Greg Unger Lives Life with a “Go Big or Go Home” Attitude

On today’s show, I’m joining a Greg Unger for a few easy miles.

Greg has an amazing story when it comes to his evolution as a runner, starting off as a very serious body builder before diving into the deep end of the running scene. And as you can see, he doesn’t exactly look like your typical marathoner/endurance athlete.

Greg Unger

Greg Unger

Greg wasn’t a runner growing up, but he definitely was into lifting weights. At some point a few years ago, he decided he wanted to drop a little bit of weight and started to dabble with running here and there.

As his health habits improved and he continued to feel better, he really got into endurance sports.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Here are some of the highlights of our conversation:

  • Why he walked off the course of a 100 mile race at Mile 92
  • The “high” he gets from running compares to nothing else
  • Getting hooked on lifting weights as a kid, and lifting for hours each day
  • The habit of “going big or going home” in every aspect of his life
  • Finishing his first triathlon, and the emotions that went with it
  • Learning not to judge an athlete by his or her physical appearance
  • The constant need to be something more than he is currently
  • The reactions he receives every time he enters a race, and the motivation he draws from it

If you’d like to connect with Greg, and I’d encourage you to do so, check out his blogs at, Evolve the Mind, and Born to Run Far. You can also connect with Greg on Twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram, and find his videos on YouTube.


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2 replies
  1. Chris Worden
    Chris Worden says:

    Loved the show- Greg is a class act and an inspiring guy. Not only likes to see the best of himself, but likes to see others succeed as well. It’s always a pick-me-up to see him before a trail race.

    • Denny
      Denny says:

      Thanks for checking out the show! I had a blast talking to Greg, and definitely look forward to the day I bump into him before a race.


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