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Brand Manager/Sponsor – Buzz Burrell Ep20

I look at the other side of pro running as I chat with the Ultimate Direction brand manager and sponsor Buzz Burrell. Buzz took over running the hydration company Ultimate Direction a few years back and one of the first things he did was sign on top ultra runners like Anton Krupicka, Scott Jurek and Peter Bakwin to be the face of the brand. I talk with Buzz about life in the outdoor industry, what he looks for in athletes to sponsor, why he thinks going pro in ultra running might not be the best route for most people and more.

Buzz is also a super accomplished runner and adventurer himself and we chat a bit about his own adventures. He and Peter Bakwin coined the term Fastest Known Time or FKT which has really taken off as a way to get out into the wild and test yourself.

Pro Runner – Anna Frost part 2 Ep 19

Pro runner Anna Frost is back for part 2. We talk running, lessons learned, travel, Hardrock 100, nonsense and she threatens to hit me. The interview went really well!

Frosty is a very impressive woman who has accomplished a ton in the running world but has also embraced the being a woman runner and role model in some really powerful ways. Everything from writing a children’s book called Frosty’s Footsteps (which I bought and she will sigh), to creating a web forum for women to ask each other questions about subject that can be tricky to answer to just in general embracing being open about lessons learned and struggles fought.

Anna is also now leading trips and camps and they look really awesome. Check those out at www.trailrunadventures.com 

Pro Runner – Anna Frost part 1 Ep18

Anna Frost has made a career of doing some of the hardest athletic feats you can find and excelling at them. From vertical kilometer races, to adventure races to winning both the Hardrock 100 and The North Face 50…twice! She and a partner were also the first women to complete Nolans 14. Nolans 14 if you aren’t acquainted is a fun little challenge in Colorado of seeing if you can do a line of 14 peaks over 14,000 feet high, with no marked trail, 40,000 feet of elevation gain and a 60 hour time limit.

What I think I liked best about Frosty (her nickname since she was a kid) though is that she has made the sports world a tool for empowering women, inspiring girls, traveling all over the world, avoiding winter and finding cool things to make jewelry out of. Having just had a little girl I can’t help but hope my girl finds some of Frosty’s spirit!

Also if you are at all into trail running check out her adventures and camps at www.trailrunadventures.com because they look AWESOME and yet somehow also affordable.

Follow her and adventures at @annafrosty on instagram and facebook 

Pioneer of Audio Books – Barbara Holdridge Ep17

If you enjoy listening to spoken word audio you have Barbara Holdridge to thank for it. Together with her business partner, Marianne (Roney) Mantell, co-founded Caedmon Records in 1952. As an entirely women-owned company Caedmon stressed gender equality and focused on women’s writings. She was a pioneer in the genre of spoken word literary recordings, and is considered to have laid the foundation for modern audio books.

I got the chance to meet her in Baltimore and she was kind enough to record with me on a new medium, podcasts. I really enjoyed Barbara and visited her several times afterwards to help her with her award winning gardens.

Pro Runner – Clare Gallagher Ep16

In my third interview exploring the career of pro ultra running I was fortunate enough to talk to Clare Gallagher. She is new, she is excited, she is funny and she one fast runner. Clare is someone just starting her career as a runner, trying to figure out how to position herself, what’s important to her and how in the world do you make enough money to cover rent, much less save for a rainy day. Clare’s biggest feat so far is placing as the first overall woman at the Leadville 100 mile run in 2016. Since then she has signed as an athlete with The North Face as her primary sponsor as well picking up support from a number of other sponsors. We talk how all of this came about, what’s her hopes for the future and really how do you pay the bills sometimes?

Storytime – Ben Harland Ep15

A new segment that we may have once in a while is Storytime! This one features a story I recorded a while back with one of my friends Ben Harland, but it’s one of my favorites. I call it his Christmas miracle. Ben might disagree, but what do I care. Anyway sit back and enjoy a real life series of unfortunate events featuring Ben Harland.

 

Pro Runner – Sage Canaday part 2 Ep14

Sage is back! I tricked him into thinking the mic was off and we went down all the nerd running rabbit holes we could…including Run Rabbit Run, diet, shoes, sponsors, running at the front of the pack and too much of me rambling about myself and comparing myself to Sage. If any of that sounds remotely interesting than listen on!

Pro Runner – Sage Canaday part 1 Ep13

Sage Canaday is a hard man to keep up with. That is most true if you are running, especially in the mountains. It’s also true that trying to keep up with all the ways he is hustling to carve out a career in running is hard. He has sponsors, a YouTube channel with tips and training videos,  a podcast, a coaching business and of course he’s on social media. Oh right and he runs and races…very very fast.

We talk about why he transitioned from road runner to ultra runner and some of the different things he’s done to make running a career, and spoiler alert some of them were not fun! But Sage is someone who has long been passionate and enthralled with running and worked very hard to make a career happen. I think he shares a lot of helpful information for anyone trying to make it in athletic endeavors as well as people just trying any kind of niche enthapeneur career come to life.

Find more about Sage at www.sagecanaday.com or find out how to have Sage as coach at www.sagerunning.com

Follow him at all these places too.  Facebook – Twitter @sagecanaday – Instagram @sagecanaday – YouTube at Vo2maxProductions 

 

US Attorney – John Walsh Ep12

Two things I you come away thinking if you meet my guest John Walsh is “That guy is really smart and really nice.” John was the U.S. Attorney for Colorado from 2010-2016. The position is a presidential appointment and serves as the top federal prosecutor for the state of Colorado. Walsh stepped down before the 2016 election and is now a partner at the WilmerHale law firm.

We spoke about what skills most helped him in the field of law, how he got to be the U.S. Attorney and what the job was like as well as what challenges he sees facing the country now. John continues to be an outspoken voice for issues he  worked on while U.S. Attorney such as Countering Violent Extremism and protecting the rights of immigrants and refugees.

John and I actually had our first interview destroyed by technology but was kind enough to do this second one. In the lost interview he shared that lawyers starting out in the U.S. Attorney Office make around $65,000 and can work their way up to around $1500,00 at the top end. He also said that while he was their when looking to hire great writing skills, public speaking ability and ties to Colorado were things that always made candidates stand out.

Pro Athlete – Anton Krupicka part 2 Ep 11

The second part of my conversation with mountain athlete Anton Krupicka dives into what has ultra running grown into and where might it go and what has Anton grown into and where is he going? In the last five years due to a number of injury setbacks Anton has moved away from competing at top level ultra running races. In the meantime he embraced climbing again and is now exploring a whole new way of getting into the mountains as he dives into speed accents often combining human powered methods of getting to climbs whether that by foot, bike or ski. It’s an interesting world he has opened up to himself and to others as he casts light on endeavors like the Long’s Peak Triathlon and other high end but not well known link ups and human powered ways of getting into nature and the mountains.

Keep up with Anton…if you can…at www.antonkrupicka.com andon instagram and twitter @antonkrupicka and on his Facebook page