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Episode #127 Olivier Leblond USA 48hr Record Holder 100 Mile Podiums and Backyard Ultras

Episode #127 Olivier Leblond USA 48hr Record Holder 100 Mile Podiums and Backyard Ultras

September 13, 2020

Great to back into the flow after a few weeks off, really enjoyed this off the cuff interview with 100 mile expert and USA 48hr record holder Olivier Leblond.

Age really is just a number when it comes to long distance ultra running, Olivier is highly competitive at the age of 48 although he wouldn’t want to admit it taking numerous 100 mile podiums. He was lined up with the worlds best for Bigs backyard ultra this year, real shame it’s turned into a satellite event but it will still make for some interesting dot watching I’m sure.

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Episode #126 Karl ‘SpeedGoat’ Meltzer The Most Successful 100 Mile Ultra Marathoner on the Planet

Episode #126 Karl ‘SpeedGoat’ Meltzer The Most Successful 100 Mile Ultra Marathoner on the Planet

September 5, 2020

We have an exceptional runner on the show this week, so exceptional in fact that he has won more 100 mile races than anyone else on the planet, he has so many accolades I really wouldn’t know where to start so check out the show notes below where I’ve listed a few so you can gain an idea of how awesome Karl Meltzer actually is.

As usual I had no time to prep for this episode but when you have one of the world’s best ultrarunners on the line finding things to talk about is never going to be an issue, in this episode we unpack the life of a 100 mile expert, training, fuel, mindset, the grounded approach to life in general.

This really is just a chat about everything from the Speegoat himself....

  • Currently hold the record for most 100 mile trail race wins on earth: 38
  • Most 100 wins in a calendar year (6 in 2006), (5 in 2007), (5 in 2009), (4 in 2005)
  • 60 race wins, 52 of them Ultamarathons, 8 trail marathons
  • 2006 Ultrarunner of the Year
  • 2006 Everest Award
  • Runner up-Ultrarunner of the Year, 2007, 2009
  • 4th fastest Appalachian Trail completion 2008. 2176 miles, 54 days 21 hours, 12 minutes
  • Red Bull Human Express 2010. (Pony Express Trail, Sacramento, CA to St. Joseph, MO 2064 miles, 40 days. 105 miles the last day in 19:21
  • All-time winner, Hardrock 100. 5 wins
  • All-time winner, Wasatch 100. 6 wins
  • All-time winner, Massannutten 100. 4 wins
  • All-time winner, San Diego 100. 3 wins
  • All-time winner, Squaw Peak 50. 5 wins
  • Winningest 100 mile runner on earth.
  • 16 years in a row of winning at least 1, 100 mile race. A world record
  • World Record 230 golf holes played in 12 hours.
  • On September 18, 2016, Meltzer set an Appalachian Trail record by completing the 2,190 miles over 14 states in 45 days 22 hours and 38 minutes
  • Speed Record for running the Pony Express Trail from Sacramento, California to St. Joseph, Missouri
Episode #125 Bruce Fordyce The Comrades King 9 Times Winner

Episode #125 Bruce Fordyce The Comrades King 9 Times Winner

August 14, 2020

Another treat for you this week especially for those who feel connected to The Comrades Marathon 9 times winner 8 of which were consecutive the man they call The Comrades King Mr Bruce Fordyce himself quite arguably one of the best runners in the history of the sport.

He ran the 89km down course in an amazing 5hr 24min 7 sec (which is a crazy pace of 5:48), but even more amazing he ran the challenge up course in 5hr 27 min 42 sec (for a pace of 5:52)

He has completed the Comrades course 30 times, won the London to Brighton ultramarathon three years in a row. He was the former world record holder over 50 miles and the former world record holder over 100 km.

With all his numerous successes in the sport you can tell from this interview that his proudest is his introduction of Park Run into South Africa where he has touched the lives and left a legacy for 1.2 million people who have currently signed up to the compete in the Sat 5km.

Truly is a humble guy who has holds a lot of experience and is considered as one of the best runners in the world.

 

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Episode #124 Barefoot Ted Born to Run Find Your Flow

Episode #124 Barefoot Ted Born to Run Find Your Flow

August 6, 2020

I really don’t know how to introduce my next guest he first featured in arguably the best selling and most inspiring running book of all time Born to Run, I remember how reading about how the Tarahumara totally opened up my mind to what was humanly possible.

Ted McDonald aka Barefoot Ted inspired a nation and very soon after the book Born to Run was released there was movement in barefoot running which Ted was very much a part of, he is an exceptional runner and has now moved into an amazing space in life he has enough positive energy flowing through him to heal the universe.

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Episode #123 Anne Audain the First Professional Female Runner and Former 5000m World Record Holder

Episode #123 Anne Audain the First Professional Female Runner and Former 5000m World Record Holder

July 27, 2020

Adopted as a child born in Auckland, and had her feet reconstructed at the age of 13 Audain finished ninth aged 17 in the 1973 World Cross Country Championships.

 

She ran in the 1500 m at the 1974 British Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand, finishing sixth, and top New Zealander, in the final with a time of 4:21.1.

 

In the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Audain competed in both the 800 and 1500 m. Although she failed to get past the heats, she broke the New Zealand record for the 1500 m.

 

Prior to the start of the 1980s, major track and field athletics meetings had not had any women's events longer than 1500 metres. This started to change early in the new decade, and in March 1982, Audain competed in her first 5000 metres, breaking the world record. In the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane she won Gold in the 3000 metres in 8m 45.53s, a Newzealand record. The record stood for 25 years until it was finally broken by Kim Smith of Auckland, when she ran 8min 35.31sec on 25 July 2007 in Monaco.

 

At the 1984 Olympic Games Audain competed in the inaugural women's Olympic marathon. In the 1988 Games, her last, she finished 11th in the inaugural women's 10,000 metres.

 

In 1993 Audain founded the Idaho Women's Fitness Celebration 5K, now the largest 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) race for women in the USA.

She was the first professional female runner who took a prize purse of $10,000 which seen her receive a life time 'temporary', ban from the world of athletics.

 

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Episode #122 Adam Tango Holland 10 Marathons in 10 Days Guinness World Record Holder

Episode #122 Adam Tango Holland 10 Marathons in 10 Days Guinness World Record Holder

July 27, 2020

This is a no thrills no spills episode where I try and unlock the secret to breaking the Guinness World Record for 10 marathons in 10 days with an average time of 2:45:42 which is absolutley mind blowing.

Adam is currently challenging for the world Strava lead place this month in July, a superb athlete and a genuine down to earth guy who was the youngest person in Europe to reach 100 marathons at the age of 23.

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Episode #121 Kerry O’Flaherty Irish Olympian ‘Injury Mindset’ another Hurdle to Leap Over

Episode #121 Kerry O’Flaherty Irish Olympian ‘Injury Mindset’ another Hurdle to Leap Over

July 8, 2020

This week we revisit Irish Olympian Kerry O’Flaherty who featured on an earlier episode #34 if you want to check it out, this is an amazing podcast especially for those who are managing an injury at the minute.

Last September Kerry broke her 5th metatarsal during a key race in Spain, she was in top form, with her sights set on the road to Tokyo. That’s the kind of devastation that would send most of us down the rabbit hole of despair, obviously disappointed to have lost months of hard work like a true athlete she directed her focus on strengthening her mind body back into condition and at the age of 39 she is coming into the form of her life.

In this episode Kerry touches on the difficulty that women athletes face during their menstrual cycle, the impact it has on their training and more importantly their race condition, I’ve seen other athletes such Eilish McColgan talking this subject which I think is important for our up and coming young female athletes.

You can actually join Kerry in a running performance workshop which is hosted by David Roche,  its in Kilkenny on the 11th 10:35 – 16:00 it’s a great opportunity to run and talk with a great Irish athlete.

Running Performance Link
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Episode #120 Rik Vercoe The Relentless Marathon Runner “If I Can do it so Can you” 10 in 10 Sub 30hrs

Episode #120 Rik Vercoe The Relentless Marathon Runner “If I Can do it so Can you” 10 in 10 Sub 30hrs

June 28, 2020

Most people will know Rik as being the Race Director from Phoenix Running but there is a lot more to this cowboy than people will realise.

He held the world record for 10 marathons in 10 days running 7 of those under sub 3 leaving with a sub 30hr accumulative time, he held the British Record for the most marathons ran in a calendar year, he has ran in some of the big races such as MDS, Great Wall of China, and the North Pole.

In this episode we break down the Relentless Ultra which sounds pretty awesome, but it was Rik's ability to run marathon after marathon in incredible times that in my mind makes him so awesome.

It didn't come easy, you can tell through this episode how focused and discplined he was to the training but also quite a bit of pig ignorance invovled.

An amazing and genuine person, make sure you check out his website at Pheonixrunning.co.uk https://www.phoenixrunning.co.uk/

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Episode #119 Johnny Breen GVRAT 10 in 10 Progress in the Sport of Ultrarunning

Episode #119 Johnny Breen GVRAT 10 in 10 Progress in the Sport of Ultrarunning

June 27, 2020

This week we revisit Johnny Breen from episode number 26, back then he had a 3:50 marathon pb, he DNF’d the 107 miles Belfast to Dublin Ultra, it’s been quite inspiring to watch Johnny's progress over the last 18 months.

He ran a sub 3hr during lock down and he went on to run 10 sub 4 hour marathons in 10 consecutive days as part of the great virtual run across Tennessee (GVRAT) completing 636 miles in 26 days, he also got back up and completed the Dublin to Belfast 107 mile ultra in 2019 and has already signed up for the 214 mile out and back event.

We unpack the backyard a little and talk about the new dimension that the virtual race has brought to the running community during lock down.

His numbers from the Lazarus Lakes GVRAT

636.7 miles run (about 100 walked) in 26 days
57th place out of 19473 worldwide participants
3rd place in UK (1100 participants)
4th place in Ireland (much more hardcore than UK)
976,171 steps taken
24.5 miles per day average
105 hours running / walking
1 sub 3 hour marathon
10 sub 4 hour marathons on consecutive days
55324 calories burned (apparently)

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Episode #118 Mike Wardian World Majors and World Marathon Challenge Record Holder  & Quaratine Backyard Winner

Episode #118 Mike Wardian World Majors and World Marathon Challenge Record Holder & Quaratine Backyard Winner

June 21, 2020

Its difficult to know where to start with Mike Wardian he has such a long list of achievements, some we touched on in the podcast he ran all world majors in 2016 with a world record breaking average of 2:31, he ran the 7 marathons in 7 continents in 7 days in 2017 with a world record average time of 2:45 and many many many FKTs and achievements far too many to mention, to check out his ultra sign up page for some idea of how much an animal this guy is.

Check this out - The Finn McCool Virtual Team Challenge a 1350km virtual race which is equivalent of running a marathon in each of the 32 counties in Ireland, your team of four will have 16 weeks to complete the challenge which is a minimum of 13.1 miles a week for each team member it starts on the 10th July.
 
For the Loonie Leprechauns out there you will have an option of chasing down the Golden Shamrock by taking on the challenge on your own, are you as brave as the giant Finn McCool 1350km in 16 weeks.
 
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