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Month: June 2021

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #257: Cory Reese 2 — “Stronger Than the Dark”, Functional Depression & Vol State 500K

This week I am honored to sit down and chat with ultrarunner and writer Cory Reese to talk about his experiences running Vol State and writing his new powerful book “Stronger Than the Dark: Exploring the Intimate Relationship Between Running and Depression”.

Cory has written a few books in the past but this one definitely is the most personal, raw story he has ever told.

His own description of the book:

“Stronger Than the Dark is a book that explores the intimate relationship between running and depression. It is the most raw, vulnerable writing I have ever done. I wrote the book:

  • For people who use exercise, at least in part, to cope with stress, anxiety or depression.
  • For people who feel alone. They know something is wrong, but don’t know what it is, or how to fix it.
  • For people who are desperate for an ounce of hope that things will get better, and that the sun will rise again.
  • For people who use a smile to cover up their secret pain.
  • For runners, the people who are willing to embrace the pain cave.”

This was a really enlightening conversation about mental health and the role exercise/adventure plays along with the necessity of opening up about our struggles.

“Cory’s beautifully broken path of healing speaks to anyone feeling lost in insecurity or despair, and gives hope that even in life’s darkest moments, we can find the light.”

Hope you guys enjoy the episode! It is always a pleasure chatting with Cory!!

MORE FROM CORY REESE:

Stronger Than the Dark: https://www.amazon.com/Stronger-Than-Dark-Relationship-Depression/dp/1736966405

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

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

Website: http://www.fastcory.com

Author Website: http://www.coryreese.com

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #256: Brendan Leonard — Author of “I Hate Running and You Can Too”, Creator of Semi-Rad

This week writer, adventurer, coffee drinker, ultra runner, and all around awesome guy Brendan Leonard is back on the podcast!!

Brendan is the creator of Semi-Rad where he writes and draws about outdoor adventures, travel, life philosophies, chasing passions, and all sorts of human experiences. Truly some of my favorite things on the internet are found on Semi-Rad! He also directed and produced “How to Run 100 Miles”, a wonderful film about him and his buddy Jayson Sime’s quest to train for and finish Run Rabbit Run.

In this episode we talk about Brendan’s new book “I Hate Running and You Can Too” which is a fantastic read that, while focusing on this “irrational passion” of running, really can be seen as a guide to how one approaches any sort of passion in life. I read the book in one sitting and it is loaded with pertinent and quite often hilarious charts and drawings to emphasize his ideas.

I can honestly say that I think this book gets it. I really related to it and found myself thinking “Holy moly, he nailed EXACTLY why I love ultra running and what I’ve found out about myself and the world through competing in this crazy activity.

In this episode we talk Brendan’s book, trail running, a love of films, snakes falling from the sky, amongst many other things! I had an absolute blast recording this one and I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did! Definitely check out Semi-Rad and “I Hate Running and You Can Too”

Keep up the amazing work Brendan!!

MORE FROM BRENDAN LEONARD:

Semi-Rad: https://semi-rad.com

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

I Hate Running and You Can Too: https://bookshop.org/books/i-hate-running-and-you-can-too-how-to-get-started-keep-going-and-make-sense-of-an-irrational-passion/9781579659882

Sixty Meters From Anywhere: http://amzn.to/2odOpxm

His Other Books: https://semi-rad.com/books/

“How to Run 100 Miles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC7Lh4opLsc

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #255: Jason Comstock — Team Red, White & Blue, Preparing for Desert RATS

Jason Comstock is an ultrarunner, a veteran, a father and a member of Team Red, White & Blue!

In this episode we talk about Jason’s experience with Team RWB, a group who has the mission of “enriching the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.” We also discuss how physically challenging himself through running and the community he has discovered has helped him readjust to civilian life, his hobby of creating beautiful artistic flags, and how he has taken on ultrarunning as a nontypical runner (he is 6’6″!)

Jason also discusses the upcoming Desert RATS Stage Race which our mutual friend Amy is running with him in a few weeks!

This was an excellent episode that I am excited to share with you and I am also extremely pumped to spend a week in the desert with Jason for the stage race!!

MORE FROM TEAM RWB AND JASON:

Team RWB: https://www.teamrwb.org

Article in Deseret News: https://www.deseret.com/2017/11/27/20636676/utah-military-families-find-ways-to-cope-with-deployments

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