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Trail runners talk freely about almost anything while we're out running. The stories we share can be deeply personal, embarrassing, and profound . . . and sometimes all of these qualities rolled into one. One thing we have in common is a drive to keep moving forward. "Relentless forward progress" is the advice given to anyone trying to run their first ultramarathon. No matter what happens, keep moving forward until you finish or can't go any farther. Some people say that life is a marathon n ...
 
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Nita Sweeney is the award-winning wellness author of Depression Hates a Moving Target, You Should Be Writing, and Make Every Move a Meditation. UltraMarathoner. Meditator. Writing practice zealot. Mental health advocate. Dog mom. Publisher of Write Now Columbus. Nita joined me for a great conversation about the power of running and it's relationshi…
 
Your default response to anything unpleasant or painful is to get away from it.You learned this early in life when you first touched a hot stove.In my case, it was a hairpin in an electrical outlet at 18 months.But you will put up with pain and sufferingIf you think the reward is big enough.If you think change will be too hard.Ultramarathon runners…
 
The stories that Sally McRae shared with me stuck in my memory. When I thought of what conversations I could share as a “best of the show” episode, this conversation was the first one I thought of. Sally is a tough competitor and trains her mind as well as her body. In this episode she shares stories of how she developed the drive to succeed and to…
 
Your body is designed to heal itself. There is a natural force within us to fix and repair injuries and fight illness. What isn't discussed very often is that your soul/mind also influences what happens in your body. You have probably experienced the principle that whatever you focus your attention on grows bigger. This same principle applies to th…
 
Ciara Carter is a mindset coach, a marathon runner, and she isn't afraid to do things that scare her. This year she decided to pack up her stuff and move from Florida to Utah. In this episode, we talk about how easy it is for us to get stuck in our comfort zone and settle into a rut. Ciara knew it would be a challenge to leave her friends in Florid…
 
There was a psychological study done where people were asked to watch a video and tell how many times basketballs were passed by a group of people. About half of the people watching were so focused on counting the passes that they did not see a “gorilla” walk through the middle of the group and beat his chest. You can see an example of the video HE…
 
Ben Reale went into the Marine Corps as a licensed attorney and an officer. He found that the life of a JAG officer was not as glamorous as the hit TV series made it appear. And after his service, he decided to take a very different career path. He became certified as a personal trainer and then went on to become certified as a nutrition coach. He …
 
Most people like to know what to expect. They don’t like change. They don’t like surprises. The appeal of fast food franchises is they are all the same. McDonalds in Tucumcari, NM has the same food as New York City. How would you feel if you woke up one day and discovered that every McDonalds in the world was now vegan? And every one has a differen…
 
Andy Moskal is willing to push hard to find his limits. But he's also willing to pull the plug when things aren't going right in a race. His hundred-mile attempt at the Yeti 100 had him looking at a sub eighteen-hour time and in 5th place overall. sub-eighteen-hour. But around 50 miles in he was facing the symptoms of rhabdomyolysis. He decided to …
 
The best weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. ~William James The Creator gave us the complete, unchallengeable right of prerogative over the one thing, and only thing we own, our mind. ~Napoleon Hill Your ability to choose what thoughts you think is a superpower. When you run an ultramarathon, managing your thoug…
 
Competitive athletes often tie their identity to their ability to perform and to win. They have the drive and ability, but they may not realize they are limiting themselves. My guest this week is Lauren Ammon. She was a competitive swimmer for 20 years. She swam in her first race when she was five years old. She had success as a swimmer. And she ha…
 
Proverbs 18:21 ~ Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. You may have heard the expression in English: you will eat your words. Meaning: You’re going to regret saying what you just said. Truth: What you say . . . the words you use, have power. According to Proverbs: Death or Life.…
 
What do you do when you’re in a dark place and nothing is working and you’re at the end of your rope? If you’re like Alex Wisch, you shake off the cobwebs and do what it takes to get somewhere you can get the help you need. Alex went from severe depression to a leading mindset coach, helping athletes and professionals become their best. Alex teache…
 
You form views about the world and your role in it based on the stories you tell yourself about what the people you live with say and do. You get a mixed bag. You get skills that teach you how to survive in the world and society. You form opinions about yourself and your worth as a person. This is your first tier of LIMITING BELIEFS.…
 
What do you do when you get involved in a sport and you see that there aren't many people from your culture represented there? If you are like Verna Volker, you jump in and create an organization to address the issue. Verna is Navajo. She didn't care much for running when she was in school. But later in life, after a good friend passed away, she go…
 
When you decide you want more from your life, you will face resistance. Your mind and body both work hard to keep you in your comfort zone. Your Lizard Brain works with your subconscious mind to keep you doing the same thing over and over. Anything new or different = a possible threat that may kill you! Your subconscious uses an emotional kill swit…
 
Erica Terblanche is an adventurer, ultra runner, author, speaker, and coach. We connected for a conversation that is the essence of what trail runners experience when we run together. Yes, we talked about Erica's adventures and the races she's done and the challenges she's still going after. But we talked about mindset, managing pain, what to do wh…
 
Have you ever been around someone who always finds the bad in every situation? It’s exhausting to be around them. They suck all your positive energy into a black hole of negativity. You try to encourage them and build them up, but it’s like trying to teach a cat to play fetch. They can imagine all sorts of trouble you never would think of. I’ve sai…
 
Studies show that most of your thoughts are negative. Can you believe it? The better question may be how much can you trust any study. But I'm sure you know how often your mind generates thoughts that aren't helpful and those that are outright toxic! It's time to "STOP IT!". (This is a random recording that came out of a microphone test.)…
 
My guest this week is Cam F Awesome. Cam has won more boxing matches than anyone in the history of the sport. He’s the most decorated boxer in history. Now he’s a public speaker, traveling the country sharing the lessons he learned through boxing: mental toughness and a mindset for confidence. When I first met Cam, he told me that he figured out ea…
 
As far as we know, we humans are the only creatures on this planet with the ability to think about and imagine the future. This gives us the ability to plan & set goals. It also gives us the ability to procrastinate. It’s also what makes us feel like the turning of a new year is a fresh start. For a majority of people, the start of a new year is th…
 
There are some people in the world who would refer to running 600 miles over multiple days as "fun." And there are some who would do it again if a friend convinced them that getting an FKT (Fastest Known Time) record was possible. Leah Atherton ran the Southwest Coast Trail, England's longest footpath, with the goal to set an FKT. An injury kept he…
 
When you “manage” something, it suggests that you have some amount of influence over it. When you manage other people - they are supposed to listen and do what you ask them to do. You don’t have complete control, but you make decisions that affect what they do. So how much influence do you have over time? Can you tell it to slow down or speed up? C…
 
Finishing the Leadville 100 is a challenge. Not only is there the physical effort of getting up and down the mountain trails, but the air is also thin above 10,000 feet. Johnathan Prosser lives in the relatively low elevation of Kansas. And his first attempt at a mountain trail race ended with a DNF. He had a goal to run the Leadville 100 and he de…
 
Most of us look at skydiving and bungee jumping as dangerous. Wouldn’t think of it! Stats show you are just as likely to die at a dance party as you are skydiving. You are 50x more likely to die in a canoe than bungee jumping. You are 35x more likely to die in a car than riding a bicycle. But most of us will still feel safer driving a car than skyd…
 
When a rouge wave threw Vinny Crispino from his surfboard and crushed him against a rock, it took him a few seconds to realize he could no longer feel his leg. He made it to shore, but he discovered he had broken his back. He still had use of his legs, but the doctors said the only option was to fuse his spine and that he'd never surf or run again.…
 
How are you doing with your work/life balance? 51% of workers say they have missed important life events because of work commitments. 40% of employees say they use their personal devices for work purposes after business hours. 70% of employees will read their emails while watching television at home. 60% of Americans say they have poor work-life ba…
 
There is a power in nature to heal us and restore our souls. Holly Worton has a life-long love of nature and its wild beauty and flow. Holly is an avid trail runner and hiker. She has skills in woodcraft and bushcraft. She has taken numerous long-distance hiking adventures. Her podcast, "Into the Woods" reflects her passion for nature and adventure…
 
In 2019, the “last man standing” at Big's Backyard Ultra was Maggie Guterl . She ran for 60 hours straight. She ran a total of 250 miles. Some so-called experts have asked how women seem able to compete head-to-head with men in ultra distances of 100 miles or more. I suspect most of these conversations are by men. And here I am, a man about to offe…
 
Shannon Mick is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a private mental health practice in Pennsylvania. She is also an ultramarathon runner and mindset coach. You don't have to be an athlete to be a mindset performance coach. But I do believe it is an advantage to work with someone who has run the distance and has experienced the mental challen…
 
Take a cold shower Run in the heat Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. This is the advice you can find when you want to develop mental toughness as a runner. Mental toughness is about driving yourself to do hard things. Doing hard things is the life of an ultramarathon runner. But "mental toughness" is not a good long-term plan for ultramarat…
 
Viktoria Brown set the 72-hour world record this year, going farther than every runner, male and female. She also has an impressive list of other records and accomplishments as a runner and a triathlete. And she balances her racing schedule with being a mom of three girls and the CEO of Hold the Carbs, a supplier of keto foods.…
 
"Just breathe" is the advice you get when you need to calm down. This is good advice, but it's the HOW to breathe that makes your breathing have the exact opposite effect on your body. You feel calmer because you believe what you've been told: that deep breaths--in through your nose and out through your mouth--will reduce your anxiety. But breathin…
 
Ryan Steiner isn't one to back away from a big challenge. Ryan told his story in Ep 52 about his decision to go from loving food and weighing over 700 pounds to running and loving ultramarathons. Ryan also has the challenge of interacting with the world through his autism. Social interactions do not come naturally. And new people, places, and routi…
 
Lindsay Dare Shoop says that she's lucky she lacked confidence when she graduated high school. She was a star athlete in high school and played all the sports. But when she looked at the competition she'd face as a college athlete, she convinced herself that she'd never be good enough. But without sports, she struggled with motivation in college, a…
 
You can be in your comfort zone and still be uncomfortable. Yes! You can be going crazy and completely stressed out with too much to do. Yes, this is the life of a business owner. The chaos feels uncomfortable, but that very chaos can be your comfort zone.Eric Deeter tarafından oluşturuldu
 
What does it take to run 40,075 kilometers as a self-supported run around the earth? Tomasz Drybala is my guest this week, and he is going to start his around the world run in September of 2022. Starting in New York, he will run to Florida, and then across the southern US. Then he will travel to Asia and eventually finish in Europe. Tomasz started …
 
According to Jesus, the second greatest commandment in the Bible is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. I’ve been going to church all my life, and I’ve never heard a preacher talk about this like what I’m about to say. I don’t know if I really want other people to love me like they love themselves.…
 
When Tom Foreman was young, he was a competitive runner in all the races he entered. And he barely trained for these races. But he stopped running for years. Then his daughter asked him to help her train for a marathon. He went on from that to run four half-marathons, three full marathons, and a 50 mile ultramarathon in the space of a year. He docu…
 
How can anyone be afraid of winning . . . be afraid of success? If you Google “fear of success” you’ll get about 430 million results. There are a lot of us out in the world who struggle with the idea of winning and being successful. And there are a lot of different reasons people develop a fear of success. Mine came from growing up in church.…
 
Get a good education and find a career that will give you success and security! This is the advice we get for how to make our way in the world. Some of us, however, aren't satisfied with with the status-quo. Sarah Williams decided that she wanted something different for herself. She decided to launch out and create a life full of adventure and chal…
 
It’s easier to fool people than it is to convince them they have been fooled. This quote has been attributed to Mark Twain. The irony is that there are no references showing Mark Twain saying these words. And yet the uninformed continue to credit him with this proverb. How do you know whether the truth you believe to be true is actually the truth? …
 
My friend, Dallas Amsden, returns for another conversation. He was my second guest on the podcast, back when my audience was in the single digits. Dallas is a coach for professionals who want to become outstanding communicators. We talk about how breaking down tasks into a series of sprints can bring about ultramarathon results in running and busin…
 
Today is July 4, Independence Day in the US. Today you’ll see posts and memes about freedom and independence. And it’s good to celebrate. Freedom is better than living under socialism or communism. Fire up the grill, crack open a beer, watch the fireworks. And take a minute to think about what freedom means to you. For me, it was the freedom to loo…
 
Chase Hammond is a man with vision. As an ultramarathon runner he saw an opportunity to create a race series at the trail he runs in central Kansas. The Hell Creek race series is both challenging and beautiful. And for those who think Kansas is flat, the elevation profile for the 100 mile is over 10,000 feet of gain. Chase also saw an opportunity t…
 
The worst movie my wife and I ever saw was Seven Six-Gunners. Ten minutes in, we commented on how bad it was. We watched the entire 90 minutes. Why? Sunk costs Sunk costs is the feeling that you need to keep going because you’ve already invested time and/or money and made a decision.Eric Deeter tarafından oluşturuldu
 
I always thought the Spartan obstacle course races were pretty much like other OCR events. But Cliff Moitt came on the show to talk to me about the Spartan Death Race. The shorter Spartan races don't rise to the level of difficulty you face in the Death Race. The Spartan Death Race is designed with mental challenges as well as physical. There are o…
 
What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? Life coaches & motivational speakers often ask this hypothetical question. The idea is to get you to look at your life and discover those epic dreams you have for yourself that you’re afraid to go after. You’ve probably heard this question before. Have you thought about an answer yet? What chal…
 
How do you fuel your body to train for and finish an Irornman race? Dana Eshelman is an Ironman athlete and nutrition coach and she shares her knowledge and experience from her personal training and competition as well as coaching other endurance athletes. Dana wants athletes to not be afraid to eat carbs. But getting the right kind of carbs in the…
 
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