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Emily Harrison

Emily Harrison Continues to Grow & Learn as an Elite Ultra Runner


Emily Harrison is hands down one of the best ultra runners in the world.

Emily Harrison

Emily Harrison Photo Credit: Kristin Wilson

From the time she started running in middle school, she’s always tended excel at the longer distances. As a professional, she continues to excel at the longer distances. Currently, she’s most comfortable in the 50 mile range, but who knows what the future holds in terms of running even longer distances.

During my chat with Emily we talked about her running career to date, continuing to learn about what it takes to run longer distances, the atmosphere surrounded an event like the Olympic Trials, and a whole lot more.

“Consistency, in my mind, is more important than being able to hit a training cycle hard and then being injured or burnt out.” ~Emily Harrison

Here are some of the highlights from my chat with Emily Harrison

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Nora Bird

Nora Bird is Going Off-Road in 2016 & Running the Leadville 100, Because Why Not?


On today’s show, I’m going a few easy miles with Nora Bird.

Nora Bird

Nora Bird

When Nora got into running, she definitely jumped into the deep end! We talked about her foray into our sport, and how she quickly went from training for her first half marathon to running her first ultra. And in addition to quickly increasing her race distances, she did it all while life was going crazy at the same time.

We also talked about her experience running Boston in 2013 and it’s clear that those wounds are still real for her. Thankfully she wasn’t injured physically when the bombs went off, but the emotional wounds are still healing.

Thanks to Jabra for Sponsoring This Episode

Thanks to Jabra for Sponsoring This Episode

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Kyle Curtin During the Ozark 100

Kyle Curtin is Newish to Ultramarathoning, but He’s Killing it!


Kyle Curtin is flying under the radar in the ultra marathon scene, but if he keeps winning races he won’t be able to lurk in the shadows much longer.

Kyle Curtin During the Ozark 100

Kyle Curtin

He made his debut in the ultra world running the Ozark 100, and did just about everything wrong. But he finished it, and the next year came back for more. And the rest, as they say, is history. We go in depth about a couple of his races, talk about his future as he prepared to leave the Army, and figure out when he is going to run his next ultra.  Read more

Ras Vaughan Is Always Looking for a New Challenge


In the world of ultramarathoning, there are those that run/race hard and there are those that simply embrace the challenge.

And then there is Ras Vaughan.

Ras Vaughan is the epitome of an ultrapedestrian!

Ras Vaughan, Photo by Kathy Vaughan

Ultrapedestrian Ras is a pioneer in the ultra/backpacking/thru-hiking world. He is the holder of many OKTs, or only known times, and is always looking for new ways to do run/hike a trail/distance/event that has never been done before.

Ras has completed a number of epic events, some official events and some that were organized on his own, and he continues to look for ways to do the unthinkable. We talked about some of his past achievements, future plans, and how it all got started on today’s episode.  Read more

Tonia Smith has survived pancreatic cancer and continues running ultra marathons!

Tonia Smith on Cancer, Survival, and Running Through It All


When Tonia Smith finished her first 100 miler in 2013, she was elated. When she won a 100k ultra marathon later that year, she was having arguably the best year of running in her life.

Tonia Smith shares her story of surviving pancreatic cancer and the roll that running plays in her life.

Tonia Smith, at her 100 Miler

And then she learned that she had pancreatic cancer a few weeks later.

While she could have crumbled after being blindsided by this diagnosis, she did what any good ultra marathoner would do, she simply just kept going. During her treatments, she stayed as active as possible and set a goal of running a 50 miler less than a year after her cancer diagnosis, and she did. Read more