of this podcast).

Kathy also shares info about Impossible2Possible, a program created by her and Ray that brings young people all around the globe along for the expeditions both by sharing the experience in classrooms and giving opportunities for kids to actually participate in them. (Please support this EXCELLENT program!)

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Impossible2Possible: http://www.impossible2possible.com

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Like a Bigfoot #246: Brittany Charboneau & Rob Steger — “The Funny Runner”

This week we are sitting down to chat with two of my favorite guests from the last year of podcasting- Brittany Charboneau and Rob Steger.

We last talked with Brittany right after she finished 13th in the Olympic Trials and since then she has added “accomplished trail runner” to her resume by winning the Pikes Peak Marathon and setting some big time trail FKTs.

Rob Steger of Training For Ultra is an accomplished ultra runner, author, and podcaster who has recently began diving into adventure filmmaking.

Over the last six months, Rob created a short film about Brittany called “The Funny Runner” which explores the themes of running with a lighthearted joy and following your own path versus fitting inside someone else’s perception of a “professional athlete.” The film is an absolute delight to watch and inspires the viewer to pursue their own passions in their own unique way!

You can check out an early sneak peek of the film by supporting Rob on the Training for Ultra Patreon on April 10th or view it on Youtube starting April 16 (both links are in the show notes).

Hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did!! Plus I got to nerd out about Hamilton in the outro!

MORE FROM BRITTANY AND ROB:

Training for Ultra Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TrainingForUltra

Training for Ultra Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoxBqa1BQr-3Bzb1QNB0_uQ

Funny Runner: https://www.thefunnyrunner.com

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

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