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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #62: “Antarctic Gurkha” Scott Sears — Planning the Youngest Unsupported Expedition to the South Pole

I’m so ridiculously excited for this episode!

In a few short weeks, the “Antarctic Gurkha” Scott Sears flies down to the most desolate place in the world for an expedition where he will attempt to become the youngest person to reach the South Pole “alone, unsupported, and unassisted.”

To accomplish this Herculean feat, Scott must drag a 200lb sled 683 miles in some of the most extreme weather imaginable, across crevasses, through white outs, and over the brutal Sastrugi (waves of solid snow).  Powering through day after day after day completely alone, driven by nothing but his own internal badassness.

Journeying to the South Pole ignites a vision of supreme human endurance and provokes journeys of extreme adversity, tragedy and triumph.  It is the epitome of the much-overused term EPIC.  A true adventure.

In this episode, Scott shares his preparations, expectations, and mentality while planning for and training for his expedition.  How has his life’s journey prepared him to take on this challenge?  How will he handle the extreme conditions?  What will it feel like when he’s left all alone, the farthest away from civilization you can possibly be?

Scott is a lieutenant for the Royal Gurkha Rifles in the British Army.  The Gurkhas are an elite group of Nepalese soldiers and are some of the finest infantrymen in the world.  Through the expedition Scott is raising money to support the Gurkha Welfare Trust which supplies financial support, clean water, residential care and medical support for ex-servicemen and their families in Nepal.  You can support his cause here: http://antarcticgurkha.com/donate

He was also very open about the insane hard work it takes to get a project like this funded and how he went about finding sponsorship.

I really want to thank Scott and wish him the best of luck in Antarctica.  I will definitely be following along every day as I expect it to be fascinating, inspiring, and will help me put some of my own daily “adversity” into perspective.  I highly suggest you follow along too.

The best place to get updates is his Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/antarctic_gurkha/

MORE FROM THE ANTARCTIC GURKHA:

Website: http://antarcticgurkha.com

Blog: http://antarcticgurkha.com/news/

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

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

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #61: Bigfoot Sightings 2 — Implementing Knowledge for Success, First 50k, Mountain Adventures

This week we’re back with another “Bigfoot Sightings”, the episodes where we briefly catch up with some of our previous guests.  I’m excited to share these quick conversations and would highly recommend you check out our past episodes with all of these awesome people!

TRAVIS STEFFEN — HIS NEW FORMULA FOR GROWTH AND SUCCESS (4:23)

Chatting with Travis is always a fascinating experience.  Last time he had just finished powering through a 50 mile ultra marathon in the desert on zero training and this time he’s sharing some of his philosophies for knowledge growth and success.

Big takeaway: LEARN + IMPLEMENT > LEARN + LEARN + LEARN…….

Last episode with Travis: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/32-monument-valley-ultras-race-report-2

JASON SUDDUTH — TWO WEEKS OUT FROM HIS FIRST 50K (35:34)

We also are glad to catch up with our friend Jason Sudduth who has been really open about his journey to his first ultra marathon.  We are now two weeks out from the “Pilot Mountain to Hanging Rock 50k” and we chat all about what Jason should be ready for in order to have a successful race.  I’m really proud of him and excited for him to experience the sheer pain, agony, and ultimately joy of this race!

Jason was also on our last “Bigfoot Sightings”: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/52-bigfoot-sightings

Jason’s full episode: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/39-jason-sudduth 

BRADY MANRIQUEZ — COLORADO MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES (57:47)

About a month ago Brady came out to visit my wife and I in Colorado.  Over two days we took him on as many outdoor adventures as possible!  We recorded this right before he headed back to Chicago.  Hilarious and fun conversation about Brady’s first big time exposure to climbing mountains and trail running in the Rockies.

Brady was our first guest and he is utterly amazing!

Brady’s first episode: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/like-a-bigfoot-1-brady-manriquez

MORE LIKE A BIGFOOT:

Subscribe and Review on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/like-a-bigfoot/id1160773293?mt=2

Soundcloud Archives: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/likeabigfoot/

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

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #60: Josh LaJaunie — Losing Over 200 Pounds and Becoming a Vegan Ultrarunner

This week’s episode is for everyone who feel stuck in life.  Maybe you’re adrift without hope.  Or maybe you’re a dreamer who thinks your big goal is utterly impossible.

Josh LaJaunie is here to tell you that anything’s possible and by changing to a mindset of self love you can get yourself unstuck from any situation.

It’s a great episode!

A few years ago I listened to Josh on the absolutely fantastic Rich Roll Podcast.  If you haven’t heard Josh’s story, buckle up, it’s a good one!  Living in small town Louisiana, Josh found himself incrementally gaining weight as life went on, eventually rocking the scales at over 400 pounds.  He realized that he needed to make a change.  Over a few years of being conscious of his diet and nutrition, he eventually settled onto a vegan diet.  At the same time he started moving his body “like a human is supposed to” and began challenging himself to long distance running.

Flash forward to today and Josh has dropped 200 pounds (….You read that correctly….TWO HUNDRED!) and has transformed into one of the most inspiring plant-based ultra-endurance athletes on the planet.

In this episode, Josh shares his life philosophies and chats with me about what he’s learned through his journey.

I really expect the way he presents himself as a real person accomplishing nothing more than any of us could accomplish with the right kind of mindset and nutrition.

He’s an awesome dude and I promise that you will find some amazing takeaways from listening to Josh!

Huge shout out to Dr. Kasey Johnson from the Unlock Wellness Podcast for connecting me to Josh.  Definitely go check out their episode together to dig deeper into his story!

MORE FROM JOSH LAJAUNIE:

Website: https://joshlajaunie.com

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCXFsRc6p0Y8fa9L8UCb3zg/videos

Josh on the Unlock Wellness Podcast: http://drkasey.libsyn.com/uwp-episode-035-josh-lajaunie-400-lbs-to-a-plant-based-long-distance-runner

Josh on the Rich Roll Podcast: http://www.richroll.com/podcast/rrp-63-free-josh-lajaunie-lost-200-lbs-plantpower-diet/

http://www.richroll.com/podcast/josh-lajaunie-2/

MORE LIKE A BIGFOOT:

Subscribe and Review on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/like-a-bigfoot/id1160773293?mt=2

Soundcloud Archives: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/likeabigfoot/

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

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #59: Thad Burkamper — Training For and Racing His First Spartan Race

About a year ago, Thad Burkamper signed up for a Spartan Race.  Admittedly, he was out of shape and was starting from step one with this whole running thing.

Here’s the important part: he embraced the “It’s a long way to the top…if you wanna rock n roll” mindset (or the IALWTTTIYWRNR mindset…for “short”) and consistently improved little by little as the year went by.

As running became easier, he transformed his garage/back yard into a homemade Spartan Race obstacle.  Now there are soft balls hanging from ropes, giant tires, Atlas stones and humongous logs.  Basically, he went full Spartan Racer.

And it has paid off.

I’m excited to share this podcast today because Thad hits on quite a few topics: what inspired him to kickstart his physicality, how he overcame a major health related setback halfway through his training, how he used work and home-life as “added workouts” and, of course, his experience racing the Spartan Super in Michigan.

I’m proud to say that now he’s completely obsessed and is taking on the Spartan Trifecta next year (hopefully finishing out here with me in Colorado!!).

More importantly, Thad is spreading goodness by inspiring his wife to step up to the plate.  After watching Thad race, she is now spending her afternoons flipping big ole tires and rope climbing up trees.  What’s more “Like a Bigfoot” than that!!

Also for the first time ever, Thad recorded a song specifically for the show!  It’s hilarious and is extremely relatable by anyone who has been a beginner runner.  I put it right after the intro so be sure to check it out!

Thanks Thad! I’m excited for our race next summer!  Keeping in touch with you through your training has really inspired me to stay on track over the last year.  Keep spreading goodness!

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Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/likeabigfoot/

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

 

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #58: Jennifer Mabus — “The Whimsical Woman” Preparing to Hike the Pacific Crest Trail

This week we welcome Jennifer Mabus to the show!  Jennifer is a backpacker out of Washington and is preparing to take on the epic challenge of hiking the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail.  She also writes a fantastic blog at www.thewhimsicalwoman.com.

I was so excited to hear her story and preparation.  I’m a nerd about all things thru-hiking (although I’ve never thru-hiked myself).  The stories, adventures, and life-changing experiences people have after one of these huge quests always keep me on the edge of my seat.

In this episode we talk about Jennifer’s journey; how did she start backpacking, what is driving her to chase such a lofty goal, what obstacles is she expecting and how is she preparing herself physically, mentally, and emotionally for half a year in the woods?

I hope you guys enjoy the episode!  If you haven’t delved much into the world of long distance backpacking, I would highly suggest checking out some documentaries or books just to give you some perspective on what these adventures really consist of.  It will make you that much more excited for Jennifer and the adventures she’s about to embark on.

MORE FROM THE WHIMSICAL WOMAN:

The Whimsical Woman Blog: https://thewhimsicalwoman.com

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

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIUPDURNSrgUg96rxhlr5rA

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Soundcloud Archives: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/likeabigfoot/

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

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #57: Miguel Medina — The Journey of an Elite Ultra Obstacle Course Athlete

This week’s guest represents everything the Like a Bigfoot Podcast strives to showcase.  Grit, determination, intelligent training, and pushing through devastating obstacles to ultimately achieve greatness.

I met Miguel Medina last January during a 50k “fatass” training run from Nederland to Boulder.  While running together I instantly realized a few things: Miguel is fast….I mean FAST and he is very intentional with his training, mobility, and recovery.  I felt so lucky to spend a few hours picking his brain about living life as a pure well-rounded athlete.

I should probably mention he’s an elite ultra obstacle course racer who has numerous podium finishers in a wide variety of obstacle course races and in 2014 his team won the World’s Toughest Mudder (with Mark Jones, Hunter Mcintyre, and Dennis Wayne Welch).  In other words, he’s one of the best athletes I’ve ever had the pleasure of running with.

In this episode Miguel shares his story from “Gamer” with chronic back pain to elite athlete.  It’s intense, raw and is one of the most inspiring stories we’ve shared on this podcast.  I’m so grateful to hear his story and to be able to share it with you!

We also chat about how awesome it is to live and train in Durango, Colorado, strategies to manage emotions during team events, positivity and gratitude during intense races, and his current experience racing the Toughest Mudder Midwest.

Miguel just placed 5th in the Toughest Mudder Midwest in which he completed 45 miles of obstacles in 7 hours and 50 minutes (which is INSANELY FAST).  He is currently running through the San Juans preparing for the Spartan Ultra Beast in October and the Worlds Toughest Mudder in November (with his teammate Mark Jones).

MORE FROM MIGUEL:

Miguel’s coaching: www.yancycamp.com

Natural Running Network Podcast Episode: http://www.naturalrunningnetwork.com/ocr-running-tips-with-ultra-beast-miguel-medina/

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

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

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Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/likeabigfoot/

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

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #56: Bruce Kittle — Living With Intention, Recognizing and Seizing Life’s “Open Windows”

Get ready for one of my favorite episodes so far!  I left this conversation literally fist pumping in excitement and reinvigorated for life!

Bruce Kittle is one of the most motivational, positive people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.  He’s worn many different hats throughout his career- athlete, football coach, minister, lawyer- and, because he has experienced such variety, he is full of wisdom.

Bruce shares his “Open Windows” life philosophy and helps clarify how we all can recognize and seize the opportunities life throws at us.  We also discuss how he self reflects in order to live his life with integrity and in-line with his core values.

If you want to hear more, check out his awesome blog at www.brucekittle.com, it truly is excellent writing.

Through athletics, coaching, and his general mission of positivity, Bruce is a positive role model I’ve always admired.  I’m so glad we reconnected and will always be grateful in the lessons he has taught me.  Hope you enjoy and learn some as well!

P.S.- If you enjoy Iowa Hawkeye Athletics, get this, in his college career Bruce played football for hall of fame coach Hayden Fry AND wrestled for the greatest wrestler of all time Dan Gable!!! No wonder he has so much knowledge to share!

P.P.S.- Bruce is also the father of a previous guest George Kittle.  Quick George Update- he kicked butt in the NFL combine, was picked in the 5th round by the San Francisco 49ers, and scored his first professional TD against the Broncos a few weeks ago.  Super proud of George and if you listened to that episode you would see how much his dad means to him.

More From Bruce:

“Open Windows” Blog: https://www.brucekittle.com

George’s Episode: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/22-george-kittle-iowa-hawkeye-starting-tight-end-hard-work-creates-success

More Like a Bigfoot:

Subscribe and Review on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/like-a-bigfoot/id1160773293?mt=2

Soundcloud Archives: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/likeabigfoot/

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

 

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #55: Ryan Chukuske — Bigfoot 200 Race Report, Writing the Upcoming “Bigfoot 200” Book

This week we are welcoming back Ryan Chukuske specifically to hear about his adventure racing the Bigfoot 200 out in Washington a couple weeks ago!

Ryan does a great job describing his race experience.  Everything from the hilarious bus ride to the starting line to sleeping in the sleep stations to the challenges of the actual course.  He also shares some strategies and tricks of the trade he observed from the other racers.

If you’re interested in racing a 200 mile endurance race, you DEFINITELY need to give this episode a listen!  Ryan really puts you into the race and will help you truly understand what you are getting yourself into.

If you are like me and simply confounded by the whole dang thing, also be sure to tune in! It really gives you the impression that anything is possible.

Hope you guys enjoy!  We will definitely chat with Ryan again as we approach the release of his book “Bigfoot 200: Because, You Know, Why the $%#@ Not?” which chronicles the event from the perspective of Ryan, a plethora of other racers, the course medic, and the race director!  It’s going to be an awesome read for all you endurance junkies out there!

More from Ryan Chukuske

Our Previous Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/47-ryan-chukuske

Order “100 Miles of Thought”: https://www.amazon.com/100-Miles-Thought-Finding-Success/dp/148021583X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1498747719&sr=1-1&refinements=p_27%3ARyan+M.+Chukuske

Order “Into the Darkness: A Runner’s Revenge”: https://www.amazon.com/Into-Darkness-Ryan-M-Chukuske/dp/1499727844/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1498747719&sr=1-2&refinements=p_27%3ARyan+M.+Chukuske

ABC News Article: http://abcnews.go.com/US/minnesota-marathoner-covers-52-miles-run-backward/story?id=26316850

Past Interviews about 200 Mile Races:

Melissa Sinclair – How to Survive the Tahoe 200: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/like-a-bigfoot-13-melissa-sinclair

Candice Burt – Race Director of the Tahoe, Moab and Bigfoot 200: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/37-candice-burt

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #54: Lindsey Ward 2 –Running Her First Half Marathon, Summer Adventures

This week we welcome back my lovely wife Lindsey Ward to the show. She recently tackled a huge challenge when she signed up for the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon. Having never participated in an event over 7 miles before, finishing 13.1 is a huge reason to celebrate and I’m extremely proud of her!!

She also did it on minimal training in the middle of a crazy busy month and by overcoming possible strep throat.

Basically, her message today is best summed up by blatantly ripping off Nike…”JUST DO IT.” Sign up for something intimidating and go out, dig deep within yourself and find a way to get it done!!

Lindsey and I also share some thoughts on being active parents, tips on hiking with little ones, why you should schedule periodic adventures, along with a lot more.

Oh yeah, Lindsey fills us in on what she originally thought “goat yoga” was and it’s by far the funniest thing I’ve heard in months.

I’m so dang proud of Lindsey and want to thank her for the billions of things she does every single day for me and my daughters. Glad I can add “show our girls that you can accomplish giant challenges with just pure will and stubbornness” to the list!

Hope you guys enjoy! Keep pushing yourself and challenging your preconceived notions of what you are capable of. You rock!

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

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #53: Adam Jones — How Starting a Running Store Led to So Much More

This week I’m excited to share a conversation with Adam Jones.  Adam is the owner of The Brick, a running store in downtown Danville, Virginia.  He and the store have become key in Danville residents rediscovering and reclaiming their fitness.  Through opening the store and organizing a variety of different meet-ups, clubs, challenges, and races, Adam really is essential in changing his community for the better and has helped lead many people to healthier, happier lives.

Seeing first hand the running community he’s been able to establish has been inspiring and, honestly, makes me hopeful for Danville, a town I really miss and think about often.

In this episode, Adam shares his story.  How did he discover his love of running?  Why did he start the business?  How did he handle making a leap of faith?  How does he approach the challenges of entrepreneurship?  What incredible stories has he witnessed through starting the store?  How does he nurture the running community in Danville and what events are he most proud of?

I hope you guys enjoy this episode as much as I did!  If you’re ever in southern Virginia be sure to head into Danville and check out the Brick, I promise you’ll be as impressed as me with what Adam has been able to do with it these previous 5 years!

MORE FROM ADAM AND THE BRICK:

The Brick’s Website: http://www.thebrickva.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thebrickva/

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

 

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