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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #179: Maggie Guterl — Unbreakable Will, Pennsylvania Native to Tennessee Backwoods Legend

This week’s guest is the incomparable Maggie Guterl!

No event has captured the imagination of ultrarunners quite like Big’s Backyard Ultra “the race with no end.”  A Last Person Standing event created by “Lazarus Lake” Gary Cantrell, the mind behind the Barkley Marathons, that tests the will, grit, and pure madness of its participants.  This past October, Maggie outlasted everyone.  For 250 miles over 2 and a half days, her stoic nature, patience, consistency, and determination kept her going and going and GOING.

Whether it’s Big’s, Barkley, or Western States, she is undaunted in the face of epic challenges which is why I was so excited to dig into her mindset and spirit!

I brought on Phil Pinti, one of my favorite people in the world to help interview her.  Phil and Maggie have raced together a few times and listening to them chat about Pretzel City Sports was fantastic!  This Pennsylvanian based race company seems to epitomize what we all love about ultra running- the community, the laughter, and the pure joy found in mutual suffering.   (Check out their races here: https://www.pretzelcitysports.com/calendar_events/ )

We also get into Maggie’s current move to Durango, Colorado- how it’s affected her training and racing, moose encounters, and some of her future plans!

Big thanks to Maggie for sharing her time with all of us and to Phil for being an awesome co-host!! Hope you guys enjoy!

MORE FROM MAGGIE:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/maggatronruns?lang=en

Outside Magazine: https://www.outsideonline.com/2404228/maggie-guterl-wins-bigs-backyard-ultra

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #178: Candice Burt 3 — Pushing Your Body Over 200 Miles, Hallucinations & Sleep Deprivation

This week race director and ultrarunner Candice Burt comes back on the show to chat about surviving 200 mile runs, organzing some of the biggest ultraruns in the nation and what she discovers through big time adventures!

To say Candice has been busy over the last few years would barely scratch the surface.  Not only does she organize, design and manage the Triple Crown of 200s (and many more races through her company Destination Trail), but she balances regular everyday life while striving to be the best athlete she can be.  To say it bluntly, what she manages to accomplish with her time is INCREDIBLE!!

We’ve featured a lot of episodes about running 200 mile races and if you loved those ones, this one will not dissappoint.  Candice has experienced more people taking these on than anyone in the world and has the knowledge and insight to show what actually gets people to successfully make it to the finish line.  She understands the strategies and mindsets that are necessary for racers to reach their goals and also shares the common mistakes she has seen to lead people to DNF.

Last year she took on one of these events as an athlete (and won the whole thing!), The Delirious W.E.S.T. 200- a point to point 200 mile race in Australia.  Through the race Candice faced all the highs and lows of a long endurance challenge and in this episode she shares what she learned from the experience.

This was a super fun conversation that I hope you guys enjoy!  Her knowledge of hallucinations and sleep deprivation is one of the more unique and intense things we have featured on the show and I’m hoping you take home some awesome nuggets of inspiration and information!

Please check out her races as they are known to be some of the most well-organized and great experiences in the country!

MORE FROM CANDICE:

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

Website: https://www.candiceburt.com/

Sign up for a 200 miler (or her other races) here:  https://www.destinationtrailrun.com

Previous LABF podcast episode (#37): https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/37-candice-burt

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #177: Alexandera Houchin — Adventures from a Bikepacking Champion, Tour Divide & Colorado Trail Race

Happy 2020!! This week we are chatting with bikepacking champion, extraordinary endurance athlete, and all around awesome human being Alexandera Houchin!

Alexandera has had an inspiring athletic journey culminating in dominant performances at the Tour Divide, Colorado Trail Race, amongst many other long distance bike races.  She rides her single speed bike for days and days rocking steel toed boots, fixes bikes with sporks, and continues to smile and laugh despite any obstacle thrown her way.  More importantly, she’s a super down to earth, resilient, positive person who was an absolute joy to chat with! I’m seriously in awe of her accomplishments and her humbleness.

In this episode we chat all about her recent record setting ride on the 486 mile Colorado Trail, her journey from back of the pack in her very first race to becoming the first woman to win back to back Tour Divides (a 2,745 mile race from Canada to Mexico), and the lessons she has learned along the way.

This one was one of my favorite episodes of the show so far!  My mind is blown by the adventures Alexandera has had and her evolution as an athlete.  I’m so honored she would spend some time to chat and felt like her perspective on endurance sports was incredibly relatable.

I hope she inspires all of you to take on some major challenges in 2020! I know my motivation was through the roof after recording the episode!

MORE FROM ALEXANDERA HOUCHIN:

Alexandera’s Blog: https://alexandherrastro.wordpress.com

Outside Magazine Article: https://www.outsideonline.com/2397215/alexandera-houchin-endurance-cycling

REI Article: https://www.rei.com/blog/cycle/alexandera-houchin-is-the-peoples-champion-of-bikepacking

Bikepacking Article: https://bikepacking.com/news/alexandera-houchin-2019-tour-divide/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #176: Don Reichelt 2 — Lessons From Big’s Backyard Ultra

This week we are bringing Don Reichelt back on the show to talk all about his experience running in this year’s edition of Big’s Backyard Ultra.

Big’s has quickly risen to the top of iconic ultra races in the United States.  The format is simple- every hour runners must complete a 4.16 mile loop, the next hour they must complete it again….then again….then again….at any point a person can quit….and this will continue until there is only one person left standing.  It’s an event designed by Gary “Lazarus Lake” Cantrell, the genius behind the Barkley Marathons, to truly explore the limits of human endurance.  What pushes a person to tap out?  How can one to simply endure?

This year was the world championship where 75 high level endurance athletes flew out to Laz’s backyard in Tennessee to see who could outlast the others.

While Don’s race didn’t go as planned, a bashed up foot and messed up anterior tib saw to that, he discovered so much about his drive, mindset, and willingness to dive deep into the pain cave.  He also discovered a beautiful community full of other highly driven ultrarunners and absorbed lessons from everyone he had the opportunity to run with.

In this episode we chat about Don’s race prep which included a sports psychologist and hours spent running four miles around his neighborhood.  We also dive into what Don observed from the other racers, including Maggie Guterl the ultimate winner after 250 miles over two and a half days.

Hope you enjoy show!! I always enjoy chatting with Don and hearing his perspective on this crazy sport of ours!

MORE FROM DON:

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #175: Preparing for Booneville — Taking on First Ultra w/ Sean F, Thad B, Matt R, and Brady M

A goal of mine has always been to encourage people to take on an adventure, whether that’s signing up for an ultra marathon, climbing a mountain, or simply stepping outside their comfort zone.  More specifically I always joke that the secret intent of the podcast is to get people to sign up for their first 50k, the ultra distance that I believe is the perfect intro to adventure.  Well I’m happy to say that recently I convinced (peer pressured) 4 of my friends to register for their very first 50k!

In May, we will be taking on the Booneville Backroads Ultra, a fantastic race through the country roads south of Des Moines, Iowa.  This episode is all about “what in the world did we get ourselves into?”  We chat with all four of these gentlemen about their goals, expectations, and what they hope to gain by pushing themselves way outside their comfort zones!

All of these guys have been on the show before and huge thanks to each and every one of them for sharing their perspectives.  Matt Rackers, Sean Furlong, Thad Burkamper and Brady Manriquez, I truly cannot wait for May!

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 #174: Josh Milich & Brian Tjersland 2 — Running 500 Miles for Mission 22

This week we welcome back Josh Milich and Brian Tjersland after their 500 mile journey in support of Mission 22 a community with the goal of putting a stop to the high amount of veteran suicides that unfortunately happen every single day.  By running from the Massachussetts National Cemetary all the way down to Arlington National Cemetary, these two raised money and awareness in every single city and state they traveled through.

We chatted with Brian and Josh last February about their lofty plan (Episode #134) and I am so excited to have them back on the show!  I’m a huge fan of these two and followed along with their live updates over the adventure and I gotta say, they might be the most positive, calm, go with the flow dudes in the country.  With a cause bigger than themselves, seemingly nothing would stop them.  Not sore feet, sleepless nights, rain, exhaustion; their minds were set on making it to the finish line no matter what.

In this episode we hear all about the “500 Miles to End Veteran Suicide Project”.  What is it like to traverse the East Coast on foot?  How do you discover the real “Rules of the Road”?  What is it like running into gigantic cities on foot?  And what lessons did they learn about themselves, Mission 22, and humanity?

I really hope you enjoy this episode!  You can still support Josh and Brian’s project until the end of the year! Really loved chatting guys!

Donate and find all their information here: https://mission22.networkforgood.com/projects/65986-500-miles-to-end-veteran-suicide?fbclid=IwAR2O2SbWxpZLf5yMwzsJNk3ZUOcVsv90fcNPkeof-Z9TdoONPRlWNaAcezQ

MORE FROM 500 MILES TO END VETERAN SUICIDE:

Donation Page: https://mission22.networkforgood.com/projects/65986-500-miles-to-end-veteran-suicide?fbclid=IwAR2O2SbWxpZLf5yMwzsJNk3ZUOcVsv90fcNPkeof-Z9TdoONPRlWNaAcezQ

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/500milestoendvetsuicide/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/500milestoendvetsuicide/

Mission 22: https://www.mission22.com/#ourcause

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #173: Clark Beckham — American Idol to Marine Corps Marathon, Success through Determination

This week we welcome American Idol finalist, first time marathoner and future ultra marathoner Clark Beckham to the show!!

I recently met Clark at the finish of the Marine Corps Marathon.  Sitting there in my own state of pure exhaustion, I was re-energized by the brief synopsis of Clark’s marathon journey- 6 months earlier he was 30 pounds heavier listening to David Goggins’ book “Can’t Hurt Me” when he pulled his car over and signed up for his very first race.  He set a lofty goal of a 3:45 marathon and trained like crazy day after day after day before ultimately getting it done.  He also had the added pressure of singing the anthem to 30,000 racers, marines, and spectators before the starting gun went off!

Clark’s tale is unique and I’m super happy to get the opportunity to sit down and chat with him about it.  A solid mindset of perseverance, determination, and the ability to work hard has helped him find success both in running and in his career as a musician (he was a finalist on American Idol and is a fantastic singer!!)

Now he’s looking to take on his first 50 miler and continuing his journey into endurance and what is possible!!

Hope you guys enjoy the episode!! Happy Thanksgiving!! Thankful for all of you for tuning in!

MORE FROM CLARK BECKHAM:

Website: https://clarkbeckham.com

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

Running Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/clarkbeckhamrun/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClarkBeckham

MCM Article: https://www.marinemarathon.com/blog/idol-finalist-mcm

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #172: Enduring 48 Brutal Hours of the GORUCK Selection Challenge

Imagine spending two whole days physically, mentally and emotionally pushing yourself to your absolute limits.  Traveling over 80 miles full of insanely difficult physical challenges while carrying a heavy ruck all under the critical eye of a cadre member whose job it is to get the absolute best out of you and make you resist, with every part of your soul, the urge to quit.

GORUCK Selection is known as one of the toughest endurance events in the world.  Less than 2% of people who are wild enough to sign up will successfully finish.  To put that in other words, it takes an incredibly tough person just to sign up and a whole other person to actually complete the whole thing!

Today I’m super honored to be able to talk to one of this year’s finisher.  Mark Jones has been a highly competitive ultra obstacle course racer for years.  He knows all about breaking through barriers and pushing his limits, but most of all he knows how to endure.  After trying and failing at Selection multiple times, Mark took a break, came back, and triumphed.

In this episode we chat all about his mindset and the lessons he has learned about himself by taking on these events.  Specifically, we hear all about how he was able to endure those difficult 48 hours of Selection.

It’s an awesome story from an extraordinarily inspiring athlete and I’m super excited to share our conversation! Hope you guys enjoy!

MORE FROM MARK AND GORUCK:

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

GORUCK: https://www.goruck.com/

GORUCK Selection: https://www.goruck.com/selection/

All Day Ruckoff Podcast: https://player.fm/series/all-day-ruckoff-podcast/adr-125-goruck-selection-021-with-finisher-mark-jones

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #171: Chef Corso — How to Cook in the Wilderness, Monty Boca

This week is the most delicious episode of the podcast yet!! We are sitting down with Chef Corso from Monty Boca to talk all about how to cook delicious food in the wilderness.

Chef Corso is an avid hiker and backpacker based out of Seattle who is challenging the way we think about cooking food for various adventures.  Most of us usually throw some oats in a bag or slap together some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and say “that’s good enough!” before heading out, viewing food as a necessity rather than a major part of the experience.  Monty Boca is challenging people to use easy recipes to heighten their adventure experiences with some really good food.

This episode was definitely a bit outside the box for this podcast but I feel like cooking outside is the best way to cook and is something I, personally, need to reconnect with.  I really enjoyed chatting with Chef Corso and I highly suggest you try a recipe or two of his- preferably while chilling next to a beautiful mountain stream or at a campsite surrounded by friends and loved ones!

Hope you enjoy the show this week!

MORE FROM CHEF CORSO AND MONTY BOCA:

Website: https://montyboca.com

Recipes: https://montyboca.com/recipes

Trail Cookbook: https://montyboca.com/shop/cookbook-orginedition

Become a Recipe Tester: https://montyboca.com/packing#recipe-tester

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmY1o_LlD99cwGog6LRVnWA

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #170: Kayla Howell — Fearless Tales of Adventure Racing, 14ers, and Ultras

I’m super excited to have ultra runner, adventurer, and all around awesome person Kayla Howell back on the show this week!

When I think of someone who loves the outdoors and is up for any adventure life brings her way, I think of Kayla.  She’s competed in all sorts of different endurance events all over the country and always steps up to any challenge with a tremendous attitude.

In this episode we dive into her adventurous life starting when she was a kid all the way through various endurance sports she has competed in.  We spend a lot of time chatting about her experiences adventure racing across Florida and Georgia, what it’s like to work with a high level adventure racing team and how she keeps a positive attitude in the midst of some seriously stressful, tiring moments.  She also shares stories from the Little 500 bike race in Indiana, taking on her first Ironman triathlon and climbing her first 14er!

Kayla is awesome and I really hope you enjoy the episode as much as I did!

MORE FROM KAYLA:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kayla868/?hl=en

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