I've been going on deep dives. I always do this. When I get into something, I get really into it. It's part of my addictive personality. I want to read every article and book on a topic. I want to listen to podcasts and watch Youtube videos on the topic. I want to learn the tricks of the trade, the secrets of success. I want to find out who the best people are in that world, and watch them, hear their stories, and learn and be inspired by them. I want to know the contradicting opinions and philosophies and come to my own conclusions. There is usually no "lukewarm" for me, only hot or nothing at all, and right now, I'm hot on running.
In the past few months, there have been so many good articles, podcasts and short videos I've found. Joe Rogan has a newfound interest in ultrarunners, and has had runners like David Goggins, Cameron Hanes, Coutrney Dauwalter, and Zach Bitter on his podcast recently. Billy Yang videos are f-ing amazing. The book I'm reading right now, Eat and Run by Scott Jurek is awesome, and I can't wait to read his most recent book, North. I created an Evernote to try and keep track of all the cool stuff, so I can reference it later, or share it with others. I figure I'd do a batch share here in this post.
Outside Magazine and Trail Runner Magazine are 2 of my favorite sites so far. Here's a interesting article I read a while back called Why Do Rich People Love Endurance Sports, and although I'm definitely not rich, I still related to a lot of the ideas about the psychological draw to the masochism of endurance sports and accomplishing concrete, measurable goals.
The Fastest Known Time idea is pretty cool, runners pick a trail or route, usually one that is off limits to trail races (because of permitting or logistics), and they go for the fastest time on that route. Scott Jurek wrote a book, called North, about setting the record on the 2200-mile Appalachian Trail, and then in 2016 Karl Meltzer broke it by just 10 hours. Fun fact, Karl went through 18 pairs of shoes on the run, here's an article with a bunch of details. One of the most competitive routes is the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim 42 mile run with 10k of elevation gain. Here's an article on the topic in general, Fastest Known: Trail Running Trend Hits Stride in 2018, and a cool video of a FKT grab on CA's Lost Coast: Dylan Bowman Lost Coast Trail FKT.
The Barkley Marathons is crazy. It's a semi-secretive ultra race with only 18 finishers in 32 years. About 50% of the time, not a single runner finishes. Find out why in these are articles and videos, prepare for a deep dive.
60 Hours of Hell: The Story of the Barkley Marathons - Outside Mag
The 2018 Barkley Marathons: Confidence Through Failure - Amelia Boone
The Year the Barkley Won - Jamil Coury
Books I'd Like to Read:Finding Ultra, Revised and Updated Edition: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself by Rich Roll
David Goggins on the Joe Rogan Experience. This is one of the best and craziest podcasts I've ever listened to, and that's why it gets the top spot in this post. When you hear David Goggins' story, you think he's making shit up. Goggins is not only a Navy SEAL and ultra marathoner, but he is uncommon even amongst SEALs and ultra runners. Link to the podcast on iTunes.
Cameron Hanes on the Joe Rogan Experience (#1013). Cameron Hanes has been on the JRE many times, but in episode #1013 they really get into endurance running because Cam is about to run the Moab 240 which is a 238.3 mile race on a single loop track through the Utah desert with 30k in elevation ascent. To prep, he ran a marathon a day. He runs these crazy races because endurance is part of what makes him a world class bowhunter. Link to the podcast on iTunes. #keephammering
Courtney Dauwalter on the Joe Rogan Experience. So I just mentioned above that Cameron Hanes was talking to Rogan about this Moab 240 race that he was about to do. Well, a month later Rogan had Courtney Dauwalter on the podcast because she WON THAT RACE! She was the overall winner, not just the female winner. And the best part, she beat the next closest runner (a guy) by over 10 hours!!! Link to the podcast on iTunes.
Alex Hutchinson on the Rich Roll Podcast. Rich Roll is a well-known vegan ultra marathoner and author of the book Finding Ultra. In this episode, he has a conversation with Alex Hutchinson who just came out with a book on the science behind endurance, called Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. They talk about the book, talk about the Nike Breaking-2 Project about trying to break the 2 hour marathon barrier, and dive into pain, performance, and pushing past your limits. Link to the podcast on iTunes.
Martin Gibala on the Tim Ferriss Podcast (Episode #217). Martin Gibala is a PH.D whose done a ton of research on high intensity interval training (HIIT) and authored the book The One Minute Workout: Science Shows a Way to Get Fit That's Smarter, Faster, Shorter. They talk about how to increase your VO2 max, the research and science behind HIIT, and how to design your own interval training. Link to the podcast on iTunes.
Amelia Boone on the Tim Ferriss Podcast (Episode #127). This is an oldie but goodie. Amelia Boone is an obstacle course racer with 30 wins and over 50 podiums (as of 2016). She got 2nd place overall in 2012 at the World's Toughest Mudder which is a 24 hour race of pure suffering. As Tim usually does, they dive into the weeds of race routines, training, gear, nutrition, and most off all, mindset. Link to the podcast on iTunes.
Casey Neistat Videos
You might know Casey Neistat for his viral Youtube video he made for Nike called Make It Count where he took the whole movie budget and flew around the world. He's a Youtube creator, a really good one. He's been a guest on the Tim Ferriss podcast. He's also a really good runner. Check these out.
There are a lot more, the Youtube auto-recommend engine will take care of you, or just search "Casey Neistat running" on Youtube.
Billy Yang Videos
These are the shit. If you go to his Youtube profile page, you'll see endless awesome videos, but here are a few that I've watched and loved.
This is the story about 2 regular guys (one of them is Brendon from Semi-Rad) who went from never running an ultramarathon distance to running the Run Rabbit Run 100 miler in Steamboat Springs CO. It's funny, relatable, and totally inspiring.
One thing leads to another. I was listening to Eat and Run by Scott Jurek on a plane today, and it was the chapter about how he was a pacer for Brian Morrison in 2006 at the Western States 100 where Brian collapsed within sight of the finish line. It was a crazy story, but then that night, I randomly stumbled across this short documentary about Brian Morrison returning to WS100 10 years later. It's an amazing story, one you couldn't have scripted any better. And the Ginger Runner, who produced the movie, has a ton of other good movies on Youtube, as well as a podcast to check out.
This is Nike's Breaking 2 Project. After six months of scientifically advanced training, three of the world’s most elite distance runners set out to break the two-hour marathon barrier.
I watched this one a while ago, before I had even gotten into running, and was mind blown. You can watch Desert Runners on Netflix. It's a full-length documentary about how 4 non-professional athletes set out to run 4 250k races in a single year, each of the 4 taking place in the gnarliest desert climates you can imagine.
The Barkley Marathons is a semi-secretive ultra race with only 18 finishers in 32 years. About 50% of the time, not a single runner finishes.