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Ultra Stories – Episode 72: My First 100-Miler

Take a run with Ultra Stories host John Lacroix as he recounts his first 100-mile finish. In this episode, John shares a retelling of his running the 2007 McNaughton Park Trail Runs in Pekin, IL; which would become his first 100-mile start and finish at the young age of 25. You’ll hear mention of a number of names that have ultimately become household in our sport, as well as reliving the trials and thoughts of a first time 100-miler.


Ultra Stories - Episode 71: Hope Versus What You Can Control

Take a run with Ultra Stories host John Lacroix, and special guest hosts Kate Welle and Sam Wagner. In this episode, our hosts tackle more answers from the 2019 Stories Ultra. John Zarbock (24, Fort Collins) talks about how he remains hopeful in challenging circumstances, and Jordan Wirfs-Brock (34, Colorado Springs) discusses what she hopes to learn before she dies. Our hosts explore the topics that arise from the runner's answers and dive deeper into the collective conscious of our sport.


Ultra Stories - Episode 70: Personal Accountability... it's a thing

Take a run with Ultra Stories host John Lacroix as he takes you on a run discussing the topic of personal accountability. "It is ultimately up to the runner to know the course," and "It is ultimately up to the runner to know the rules," are phrases often used by race directors in trail and ultra running; but what does it mean and what are runner's personally responsible for? Personal Accountability is the belief that you are full responsible for your own actions and consequences and that...


Ultra Stories - Episode 69: The Journey To Ultra Running

Take a run with Ultra Stories host John Lacroix as he takes you on a run discussing the journey to your first ultra. John shares with us the info he provides those looking to get into ultrarunning. How to train, nutrition, finding a race, creating a support system, and many more of his "frequently discussed topics" are explored. Then, to round out the episode, John shares sad news about an iconic Colorado Ultrarunner who has been blackballed for telling the truth.


Ultra Stories - Episode 68: Personal Accountability and the Power to Change

Take a run with Ultra Stories host John Lacroix as he takes you on a run discussing the concepts of personal accountability and working on yourself. A majority of us who run in trail and ultra events are working on our personal growth, or working through some of life's challenges. We create metaphors that link ultra with life, and use them as tools to inspire our growth. In this episode, our host talks about accountability, working on your goals, and "running your own race."


Ultra Stories - Episode 67: What Really Matters and What Really Doesn't

Take a run with Ultra Stories host John Lacroix as he takes you on an impassioned run. In this episode, John talks about what truly doesn't matter in this world, and what truly does; most pointedly he speaks about what truly matters within the world of Ultra. We hear how he got the name "Sherpa," how he started HPRS and the challenges of being a business owner.. and human. Finally, he focuses on the shift our sport is taking towards what matters most.. YOU and the responsibility to RUN...


Ultra Stories - Episode 66: Stephanie Bales Running Divine

Take a run with Stephanie Bales of the Running Divine Podcast! Stephanie is a 38 year old ultrarunner from Barrie Ontario Canada. In this episode we learn about Steph's journey into running in 2002 and how she managed the challenges of running while also being a mom and putting herself through nursing school. We discuss the struggles of burnout and losing motivation, while also discussing the various races Stephanie has completed. Finally, we discuss a variety of hot topics in our sport...


Ultra Stories - Episode 65: LIVE with Marge Hickman, Steve Siguaw, and The Leadville Trail 100

Take a run with Marge Hickman and Steve Siguaw on this special episode of Ultra Stories recorded LIVE! Marge Hickman has been running ultras since the early 80s. In this episode we get to hear how she got into running, and ultimately ultra running. We hear about her intimate history with the Leadville Trail 100 and how she became the female with the most finishes for in the race's history. Then, Steve Siguaw hops in to discuss their new book about how true history of The Leadville 100.


Ultra Stories - Episode 64: Rob Steger of Training For Ultra

Take a run with Rob Steger (34 of Highlands Ranch, CO) host of The Training For Ultra podcast. Rob is also the author of his book Training for Ultra. In this episode Rob shares his journey into running, and ultimately ultra running as well as his journey from 50k to finishing the Moab 240 in a relatively short time span. From there, Rob and John have a great conversation that tackles many topics relating to the why we run. Then, a special statement by Ultra Stories host John Lacroix.


Ultra Stories - Episode 63: Exploring Motivation

Take a run with Ultra Stories host “Sherpa” John Lacroix as he explores motivation. In this episode he discusses intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation, as well as the 10 other types of motivation that exists. He strives to define each type of motivation and how it relates to us as ultrarunners, on the way to answering the age old question “WHY do we do this?” Finding your why is an integral part to ultrarunning success, and this episode affords you the opportunity to explore your motivations...


Ultra Stories - Episode 62: Understanding Human Potential

Take a run with Ultra Stories host "Sherpa" John Lacroix as he explores the concept of Human Potential. In this episode Sherpa defines what Human Potential is by breaking it down, and discussing how it applies to ultrarunners of all abilities. He discusses who gets to define success, the various growth zones outside of our comfort zone, and how ultra affords us an opportunity to be human.


Ultra Stories - Episode 61: The Beginner's Mind, Love, and Purpose

Take a run with Ultra Stories host "Sherpa" John and his guests Jamie Reichler and Sheryl Wheeler as they dive deeper into runner's responses from the 2019 Stories Ultra. In this episode we hear from ultra runner Sam Wagner (32, Golden, CO) as he answers a great question about learning in life, which spawns a deeper conversation about love and the meaining of knowledge. Then, Nick Hoogendyk (33, Fort Collins, CO) talks about losing love and the journey towards finding oneself again.


Ultra Stories - Episode 60: The Barkley and Niwot's Challenge

Take a run with Ultra Stories host "Sherpa" John as he tells tales of The Barkley, and the Niwot's Challenge. Sherpa ran in the 2010 Barkley Marathons completing one successful loop of the course before being tapped out. Hear his account of how he gained entry into the event, and how is Barkley experience ultimately went. Then Sherpa moves in to telling us about "The Barkley of the West," HPRS' Niwot's Challenge. We explore how the event is set up, share a little bit of lore from "out...


Ultra Stories - Episode 59: Exploring Trust and Pain

In this episode we dive into tales and concepts from the 2019 Stories Ultra. Sam Wagner and Kate Welle join Sherpa John to listen to race interviews and discuss the subject matter. First, we hear from Desiree Ritchie (Fountain, CO) and the concept of trust, earned vs. given trust, and how as runners we must learn to trust ourselves. We also dive into why it is that ultra runners tend to trust each other. Then we hear from Logan Froelich (Colorado Springs) and discuss the concept of how we...


Ultra Stories - Episode 58: Sheryl Wheeler's Two Decades of Performance

Take a run with Sheryl Wheeler, a 54 year old ultrarunner from New York's Catskills. Sheryl has been running ultras for nearly two decades, amassing top 3 finishes at some of the Beast Coasts most formidable events; Massanutten, Hellgate, Escarpment, and Manitou's Revenge. She has performed at a top level without ever owning a GPS watch, adhering to a strict diet, or even following a single training plan. In this episode we hear about Sheryl's adventure into ultra, her many accomplishments,...


Ultra Stories - Episode 57: Gary Dudney and The Mindful Runner

Take a run with Gary Dudney, a 66 year old ultrarunner from Monterey Bay, CA. Gary has been running ultras since the mid-90s, and in that time has has finished 68 one-hundred milers, and over 250 ultras. Gary is a frequent columnist for Ultrarunning Magazine, and is the author of two running books. In this episode we explore peak performance vs. peak experience, mindfulness as a runner, the concept of Human Potential, and the power of positive mindset.


Ultra Stories - Episode 56: Faith Raymond and Our Challenges With Inclusion

Take a run with Faith Raymond, a 53 year old ultrarunner from Groton, CT. In this episode we hear how Faith transitioned from endurance horse rides, to ultramarathons. We briefly discuss the history of endurance riding and ultra, and what it's like to run with the horses and ride alongside the runners. Then, Sherpa John and Faith dive into the topic of inclusion in our sport, and some of the challenges we face with some race directors making decisions that alienate, and denigrate, certain...


Ultra Stories - Episode 55: Nathan Sanel and The Ultra Mindset

Take a run with Nathan Sanel, a 50 year old ultrarunner from St. Johnsbury, VT. In this episode Nathan and Sherpa discuss the ultra mindset, most pointedly discussing the art of facing, accepting, and overcoming adversity to not just accomplish your running goals, but your goals in life. Nate and Sherpa have a long history together that spans more than a decade, and they share some of their more memorable stories as well.


Ultra Stories - Episode 54: Mirna "The Mirnavator" Valerio

Take a run with Mirna "The Mirnavator" Valerio, a 43 year old ultrarunner from Montpelier, VT. In most running circles, Mirna needs no introduction. In this episode we talk about Mirna's journey into running and ultimately ultrarunning. We talk about the challenges with inclusivity in our sport, and the challenges of promoting social justice. We also discuss the challenges of living a public life, intentionality, and of course.. the answer to the question on the back of her bib from Stories...


Ultra Stories - Episode 53: Nancy Muir & Running With Hip Dysplasia

Take a run with Nancy Muir, a 36 year old ultrarunner from Highlands Ranch, CO. Nancy has been running ultras since September 2006, and her journey of more than a decade hasn't always been an easy one. Her journey to running her 1st 100-miler is one that included a soul crushing diagnosis of hip dysplasia. In this episode we hear about Nancy's journey through running, but also how she's turned her struggles and triumphs with hip dysplasia into a focus for good in her life, and the life of...