This week we are chatting with Rebecca Walker all about her recent adventure in Antarctica! Rebecca guided blind runner Vladmi Virgilio Dos Santos through the last of his 4 Deserts stage race series which also consisted of the Sahara, Atacama, and Gobi deserts. She first started working for the Racing the Planet company as their expedition emergency physician where she assisted runners by using her extensive knowledge and focus on international emergency care systems to keep them safe.
In this episode Rebecca shares what it is like being an expedition physician in such extreme, isolated parts of the world. She also gives us an idea of what the stage race in Antarctica is all about! How getting there is an adventure in of itself, how she approached her goal of helping Vlad be successful, her strategies to survive the extreme conditions and the boat ride across the Drake passage, and what she learned through her experience.
Rebecca exemplifies the Live to Give mindset and this episode is a fantastic exploration of what happens when we intentionally seek to help others.
Greg is an adventure athlete, endurance racer and hosts a phenomenal hunting show on Sportsman Channel called “Greg Mchale’s Wild Yukon. His goal is that by being a conduit between outdoor adventure athletes and the hunting world, he can inspire the love of the outdoors and conservation.
In this episode we talk about numerous adventures he has had in one of the wildest places on Earth, the Yukon! We also discuss how his show is a culmination of all of his various outdoor passions throughout the years, what it’s like to fly prop planes, his experiences as a high level adventure racer, how to survive a 300+ mile run through the Yukon in winter, and much more!
I really enjoyed chatting with Greg for this week’s show and really hope you check out “Greg Mchale’s Wild Yukon”. This show is an excellent display of the vast wilderness of Northwestern Canada and really will inspire you to get outside and start exploring.
This week’s conversation inspired me to share my feelings on adventure which you can find at the very end of the show. Adventure has brought so much joy, passion, self discovery to my life that I really hope you guys are finding the same in yours!
I am so honored to bring you this week’s episode with USA Gold Medal Olympic Hockey player Amanda Pelkey.
Amanda shares all sorts of incredible stories from the USA’s journey to gold medal glory. In this episode we talk about the hard work, sacrifice and dedication that is involved in making the team, moments from the Olympic experience that she will always remember, and how her team’s attitude, toughness and mental fortitude led to their success.
We also talk about the gold medal game against Canada which was one of the absolute most intense games I’ve ever seen in all my time watching sports. Amanda discusses her mentality going into the game, how the team handled the emotions of playing for a gold medal, and what the locker room was like going into overtime.
(I literally just rewatched the highlights and the moment they win the game always gives me chills and chokes me up. To work your whole life towards something that momentous is absolutely incredible!)
This was one of my favorite episodes of the podcast and I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did! Amanda was so unbelievably awesome and well spoken and you won’t be able to leave this show without being beyond inspired by her story. Best of luck for everything she pursues in the future!
This week we are welcoming my amazing coworker, lifelong runner, and all around awesome dude Chris Cornejo!
Chris chats all about his life as an athlete, from high school cross country runner to someone who became a road marathoner, Running has always been a part of his life and recently he stepped up to his very first trail ultra marathon when he took on the Bear Chase 50k in Lakewood, Colorado.
In this episode Chris shares stories from his cross country days, talks about the Boston Marathon, and gets into how to train for your first ultra when you’re a busy dad, teacher, and husband.
Hope you guys enjoy! You know how much I want to spread the awesomeness of adventure and I truly believe one of the best ways to challenge yourself is to run a trail 50k. Just planting the seed of an idea for your 2019 goals!!! (Peer pressure!)
This week I’m very excited to bring Paul Scheuring back on the show!
Paul was originally on episode 101 sharing some awesome stories from our time at the Desert RATS Stage Race this summer.
This time he’s talking about his recent adventure running the Quad Dipsea, a race that has 9,200 feet of climbing in 28 miles….which sounds like a BEAST! Then we chat a bit about 10 day meditation retreats, the similarities between running and writing (he’s a professional writer who has written a bunch of awesome stuff), and we wrap up by talking about his time taking on the Marathon des Sables through the Sahara.
Incredibly fun episode and, honestly, I just enjoyed catching up with an awesome dude!
( “He’s a writer, so I have to make this post sound good…and stuff.” – Me to my wife
This week we are welcoming ultra runner and podcast host Rob Steger to the show!
Rob recently completed the EPIC Moab 240 which is a two hundred and forty mile race traversing all around Moab, UT. The race is put on by Candice Burt, race director of Destination Trails, and from all reports is an extremely high quality and AWESOME event! Over his 4 days of running Moab, Rob had an adventure of a lifetime! In this episode, we chat about how one goes about training for a 240 mile race, his lowest point and how he overcame it, weird hallucinations, and what it felt like to finally be running the last mile.
This week we are chatting with Katie and Jason Parker about what it takes to remodel a van, quit your jobs, and hit the road in search of adventure!
Three years ago they bought an old Ford van, gutted it, and spent their time together remodeling it into a living space. Currently, they are about four months into a year long road trip that will take them completely around the country. In those short four months they have faced down bison and bears, survived brake failures at in-opportune moments (i.e.- going down the steepest hill they’ve driven on), learned what it takes to keep a healthy relationship while living in a tight space, and have seen some of the most stunning places in the west.
Hope you guys enjoy this episode! The lessons I took away are how simplifying our lives brings about freedom and a reminder to place importance on travel and seeking adventure.
This week we are welcoming back Jennifer Mabus to hear some stories from her adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail!!
While hiking from Mexico to Canada, Jennifer experienced what truly can be described as an epic adventure. In this episode she shares stories from the trail, how she felt to reach the last mile of her journey, how the PCT community supported each other along the way, and what it is like to face down a mountain lion in the dead of night armed only with a rock and a knife. (In my opinion, her week long mountain lion encounters are some of the most intense stories that have been shared through all of our shows!)
I really hope you enjoy this episode and use Jennifer’s inspiration and positivity to step up to the challenges in your life. Maybe it will even motivate you to take on the unknowns of an adventure!!
This week we are welcoming back my cousin Matt Rackers from one of our earliest episodes!!
Back then Matt had just finished his very first half marathon. This time, he is fresh off completing his self made trifecta where he finished an obstacle course race one weekend, a half marathon the next, and his first trail 25k on the third weekend.
In this episode we talk all about these experiences, what drives Matt to take on challenges, what kind of goals he sets during the year (including playing golf in a three piece suit), and what he learned about himself when he found himself alone in the woods for a majority of the 25k.
I laughed harder and smiled more in this episode than I have in quite awhile! It’s always a joy catching up with Matt and I truly hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did!!
“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run.” – Forrest Gump
I’m extremely excited to welcome Rob Pope, the real life Forrest Gump, to this week’s show!
Over the last few years, Rob has taken on the EPIC challenge of recreating Forrest Gump’s famous run. Over 15,000 miles across the United States 5 times, he tested the limits of his own endurance and experienced the U.S. to the absolute fullest. Over his year and a half adventure he experienced highs and lows, received major support from strangers along the way, and ran through some of the most iconic places in the country. The human connections he made, along with the places he explored were life changing. Completing the challenge was absolutely unprecedented.
Today’s episode is all about this INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE.
Rob shares how one of his last conversations with his mother about “Doing one thing that makes a difference in this world” inspired this challenge. He also chats about the adventures he had along the way, along with the obstacles he had to overcome (including a torn quadricep..yikes!). We also talk a lot about one of my favorite subjects….Tom Hanks!
Please check out Rob’s website. He would love your help supporting two excellent charities- Peace Direct and World Wildlife Fund.