Episodes

Steven Wiseman – Couch to 50 Miler in Nine Months  

Steven Wiseman – Couch to 50 Miler in Nine Months Prior to March of this year, Steven Wiseman wasn’t a runner at all.  He’d never owned a pair of running shoes and was overweight.  For whatever reason, Steven entered a 5k, suffered through to the finish, then a friend challenged …

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Cody Reed – Planning His 50 Mile Debut at North Face Endurance Challenge  

Cody Reed – Planning His 50 Mile Debut at North Face Endurance Challenge Cody Reed grew up in Northern California, ran at Northern Arizona University, and still lives and trains in Flagstaff. His friend and training partner is Jim Walmsley, and Cody has run three ultras in his short career, …

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Hayden Hawks – Track Speed on the Trails  

Hayden Hawks Interview – Track Speed on the Trails Utah native Hayden Hawks blasted on to the ultra trail scene earlier this year when he showed up to the wild and competitive Speedgoat 50k and won the thing, beating some top level elite runners who likely had no idea who …

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My Himalayan 100 Recap  

Himalayan 100 – My First International Stage Race Report If you’ve been listening to the show for the past few months, you’ve heard me stressing out about preparing and packing for my first stage race – The Himalayan 100.  Before I left, I recorded this interview with Russ Trice who …

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Sarah Keyes – SkyRunning, Dirt Bagging, Beer Drinking, and Running in the Adirondacks  

Sarah Keyes – SkyRunning, Dirt Bagging, Beer Drinking, and Running in the Adirondacks Sarah Keyes has everything it takes to be a great URP guest: She’s a vibrant and dynamic story teller who lived in her truck last year with her dog while driving around the country to different SkyRunning …

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Russ Trice Helps Me Prepare and Pack for the Himalayan 100  

Preparing and Packing for an International Stage Race – The Himalayan 100 A few days prior to my leaving for my first international stage race (The Himalayan 100), I hopped on the phone with experienced trekker/runner/stage racer Russ Trice to get some last minute tips for my journey.  I was …

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John Andersen and His Run at the Wet and Wild Grindstone 100  

John Andersen and His Run at the Wet and Wild Grindstone 100 John Andersen ran his first hundred earlier this year at Bighorn100 in Wyoming and had a blast. He felt great, had fun, ate well, and loved every minute of it.  Well, then he signed up for his local …

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Meredith Edwards Interview – Skimo, Trail Running, and Massive Amounts of Vert  

Meredith Edwards: Mulit-discliplined Mountain Endurance Athlete Meredith Edwards joins Ethan and I to talk about her childhood spent skiing, her teenage years playing field hockey, her collegiate years running track, and how that all combined to make her a member of the La Sportive Ultrarunning Team and the US Ski …

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Dylan Bowman – The UTMF Typhoon and His New Partnership With Red Bull  

Dylan Bowman – What happens when a typhoon changes the race from a 100 miler to a 27 miler?  If you’re training is on point, you win the race.   In this interview, Dylan Bowman describes the best block of training of his life, as he focused on Ultra Trail Mt Fuji …

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Chuck Radford – Blind Perseverance at RRR100  

Chuck Radford Interview – Blind Perseverance at Run Rabbit Run 100 Sometimes you go into a race with a certain goal and you cross the finish line in decent condition after hitting your mark.  Sometimes runners DNF after a tough few hours on the course. Sometimes you go into a …

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Clare Gallagher and Her 100 Mile Debut Fueled by Cake Frosting and Laughs  

Clare Gallagher - Winning Her Hundred Mile Debut with Hard Work, Cake Frosting, and Laughs
Clare Gallagher grew up in Colorado (looking up to an influential and famous family friend who you'll hear about at the end of the episode), and went to Princeton where she ran XC and track.  While in college, she was injured frequently and by the time she graduated and moved to Thailand, had fallen out of love with running.

Then came trail running: After training on tsunami evacuation towers, having her running shoes stolen, and cobbling together a training program off a spotty internet connection, she ran her first 80k and fell in love with ultra trail running.

Clare won the competitive Power of Four Challenge in Aspen, then took 2nd to the quick Meghan Roche at the USATF 30k Trail Running Championships, she set her eyes on her backyard course--the (in)famous Leadville 100.   Would her leg speed translate well to one hundred miles? You'll have to listen to get the whole story on the race.
In this episode with Clare Gallagher we talk about:

Running collegiately and the pressures to perform.
Trail running in remote Thailand.
Clare's attitude towards racing and training. Is she having fun?
What the hell she ate at Leadville.
What's next on her race schedule.

Clare Gallagher Episode Notes:
Intro Music: Never Gonna Stop by Rob Zombie

Co-hosted by Sarah Lavender Smith. Find her blog right here.

Here's David Roche's article on Clare in TrailRunner Magazine.

Clare runs with the Rocky Mountain Runners.

Outro Music: Matt Flaherty

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Dakota Jones 2016 Battling the Injury Demons, Pizza, Race Directing, and More.  

Dakota Jones Interview - Injuries, Pizza, Stretching, and Staying Relevant as a Sponsored Athlete
Dakota Jones had a tough 2015, battling a persistent injury and yearning to race again.  All the stars aligned in '16 as his training and patience paid off, pushing him to wins against some tough competitors and even tougher terrain.

Then last week, while leading the Run the Rut Skyrace, Dakota twisted an ankle he'd injured the week before and took a DNF.  Back to square one.  How much time off will this require? What's his race schedule like?  What exactly does a sponsored athlete think about longevity in the sport, and what does he think about staying relevant to an audience?

We talk pizza, piano playing, race directing, and his love and protection of the mountains.  This is Dakota's third time on URP.
Dakota Jones Episode Notes

Episode sponsored by the Vertical Challenge Series. Three races on different peaks around the Bay Area with a cumulative winner at the end.  Starts soon, so check it out NOW.

Here's Sarah's recent post about running in the Colorado mountains.

Here's Braving It: A Father, a Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild -- the book I spoke about at the end.

Here's the young adult fiction trilogy Dakota referenced: The Bartimaeus Trilogy Boxed Set.

Here's how to get more of Matt Flaherty's music.

All images (including cover shot) used with permission from Martina Valmassoi.

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Tim Tollefson – Pacing to the Podium at UTMB 2016  

Tim Tollefson - Pacing to the Podium at UTMB 2016
Tim Tollefson chose UTMB as his first hundred mile attempt. Set on a giant international stage in the French Alps, UTMB is arguably the biggest trail ultramarathon in the world, and it's at this race that Tim executed a well-paced run that landed him on the podium

The race went out as expected with Nike teammate Zach Miller setting a blazing pace and European elites giving chase.  Back in the pack, Tim Tollefson held strong, running calm and controlling his emotions until the right time to strike.  You'll have to listen to the interview to hear how it all went down in the last 50 kilometers.

In the interview, Tim also discusses how and why he chose UTMB for his first hundred, his specific training going into it (downhill repeats!), and his strategy to stay calm amidst all that goes on at a race of this size.  He also talks about his plans for the future, and how he expects to stay competitive for many years.
Tim Tollefson UTMB Episode Notes
Here's Tim's interview from earlier this year where he recounted his Transgrancanaria Sufferfest.

Here's the TrumpExplainsUltras twitter feed.

Here's coach Mario Fraioli's website and here's the Morning Shakeout.

Here's a great highlight reel from UTMB.

Here's Tim's interview with Meghan Hicks after the race.

Be sure to read David Laney's account of the race right here. Great report!

Here's Tim Tollefson's website.

 

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David Stango – The Eastern States 100 Interview  

David Stango Interview - Eastern States 100
We all know about the iconic Western States Endurance Run, but let's jump across the continent and learn about the Eastern States 100.  My guest David Stango has been running ultras for ten years and chose Eastern States 100 as his first "official" hundred miler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What did he learn?  How did having a pacer for the first time affect his race? What's the course like? How about the weather?  Does running a course on your home turf (David's a PA native) change the experience at all?

David shared his stories and training leading up to the race, the execution, and what he's got planned for the future. This is a guy with a wife, job, kids, and the ability to plan ahead...something we could all do better.

David Stengo - Eastern State 100 Episode Notes:
Here's David's blog.

Here's the site for the Eastern States 100.

Here's Matt's music site with the live recording from Boulder. (Again, no $ affiliation at all. I just like his music and he allows me to play it.)

Here's the Gary Robbins interview.

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David Roche – Coaching Ultramarathon Runners  

David Roche - Coaching Ultramarathon Runners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had David Roche on the show early last year to talk about what it's like being married to a stud ultrarunner (his wife Megan), but this time Ethan and I had the chance to pin David down and ask him a bunch of questions about coaching, all based around the weekly column he writes for Trail Runner Magazine (NFI).

How to work on hills without hills.
How to train for altitude without altitude.
Why some people shouldn't run fifty milers.
How to improve your speed during a lunch workout.
Why you should be having fun out there.
and more. They're all easy, pragmatic, and designed for MUT runners.

We also discuss philosophy of coaching, who needs to be coached, and why some top runners work better with some coaches than others.  All around, a free-ranging discussion with two inquisitive runners and one of the top ultramarathon coaches in the country.

 
David Roche - Coaching Ultramarathon Runners Episode Notes:
Here's David's site. (This wasn't a paid spot and I have no financial interest...only interest.)

Here are the Brooks Cascade "Scott Jurek 2189 Edition" shoes I was talking about.

Follow David on the twitter machine at @mountainroche.

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Andrew Miller Interview  

Andrew Miller Interview
Last month, Andrew Miller became the youngest winner at Western States Endurance Run.  He'd worked hard in training, and although he was only 20 years old, Andrew still had six years of ultras under his belt.  Let's find out what drove him to the finish line.

Note: For some reason, my audio mixing board freaked out on me and we sound slightly robot-ish.  My apologies. I like to put out a quality product, and this type of thing drives me nuts.  Better next time.

Ethan and I spoke with Andrew this week about his life leading up to the race.  His mom's been running ultras for a while, and Andrew figured he'd enter his first 50k at 14.  Was there undue pressure? Did he run HS track and cross country? What drew him to the mountains?

And how did he prepare for Western? A strict coaching regimen, or did he self-coach in his spare time?  How about copious notes about his training?  You'll quickly hear a pattern during this interview...Andrew does things his way.

We found that Andrew's age obscures his wisdom and maturity when it comes to MUT running.  While other college freshman are partying, Andrew is running alone in the mountains, listening to old jazz records, hiking with his family, and preparing for his next big race.

Finally, we wanted to know how he felt about the attention given to Jim Walmsley after the race. Did he think it was fair? Was he upset by the lack of media for his accomplishments?

Andrew Miller Episode Notes
Here's Andrew's blog.

Here are the details about the Matt Flaherty show in Boulder on Saturday.  Hope to see some of you there.

Here's the review of the Orange Mud Endurance Pack.

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Michele Graglia – From the Yukon to the Desert in 2016  

Michele Graglia Interview
Sarah and I interviewed Michele Graglia a few years ago, and I found time to catch up with him recently about his recent adventures. You may remember him as the former underwear model-turned ultrarunner who had some audacious plans for his time on the trails, and we get to hear the details about how they've worked out.

In 2016, he's already run (and won) the frozen Yukon Ultramarathon where he faced temperatures that hit -40 degrees, then a few months later, ran Badwater where temps crested 120.

In this interview with Michele Graglia, we talk about:

What Michele learned at UTMB
How he prepared for an arctic race while living in Southern California
What prompted him take on a double Badwater
What it takes to land a sponsor deal
and more about his passion for adventure running.

Michele Graglia Episode Notes
Here is our original interview with Michele.

Michele Graglia runs for Altra, CarboPro, 2XU, SH Plus, and Simple Hydration.

Here's Michele's race report from Badwater that he just released today.

Here's my review of the Brooks Mazama trail shoe on REI.

Here's the info for the concert/party in Boulder on August 6.

 

 

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Running the Camino de Santiago with Kevin Moore  

Running the Camino de Santiago with Kevin Moore
Kevin Moore is an average guy who wanted to do something big.  With a passion for self-discovery and a 100 mile DNF on his back, he booked a flight and set off to run the iconic 500 mile Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route across the top of Spain that covers the Pyrenees mountain range and hundreds of miles of (hot and exposed!) farmland.

How did he plan the trip? What did he run with? Who did he run with? Where did he sleep? How did his body hold up? How about his mind? The Camino de Santiago is a long route with many opportunities for failure, right?

All of these questions are answered in this tale about self-discovery, perseverance, and real ultra grit.  We discuss:

The outer limits of motivation. What makes a runner keep going?
Pain thresholds and perseverance.  With blisters and shin splints, what can we do to make it to the next day?
Adaptation. If there's not a bed available and there's only a hard marble floor, what do you do?
How does the mind deal with the juxtaposition of incredible physical pain while the mind is basking in visible beauty?

"As runners that's what we're challenged with...we usually never reach a point where we can't take one step more. We reach a point where we choose not to go any further because we stop believing that it's possible."
--Kevin Moore, July 2016

Running the Camino de Santiago with Kevin Moore Episode Notes
Episode sponsored by the North Face Endurance Challenge Wisconsin.  Sept 17-18, check it out here.

Here's the movie "The Way" about the trek.

Outro music by Matt Flaherty.

 

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Sarah’s Western States Report  

Sarah Lavender Smith's Report from Western States
Since her name was drawn in December, URP co-host Sarah Lavender Smith has been planning and training to run her first Western States Endurance Run.  In many episode over the past six months, she's shared tips on her fitness, diet, and ultimately, anxiety about the big race.

In this interview, Sarah's on the other side of the mic and I get to ask her about how the race was executed. Did her planning and training work out? What went right out on the trail? What went wrong? Sarah set a goal of sub-24.  How did chasing those splits work out?

We talk about her crew chief Errol "Rocket" Jones, her pacer Clare, the impact of having her family present for a big race, and the feeling of crossing the finish line in one piece with her goal achieved.

It's been fun having Sarah co-host so many shows over the past two years, now with this adventure under her belt (buckle), she'll have even more insight into the training and mindset of successful ultrarunners.
Sarah Lavender Smith's Western States Episode Notes
Here's Sarah's blog, but I'm guessing she's too busy running the beautiful trails in Telluride to update it this week.

Note from interview: Sarah mentioned that while chasing Billy Yang up the canyons, she believed he was with Aliza LaPierre.  Sarah emailed me after the chat and let me know it was actually Anna Mae Flynn.  She had mis-remembered some details.

Here's Matt Flaherty's music site.

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Colleen and Chris, Part 2.  Their Western States Race Report  

Colleen and Chris, Part 2 - Their Western States Race Report

One week ago, I sat down with siblings Colleen and Chris in a vacant bar in Squaw Valley and listened to siblings' Colleen and Chris tell an incredible tale of how they found themselves at the starting line of the Western States Endurance Run.  The odds of two lottery tickets, family tragedy, a dead body in a park, a preemie baby all played parts in their story.  You can find that episode here.

This episode is part 2.  I caught up with Colleen and Chris and they shared their story about the race. Did they stick together? How did their diet and pace plans work out? Could they "feel" the cutoffs? And why the heck is Colleen so mad at Timothy Olson?

Chris and Colleen's Western States Episode Notes
Outro music by Matt Flaherty. Find all of his tunes right here.

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