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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #240: Matt Allred — Regaining Fitness, Mental Health, Creativity and Parenthood

This week we are chatting with Matt Allred about his journey in taking control of his health, how he rediscovered fitness, how to maintain mental health, the importance of creativity in his life and the challenges of parenthood.

Matt is an OB-GYN based out of Idaho who balances his own personal fitness and health with a busy career life and life as a husband and father.

In this episode, Matt shares openly about his journey out of a TRENCH, a low point where a decline in physical health bled over into his mental well being and family life.  With consistent little changes towards fitness he was able to regain control of his mindset, lost 30 pounds, and saw the benefits in his emotional and mental health.

This episode is all about struggles in parenting and how being aware of moments of failure are motivational in our constant battle to be the best dads we can be. We also chat about the importance of creative projects in showing our kids that adults can still be passionate, active, motivated people enjoying this beautiful world!

Matt also talks about how to increase our capacity for Mental Health in this stressful year, why music and exercise is so important to his happiness, and how he discovered his happy place in Iceland.

This is a great conversation and I have discovered recently that I really enjoy talking openly with fellow parents about all the highs and lows of parenting. We all want to be excellent for our kids and I’m finding that these authentic and open conversations have helped me feel like “We’re all in this together” versus “I’m the only one going through this” mindset.

Hope you guys enjoy!!

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #239: Dylan Roche — His Journey as a Runner Convinced Him to Pursue His Dream Job

This week we are sitting down with writer and runner Dylan Roche to chat about how his journey through running has affected his journey as a writer!

Running has given Dylan the confidence to quit his job in pursuit of writing, something he has always been passionate about.  This journey has changed his life and has set him on a more passionate life.

In this episode we chat all about how he got into this sport, what lessons from writing have filtered into running and vice versa, what his experience was like taking on back to back marathons, what it was like running his very first ultramarathon (the Yeti 24 Hour Virtual Challenge), and how he plans to continue on this path in the future.

We also chat a bit about his upcoming book “Runner’s Warning” about his experiences, adventures and misadventures.

I really enjoyed chatting with Dylan and hope you enjoy his story!

MORE FROM DYLAN ROCHE: 

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

Website: http://www.dylanrochewriter.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DylanIsWriting

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #238: John Petersen 2 — “The Impossible Row” Reflections a Year Later, Rowing to Antarctica

This week we are bringing back John Petersen, rower, family man, principal, and one of my favorite guests from 2020!

At the end of 2019 John had a very unique adventure as he joined a team of five other guys to complete “The Impossible Row”.  The first completely manpowered row of the treacherous Drake Passage from Chile to Antarctica.

In the last episode we talked right after this event and I wanted to bring him back on to hear his reflections a year out. What lessons from the row has he continued to use in everyday life? What was it like to view the documentary of such a wild adventure? (“The Impossible Row” is now on Discovery+ and was excellent!) How has he been changed by his first expedition?

We also get a chance to dive deeper into the row itself as we talk the brutality of the storms in the Drake Passage, the formation of a brotherhood with his fellow rowers/adventurers, what it was like endure day after day of intense rowing for nearly 13 straight days.

This is a great conversation with an incredible human being and I am honored to be able to have John back on the show. Hope you guys enjoy!! John, thank you so much for sharing wisdom, stories and captivating my imagination!

MORE FROM THE IMPOSSIBLE ROW:

Impossible Row Documentary: https://www.discoveryplus.com/show/the-impossible-row-13008

Project Website: https://www.discovery.com/shows/the-impossible-row

Youtube Series: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqOoboPm3uhY_YXhvhmL-WA

John Petersen: https://www.instagram.com/john.r.petersen/

Colin O’Brady: https://www.instagram.com/colinobrady/

Fiann Paul: https://www.instagram.com/theimpossiblerowcaptain/

Jaime Douglas-Hamilton: https://www.instagram.com/jamiedougham/

Cameron Bellamy: https://www.instagram.com/cam_ubunye/

Andrew Towne: https://www.instagram.com/towne_andrew/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #237: Nic Chiri — 10K to 100 Miles, Journey into Ultramarathons

This week we are chatting with someone new into the ultrarunning world Nic Chiri!!

Nic is from a small river town in southern Iowa and after years of searching for something to be really passionate about, he put on some running shoes and fell in love with the sport!

This episode is all about his journey from deciding to run a 10K, a seemingly impossible distance at the time, in 2018 to running his first 100 miler in 2020. Nic shares about how ultrarunning has changed his perspective on life, what he’s gained by stepping outside his comfort zone, and how he has benefitted in all walks of life from taking on big challenges!

He also shares the story of his first 100 miler at the Booneville Backroads Ultra in Des Moines, Iowa. It was a race in which he battled the urge to quit during every step of the last 25 miles and where he ultimately realized the power of “we” as his crew helped him push through the suffering.

I truly enjoyed this episode as I saw a lot of my own passion for ultrarunning and endurance reflected in Nic’s story! I hope you guys gain some wisdom and inspiration from listening and are captivated as I was! Enjoy!

MORE FROM NIC CHIRI:

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

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #236: Candice Burt 4 — Lessons From Taking On Audacious Goals!

This week Candice Burt, one of my favorite guests ever, returns to the show!

In this episode we talk about all of the ups and downs she faced over the last year including pulling the plug on her Arizona Trail FKT attempt due to the COVID shutdowns last March, creating the awesome East Coast vs. West Coast Challenge with Jason Green, and  organizing and directing the monumental Moab 240!

We also dive into her mindset when going after audacious goals, how she finds contentment through her ambition, the importance of being adaptable, and how expanding your physical abilities expands everything else.

Candice is one of the most fascinating ultrarunners out there with some major achievements as both an athlete and a race director. I’m always captivated when chatting her and am ridiculously excited to share this episode with you guys!

MORE FROM CANDICE:

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

Website: https://www.candiceburt.com/

Sign up for a 200 miler (or her other races) here:  https://www.destinationtrailrun.com

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #235: Darius Sam 2 — 100 Miles to Establish a Mental Health Program

This week we are bringing back Darius Sam an incredible young ultrarunner who has combined his love of the sport and his passion for serving his community.

Last summer 19 year old Darius came on the podcast to talk about his first attempt at a 100 miler in which, by pushing his body to its absolute limits, he was able to raise over $90,000 for his local food bank.  During that run he collapsed near the end and was rushed to the hospital.

In December he decided to give the same route another shot, this time with the goal of raising money to help establish a Men’s Mental Health Program in Nicola Valley. Learning from his first 100 miler he went out and crushed it, setting his sights on some BIG TIME goals for 2021!

In this episode we chat all about the lessons he learned from his first 100 and how he applied them to his second.  We also discuss the necessity of funding mental health programs especially in the time of COVID, how serving others can help you clarify your purpose, and what big goals are on the horizon for Darius.

Can’t wait to share this episode with you! I really look up to Darius’s ambition and desire to use his athletic goals to spread goodness around his community!

MORE FROM DARIUS AND HIS FUNDRAISER:

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

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/100-miles-for-men039s-counselling-go-darius

Canada Global News Story: https://globalnews.ca/news/7505163/bc-man-mens-mental-health-ultramarathon/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #234: Kaitlyn Yonke — Running the Fastest Known Time on Utah’s White Rim Road

This week we are welcoming ultrarunner, mountain athlete, and coach Kaitlyn Yonke!

Kaitlyn recently set the Fastest Known Time on the iconic White Rim Road in Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah. She also has raced extremely well a few times at the Leadville 100.

In this episode we talk all about her FKT, the power of service and her reasons for raising awareness for Multiple Sclerosis, the poetic beauty of ultrarunning versus the reality, her participation in the Adrenalin Project, and trail running gems near the Denver area!

Thanks for tuning in and huge thanks to Kaitlyn for coming on the show!!

NOTICE: In the Outro I share a list of “New Year’s Decisions” I’ve made for 2021 and why I made the distinction between “decisions” and “resolutions.”

I’m a huge believer in the power of words (obviously as a podcast host ha ha). Words have power. The words you say to yourself, to other people and to the people who look up to you for leadership. “Resolutions” seems like a choice to be made whereas “decision” seems like your mind is already made up by what you are GOING to accomplish.

MORE FROM KAITLYN YONKE:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kkroo917/

Runinfinite: https://runinfinite.com

Adrenalin Project: https://theadrenalinproject.com

MS Run the US: https://www.msruntheus.org

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #233: Dave & Amy Freeman — A Year in the Wilderness, North American Odyssey

(Photo Credit: Nate Ptacek)

Happy 2021!! Here’s to a blank slate full of possibilities, happiness, and all the awesome goals we’ve set!

I am very honored to chat with National Geographic’s 2014 Adventurer’s of the Year, environmentalists, explorers, and educators Dave and Amy Freeman!

“Since 2001 they have traveled over 30,000 miles by kayak, canoe, and dogsled through some of the world’s wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic.” In 2015 they spent the entire year living in and exploring the Boundary Waters in Minnesota by canoe and dogsled to help raise awareness of this beautifully pristine and protect it from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining. You can read all about their experience in their book “A Year in the Wilderness”.

In this episode we chat all about their adventure in the boundary waters along with their North American Odyssey, a 3 year quest that took them from the west coast all the way to Alaska and then across the continent down to Florida. We also chat a bit about canoeing in the Amazon and how it compares to paddling through the Arctic.

This is a really awesome episode to start the year and I am extremely grateful for both Dave and Amy for sitting down and sharing some adventure stories with us!! Let’s have a great year!!

MORE FROM DAVE AND AMY:

Website: https://freemanexplore.com

Book: https://freemanexplore.com/product-category/a-year-in-the-wilderness-book/

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

National Geographic Article: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/activities/paddling/dave-and-amy-freeman-finish-year-in-the-wilderness-/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #232: Last Episode of 2020 — Cultivating Happiness & Strategies to Manage Anxiety

As we reflect on this past year we should all be immensely proud at the sheer humanity discovered in digging deep and pushing through. 2020 really tested our fortitude and patience as we, in the wise words of my buddy Paul Scheuring, “perpetually soldiered on despite the unknown.”

Here’s to you for enduring 2020 and all its ups and downs, twists and turns, good times and bad. You were strong, resilient, adaptable, worthwhile, all the while withstanding incredible stress, boredom, anxiety, frustration, and exhaustion of this tumultuous year.

I want to express my extreme gratitude for each and every one of you who has supported the show this year. I have truly been honored by each and everyone who has been involved in this show either as a listener or a guest. The kind words, the stories of adventure, the motivation, and the wisdom shared with me through this year are things I will never forget and I hope by listening you have been entertained, enlightened, and motivated to live to an ambitious and contented life.

To wrap up the year I’m talking to one of the kindest, wisest people I know. Lindsey Ward is a family medicine doctor and has spent the year not only battling her own stresses but helping others with their anxiety as well. She is also my lovely wife!

In this episode Linz shares the advice she has given many patients this year about cultivating happiness and managing anxiety. We have a real open and honest (and hopefully weird and funny) conversation about our own strategies in dealing with anxiousness, stress, and anxiety.

I hope you guys enjoy the episode! Thanks again for everything you have done for this project through the year. I am truly in awe of the support and appreciate all of you!

Happy Holidays!

LINKS TO SOME HAPPINESS AND ANXIETY RESOURCES:

The Happiness Lab Podcast: https://www.happinesslab.fm

The Happiness Project Book: https://www.amazon.com/Happiness-Project-Revised-Aristotle-Generally/dp/0062414852

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #231: Sherown Campbell — Persistence & Positivity through Adversity, Manitou Incline

Adapt. That’s what we as athletes and humans do.

When life throws us obstacles we transform to meet them head on.

Today’s guest exemplifies this. In 2014, Sherown Campbell, a lifelong athlete, father, and all around incredible human being, was paralyzed from the shoulders down. The injury classified him as a quadriplegic.

The years following have seen Sherown persistently and patiently taking on his recovery one day at a time. Where he is now is an absolute inspiration- consistently working out to regain as much mobility and movement as possible.  His persistence and positive mindset has helped him reach huge goals such as climbing the iconic Manitou Incline in Colorado Springs (2,000 feet of elevation in 1 mile).

In this episode we chat about the athletic mindset and how Sherown has applied that throughout his recovery, the power his kids brings to his life, what it was like to take on the Manitou Incline and he teaches us an majorly important lesson about the “gift of presence.”

I was absolutely blown away by this conversation and am very excited to share it and Sherown’s wisdom to all of you! Hope you all enjoy!

Also a huge thanks to Tim Barr, my cohost for this podcast.  Tim is an absolute beast of an ultra runner and it was really fun to chat with Sherown with him to see the parallels between athletes, fathers, and good humans!

MORE FROM SHEROWN CAMPBELL:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sherown.campbell/

Craig Hospital Article: https://craighospital.org/stories/sherown-campbell

Manitou Incline Article: https://kdvr.com/news/paralyzed-arvada-man-makes-it-up-manitou-incline-with-arm-supports/

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