Ep. 17 – Cindy Rieckhoff
Cindy Rieckhoff has a reputation . . . a good one . . . in the trail running community.
I first heard about her as I was pacing Abby (Kathryn Ivey) through the night at the Outlaw 100. Abby told me about how Cindy custom build a small camping trailer for all the ultramarathons she traveled to.
Later, the next morning, I saw Cindy’s jeep and camper, but I didn’t have a chance to meet her.
But I began following her on Facebook and I’ve enjoyed seeing her adventures in words and pictures. I hope one day to be able to run trails with her in real life, but don’t want to wait. I’m excited to hear her stories as we have a virtual “trail talk.”
Ep. 16 – Ila Allen
If you are a member of any Facebook running groups, you probably have seen Ila Allen. She’s an ultra runner and trail runner, and she runs with her Crack of Dawn Crew, making regular deposits in her account at the “Bank of Run.”
She is not one to make excuses for not running. She runs in the heat, the rain, snow, and the freezing cold. And she has her sites set on running more races and looking for new challenges.
Ep. 15 – Jaon Silvers – Running ALL the Races
Jason Silvers has an unconventional approach to training for all the races he enters. And he tries to run ALL the races – almost every weekend.
This week I talk with my friend, Jason Silvers. He is a runner and vlogger with a long list of races under his belt.
He runs races almost ever weekend througout the year and documents them on his YouTube channel, “The Year I Got the Runs.”
When you see his videos, you can instantly see that Jason has fun while he’s running. Making connections with people and being alert for video opportunities keeps him focused through the miles of his races.
I found out a fact about Jason I didn’t know. He has an unconventional approach to training. But I’ll let you discover that secret for yourself as you listen.
You can find Jason on social media:
Facebook: jason b. silvers
YouTube: the year I got the runs
Ep. 14 – Erin Perrigo – Consciously Healthy
Taking care of your health is more than just diet and exercise.
Yes, these are important. But your mindset plays a bigger role than most of us realize.
Erin Perrigo is a health coach who helps her clients be consciously healthy. That is, she helps her clients approach health with a conscious intention to be emotionally healthy in order to have the best physical health possible.
Erin’s perspective came from working through the pain and trauma her daughter suffered as a baby and the resulting health struggles that came as a result.
Her insights for optimum health are spot-on for everyone. But for us ultra runners, the wisdom she shares will help us keep doing the kind of long distances we love.
Ep. 13 – Lisa Pozzoni – Chi Running
Running is not hard on your body . . . depending on how you run.
Some people say you will get injured if you run long enough. But it is possible to run injury free. ChiRunning is a form that has helped scores of runners keep going for the long haul.
If you run trails with me, I’ll probably start talking about how ChiRunning helped me run ultramarathons without getting the kind of injuries I hear most runners talking about: shin splints, sore knees, hip problems.
Lisa Pozzoni is a master ChiRunning instructor, joins me tonight to talk about what ChiRunning is all about and what it can do for you as a runner.
Ep. 12 – Brian Hoover – Living and Adventure
Brian Hoover started running, and it changed his life.
Like most of us runners, he started gradually, running 5Ks first then longer races. A friend introduced him to trail races and ultramarthon distances. Then he was hooked.
Racing led him to start his own business providing chip timing for racing events in the region. And, as the business grew, it gave him the freedom to work from anywhere, so he downsized to live in a van and pursue outdoor adventures.
In 2019, he set off to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, from Mexico to Canada. The unusual amount of snow forced him to skip the High Sierra section of the trail.
It’s easy to tell ourselves that we’ll chase these kinds of adventures once “the time is right.” But that usually ends up with us never getting around to going and doing and living the life we dream of.
This year (2020) he is off on another adventure, to kayak the length of the Mississsippi.
Ep. 11 – Jackie Beth McCartney: Pacing, Crewing & Running 100 Miles
I met Jackie Beth when we both volunteered to pace Abby (Kathryn Ivey) in her run at the Outlaw 100. (Ep. 3)
Neither of us knew Abby before the race, nor did we know each other.
But we swapped running stories and it didn’t take long before we felt like we’d known each other for a long time.
Jackie doesn’t limit herself to just one sport. But she’s and accomplished ultra runner, running in her own races and pacing and crewing other runners.
Trail conversations sometimes meander just like the trails we run. This conversation is no different. We talk about crewing and pacing and running at night and snakes, and that’s just the start. There’s a little bit of everything in this conversation.
Ep. 10 – Mindset Minute: Know Your Why
Why do you run?
If you’re like me, you don’t often stop to ask “Why do I run?” We just run because we’re runners.
But the times when we feel “unmotivated” and can’t seem to find the spark to get out the door, it’s good to take a look at our WHY for running.
Ep. 9 – Running Well – Christina Kurty
If you ever drag yourself into an aid station beat up from the trail, Christina Kurty is the person you hope is there.
She’s both an ultramarathon runner and a medical volunteer. She knows how to give aid when runners get into trouble. But she also has sound advice to help us keep out of trouble in the first place.
Christina has worked with runners and athletes as a sports specialist, helping them heal from overuse injuries and to correct biomechanical issues.
In this episode we talk about running form, shoes, chafing, and blisters. Listen to this episode for ways to help you avoid some common problems we face as runners.
https://www.facebook.com/ckurty Christina Czerwinski Kurty
Instagram: chrisckurty https://www.instagram.com/chrisckurty/
Ep. 8 – Mindset Minute: When You Don’t Feel Like Running
What do you do when you don’t feel like running?
NOT because of an injury or recovery from hard run yesterday.
But when you’re feeling down . . . overwhelmed . . . depressed.
Motivation is gone and you just don’t care.
Your friends on Facebook and Strava are still running and posting their selfies and mileage stats.
And that makes it even worse . . . you feel like you SHOULD be running.
But you feel like you just can’t.
What do you do?
Here are three suggestions.
1. Running might not be the real issue.
2. Don’t rely on motivation.
3. Make running a decision.
Ep. 7 – Couch to 50K – Lisa Beth Adams
Most ultra runners will tell you that you need lots of time to get ready for a 50K run. “If you’re just starting out, nine months is not enough,” they will say.
But Lisa Beth Adams didn’t ask anyone whether she could go from the couch to 50K in nine months. She did it by setting her goal and then going after it with the mindset of never giving up. She set aside all her excuses and used past failures as lessons leading to her success.
Lisa’s web page: https://gobelove7.com/
Ep. 6 – Mindset Minute: What is an Ultramarathon Mindset?
This is the first of my Mindset Minute episodes. And, since this show is still just getting started, I think I should explain what I think an Ultramarathon Mindset is and how you can benefit from having one.
Five of the elements that make up an Ultramarathon Mindset
2. Relentless forward progress.
3. Risk / Challenge
4. ABC goals
5. Finishing is THE goal.
This is a rough framework of what an ultramarathon mindset is and how it helps in running and in life.
Check out future Mindset Minute episodes for more facets of the ultramrathon mindset.
Ep. 5 – Dealing with a DNF: Amanda Betzen & Steve Crutchfield
Part of the challenge of running a 100 mile race is that you can train and make a plan and still fail. So many things can go wrong and end your race even when you’ve done all the right things.
Steve and Amanda both went for the 100 mile distance and fell short because of injuries.
Every ultra runner has a strong motivation to finish what we start. And running 100 miles is a test of our will as we look for the satisfaction of finishing.
But it’s also important to keep the idea that running should be fun.
And finding the fun and holding on to it is a worthy goal for any runner.
Ep. 4 – Slow Down to Go Fast: Denny Krahe
Denny Krahe is my guest this week. He is a podcaster, author, coach, and speaker. He’s also a runner.
He says he used to hate running. But he found himself in situations that led him to run a little bit then slowly increase his time running and eventually he became a “runner.”
His book, Be Ready on Race Day is designed to be a guide for runners to learn how to design a training plan that fits them as an individual rather than the “one-size” plans that are so common and so rigid.
He also believes in making sure the methods he uses work for himself before he recommends them to others. We dive deep into the work he’s doing with his diet and the heart rate training.
To connect wtih Denny, his website is– dizruns.com. Or on all of social media as — dizruns.
Ep. 3 – Outlaw 100: “Abby” Kathryn Ivey
I had the honor to pace Abby (her trail name) in the Outlaw 100 this year.
The Outlaw is one of the toughest 100 mile courses in the Midwest. It’s a 20 mile loop, and runners have 48 hours to complete the 100 miles.
I met Abby through a running group on Facebook when she asked for pacers. Two of us from Kansas volunteered. She had never met either of us until the day we showed up to run with her.
Abby and I told trail running stories as we ran through the night. This conversation is both a recap and continuation of our trail talk.
Abby started running as conditioning for mountain climbing in the Himalayas and in South America. Trail running has been her focus for now, but the mountains may call her back before long.
Ep. 2 – Defeating Depression: Dallas Amsden
With everything happening in the world we need encouragement to stay positive. My friend, Dallas Amsden, ran one trail race. But his main focus is Crossfit.
He joins me for talk about trail running and he also tells his story of walking through some dark days and nights.
The strategy he shares for dealing with these trying times is to take this as an opportunity to learn a new skill. Or build some new muscles. And our mindset is also like a muscle. We can choose to stretch and strengthen it.
One of the most valuable mindset skills is to learn stillness. Practicing meditation or yoga will give you benefits far beyond just a bit of relaxation. For Dallas, and for me, meditation has been essential to keep us moving forward in running and in life.
Ep. 1 – Running a Streak: John Crum
John Crum has run at least a mile every day for the past five years. His advice for anyone thinking about “streaking” is to make sure you listen to your body.
The Ultramarathon Mindset is about more than running. I found the key to making changes in my life before I began running ultramarathons. But the mindset I learned that let me overcome my limiting beliefs was the same mindset that helped me run 50 then 100 miles.
Yes, this podcast is about running. Because running ultramarathons is an amazing training ground for your mind, if you include mindset training as part of your running.