Sunday, May 3, 2020

Dennis Begley: How this couch potato became a Fat Dog, Crohn's disease, and a running joke.


Dennis Begley is an avid backcountry skier and ultra runner from North Vancouver, BC. As a kid, Dennis loved to play sports and after years of post-secondary education and travelling the world he ran his first 10k. After finishing business school Dennis found himself in a job he hated and decided he needed a change. He  applied for a job at Mountain Equipment co-op and his life changed forever. In this episode, we talk about growing up with 2 older siblings, being diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 12, travelling Europe and Australia, school, working at Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), and how he went from couch to 50k...and beyond!!!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Arden Young: Big goals, big heart, clean teeth!


Arden Young is an ultra runners and Dentist who lives and works in Calgary, BC. Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Arden grew up a self proclaimed math-lete. With 3 sisters to keep her in check, she also ran cross country. In University she joined the triathlon club and did her first marathon in 2007. It wasn't long before she was introduced to trail running and with some training broke 3 hours in the marathon. Since then she has won the Kal Park 50k, Laugavegur (Iceland) 55k, Lost Soul 100k, Nimble Bear, Broken Goat 50k, Lewiston ultra 50k, and Sinister 7 100 miler (and more!). 

In this episode we talk about what it was like growing up with 3 sisters, getting into running and eventually competing at an elite level as runner, dealing with injuries, her biggest adversities and life lessons, and how to take care of your teeth as an ultra runner. 

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Mike Smith: How to survive running 150 Hundred Milers!!!


Mike Smith is a 62 year old ultra runner who has completed 150 Hundred Milers, countless more ultra's and somewhere around 230 marathons! He's completed a marathon in all 50 states and one on every continent. And he shows no signs of slowing down either (well maybe a few less races this year due to COVID-19)! This year he finished the HURT 100 with only 5 seconds to spare! 

Listen to find out how he became an ultra marathon runner and how he keeps up a crazy race schedule without injuries! 

Mike isn't on social media so you will have to find him at one of the many races he does throughout the year :)

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

James Varner: RD of Rainshadow Running, Hardrock Vet, and a life of adventures!


James Varner grew up near the Appalachian mountains on the East Coast. His love of mountains eventually brought him out to the West Coast where he started Rainshadow Running - A series of over 12 ultra running races in Washington and Oregon. His races are hard, scenic, fun, and sell out very fast! James has been running ultras for over 18 years and is a 5 time (maybe more) Hardrock finisher.

In this podcast he talks about life growing up on the east coast, hiking the Appalachian trail, what made him move to the West Coast and the exciting way he got there. How he got into ultra marathon running and starting Rainshadow Running. We also talk about what's up next for James and what's exciting him these days! 

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Kerry Ward: Living life at full tilt


Kerry Ward is an ultra adventurer who lives his life at "Full Tilt". He's been running ultras since 2008 and has completed distances upwards of 240 miles. Kerry has a famous YouTube channel called FullTiltWard where he films and documents many of his travel adventures and running races. Go on a journey with him through the Tahoe 200, Moab 240, Everest base camp, Burning Man ultra, Climbing Cotopaxi and much more. 

 

In this episode we dive into his Kerry's childhood growing up in Michigan, living in LA, the dance and acro scene, clubbing with Hugh Hefner and dancing with Bette Midler, how to make the most of your airport layovers, living life to the fullest, why he films/documents his adventures and of course --> ultra running. 


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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Shanda Hill: The first Canadian to finish the Double Deca Triathlon


Shanda Hill is an endurance athlete who lives in Vernon, British Columbia. She recently became the first Canadian and 3rd female ever to complete a Double Deca Triathlon. This involves a 76k pool swim, 3600k bike, 844k run. In this episode I interview Shanda about her training and lead up to the race and how each stage of the race played out. We talk about some of the adversity she faced and what kept her going mentally. 

To learn more about Shanda, including her traumatic brain injury and journey to becoming an ultra endurance athlete check out Episode #2 of the Journey to Ultra Podcast

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Claire Johnstone: It's the shit we Under Go that helps us grow


Claire is an actor and voice over artist who also happens to enjoy spending all of her spare time outside. Her favourite hobby is to run silly distances in incredibly scenic locations with her two dogs and a handful of crazy friends. When she’s not running, you can find her on a mountain bike, rock, skis, kiteboard, paraglider or stuffing her face with plants. She is also the host of the UnderGo Podcast.

In this episode we dive into being raised by a single mom and growing up with 3 sisters in Northern Quebec, how she got into acting and sports at a young age, how she initially used running to combat insomnia and anxiety, overcoming an eating disorder, getting into triathlon and Ironmans, ultras, her first 100 miler, all the crazy activities she enjoys (paragliding, kite boarding, mountain biking, skiing), and love! 

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