Humans of Ultrarunning was created to share the stories of ultrarunners: their pasts, their triumphs, their defeat, the odd and the unusual. To shine light on the dark and deep and share our common humanity. Exploring the depths of human experience through running really, really far. Stories and interviews from the world's most extreme athletes.
In HOU's Part 2 on Trolls and Social Media, Stephanie Voilett and Candice Burt chat about Stephanie's experience with online trolls and negativity including the Udo's Oil ad that came out a few years ago, common problems with social media, the effect of comments on women, sexualization of athletes, how to be a part of the solution including some environmental tips. We address the recent Outside Online article about Trail Runners being "Parasites" and what the real issues are including climate change and how to support your fellow athletes and ultrarunners when you see trolling or online bullying.
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Music, in order of appearance by: Wolves "Walls of Jericho", Olive Musique "Groove Science" and Wolves "Crazy Clownz".
Camille Herron is one of the best ultrarunners in the world right now for both women and men. You can find Camille with a big smile on her face while regularly beating both the men and women in ultramarathons. One of her secret weapons is her unwavering positive attitude and a desire to prove her doubters wrong. She has been successful in both road and trail races from the marathon, 100 miles and 24 hour events. Earlier this year she was in a bad car accident that she was lucky to walk away from but this near death experience changed her focus and she's tackling each day with a new energy and appreciation. In this podcast we discuss Camille's near death experience, her records including her World record for fastest marathon in a superhero costume, how she is approaching training, her diet and her favorite fast food. We discuss her preparation this year for the most competitive ultra in the world, Comrades Marathon, and the highly competitive Western States 100 less than one month apart as well as PEDs, supplements, whether women are selling themselves short in competition, her unique running gait, doubters and trolls, and her move to Colorado.
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Music by Boomkat "Now Understand This" and Br'er Rabbit "What's Left".
Podcast episode co-hosted by Kevin Westlake and Candice Burt chronicling the inaugural Delirious WEST 219 mile/350km race that took place on the West Coast of Australia. We bring you live recordings from before, during and after the race including Candice's story (1st place female/3rd place overall) and Kevin's experiences as a first time crew/pacer and his interviews of other athletes in the race, volunteers, crew/pacers and the race director Shaun Kaesler. This inaugural event is special because it runs point to point along the very west coast of Australia on the Bibbulmun Track from Northcliff to Albany. The story includes getting lost, hallucinations, the joys of running multiple days, sleep deprivation struggles, and a heck of a lot more. Learn all about 200 mile racing!
Episode features special guests: Shaun Kaesler, Dion Leonard, Kay Bretz, Louise Wallace, Guy Schweitzer, Marilyn & Peter Freitag, Kiley O'Neil, Rebecca Brockwell, Nichole Vaughn.
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Music by Olive Musique, Flash Fulharty, Empire of the Sun, Ting Music, Jasmine Thompson, Boomkat, Br'er Rabbit, Laserhawk, Summerheart. More details on our website.
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In a series of episodes we explore trolling, the internet and social media. Part one features Chris Mocko. Chris is a lively and colorful personality in the Ultrarunning and trail world. Chris runs professionally for Nike. He's known for his playful "The Mocko Show" on YouTube. He lives in Boulder Colorado, loves Costco and drives a bright yellow Kio Rio named Daisy.
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Music intro by Lazerhawk "Disco Planet" and close by Summer Heart "I Wanna See the Sunset".
Jeff Garmire set the new overall record on the 800 mile Arizona Trail, finishing it self supported in 15 days 13 hours and 10 minutes. That beats the supported record by 9+ hours and 3+days for the self supported record, an impressive effort! Jeff calls the 800 mile Arizona Trail a "short" FKT (Fastest Known Time) route. As unbelievable as that sounds, to Jeff 800 miles is a tiny portion of trails he's accomplished in one go. Since 2011 Jeff has logged over 21,000 miles on America's long trails including completing the Triple Crown in one year which includes the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. He completed all the Colorado 14ers in one year and the prestigious Nolans 14 in under 60 hours. Jeff is a wealth of knowledge about thru hiking and fastpacking and this conversation goes into depth on his incredible effort on the AZT plus some of his hardcore hiking background.
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Dr. Josh Emdur joins us to discuss your running related questions and talk about his online medicine practice, an innovative way to have your doctor at your fingertips! Josh is a graduate of Western University of Health and Sciences School of Osteopathic Medicine and board certified in Family Medicine. He is the Medical Director of Steady MD, an online concierge practice for athletes and anyone interested in living a healthy life. He is also Clinical Adjunct Faculty at Rocky Mountain Vista Osteopathic University, a 2:52 marathoner, an avid backcountry skier, former climber, and married father of two boys!
*This podcast is for general educational purposes only and does not constitute the practice of medicine. This is not a substitute for medical care.
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YiOu Wang is an educator and teacher and a professional trail and ultrarunner and she sure is fast! She is a 2:38 marathoner, Olympic Trials Qualifier and she's been winning competitive ultras for years. YiOu had the opportunity of a lifetime: she travelled to 26 different countries and she brings some of her wisdom and lessons from her travels to the podcast. We talk about some of the things she saw and experienced around the world including human's impact on the environment, top picks for trail running destinations (you may have never thought of), and her favorite workouts.
Music by Br'er Rabbit "Blind Like Glass"
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Terry Abrams is a proponent for the underdog and believes that all miles are equal regardless of your pace or place. Terry is 61 years old and was an ultrarunner before it was cool. She did her first ultra in the 1980s! She was the first woman to complete the Badwater Triple (449 miles) and she recently ran 1000 miles from Enumclaw, WA to Mt. Whitney, CA. We talk about being a pioneer in the sport, learning by trial and error, being of service to others, how the Tahoe 200 is the first race she's signed up for in 20 years, Age and running, how to hydrate properly, most important personality traits of an ultrarunner, using running as medication, pain with a purpose, having a higher purpose, and so much more.
This interview was certainly one of my favorites. Podcast will be live by Friday on Humansofultrarunning.com and your favorite podcast app.
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The Barkley Marathons has long been considered one of the world's toughest races. Gavin Woody, a runner who embraces some of the world's toughest ultramarathons, joins us to talk about this unique event and we explore his experiences this year as well as his accomplishments as a runner. We dive into the motivation behind wanting to do these kinds of extreme races, the mental side of racing, what mistakes Gavin made in this year's race, navigation, as well as a list of his go-to gear for anyone wanting to "run" Barkley or another extreme mountain race. Fun and very informative chat about extreme ultramarathon racing.
Mike Wardian ran 631 miles / 1000km in 10 days 16 hours and 36 minutes to set a new FKT (Fastest Known Time) this March 2019. He ran through incredibly varied terrain including snow, mountains, hail and rain storms, route finding, international travel, hallucinations... and more! He talks about how through this FKT he was able to connect with the community and tackle his biggest challenge yet. This episode explores Mike's run as well as the mental state that allows him to do such long and tough routes.