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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #261: Lucja Leonard — Mohican 100 and Taking on the Triple Crown of 200s

This week we are chatting with Lucja Leonard about her recent finish of the Mohican 100, her history as an ultra runner and her upcoming challenge taking on the triple crown of 200s!!

Lucja recently went back to the Mohican 100 in Ohio to complete the very first 100 she attempted. In this episode we chat all about her experience getting payback on this race before diving into stage racing and how she is training for her upcoming attempt at tackling Bigfoot, Tahoe and Moab.

We also talked briefly about crewing her husband Dion at the Badwater 135 (the race just finished and we recorded this episode a few weeks ago! I’m happy to report that Dion placed 6th in a very stacked field in a ridiculously hard ultra marathon).

Hope you guys enjoy the episode!!

MORE FROM LUCJA:

Support Lucja’s Triple Crown Fundraiser for Pink Ribbon Foundation : https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/triplecrown-lucja

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/runningdutchie

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #260: Thomas Mullins 2 — Taking Inventory, Battling the Cocodona 250

(Photo by Scott Rokis)

This week we welcome back one of my favorite people in the world Thomas Mullins!

Thomas is an excellent ultrarunner and adventurer who has taught me more about the sport than anyone else. He is a wealth of knowledge and always seems so cool and collected during these epic adventures.

As a multitime 200 miler finisher it was really interesting to get his perspective on the newly created Cocodona 250. The race seems like an absolute beast that takes runners 250 miles through the rugged deserts and mountains of Arizona. With a stoic sense of relentless forward progress, Thomas battled his way through what seems like an extremely difficult beginning 60 miles, possible ufo sightings (that’s a first for the show!), running out of water and brief battles of negative self talk.

He is a huge proponent of slowing down and taking inventory during these big adventures and this episode highlights how that strategy pays off big time!!

It’s hard to express how much I appreciate this dude! I’m so glad our paths crossed! Much love buddy!

Hope you enjoy this episode!!

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #258: 2021 Desert RATS Pre-Race with Tim Barr and Phil Pinti

Talking about the upcoming Desert RATS stage race with Tim Barr and Phil Pinti!! Enjoy!!

Track them here: https://live.enabledtracking.com/rats21/

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #259: Mike Mikucki — Adventures While Climbing the Colorado 14ers

This week I’m very excited to sit down and chat with a great neighbor, friend, and fellow lover of the mountains of Colorado Mike Mikucki!!

Mike’s quest to climb all the Colorado 14ers (Mountains over 14,000 feet) started when he was very young. Over his teenage years his dad and him began hiking these mountains during the summer until eventually they found themselves finishing every single one of the 58 or 53 or 54 (depending on how you qualify what makes a 14er).

This is the first of hopefully a few episodes where Mike shares his adventures climbing these mountains! It has it all- literal cliffhangers, lightning storms, altitude sickness, and two dads dreaming of the day they will hike these with their kids!!

Enjoy!!

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #257: Cory Reese 2 — “Stronger Than the Dark”, Functional Depression & Vol State 500K

This week I am honored to sit down and chat with ultrarunner and writer Cory Reese to talk about his experiences running Vol State and writing his new powerful book “Stronger Than the Dark: Exploring the Intimate Relationship Between Running and Depression”.

Cory has written a few books in the past but this one definitely is the most personal, raw story he has ever told.

His own description of the book:

“Stronger Than the Dark is a book that explores the intimate relationship between running and depression. It is the most raw, vulnerable writing I have ever done. I wrote the book:

  • For people who use exercise, at least in part, to cope with stress, anxiety or depression.
  • For people who feel alone. They know something is wrong, but don’t know what it is, or how to fix it.
  • For people who are desperate for an ounce of hope that things will get better, and that the sun will rise again.
  • For people who use a smile to cover up their secret pain.
  • For runners, the people who are willing to embrace the pain cave.”

This was a really enlightening conversation about mental health and the role exercise/adventure plays along with the necessity of opening up about our struggles.

“Cory’s beautifully broken path of healing speaks to anyone feeling lost in insecurity or despair, and gives hope that even in life’s darkest moments, we can find the light.”

Hope you guys enjoy the episode! It is always a pleasure chatting with Cory!!

MORE FROM CORY REESE:

Stronger Than the Dark: https://www.amazon.com/Stronger-Than-Dark-Relationship-Depression/dp/1736966405

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

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

Website: http://www.fastcory.com

Author Website: http://www.coryreese.com

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #256: Brendan Leonard — Author of “I Hate Running and You Can Too”, Creator of Semi-Rad

This week writer, adventurer, coffee drinker, ultra runner, and all around awesome guy Brendan Leonard is back on the podcast!!

Brendan is the creator of Semi-Rad where he writes and draws about outdoor adventures, travel, life philosophies, chasing passions, and all sorts of human experiences. Truly some of my favorite things on the internet are found on Semi-Rad! He also directed and produced “How to Run 100 Miles”, a wonderful film about him and his buddy Jayson Sime’s quest to train for and finish Run Rabbit Run.

In this episode we talk about Brendan’s new book “I Hate Running and You Can Too” which is a fantastic read that, while focusing on this “irrational passion” of running, really can be seen as a guide to how one approaches any sort of passion in life. I read the book in one sitting and it is loaded with pertinent and quite often hilarious charts and drawings to emphasize his ideas.

I can honestly say that I think this book gets it. I really related to it and found myself thinking “Holy moly, he nailed EXACTLY why I love ultra running and what I’ve found out about myself and the world through competing in this crazy activity.

In this episode we talk Brendan’s book, trail running, a love of films, snakes falling from the sky, amongst many other things! I had an absolute blast recording this one and I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did! Definitely check out Semi-Rad and “I Hate Running and You Can Too”

Keep up the amazing work Brendan!!

MORE FROM BRENDAN LEONARD:

Semi-Rad: https://semi-rad.com

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

I Hate Running and You Can Too: https://bookshop.org/books/i-hate-running-and-you-can-too-how-to-get-started-keep-going-and-make-sense-of-an-irrational-passion/9781579659882

Sixty Meters From Anywhere: http://amzn.to/2odOpxm

His Other Books: https://semi-rad.com/books/

“How to Run 100 Miles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC7Lh4opLsc

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #255: Jason Comstock — Team Red, White & Blue, Preparing for Desert RATS

Jason Comstock is an ultrarunner, a veteran, a father and a member of Team Red, White & Blue!

In this episode we talk about Jason’s experience with Team RWB, a group who has the mission of “enriching the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.” We also discuss how physically challenging himself through running and the community he has discovered has helped him readjust to civilian life, his hobby of creating beautiful artistic flags, and how he has taken on ultrarunning as a nontypical runner (he is 6’6″!)

Jason also discusses the upcoming Desert RATS Stage Race which our mutual friend Amy is running with him in a few weeks!

This was an excellent episode that I am excited to share with you and I am also extremely pumped to spend a week in the desert with Jason for the stage race!!

MORE FROM TEAM RWB AND JASON:

Team RWB: https://www.teamrwb.org

Article in Deseret News: https://www.deseret.com/2017/11/27/20636676/utah-military-families-find-ways-to-cope-with-deployments

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #254: Scott Rokis — Life of an Adventure Photographer

This week we get the opportunity to talk with adventure photographer Scott Rokis!

Over the last few years Scott has been able to capture the stories of thousands of athletes all around the country as they have participated in some totally epic events. He has been the photographer for Destination Trail’s 200 milers and was recently at Aravaipa Running’s inaugural Cocodona 250.

In this episode we focus mostly on Scott’s experience working an aid station and capturing photos up in Alaska at the Iditarod Trail Invitational. In what ways did he try to show the vastness of Alaska, what stories of individual racers was he able to tell, and how did that experience test his photography skills.

We also talk about what led him to this career (we both grew up about 30 minutes away from each other on the Mississippi River!!), how he battled self doubt and confronted all the obstacles that he faced as he pursued his dream job.

This is a really good one and I hope you all enjoy it!!

MORE FROM SCOTT ROKIS:

Website: https://www.scottrokis.com

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rokisphoto/photos/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rokisphoto

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Like a Bigfoot #253: Ryan Ploeckelman — The Ballad of the “Adventure Jogger”

This week I am incredibly excited and honored to sit down and chat with the Adventure Jogger himself Ryan Ploeckelman!!

Ryan is an awesome dude! He’s a dad, an ultrarunner, a radio show host, a father of three, and the creator of the often hilarious and always awesome Adventure Jogger Podcast!

In this episode we dive into Ryan’s journey into ultrarunning and podcasting as we explore what makes this sport so special to us and what it is about our fellow runners that is so inspiring and fascinating to us. We also discuss burnout, rediscovering the fun of trail running, and why in the world he would create the White Claw Mile!

This one is super fun! I hope you guys enjoy Ryan’s stories as much as I did!

MORE FROM RYAN AND THE ADVENTURE JOGGER:

Adventure Jogger Podcast: ‎https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-adventure-jogger/id1512991688

Website: https://theadventurejogger.com

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

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #252: Kari Gibbons & Ryan Wanless — Running the Iditarod Trail Invitational

This week we are chatting with ultrarunners Kari Gibbons and Ryan Wanless about their experience running the 2021 Iditarod Trail Invitational through the wilds of Alaska!

Both Kari and Ryan are extraordinary athletes and adventurers who are experienced in the “Winter Ultras”, races that take place in extremely cold parts of the United States in winter. In these races the runners must be have the knowledge to withstand potential dangers and have a solid mindset to grind out days and days of racing while pulling all of their gear in a sled.

In other words, Kari and Ryan are complete badasses.

Recently, both of them raced the Iditarod Trail Invitational in Alaska which is a major test and a culmination of years of racing Winter Ultras. Both finished the difficult race and Kari was the Woman’s Foot Champion this year!

In this episode we chat all about Winter Ultras and hear about their experience in Alaska. We also talk about the importance of getting more folks involved with this subcategory of ultrarunning, how the ITI in 2021 compared to last year’s race, what it’s like to get attacked by Ptarmigan, and what lessons they have learned from tackling a challenge as vast as running through the deep wilderness of Alaska!

This is a really fun episode and I want to thank Ryan for cohosting and Kari for coming on and chatting with us! I had an absolute blast and am very intrigued by the thought of attempting a Winter Ultra.

MORE FROM KARI GIBBONS, RYAN WANLESS AND THE IDITAROD:

Kari’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kari_outside/

The Dirt Trail Running Podcast: https://ornerymuleracingthedirt.libsyn.com/the-dirt-on-kari-gibbons

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

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

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