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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #102: Pete Kostelnick — Men’s Record Running Across U.S., Running Alaska to Florida

This week we are chatting with the incredible Hoka One One athlete Pete Kostelnick.

In 2016 Pete ran from San Francisco to New York City in 42 days, 6 hours and 30 minutes, shattering the previous record set in 1980.  That’s an average of 72 miles each day!

He also holds the fastest time for Badwater 135 which is commonly known as one of the hardest endurance races in the world as it traverses Death Valley in July.

In this episode Pete talks a bit about those accomplishments but mostly we dig into his next challenge.

Starting in August, he will run self supported from the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska all the way to Key West, Florida, while pushing a stroller full of his supplies the entire 5,000 miles.  What exactly is his strategy going into this thing?  How does a supported 2,000 mile journey compare to a self supported 5,000 one ?  What concerns does he have running through Alaska and Northern Canada?

This is the kind of adventure that is a must follow over the next few months! Watching Pete as he makes his way across the continent will act as daily inspiration to get out and achieve your goals.

Thanks so much for Pete for coming on the show! I wish you the best of luck on this AMAZING feat!

FOLLOW PETE’S JOURNEY HERE:

Facebook “Pete’s Feet Across America”: https://www.facebook.com/petesfeetaa/

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

Outside Magazine Article: https://www.outsideonline.com/2131106/pete-kostelnick-13000-calories-run-across-america

New York Times Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/26/well/move/how-to-run-across-the-country-faster-than-anyone.html

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #101: Desert RATS 4 — Stories from My Fellow Racers

This week’s Like a Bigfoot Podcast features stories from some of my fellow racers from the Desert RATS stage race.  These folks are absolutely amazing athletes and incredible human beings with stories that are intense, motivating, and will hopefully inspire you to step up to your own challenges.

It was great to reconnect because, after our experience traversing the desert, we bonded into a tight knit, super positive community.  This was the most surprising aspect of the race- Random strangers relying on each other and rooting for each other’s success.  After recapping, the power of this was something all of us felt.  It is something every single person needs to experience.  Desert RATS taught me why we should ALWAYS give other people the absolute best of ourselves, because WHY NOT??

In this episode we reconnect with the awesome Phil Pinti as he shares his thoughts on the race and his experiences pushing through one of the hardest race days he’s ever faced.

We also chat with Micky Sederburg about Hypernatremia and what happens when the wheels fall off in the middle of the most remote part of the desert.  Micky’s story is intense and his resolve for next year’s comeback will inspire me forever.

Next is Rachel Ridgway who traveled out from Maryland and talks about how she overcame a rough start to the week to finish strong.  She has inspired me to always push forward no matter the obstacles.

Thomas Mullins had an amazing week and taught me so much about ultrarunning, pacing, nutrition, how to properly put on sunscreen and why to buy a $20 cowboy hat.  I was so grateful to finish this race with him as I could not think of a better way to run down into Moab then chasing a cowboy through the desert.

Last on the podcast is Paul Scheuring.  Paul summarizes the experience of Desert RATS beautifully- a group of people who, at times, are willing to bear the burden for others to succeed.  It’s a wonderful lesson and Paul shares a remarkable story of a fellow racer, Scott (who rocks), supporting him in the brutal most desolate moment of his race.

I hope you guys enjoy! After this episode we are going to take a break from Desert RATS for a little bit.  But there will be another podcast like this in a month or so with some of the other racers and crew members, because I want to give each and every person involved a chance to share their experience.

See you guys next week!!

MORE FROM DESERT RATS:

Gemini Adventures: http://www.geminiadventures.com

Desert RATS registration: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=51488

Previous race reports: https://ultrarunning.com/featured/desert-rats-kokopelli-150-stage-race-2016/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #100: Desert RATS Kokopelli 150 Race Report

https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/100-my-desert-rats-kokopelli-150-race-report

This week’s episode is my race report from Gemini Adventures Desert RATS stage race.

Desert RATS is a 6 day stage race on the Kokopelli Trail from Fruita, Colorado to Moab, Utah.
This was one of my absolute favorite adventures I have ever experienced and I am extremely excited to share this race report for the special episode 100 of the podcast!!
Throughout this episode, I recap the event to my buddy Brady Manriquez and share a few audio clips I took during various stages of the race.  We talk about the incredible group of people involved, the power of supporting each other through hard times, the bizarre thoughts you get while running a long way, how the little things add up, and the power of having a WHY and running with intention.
I hope you guys enjoy and take something away from this show.  This one was not easy to record as it gets pretty personal, but I feel strongly that if it helps or encourages just one person get through a hard time it was absolutely worth it.
Next week, I’m putting together a retrospective from fellow racers and crew.  It’s gonna be awesome!

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #98: Desert RATS 3 — One Week Out With Phil Pinti

We are one week out from the Desert RATS Kokopelli Stage Race- a 6 day run through the desert- and this week I’m chatting with fellow racer and all around AWESOME guy Phil Pinti.

When it comes to stage races, neither Phil or I have any experience which means one week out we cannot be any more excited and nervous!

When you break the race down into the most simplistic terms, it seems fairly straight forward- keep putting one foot in front of the other.  But, as you will find out in this episode, there is an insane amount involved when planning and training for a multi-day event: food, hydration, self-care, sleeping arrangements, mandatory equipment, and safety procedures, and many more concerns.

In this episode Phil and I discuss our training and preparation, our expectations for the race, what we are looking forward to, and, most importantly, our why- the reason to sign up for something that is going to push you physically and mentally.

I really hope you enjoy listening to the show! I really loved chatting with Phil and am excited to meet him in a few days.

I truly hope you are out there stepping up to your big challenges and goals.  These events are exhilarating and bring enthusiasm and beauty to our lives. Go get ’em!!

MORE FROM PHIL PINTI:

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

Rip It Events: https://www.facebook.com/ripitevents/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MachoManRunneth

MORE FROM DESERT RATS:

Gemini Adventures: http://www.geminiadventures.com

Desert RATS registration: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=51488

Previous race reports: https://ultrarunning.com/featured/desert-rats-kokopelli-150-stage-race-2016/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #97: Travis Steffen 4 — Lessons From MMA & Cultivating a “Bias for Action”

This week we are continuing our chat with Travis Steffen about his experiences in a wide variety of athletic endeavors.  In this episode we dig into his late teens/ early twenties when he was fighting MMA, a time I’ve never really heard him speak in depth about.  Every time Travis is on the show I always learn something new and fascinating about him and this week is no different!

When he was 17 he used his “Bias for Action” to pursue something that was completely outside the norm for us growing up in smaller town Iowa, MMA fighting.  Luckily, one of the best training facilities at the time, Pat Miletich’s gym, was 30 minutes away.  So, always being one to forge his own path, he did what I have to imagine was the scariest possible thing, he stepped completely outside his comfort zone and signed up.

This conversation is about the lessons and experiences he had throughout the 7 or 8 years he spent training and fighting MMA.  We chat everything from training to realizing that professional fighters were just regular everyday people (who could knock you out in two seconds…but still) to reflecting on specific fights he had (aka the time I saw him get punched in the face a bunch) to the time he was mugged and stabbed.

Hope you guys enjoy!  Chatting with Travis is truly one of my absolute favorite pastimes.  I just love the guy!

We’ll get back at you next week!

P.S.- As we are quickly approaching our 100th episode of the Like a Bigfoot Podcast, I’d love to reach out to you to see if you have any ideas about how we could celebrate such an awesome milestone! If you have any suggestions email them to likeabigfoot@gmail.com.  Thanks so much for listening, I am so very grateful!

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #96: Brandon Swett 2 — Why We Are Terrified of Snakes and a Bunch More Random Topics

On this week’s episode of the podcast I got to sit down in my back yard and enjoy a conversation with one of my best buddies Brandon Swett.

Brandon was previously on episode 9 of the show discussing his experience at a 10 day silent meditation retreat (I highly suggest you check out that one!)  This week we chat about a wide variety of topics: Heroism, Swimming, Canoeing in Maine, and why I can’t watch horror films.  We also chat about one of the many things that makes both of us exactly like Indiana Jones- our fear of snakes.

I hope you guys enjoy this episode as much as I did! After recording Brandon looked at me and said “that was a random smorgasbord of topics….” and I high fives him!  After weeks and weeks of picking people’s brain for running tips in the lead up to my stage race (two weeks away!!!!) it was such a stress reliever for me to just hang out and catch up with a friend.

EXTRAS: Also at the end of the podcast during the Outro I recommend an adventure book and crazy sports documentary that absolutely blew my mind!! Make sure you listen for that if you’re looking for something good to read or watch on Netflix.

MORE FROM BRANDON:

Previous Like a Bigfoot Appearance: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/like-a-bigfoot-9-brandon-swett

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #94: Travis Macy — Mountain Athlete and Author of “The Ultra Mindset”

On this week’s episode of the podcast I got the opportunity to chat with endurance coach and mountain athlete Travis Macy.

Travis is an experienced adventure athlete who has participated (and won) a wide variety of events .  He’s competed in elite adventure races all around the world, 100 mile ultra marathons and ultra endurance mountain biking events.  He is also the author of the Ultra Mindset one of the best books I’ve read about motivation and mental techniques that will not only help you be successful as an athlete, but will be useful in your everyday life.

In this episode, we chat about how he embraces the Ultra Mindset.  We also touch on a wide variety of topics like hunting, parenting, adventure racing and how he survived Leadman (competing in every ultra endurance event in Leadville, CO in one summer).

If you enjoy this episode check out Travis’s website for information about his coaching and be sure to read his excellent book the Ultra Mindset.

Thanks for listening!!

(P.S.- My computer messed up and accidentally deleted the last 15 minutes of the conversation….I’m super disappointed this happened and spent the afternoon trying to get it back….Super bummed because Travis is such an interesting guy and shared such amazing advice…..On the plus side, this might mean I’ll have an excuse to hang out with him again!)

MORE FROM TRAVIS MACY:

Website: http://www.travismacy.com

Coaching: http://www.travismacy.com/coaching/

Order the “Ultra Mindset”: https://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Mindset-Endurance-Champions-Principles-ebook/dp/B00PWX7T2C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526607549&sr=8-1&keywords=the+ultra+mindset

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

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Like a Bigfoot #92: Desert Rats 2 — Gemini Adventures Race Director Reid Delman

This week I’m joined by Gemini Adventures race director Reid Delman to talk all things Desert RATS Stage Race, race directing, and the mindset needed to power through big time endurance events.

……and cage fighting!

Reid is a wonderful race director inspired by his own experiences to design events that push participants beyond what they think is possible.  He has organized all sorts of different adventures in western Colorado and Utah that range from ultra marathons to multi-day stage races to ultra distance mountain bike races.

In this episode we dig into Reid’s past as a multi-faceted athlete who has wrestled collegiately at Ohio State, competed in MMA, ran numerous ultra marathons and even participated in the Eco-Challenge.  We also discuss his mindset and how he applies toughness and adventure to his events.

Mostly, we discuss the Desert RATS stage race in which I’m participating in this June.  What are the biggest obstacles to overcome when running multiple days through the desert?  How do you go about preparing for the intense heat?  How do you stay hydrated?  And how do you keep pushing forward to finish such a brutal event?

Enjoy the episode! Be sure to check out Gemini Adventures for future events.  I’ve ran two of Reid’s races at this point and guarantee you will have an amazing time!

MORE FROM DESERT RATS:

Gemini Adventures: http://www.geminiadventures.com

Desert RATS registration: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=51488

Previous race reports: https://ultrarunning.com/featured/desert-rats-kokopelli-150-stage-race-2016/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #91: Brad Dains — Booneville Backroads Ultra, Balancing Training with Dadmode

https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/91-brad-dains

This week’s guest is ultrarunner, dad extraordinaire, beer lover, and Iowan Brad Dains.  Brad is a midwesterner spreading awesomeness by helping introduce Iowans to the joys of ultrarunning.

Specifically, we talk all about the Booneville Backyards Ultra, a race Brad co-directs.  Booneville is a special race near Des Moines that allows runners to explore the beauty of my home state Iowa.  It also is surprisingly challenging as the constant rolling hills and the extremely muddy “B Roads” suck the energy and motivation right out of you.  Look at the cover of this week’s episode or google B Roads to get an idea of how gnarly these things can get.

We also get into Brad’s training routine and how he balances running with raining 4 kids, his full time job, and coaching soccer.  He shares a couple EXCELLENT tips.  “Invisible training” where you train at such insanely early hours that your family hardly notices.  And his super intense midwestern elevation training, aka a stair workout where he throws on a heavy backpack and walks up and down his 11 stairs over six hundred times!

I hope you guys enjoy the episode.  Wanted to thank you all so much for supporting the show!! If you want to help us out, be sure to subscribe and review on iTunes.

Go get ’em this week!!

MORE FROM BRAD:

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

Ultrarunner Podcast: https://ultrarunnerpodcast.com/brad-dains-interview/

Booneville Backroads: http://boonevillebackroadsultra.com

Equalizer Endurance Run: http://www.equalizerdsm.com

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #90: Maudie Jordan — “RunFreeRunWild” Mindset and The Power of Resilience

This week’s episode is an extremely powerful example of the power of perseverance, gratitude, and a “learning how to suffer” mindset.

Maudie Jordan is a wonderful, incredibly positive, and completely badass mountain athlete from the Pacific Northwest.  She has completed multiple 100 milers, climbed numerous mountains, and spends her times exploring all sorts of wild areas.

In this episode, she shares the ups and downs of her journey, what it’s like to run a 100 miler with anemia, and how failure led her to personal growth and how she learned to embrace an adventurous life.

Most importantly she teaches us perseverance.  She set a goal to finish a 100 miler,  failed four separate times, quit running, rediscovered her love of trail running, and eventually accomplished her goal!  Her story is so incredibly inspiring and my hope is that we can all apply some of these lessons to our own lives.

This was one of my absolute favorite conversations! Maudie is well-spoken, hilarious, extremely positive, and authentic.  Enjoy!

MORE FROM MAUDIE:

“Runfreerunwild” on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/runfreerunwild/

Excellent Blog for Trail Sisters: https://www.trailsisters.net/2018/03/07/i-didnt-finish-but-have-grown/

“Those Park Guys” Podcast Episode: https://soundcloud.com/tpgpodcast/3-ultramarathon-runner

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