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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #196: Anna Albrecht — HURT 100 & Hawaiian Trail Running Adventures

This week we are chatting with ultra runner and adventurer Anna Albrecht about all things Hawaiian Trail running, including an attempt to circumnavigate Oahu and her experience racing (and winning!) the epically difficult HURT 100!!

Anna is an incredible athlete who embraces and exemplifies her love of adventure and exploration of both the beautiful Hawaiian wilderness and her own capabilities in endurance.  Through talking with her you get a sense of the passion she has for the sport and the love for her trail running community!

In this episode we chat about how she got into this sport, her first 100 mile race at the HURT 100, how she changed her approach for round two with the race (her second running of it) and the story of winning it five weeks after breaking her arm on a run!

Hope you all enjoy the show! If you want to get some serious Hawaiian trail running envy, you should follow Anna’s instagram account @annahadabigday where she posts some AMAZING pictures of the trails she enjoys in Hawaii!

MORE FROM ANNA ALBRECHT:

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

Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/19599183

HURT 100: https://hurt100.com

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #195: Cody Townsend — Adventures in Ski Mountaineering THE FIFTY

This week we are welcoming professional skier and ski-mountaineer Cody Townsend to the show!!

Cody is in the middle of taking on one of the most difficult challenges in ski mountaineering, climbing up and then skiing down the “Fifty Classic Ski Descents in North America”.  It’s a project that requires skill, patience, guts, and effort beyond comprehension.  It has also become one heckuva YouTube Adventure series that you should stop and binge watch immediately!

The quick version: after reading his copy of the iconic book “Fifty Classic Ski Descents in North America” Cody thought “I’d ski those” then he thought “I guess I might as well climb up them too.”  Then he set out to do just that and he’s filming each attempt along the way.  And the films are freaking awesome, terrifying, hilarious, educational and inspiring all in one.  Each episode is legitimately high quality adventure filmmaking which you guys will enjoy immensely!

From THE FIFTY website:

“From Alaska to Colorado, California to Baffin Island, these lines are among the most difficult in the world and all of them have at least one historical descent. But no one has skied them all. Over the course of the next three years, I will change that.

Drawn in simply by the allure of “I want to ski that,” I plan to devote the next few years of my life to skiing every line documented in that book. And for one final twist, I plan on doing it the hard way, by climbing every line that I ski.”

—Cody Townsend, November 2018

This episode explores- What it was like skiing the Line of the Year in 2014 (which is something that has to be seen to believe!), Cody’s three rules his lives by through the FIFTY, how he has transitioned as an athlete to add ski-mountaineering to his repertoire, my 6 year old’s reactions to his video of Pyramid Peak, how he handles fear, and his decision to postpone this season’s adventures due to COVID-19.

Hope you all enjoy the episode!! Cody is an incredible athlete but also a super down to earth easy to talk to kind of dude and I am really grateful he shared an hour with us!!

MORE FROM CODY TOWNSEND:

THE FIFTY Youtube Series: https://www.youtube.com/user/hucknorris83

THE FIFTY website: https://skithefifty.com

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

Website: http://www.codytownsend.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/codytownsend 

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

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #194: Gavan Hennigan — Rowing Solo Across the Atlantic, Winning the Iditarod Trail Invitational

This week we are chatting with Irish Adventurer Gavan Hennigan all about his life as an adventurer! Get ready because this is an absolutely AMAZING episode of the show!!

Gavan has spent his adult life diving head first into adventure.  Having traveled around the world for work as a deep sea saturation diver (which is fascinating), he has taken on everything from climbing Himalayan peaks to running across a frozen Siberian lake in the winter to rowing across the Atlantic Ocean by himself to, most recently, winning the Iditarod Trail Invitational!

In this episode we get to hear all sorts of adventure tales from these expeditions and dive fully into how Gavan’s mindset has evolved because of them.  This is a person who has had some very unique life experiences and I am so very grateful to be able to listen to his stories and lessons and be able to share them with you guys!

Hope you enjoy the show as much as I did!! Thank you so much Gavan and best of luck on everything that you plan to take on in the future!

MORE FROM GAVAN:

Website: https://www.gavanhennigan.com

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

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

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #193: Clark Beckham 2 — Tales From His First 50 Mile Ultramarathon

A couple months ago Clark Beckham laced up his shoes to run 50 miles at the Rocky Racoon in Huntsville, Texas.  Since we previously talked after the Marine Corps Marathon, Clark’s training had been a bumpy road- think busy life of a musician on tour combined with a rough marathon recovery.

Despite a near non-existent training block, he lined up at the start line anyway.  Braving the ups and downs of his very first ultramarathon, pushing through every step of the way and discovering just how much he is capable of through pure grit and determination.

This is the story of Clark’s race.  A story in which he will inspire you, make you laugh, make you wince in empathetic pain, and challenge you to go after your own ridiculously lofty goals!!

Hope you guys enjoy the show! I am absolutely floored by Clark’s story and am incredibly inspired by him!

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 #192: Ryan & Emily Wanless 2 — Enduring the 350 Mile Iditarod Trail Invitational

A month ago we chatted with Ryan and Emily Wanless as Ryan was days away from entering the Alaskan Wilderness to take on the EPIC 350 mile Iditarod Trail Invitational.

Since that time, Ryan has slept near wolves, trudged through ridiculously deep snow, heard tales of Moose attacks, pulled a sled up through a mountain range, marched down a frozen river, and finished his incredible adventure at backwoods cabin in McGrath, Alaska.

This episode captures some of the adventures he had along with the lessons he learned along the way.  I love chatting with Ryan and Emily about the extreme ultras they take on and have learned a lot about the sport through our conversations.

Hope you guys enjoy the episode and are finding new and exciting ways to spend your days as we are all battling through this difficult time.  Much love!

MORE FROM RYAN AND EMILY:

Ryan’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wanlessrm/

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

Ryan’s Previous LABF Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/133-ryan-wanless

Emily’s Previous LABF Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/157-emily-wanless

Iditarod Trail Invitational: https://www.iditarodtrailinvitational.com/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #191: Jake Allison — Embracing the Journey Into Ballet and Cycling

While some take the path of least resistance, the easiest one laying before them, Jake Allison chose the path of passion, committing most of his time to the blood, sweat and tears necessary to pursue his dream.

Jake and I went to high school together in Muscatine, Iowa.  In high school he decided to pursue his dream to become a dancer.  Leaving behind what was comfortable, Jake set out to see how far he could make it in the extremely competitive world and challenging world of ballet.

I absolutely love his story as it illustrates the passion and enthusiasm our ambitions drive us towards and the guts it takes to step outside the norm to chase something you truly love.  I’ve always been inspired by Jake’s assertiveness and was extremely excited to hear the journey he took after we parted ways in high school.

Ballet sounds incredibly difficult and I’m astounded by the skill needed to master it.  We also chat a bit about Jake’s recent journey into competitive cycling and how that has coincided with his move to Northern Ireland.

Hope you guys enjoy the show!!

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #190: Brittany Charboneau — Joyfully Competing in the Olympic Marathon Trials

A few weeks ago Brittany Charboneau competed in the Olympic Marathon Trials.  Just being a part of this race is a BIG TIME goal that athletes work years and years to achieve.  Brittany not only participated, but she placed 13th in a stacked field AND beat her personal best marathon time by three minutes!!

In this episode we chat all about Brittany’s journey from “I guess I’ll try one of these running race thingys” to “I will be a complete badass and run super fast against other super fast people.”  She shares how she uses the power of positive self-talk (and funny imaginary characters) along with intentionally enhancing personal joy to push through tough moments.

Brittany also talks extensively about the awesomeness of the Olympic Trials experience she had in Atlanta, what it’s like to race with some of her idols, the love and happiness she receives during running, and how she uses incremental steps to attain a goal this big!

Hope you all enjoy the episode and are finding many things to be joyful about (despite the difficult circumstances we have all found ourselves in).

Huge thanks to Brittany for sharing her mindset and her stories on the show this week!

MORE FROM BRITTANY CHARBONEAU:

Website: http://thefunnyrunner.com

Running Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/funnyrunner26.2/

Art Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/funnyrunner26.art/

Mercuria Running: http://mercuriarunning.com

Mercuria Running Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mercuriarunning/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #189: Paul Scheuring 2 — Perpetually Soldiering on Despite the Unknown

A conversation about the absurdity of a massive endeavor, the fear of the unknown, the wonderfulness of a community, the power of stories, the compounding effects of small acts of kindness, the adaptability of humanity, and the inevitability of a bad time….when you’re canoeing.

This has been a long freaking anxiety producing, world shifting week.  Thank goodness we have friends.  Those wonderful souls to talk things out with- the serious talks, the talks about nothing and everything in-between!

This is why I called up my buddy Paul Scheuring.  Listening to wisdom from Paul has quickly become one of my favorite pastimes and I legitimately cherish every conversation we have!

Hope you guys gain some peace of mind, some positivity and some love from this episode!

Through this weird time that we are all going through, remember to act with kindness.  Act from the goodness of your heart, help your community with the conviction of love, and, simply, be nice!

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #188: Tricia O’Hara — Running the Empire State Building & Other Adventures of an Elite Stair Runner

Tricia O’Hara loves stairs.  Running them, climbing them, the feeling of floating up them to the top of a building using nothing but her body and a ridiculously hard, pure anaerobic effort.  In fact, she loves them so much that she has become one of the elite stair runners, athletes who travel around sprinting up the most famous buildings in the world.

Over the last six years, she has climbed stairwells in the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, the Freedom Tower, and Rockafeller Center.   Along with stair climbing, she has been a lifelong endurance athlete participating in many marathons and triathlons ranging from sprint distances to Ironmans.  She has also battled a fear of swimming and a serious injury where she was hit head on by a truck and was told to be uncertain about the possibility of running again.

She’s awesome! She demonstrates positivity, passion, and the grit to endure such an explosive, high energy sport!

In this episode we chat all about her adventures into stair climbing!  Why does she love the sport and what has she learned about herself through these challenges?  What is it like to be at the very top of such iconic buildings like the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower?  What mental tricks she has to push through the wall when she is completely out of breath and physically exhausted?  Tricia also explains what a Redbull 400 is and it blows my mind! (and no..it is not a 400 mile race…which is where my ultrarunning mind went to right away)

Hope you guys enjoy the show!! Huge thanks to Tricia for sharing her story and to my cousin Susan Nowell for setting up the interview!

MORE FROM TRICIA O’HARA:

Website: https://www.triciaohara.com

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

20 Question Article: http://lessonsinbadassery.com/20-questions-tricia-ohara-elite-stair-runner/

Stair Running: http://towerrunningusa.com

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #187: Brady Manriquez 3 — Training for His First Ultra, 50k Mistakes & Triumphs

SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE!!!

My buddy Brady Manriquez is in the middle of training for his very first ultramarathon- a 50k at the Booneville Backroads Ultra!!

In this episode, Brady and I talk about the ups and downs of a 50k, what he should be ready for both mentally and physically, and I share mistakes I’ve made and lessons I’ve learned throughout my last seven years of ultrarunning.

Prepare yourself for a conversation about chafing, drinking from mold infested water bottles, intense downpours of freezing rain, more chafing, something called “chub rub”, shorts shaming, and, did I mention, chafing.

This a fun, long chat with one of my best friends in the whole world.  I hope you guys draw some wisdom from my misadventures but keep in mind that I am not a medical expert, sports scientist, or even an amazing ultrarunner….so please take all advice with a grain of salt!

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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