Ep 11 24/12 Hour Run For Dreams & Book Review: Your Best Stride

I review a 12 hour race I did in Kentucky called the 24 Hour Run For Dreams, and I review a running book called Your Best Stride.

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Link to 24 Hour Run For Dreams

24 Hour Run For Dreams Facebook Page

Shirt and Book:

Race Director Tommie Kendall:

Pictures of the course:

Race morning:

Taking off from the start & in the woods:

  

Grassy parts:

 

Ep 10 Racing, Running and Sightseeing in California

We spent nearly five weeks in California. Here is where I ran, two races I did, an interview, and other things we saw and did. Check it out!

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Spoken Bicycles

Steel City Half Day Fat Azz Run

Pictures to go along with the podcast:

Independence Trail

Auburn Running Company

Our AirBnB

 

Road near our AirBnB

Heat training at our AirBnB

Buttermilk Bend Trail

Point Defiance Loop

Sawtooth Bike Trail near Truckee

Burger Me! in Truckee

Pioneer Express Trail at Folsom Lake

Folsom Prison

Deb’s birthday meal!

Up near Robinson’s Flat

Sugar Pine Reservoir

Pioneer Trail along Hwy 20

 

Deer Creek Tribute Trail

Dent I put in car & Emerald Island in Lake Tahoe

Cody Lake Sierra Trail Challenge Half Marathon

Race director of Cody Lake, Troy Limb. His races can be found at Troy’s California Trail Runs.

Keely McCaskie, whom I interviewed. Women’s winner of the Half!

Tango Frozen Yogurt in Auburn

Quarry Trail, Auburn Recreation Area

No Hands Bridge

David and Tamara, in Berkeley

Views from Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley

San Francisco

Drove across the Golden Gate heading back to the AirBnB

Squaw Valley to watch Broken Arrow Skyrace. Winner JP Donovan (taller) & second place Max King.

City of Locke

 

Michael Butler, of The Butlers (He says there is no relation between his name and the band name, but I’m not sure I believe him.)

 

The tattoo that nearly got me killed

Nevada City Mile race

Heading down the final stretch!

California State Railroad Museum

Old Sacramento

Bernhard House

Dog Days of Podcasting!

Hey Everyone! I recently completed a challenge, called the Dog Days of Podcasting Challenge, whereby I submitted a podcast episode EVERY DAY IN AUGUST! They are generally shorter shows of 5-25 minutes. I talk a lot about my daily workouts, being a cross country coach, and there are a few other recurring topics, including some interesting input about coaches from my friends! There’s also a couple of eclipse episodes. If you want to listen, you could probably binge-listen the whole month in not too-much time.

You can find the episodes by subscribing to Topics in Endurance Sports in iTunes and other places (let me know if you can’t at your favorite place). Here is the RSS Feed for the show. The Dog Days episodes all start with DDOP.

Thanks! Soon regular episodes will resume.

Ep 9 Western States 100 Mile Run: Pre-Race, and the First 30 Miles

I lined up at the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. Here you find out what happened. Hopefully this will be helpful for anyone hoping to do this race. I also talk about the incredible accomplishment of my nephew Kurt Slattery! I talk slowly. Play at double speed!

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Episode 39 of the East Coast Trail and Ultra Podcast, in which I was interviewed! It’s very funny.

Article about my nephew Kurt Slattery‘s amazing day to get into the John Deere Classic Golf Tourney! Be sure to watch the video in it!

Camille Herron, Michael Wardian

YiOu Wang

Drop bags

These two folks snuck into my own picture and I got relegated to being a photobomber. With Gordy Ansleigh.

Nikki Kimball

Gunhild Swanson

John Fegyveresi

Jim Walmsley

Race start

Climbing up to the escarpment.

Looking back down on Squaw Valley.

Snow. Lots of snow.

Creeks. Lots.

Mud. Lots.

Fun!

Beautiful views.

Some trails were nice.

Some a bit rocky.

My daughter

My wife.

At the awards ceremony. That’s Gordy again.

Women’s winner Cat Bradley.

Men’s winner Ryan Sandes.

Michael Wardian, left, and 5th place Chris DeNucci.

Second place Alex Nichols.

In N Out Burger.

WS hat I bought.

Ep 8 Western States Memorial Weekend Training Camp

I talk a lot about the 2017 Western States Training Camp that I recently did. With interviews.

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Here’s Mark Thill, and also Karen Ringheiser and Dima Feinhaus, all of whom I interviewed.

The first of the Run Steep Get High videos I mentioned that covered the Training Runs. See #’s 148 and 149 for the next two.

The essay I wrote: Top Ten Reasons to do the Western States Training Camp.

Thirty Hours, the video about Wally Hesseltine.

I mentioned this video, which is a course overview. There are a bunch of videos and podcasts covering the 2017 race now as well.

Some pictures from the Training Camp. I’d really need to post 50 pictures to capture it all, but here’s a few of them.

With Clare Gallagher.

With Kaci Lickteig.

With Elov Olsson.

With Nicole Kalogeropoulos.

With Zach Bitter.

With Stephanie Howe Violett.

With Magda Boulet.

With Tim Twietmeyer.

With Jeff Browning.

With Ian Sharman.

Ep 7 Grayson Highlands 50K

I ran the Grayson Highlands 50K in Virginia and talk about it and interview others who ran it. Also, my 50 mile weekend, the YMCA, and Five Chinese Brothers.

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This episode brought to you by: Spoken Bicycles of Middletown Ohio. Spoken Bicycles is a new bicycle shop in downtown Middletown that also features a craft beer taproom. They offer new road, hybrid and city bikes. They service all bikes, and have gear and accessories you can’t find anywhere else in the Midwest. They also have group rides and runs that leave from the shop. Visit their website at www.spokenbicycles.com for more information about their store!

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Donate to Shawn Bearden’s 777 Marathon Challenge at the Science of Ultra. Do it in May and he’ll match your donation!

Grayson Highlands 50K

I mentioned the Frozen Sasquatch Race. Some pics from when I did it in 2016:

I mentioned UROC. And the Highlands Sky Trail Run.

Barney mentioned the Barkley Fall Classic, ARFTA, and RUTS.

Julie and Sandy (whom I interviewed)

And Barney

Pictures from the Grayson Highlands Race:

Elevation chart:

We crossed the Appalachian Trail many times:

With race direction Sean “Run Bum” Blanton

The Five Chinese Brothers

Ep 6 Marathon des Sables with Amy Costa

I talk to Amy Costa about the Marathon des Sables, a stage race in the Moroccan Sahara.

Thanks to Moroccan singer Fouad Zabadi for the music.

This episode brought to you by: Spoken Bicycles of Middletown Ohio. Spoken Bicycles is a new bicycle shop in downtown Middletown that also features a craft beer taproom. We offer new road, hybrid and city bikes. We service all bikes, and have gear and accessories you can’t find anywhere else in the Midwest. We will also be having group rides and runs that leave from the shop. Visit our website at www.spokenbicycles.com for more information about our store!

Check out the MdS videos of Amy!

Interesting MdS info.

Episode 133 of Talk Ultra, wherein Ian Corless interviews MdS winner Elizabet Barnes and others.

Badwater 135. Tor des Geants. Spartathlon. The Coastal Challenge. Grand to Grand. Other desert stage races. LOTS of stage races. Article about desert stage races.

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Pictures from Amy:

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Ep 5 Haulin’ in the Holler & Yamacraw 50K Races

Haulin’ in the Holler 50K, Yamacraw 50K, my three near-death experiences. I also talk about the “Mound” and K. V. Switzer.

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Haulin’ in the Holler (2015) & Yamacraw medals

Haulin’ in the Holler 50K & 25K & 5K

Course map

West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners

Pictures of Haulin’ in the Holler:

Their own special portapotty!

Folks I interviewed from Haulin’ in the Holler:

Nick Kelly and Jessica Wolfe

Justin and Sarah Ray

Holly Bailey

Mary Ann Yarborough

Me with RD Gregg Yarborough in 2015

Yamacraw 50K & 20K & 10K
No Business 100
Daniel Boone National Forest
Big South Fork River & Recreation Area

Pictures of Yamacraw:

Here I am! Thanks to T Gregory Knox for the photo.

Folks I interviewed at Yamacraw

Donna Russell and Ruth Sutton

Les Wilkinson

Me with RD Brian Gajus

I mentioned Sword Endurance Drink

Canyon de Chelly Ultra (55K)
Article about Canyon de Chelly Ultra

Smokies Challenge Adventure Run (SCAR)

Article about fast packing

Mound Science and Energy Museum

Mound Science & Energy Museum, and tour of building T

“Advanced” electromechanical calculator, late 40’s

Nuclear artillery shell fired from an 9-inch Howitzer. It weighed 200 pounds and had a yield of 100-1000 tons of TNT. It had neutron bomb capacity. From ultrarunner and Los Alamos physicist Blake Wood: “The idea behind a “neutron bomb” is that the lethal radius for the neutron radiation is greater than for the blast, at least for tanks. It was intended to stop a Soviet tank invasion of Western Europe without blowing up all the towns in between, on friendly territory, hence the relatively low yield. It still would have done a lot of damage, but less than a higher yield weapon that relied solely on blast effects.

In the T-building, during cleanup sometimes parts of floors had to be cut away because they were radioactive.

Picture of workers in protective suits they wore. This worker is being scanned for radioactivity.

The Faraday Cage I spoke about.

Glove boxes, where workers could handle dangerous materials.

Katherine Switzer

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Ep 4 One Hundred K’s of Convenience

One Hundred K’s of Convenience race, St. Brigid of Kildare, and the guy who invented the butterfly stroke are covered in today’s show. We talk about what the Quad Cities and Schuetzen Park is. A listener sends in an email.

Wendy Foote’s race report (40 mile winner).

Thanks to TeknoAXE for the music. You can find them on YouTube as well.

Other GREAT races put on by Joshua Sun et al in the Quad Cities area:

Mines of Spain. Schuetzen NEIN! Hour. Sunderbruch B&B. Go do them! Fun!

Also, do the Quad Cities Times Bix 7 and the Quad Cities Marathon. Two more great races!

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Pictures from One Hundred K’s of Convenience

Awards for 40 mile and 100K finishers:

Folks I interviewed below.

Race directors Ryan Ames (left) and Joshua Sun.

Finishers Julie Tyler, Wendy Foote, and Jill Riedemann.

Finisher Alex Timm.

Finishers Mitchell Elliot (left) and Maddog Dillon.

Finisher Jason Willits.

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Ep 3 Black Mountain Marathon and Mt Mitchell Challenge

Black Mountain Marathon and Mt Mitchell Challenge. Also, Ethiopia and the first triathlon.

Thanks to Jon Yoon for “(I Wanna Meet) Bill Nye.” He’s a fellow ultrarunner. Find him on Facebook at “Jon Yoon Music.” Watch this on YouTube. It’s super catchy.

Thanks to Jonathan Contreras for new Topics in Endurance logo.

Thanks to my donors: John Duguid, David Armbruster, and Barb Riggins!

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Me with race director Jay Curwen.

Joseph Ingram.

Sophie Seidel.

Jackie Merritt.

Mr. and Mrs. Gonzales.

Jon Yoon.

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