Episodes

Kyle Robidoux | First 100 Miler Follow Up  

When we spoke with Kyle Robidoux one week ago, he was preparing for his first hundred miler.  He’d trained, prepared, planned, and analyzed, put together a team of crew, pacers, and sighted trail guides, and was of to Vermont 100 to execute his strategy. In this interview, we find out …

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Kyle Robidoux – 100 Milers and Athletes with Disabilities  

Kyle Robidoux is like many people we know. He’s in the taper week of his first 100 miler, he had a ho-hum 50 miler a few weeks ago, but he’s confident in his crew, pacers, and mental strength  and he’s ready to get through the whole race. The difference is …

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Kaci Lickteig | Western Grit  

Kaci Lickteig has a solid history at Western States, winning the storied trek from Squaw Valley to Auburn last year, and starting the race this year in tip top shape and ready to race hard. Considered one of the best trail ultramarathon runners in the country, Kaci was odds on …

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Amy Sproston | Consistency is Key  

Amy Sproston has 50 results on her ultrasignup, and 49 of them are top ten results.  She’s won the IAU 100k Championships and finished 2F last year at Western. How has she been able to perform at such a high level for over a decade? In this interview (her 2nd …

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Jackie Merritt – #BeastCoast to Squaw Valley  

Jackie Merritt has been tearing up the trail and ultra scene on the (b)east coast for a number of years.  She’s racked up top performances at the USATF Trail Championships, nabbed the overall win at Ice Age 50k, set a new course record at Pinhoti 100 in November, then won …

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Jim Walmsley – Lighting the Fire for Western States 2017  

Jim Walmsley is a fearless runner who’s been known to target other runners, records, and FKTs with abandon.  His performances have backed up and sustained this confidence as he’s only “lost” one race in over two years–that the infamous “wrong turn heard ’round the world” at last year’s Western States …

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Andrew Chapello – Training For a 100 Miler He Might Not Run  

Andrew Chapello Interview In 2016, Andrew Chapello ran a Western States qualifier at Canyons 100k.  He finished the race and threw his only ticket into the pot for the lottery in December. His name didn’t get drawn, but he was added to the wait (#36) list as a possible starter. …

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Scotty Sandow – Five Months Down, Five to Go Until His First 100  

The last time we spoke with original URP host Scotty Sandow was in February of this year.  At that point, Scotty had (re)committed to running his first hundred miler after taking an extended absence away from the trails and was fully dedicated to push through life and making it happen. In that interview …

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Nick Arciniaga – Can 2:11 Convert to Trail Ultramarathon Success?  

Nick Arciniaga will line up at North Face Endurance Championship with the fastest marathon time of anyone on US soil. Faster than Max King (2:14). Faster than Sage Canaday (2:16). Faster than Jim and Zach (though I don’t believe either have ever run a proper marathon) and Ian (2:21) and …

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Wally Hesseltine – 72 and Going Strong  

Wally Hesseltine is seventy two years old and is gearing up for another run at Western States Endurance Run in a few weeks.  He’s run it a number of times, but many will remember his non-finish last year when he passed under the arch less than two minutes after the …

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Live from Trail Heads Escape with Meghan, Zach, and Hayden!  

Trail Heads Escape was a fun trail running camp in Michigan Bluff that I attended last weekend. Set near the iconic Western States Endurance Run course, campers ran Volcano Canyon and El Dorado Canyon, saw product demos from Nathan, HOKA, Addaday, Altra, and Drymax, and listened to coaches talk about …

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Sarah Lavender Smith | Self-Supported Stage Race in Hawaii | Mauna to Mauna Report  

If you’ve heard the show over the past few months, you’ve likely heard Sarah mention her preparation and training for the Mauna to Mauna stage race in Hawaii. Six days of running over beautiful trails, volcanoes, lava fields, and beaches, the event would cover 155 miles with variable weather and …

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Chris Mocko Interview | Training, Recovery, Diet, Sponsorships and Dating  

Chris Mocko Interview A road runner just a few years ago, Chris Mocko burst onto the MUT scene last year with a top ten finish at Western States Endurance Run, then followed it up with a string of top performances this year.   Since January, he’s finished 2nd at Way …

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Nicole Ederle – Planning Her First 100 Miler  

Nicole Ederle Interview – Planning Her First 100 Miler Last week I had the pleasure of talking to recovering attorney slash mom of two slash former long jumper slash dedicated ultrarunner Nicole Ederle and hearing about how she got into this crazy sport and most importantly, how she’s methodically planning …

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Anthony Famigletti – From the Olympic Games to 100 Miles  

Anthony Famigletti Interview Anthony Famigletti has spent plenty of time at the very far reaches of racing success. Two Olympic Games, multiple US championships, Penn Relay Champion, a freaking 4:23 mile pushing a stroller and a 3:58 mile on a treadmill.   But in the last few years we sort of …

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Bob Shebest – Staying Engaged on the Trails  

Bob Shebest Interview Fresh off his win at Canyons 100k, Bob Shebest (Hoka ONE ONE) joins me to talk about one thing he did differently at this race–he ran without his GPS watch.  We talk a length about staying engaged on the trails and focusing on the moment, rather than …

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Jess Mullen – Closing Hard, Hundreds, Daily Diet, and More.  

Jess Mullen Interview Jess Mullen has had quite a streak recently, racking up strong finished and wins at races around the country.  She flew by Sarah in the final stages of Rio Del Lago 100 miler a few years ago, and now she’s on the show to share her secrets!  She’s got …

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Blake Wood on Hardrock, Lotteries, Longevity, Training, Nuclear Bombs, and Home Brewing  

Blake Wood Interview Blake Wood has finished Nolan’s 14, competed in Barkley 8 times with one finish*, and has an incredible 20 finishes at Hardrock 100. He also just recently set the record for longest span between sub 3 hr marathons, a feat he started at 17 yo and just completed …

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Rickey Gates – TransAmericana  

Rickey Gates – #TransAmericana Rickey Gates joins us 45 days into his transcontinental run he’s dubbed #TransAmericana.  Talking to us while running through rural Arkansas, Rickey tells us about the people he’s met, the places he’s slept, the food he’s loving, the routes he’s taking, and what lies in those 2500 miles ahead. …

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John Kelly Interview – Barkley Finisher Number Fifteen  

John Kelly Interview – Barkley Finisher 15 John Kelly joined me just a few days after his finish to talk about what it took to finish the Barkley Marathons.  Here’s a hint: Massive amounts of planning, decades of course knowledge, his Aunt Brenda’s cookies, and the incredible ability to focus …

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