My guest on the show today only started running a few years ago and has since completed multiple races over 100 miles.
Along with training for ultras, he is also a fellow podcast host and soon to be author.
I am looking forward to a few easy miles with Rob Steger.
Rob is a relatively new runner having only begun in September of 2015.
He progressed rapidly with his first marathon, 50k, 50-miler, and100-milee attempt all the following year.
The adventure and sense of exploration are what draws Rob to the trails.
He enjoys non-looped courses where every step is a venture into new territory.
The Moab 240 endurance run is the longest distance Rob has went so far.
Preparing to go over 200 miles required extensive logistics and planning.
Finding the correct balance of sleep during a multi-day race can be the difference between finishing or DNF’ing.
Exploring new and longer distances is something Rob never thought he would be doing.
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Rob considers himself an average runner that deals with the same struggles that other athletes have with training.
He is a working father of 2 which makes fitting in runs a challenge at times.
In going far, Rob is trying to redefine the sense of fear that runner’s associate with new and unknown distances.
Anyone can push their limits by training smart and gaining experience.
Some tips Rob has learned from ultras that carries over into everyday life are:
- Go after your passion whatever that is
- Life is short so make the most of everyday
- Find something that you enjoy
- Prioritize life
- Stay in the present
- Try to pay it forward whenever possible
A New Chapter
Rob didn’t plan to author a book when he set out on his running journey.
In early 2016 after his first trail race, Rob began taking notes to document his journey.
His story began with being overweight and unhealthy not unlike so many others.
A major health scare in his family forced him to open his eyes and start taking steps towards a healthier lifestyle.
Rob felt that his story was relatable and could help to inspire others to take that first step too.
His book has been a labor of love from the beginning.
Rob began his podcast, “Training For Ultra,” for the same reason he wrote a book- as a way to inspire others and pay it forward.
Although his journey hasn’t been without its challenges, he wouldn’t have changed a thing.
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