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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #68: Kuntal Joisher — Discovering Your Life’s Mission, Quest to Summit Everest

In 2016, Kuntal Joisher was the first documented vegan to stand on the top of the world.  Mount Everest was a culmination of a journey built around the discovery of his life’s mission and bravery to step outside the norm to pursue something spectacular.

Having never been an athlete and weighing upwards of 240 pounds, Kuntal defied his sedentary lifestyle, fell in love with the Himalayas and started to go after one of the most insanely difficult adventures; the summit of Everest.

His story is energizing, exhilarating, and will move you to “find your Everest”- a worthwhile cause that drives your life in meaning and purpose.

In this episode Kuntal shares the importance of discovering your life’s purpose and how it leads to growth and success, his Everest journey and how he persevered through three separate trips wrought with hardships and tragedy, the emotions that come with finally accomplishing your life’s goal and many other lessons he has learned along the way.

He’s an amazing story teller and I could honestly listen to his adventures all day long.  He’s passionate about veganism, mountaineering, spreading love and positivity and influencing those around him to discover their own passions.

I absolutely loved chatting with Kuntal and hope you guys enjoy this really excellent addition to the Like a Bigfoot Podcast.  Be sure to check out the links below for all things Kuntal Joisher so you can dig deeper into his veganism, excellent photography and his mission as a dementia awareness advocate.

Huge thanks to previous guest, Dr. Kasey Johnson of the Unlock Wellness Podcast for connecting me to Kuntal.  I can’t even express how much I enjoyed having him on the show!

MORE FROM KUNTAL JOISHER:

Website: http://www.kuntaljoisher.com

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

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

Unlock Wellness Podcast Episode: http://drkasey.libsyn.com/episode-074-kuntal-joisher-find-your-everest

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #67: Justin Horneker — Running Coach for Anthrophysique, Successful Training

Very excited this week to share with you this episode of the Like a Bigfoot Podcast with Anthrophysique running coach Justin Horneker.

Over the last month the theme of the show has been exploring the ideas of “expanding our capacity for success” and “transforming inspiration into action.”

This conversation with Justin is really intentional around these two ideas.  I feel like there are a few huge barriers to success:

#1. No accountability

#2.  No Vision or Roadmap

#3. No knowledgeable person to bounce ideas off of

For those of us pursuing running, a great option for minimizing these obstacles is hiring a coach.  Someone like Justin who’s job is to take part in discussions, help set goals, hold you accountable, and really push you to achieve beyond your perceptions.

That’s why I’m pumped to share this convo!

Justin is extremely knowledgeable about all things running and is able to discuss at length the physical demands, the mental challenges and the emotional needs of his athletes.  He is also an active participant in the running world as a previous collegiate athlete and road runner.

In this episode, Justin talks about his experience running cross country in college, his training philosophies based around “Less B.S. and more hard work”, how to handle injuries and complacency, and how to set and achieve goals in the running world.

Thanks so much for listening, I truly appreciate all the support we receive week in and week out!

The Like a Bigfoot Tribe is consistently growing and pushing towards being more successful, awesome people and really spreading goodness around the world and it is completely blowing my mind!! So from the bottom of my heart I want to thank you guys.

MORE FROM JUSTIN HORNEKER

Hire Him as a Coach at Anthrophysique: http://anthrophysique.com

The Running Through It Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/running-through-it/id1291732441?mt=2

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hornekerjustin

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKHdO-S21CL2Xm6Cn_lTTDA

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #66: Natalie Larson — Self Supported California Coastal Trail Fastest Known Time

In August Natalie Larson caught an Uber to the Mexican border and set out on the biggest adventure of her life.  44 days 18 hours 40 minutes and 1,171 miles later, she had traversed the entirety of the Californian coast.  Along the way she survived encounters with mountain lions, swam across rivers, and discovered the kindness of strangers.

Natalie’s journey really encapsulates all I respect and love about adventure.

Here’s a bit of the intro to her fantastic blog about the experience (link below):

I saw headlamps from afar that led me to water in the middle of the night. I found a woman’s purse complete with driver’s license, credit cards, sunglasses, from the 70s. I found my way out of a sandstorm on fifty-foot high dunes, scared away a mountain lion by screaming at the top of my lungs, climbed over slippery rocks, raced along the beach to beat the incoming tide, escaped the grasp of a farm worker who grabbed my arm, swam across a river carrying my gear on my head (twice), followed footprints when I couldn’t see through the beach mist at night, tripped, fell, and passed out from the pain along the highway. I dealt with poison oak, an infected blister, and glasses scratched by sandy high-speed winds. I slept under trees beside the road, on the beach, and in campgrounds where I shared food with the homeless. By San Francisco I had started to resemble a homeless person and the homeless recognized me as one of their own, asking me for gear tips and warning me that the police were “on the war path.”

Her story truly is AWESOME

I hope you guys enjoy the episode and feed off of the inspiration from Natalie to move forward on your own dreams!

Congratulations again Natalie.  You are an inspiration!  Keep being you and kick some ass on whatever your next big thing is!

MORE FROM NATALIE:

Natalie’s California Coastal Trail Blog: https://natalielarsoncct.blogspot.com

Previous Like a Bigfoot Episode: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/like-a-bigfoot-11-natalie-larson

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

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #65: Dr. Kasey Johnson — Host of the Unlock Wellness Podcast, Taking Action on Goals

Welcome back! This week we are chatting with the awesome host of the “Unlock Wellness Podcast” Dr. Kasey Johnson.

A month ago I was honored to be a guest on her show (episode 53) and afterwards I really wanted to chat again to learn more about her and all of the excellent projects she is pursuing.  Kasey totally embodies the idea of “spreading goodness” as has spent the last year fearlessly taking action on her goals.

In this episode we discuss Kasey’s background, why she created the Unlock Wellness Podcast, how and why she has been so successful setting and accomplishing goals, what she has learned since going plant-based and training for her first triathlon.

Definitely check out all of the awesomeness Kasey is putting out to the world (links below).  Hopefully, you will really follow her example and simply TAKE ACTION on your own goals!

MORE FROM DR. KASEY JOHNSON

Subscribe to the Unlock Wellness Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-unlock-wellness-podcast/id1215420028?mt=2

Kasey’s Website: https://drkaseyjohnson.com

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/drkaseyjohnson

Children’s Book: https://www.amazon.com/Maddoxs-Trip-Chiropractor-Kasey-Johnson/dp/1546886826

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #64: Scott Stark 2 — Mountain RATS Ultramarathon, His First 50k!

About a month ago, Scott Stark and I ran the Mountain RATS 50k in Eagle, CO.  What started as a beautiful crisp fall morning transformed into a stormy downpour.  The second half of the race gut checked us and really tested our ability to withstand the discomfort of being cold, wet, fatigued, sore, and exhausted.

The craziest thing- it was Scott’s first ultra marathon (having only ran a half marathon previously) AND HE SIGNED UP 6 DAYS BEFORE THE RACE!

In this episode, Scott and I nerd about all things mountains, Colorado, and trail running before heading into our race report.   Scott was on a previous episode about “Climbing Your First 14er” in which he shared a lot of knowledge about mountain climbing, but we didn’t really get the chance to dig into his backstory.  So I’m pumped for you to get to know this awesome dude!

We cover a bunch of different topics in our chat: What skills do you need to take on the 50k distance?  How do you build grit, tenacity, and resilience to help you stubbornly push forward?  How does knowing how to ice skate help in six inches of muddy trails 20 miles into the race?

I’m pumped to share part two of this week’s “newbie 50k race reports.”  The goal is that YOU feel confident enough after these podcasts to take on your own big time challenges!

MORE FROM SCOTT:

Previous episode “Guide to Climb Your First 14er”: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/42-guide-to-climb-your-first-14er-scott-stark-sean-furlong

SIGNUP FOR YOUR FIRST ULTRA:

Ultra signup: https://ultrasignup.com

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

Desert RATS Stage Race: http://www.geminiadventures.com/running-events-2/desert-rats/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #63: Jason Sudduth 2 — Finishing First 50k, Pilot Mountain to Hanging Rock

Big celebration this week!!

Over the last few months we have been following Jason Sudduth and his quest from “refocusing on health” to taking on his first ultra marathon.

I’m happy to say that last Saturday he reached his goal by finishing the Pilot Mountain to Hanging Rock 50k in North Carolina!!

In this episode Jason shares his race report and really gives us the perspective of what a mountain trail run is like from a first timer.

Over the next few episodes we are really hoping that you realize that YOU can step up to take on a 50k while also giving you a realistic view of the hard work and effort that goes into these events.  YOU totally got this!!!

THE REST OF JASON’S STORY:

Getting healthy and hiking the Linville Gorge: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/39-jason-sudduth

Training Chat: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/52-bigfoot-sightings

Race Day Expectations: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/61-bigfoot-sightings-2

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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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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

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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/

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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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