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Like a Bigfoot #81: Bill Sycalik 2 — Life Wisdom from Running The Parks

This week we are catching up with previous guest and all around awesome guy Bill Sycalik!!

Since we last spoke, Bill has wrapped up running a marathon in all of the continental U.S. National Parks as well as the parks in Hawaii, U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

Now he’s preparing to level up as he is working out details for the extremely challenging and remote parks of Alaska.

He’s also dealing with settling into a new life out here in Denver and is busy setting up his new passion project in which he’ll guide people to achieve their own life goals and find happiness.

I love the idea of leading by example and sharing your Goodness in which Bill is an outstanding role model.  He is using the skills, habits, and lessons he’s learned through his experience “Running the Parks” and is helping others apply those ideas to their own lives.  Can’t get much more awesome than that!!

This episode really was one of my absolute favorites to record as Bill came over and we recorded right in my tiny office.  I also had a very clear thought halfway through of “Dang…..Bill is INCREDIBLY WISE!”  He shares some very solid, applicable advice!

Be sure to check out our previous episode together where we really delve into the origin of his journey and his experiences through some of the absolute most beautiful places in our country.

More from Bill:

National Parks Marathon Project Website: http://www.runningtheparks.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/runningtheparks/

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

Sponsor Bill: https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/national-parks-marathon-project-runningtheparks–2

Support the National Parks Conservation Association: https://www.npca.org

Support Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: http://www.pcrm.org

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #80: Episodes 1-40 CLIPSHOW!!!

This week we are celebrating our brand new logo design by revisiting special moments from episodes #1-40!

For new listeners this episode will give you an idea of what the Like a Bigfoot podcast is all about and for long-time listeners this episode will let you return to some of the stories from a variety of our guests.

I’ve organized the clips into 4 categories that show what you can expect from this podcast:

  • BIG TIME GOALS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • ADVICE COLUMN
  • MISADVENTURES
  • WEIRD STUFF YOU SEE IN THE WOODS

At first I wanted to do this for all 79 episodes of the podcast, but realized very quickly that there are way too many great moments to put in.  That being said, at some point in the future we will put together an episode that is clips #40-80.

HUGE THANKS to all the guests who have been nice enough to share their stories for the show!

I truly wish I could have chosen clips from every single one of you. So apologies if I didn’t get you on this one…we’ll do another one in the future 🙂

Enjoy!

Also, if you want a sticker of our new Like a Bigfoot Logo shoot me an email likeabigfoot@gmail.com.  I’ll send one your way for free!  Just a heads up that they are pretty dang tiny.  Still awesome though!

If you are feeling nice, feel free to leave us a review on iTunes.  We appreciate each and every one!

We will be back to our regularly scheduled podcast next week with a conversation with returning guest Bill Sycalik!

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #79: Mikah Meyer — Roadtrip to All 417 National Parks Managed Sites

Mikah Meyer is on a journey of a lifetime.

He’s taking on a road trip that is bringing him to all corners of the country and he is checking off all of the 417 National Parks managed sites along the way.  As he’s traveled over the last few years his project has transformed as he’s discovered a bigger purpose; increasing the LGBT inclusion in the outdoor industry.

Mikah’s story is beyond inspiring.  Through his father’s passing, he learned that “Tomorrow is not guaranteed; only today is. So take to the road and experience your dream journeys–now. Life is too short to wait.

In this episode we mainly focus on the emotional origin of his journey, why road trips are transformative and how they can begin the healing process?

Mikah also shares what this has taught him about our country, what are the NPS sites beyond just the 59 National Parks, which ones have been his favorite so far, the highs and lows of such an epic quest, and his philosophy of incorporating a “retirement year” into every 5 years of your life.

I had a wonderful time chatting with Mikah and really encourage you to follow his journey.  You can find his wonderfully written blogs on his website at www.mikahmeyer.com and you can also follow him on Instagram by searching Mikah Meyer!

I hope this episode encourages you to step outside your comfort zone and start seeing, doing and chasing the dreams you’ve always wanted to chase!

MORE FROM MIKAH:

 

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

Website: https://www.mikahmeyer.com

Outside Magazine Article: https://www.outsideonline.com/2247916/have-you-ever-seen-openly-gay-guy-outdoors-ad

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Like a Bigfoot #78: Candice Burt 2 — Hurt 100 Recap, Race Director of Moab 240

Super stoked this week to catch up with one of my favorite returning guests Candice Burt.

Candice is the race director of a few teeny tiny events……oh wait, she puts together extremely mind boggling 200 mile races??…..excuse me, did you say TWO HUNDRED FREAKING MILE RACES!!

Through her company Destination Trails she has established the Tahoe 200, Bigfoot 200, and the Moab 240 as some of the most exciting events in the ultrarunning community.  These races are quickly rising in their popularity and have completely captured my imagination.  The adventures, insane obstacles, beautiful views, brief touches with insanity each participant must go through over the course of 4 days in the wilderness has to be simply amazing!

On top of her hours and hours of exploring, route finding, and organizing these events, Candice also finds time to be a highly accomplished ultra runner.  Previously she has kicked some serious butt at events like Zion ultras, Cascade Crest, and multiple trips to the HURT 100.

In this episode we chat about her experience running HURT 100 (one of the more challenging 100s) a few weeks ago.  What caused her to DNF and why is it important for future events for her to be so open about not reaching her own expectations?  We also touch upon the most bizarre ultrarunning mid-race obstacle of all time- a text alert alarming all of Hawaii that a ballistic missile was headed there way.  

Candice also shares some wonderful stories from the past year of putting on her 200 mile events.

I know you guys will enjoy this week’s show!  Candice is awesome and we wish her the absolute best in growing her 200 mile ultra adventures!!!

MORE FROM CANDICE:

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

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

Her Wonderful Blog: http://www.wilddefined.com

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

Previous LABF podcast episode (#37): https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/37-candice-burt

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #77: Drake Kulick — Iowa Hawkeye Starting Fullback, Walk On to Game Winning TD

On this week’s show we are sharing the story of University of Iowa Hawkeye Fullback Drake Kulick.

In my opinion, Drake represents everything that I enjoy about Football: Hard work, embracing the journey and the speed bumps along the way, consistent improvement and the development of a leader.

His journey as a Hawkeye started as a walk-on and ended as a team leader a game winning touchdown.  It doesn’t get any better than that!

I really hope you enjoy this episode with Drake as much as I enjoyed recording it.  We wish him nothing but the absolute best as he steps out of the world of college football and into the intense process of getting on an NFL squad.  Good luck man!

If you guys enjoyed this episode, be sure to check out some of our previous guests on iTunes, Soundcloud, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

MORE FROM DRAKE KULICK:

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

Pinstripe Bowl Article: http://www.hawkcentral.com/story/sports/college/iowa/football/2017/12/27/iowa-27-boston-college-20-what-we-learned-hawkeyes-pinstripe-bowl-win/984664001/

Article about Drake’s Leadership: https://www.landof10.com/iowa/beat-iowa-fullback-drake-kulick-inspires-teammates-crazy

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Like a Bigfoot #76: Chad Spring — Barkley Fall Classic, Never Summer 100k, Ultra Spartan Races

This week’s episode is with athlete Chad Spring.  Chad has competed in a variety of races around the country over the last few years.  Recently he’s taken on Ultra Spartan Races and various ultra marathons including the Never Summer 100k in Colorado and the Barkley Fall Classic in Tennessee.

I met Chad on a run a year ago and last weekend he invited me to join him for part of his extra badass Saturday Spartan Race training which consisted of 19ish miles of powering up steep trails by his house and 2 miles of carrying an 80lb bucket of sand.

It was …..insane.

After joining him for part of the workout I sat down with Chad and chatted about all things Barkley Marathons (one of the most difficult races in the world) and 50k, preparation and balancing training with life, Ultra Spartan Races, and his experience competing in the Never Summer 100k (a race I’m tossing around as a potential 2018 goal race).

I hope you guys enjoy this episode! Definitely check out the Barkley Marathons documentary on Netflix, it really is my absolute favorite documentary in the last few years.  It’s called “Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young”.

Also be sure to check out the rest of our episodes on iTunes or Soundcloud.  I promise you’ll find some entertaining and inspiring conversations.

MORE FROM CHAD:

Instagram: http://www.thepictaram.club/instagram/chadsosu

Relentless OCR: https://www.facebook.com/RelentlessOCR/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #75: Hayden Hawks — Running 100 Miles Through Bears Ears National Monument

(Cover Photo by Derrick Lytle https://www.instagram.com/derricklytle/)

This week we welcome elite ultra runner, Hoka athlete, and all around nice guy Hayden Hawks to the Like a Bigfoot Podcast!

Hayden has a list of insane ultrarunning accomplishments.  Everything from winning Speedboat 50k to a first place finish 100k at CCC in Chamonix.  Most recently he accomplished something that completely captured my imagination- Hayden, his brother, and a friend explored 100 miles in Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument.

Bears Ears is an amazing National Monument in Southeastern Utah.  Its diverse beauty makes it truly a special place.  Recently, Bears Ears has been in the public eye due to President Obama designating it a National Monument in late 2016 and President Trump almost immediately reducing its size by 85%.

Hayden wanted to experience this area for himself.

Using his ultrarunning talents, he completely threw himself into the vast wilderness of the monument, running through deep untamed canyons, exploring beautiful ancient petroglyphs, and camping beneath the stars in complete solitude.

It’s an experience that helped him appreciate the ancient cultures that once inhabited the area and the modern Native American tribes that still call the area home.

I really hope this episode gives you a ground level perspective on the topic of Bears Ears National Monument.  What is it? Why is it important to so many people?  I also hope that Hayden will inspire you to step up to big challenges and explore the beautiful public lands that we are lucky enough to have put aside for us in this country.

Thanks so much for sharing your story Hayden! I really look forward to cheering you on this year as you step up to the big one this summer- UTMB!!!!

MORE FROM HAYDEN HAWKS:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hawks_hayden11/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Hawks1Hayden

Zion FKT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH16zWI_NiQ

Trail Runner Magazine Article: https://trailrunnermag.com/people/news/hayden-hawks-runs-100-miles-for-bears-ears.html

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #74: Matt Marrero — Mojo’s Adventures on the Appalachian Trail

Week two of Appalachian Trail adventures on the Like a Bigfoot Podcast!!

This week we are joined by Matt Marrero, trail name “Mojo”, a southbound hiker who recently completed his journey on the Appalachian Trail.

Last year he finished college and almost immediately traveled up to Mt. Katahdin in Maine and started walking.  Over 5 and a half months, he experienced all the joy, freedom, pain, understanding, struggle and accomplishment that the trail brings.  A real life-changing experience!

Matt loves chatting about his time on the AT and I really enjoyed hearing his tales about his many adventures on the trail.  In this episode we chat about what really inspired him to take on this quest, the biggest meal of his whole entire life, the beauty of trail angels, awesome trail nicknames, how he handled the challenging moments, what the trail taught him about himself and what he plans on doing in the future.

Also what inspired him and some friends to take on a brutal 28 mile day???  SPOILER ALERT: It rhymes with “Spinese Chuffet”

Combine this with last week’s episode with the “Blackalachian” Daniel White and you will really get a good idea of what trail life is like (although I have to imagine you really have to be there to fully “get it”).

Hope you guys enjoy the last episode of 2017!!! It’s been an amazing year! Thanks again for everyone who’s tuned in and extra thanks for all of our amazing guests!!!!!!! EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!

MORE FROM MATT MARRERO:

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

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPYLdPPOCE0

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #73: “The Blackalachian” Daniel White — Stepping Onto His Own Path and Hiking the AT

Huge thank you to “The Blackalachian” Daniel White for joining me on the show this week!

A year ago Daniel was keeping his life busy, grinding away at a job he wasn’t passionate about.  Doing the same thing day after day, until a cousin suggested he do something completely insane.  Hike the Appalachian Trail.  Walk through the mountains all the way from Georgia to Maine.  Daniel was in.

I’m so inspired by his story because he went from a complete newbie and took the hardest step- just starting.  Growing up, hiking and camping wasn’t the norm in his community.  Before his hike he had never slept out in the woods or climbed a mountain.  But he wanted to challenge his own status quo.

There are so many aspects of his story that define bravery: saying you are going to finish something and letting absolutely nothing stop you, being flexible and learning on the fly, accepting adversity and maintaining joy, and setting off the normal path of life to forge your own way!

In this episode Daniel shares his story.  What was the first week like?  What lessons did he learn and how did he change over the course of the trip?  When was the first moment he truly felt like a thru-hiker?  What messages does he have for people who are stuck in life or uncomfortable doing something outside the norm?

Huge thanks again to Daniel for taking some time to chat with me! I was inspired to chat with him after reading this wonderful Trek.co article “First Gold-Mout Rapper to Thru-hike the Appalachian Trial”

https://thetrek.co/appalachian-trail/blackalachian-first-gold-mouth-rapper-thru-hike-appalachian-trail/

Also make sure you check out his EXCELLENT Youtube channel “The Blackalachian”.  He recorded almost every day on the trail and his videos will give you a great idea of what it takes to complete a thru-hike of the AT.

MORE FROM “THE BLACKALACHIAN” DANIEL WHITE:

Subscribe to his Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsqMJa5ANHcEdU0Vu8rdC5A/feed

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/logo704?lang=en

Trek.co Article: https://thetrek.co/appalachian-trail/blackalachian-first-gold-mouth-rapper-thru-hike-appalachian-trail/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #72: Calvin Johannsen 3 — How to Successfully Accomplish Goals this New Year

I’m a self-admitted gigantic Calvin Johannsen fan and am so happy to call him one of my best friends.  I am even happier to have him back on the show for an unprecedented THIRD episode!

In fact, our friendship is one of the main reasons I started this podcast.  I’m incredibly lucky to have such an inspiring person in my life and when I started the show Calvin was in the midst of his 14ers Project (100 mountains in 100 days)  I really wanted to share his story and, selfishly, I also wanted to record some of our conversations.  The joke has always been that Calvin should be a motivational speaker named “Calspirations” and I wanted an excuse to store and revisit some of our chats!

He’s become one of the most successful people using intention, clear vision, and willingness to put in the consistent work.  He’s very analytical and driven to push himself towards constant momentum on any goals!

In this episode we go through Calvin’s goal setting process, how he reflects on previous goals, and how he builds intention into his daily routine.  The intention was to prepare everyone in the Like a Bigfoot community for a fresh start as we reflect on 2017 and prepare for 2018!

I really hope after listening you apply some lessons he shares while chasing success in your own life.

This is TRULY ONE OF THE BEST EPISODES OF THE SHOW.  Enjoy!

MORE FROM CALVIN:

Join 100 CLUB: http://join100club.com

The 100 CLUB Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/832978636814272/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/calvin.johannsen/

Calvin Johannsen 1st appearance on the Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/like-a-bigfoot-episode-2-calvin-johannsen-9516-1023-am

Calvin Johannsen 2nd appearance on the Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/like-a-bigfoot-calvin-18-johannsen-2

“Bigfoot Sightings”: https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-126531464/52-bigfoot-sightings

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