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The Mile 99 Interview is the brainchild of Auburn, CA area ultrarunners as a way to keep the community in touch and share each other's knowledge during the COVID-19 pandemic. We're always interested to find some great insights and stories from all of the incredible ultrarunners in this area and in the sport as a whole!
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For our 29th episode, we sat down with two fixtures of our trail running community, Karen and Kjell Framnes!You can count on seeing Karen, Kjell and their daughter Olivia at pretty much any trail race in Northern California from 50k up to 200 miles in length, both racing and volunteering. They are true ambassadors of the sport, and we talked to them to find out all about how they got their starts, how they met and fell in love, what they've been up to the past few years and what big plans are in store for later this year and beyond!Karen went into details about all of the mental determination it takes for her to complete the incredibly difficult races she enters and all of the support that helps her push forward. She clued us in to some of the ways she motivates herself to keep going through the low points, and it may help someone listening to this episode!Tune in for a heartfelt and honest discussion and even a take on the Newlywed Game at the end!Ultrasignup: Karen Framnes' Results (ultrasignup.com)Ultrasignup: Kjell Framnes' Results (ultrasignup.com)---Your hosts: Greg Larkin / Mike Turner / Jessica HarrisArtwork/logo by Krista Cavender: https://www.kcavenderdesign.com/ | IG: https://www.instagram.com/kristacavender/Intro/outro music: Joseph McDade - Elevation: https://josephmcdade.com/music/elevationSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/themile99interview)
On the First 99 Gear Review we usually talk about gear attached to your body; shoes, clothing, watches, stuff like that.  But today, we are sitting down with Auburn’s very own Doug White to talk about the gear, time, and volunteers it takes to pull off the successful Dusty Corners Western States Endurance Race Aid Station.Mile 38 of the WSER is no joke. Dusty Corners is a hot, dry, and dusty place (except for the year of snow and hypothermia). When you finally make it through the high-country snow, Duncan Canyon, and leave Robinson Flat and Miller’s Defeat behind, you will be more than ready for some refreshing watermelon and an ice-cold sponge bath. Doug is the Sheriff of this 1-day tent city and he runs a tight but fun ship. His 25-years of military history of leading a nuclear weapons facility has prepared him well.Over the decades in between earning his masters degree in pharmaceutical antineoplastic chemistry, leaving the Ph.D program to stand up & serve his country in the U.S. Navy, and rising to VP of R&D in the aerospace/defense industry, Doug is also an accomplished rock climber, mountaineer, and ultramarathon finisher including of course WSER 2001.Doug was first introduced to the WSER in the mid-90s as his father and famous Tevis Cup step-mother Barbara White were early volunteers of the WSER. He took over AS Captain at Last Chance between 1997 and 2000 for the Steven Creek Striders. His family took over Dusty Corners AS around 2001. Doug took over the reins in 2011 and created the experience we know today. For most of the year planning is just him, but two weeks prior to the Big Dance the wheels start to churn. All the gear comes out of the Tuff Shed, laid out on his basketball court, sorted, counted, and cleaned. Knives are sharpened, ice is ordered, and logistics are finalized. Dusty Corners is not just an AS, it’s a well-oiled party. On any given year 300 folks and 50 volunteers will pass through this dusty tent city in the mountains.Thanks to Doug’s leadership and his tireless/loyal crew, your visit to Dusty Corners will be unforgettable. You will be taken back in time to an actual mining town, and come face to face with Sheriff White and his trusty deputies. Tip your hat, take a drink, but get on your way. Tune in to this episode of the First 99 Gear Review to get all the details on hosting a successful Dusty Corners WSER AS. Stevens Creek Striders: https://www.facebook.com/stevenscreekstridersTevis Cup: http://www.teviscup.org/WSER: https://www.wser.org/Tuff Sheds: https://www.tuffshed.com/---Your hosts: Greg Larkin / Mike Turner / Jessica HarrisArtwork/logo by Krista Cavender: https://www.kcavenderdesign.com/ | IG: https://www.instagram.com/kristacavender/Intro/outro music: Joseph McDade - Elevation: https://josephmcdade.com/music/elevationSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/themile99interview)
Episode 28 - Jenny Maier

Episode 28 - Jenny Maier

2021-02-2001:06:48

In this episode, Jenny Maier joined us to talk about her unique approach to combining personal training, strength and mobility work and yoga to help build balanced runners with longevity in the sport.We got some great insights into her approach for helping runners achieve their goals and also how she made a big career change in her life from fast-paced attorney in the Bay Area to personal trainer and yoga teacher. On top of that, Jenny also led us through a short sequence of hip-opening yoga poses!If you've interested in learning more about incorporating yoga and other training modalities to help improve your running, tune in to this episode!If you want to try a live or on-demand class with Jenny, she has offered the following code for our listeners: MILE99Join the Runner’s Restorative Workshop with code MILE99RESTORE and get 50% off: https://sutrapro.com/jennymaieryoga/checkout/Goa20bCuSPFvnEEobmY6Jenny's web site: https://www.jennymaieryoga.com/Jenny's IG: https://www.instagram.com/jennymaieryoga/Jenny's FB: https://www.facebook.com/jennymaieryoga/Angela Duckworth "Grit": https://angeladuckworth.com/grit-book/---Your hosts: Greg Larkin / Mike Turner / Jessica HarrisArtwork/logo by Krista Cavender: https://www.kcavenderdesign.com/ | IG: https://www.instagram.com/kristacavender/Intro/outro music: Joseph McDade - Elevation: https://josephmcdade.com/music/elevationSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/themile99interview)
Mike kicked off our Mile 99 crew favorite gear review. We peeked into a lesson from Turner’s Theory of Net Energy Balance. It led him to favoring a Gore brand windstopper vest. It has a low back and pockets originally used for cyclists. He mentioned his glasses hook up from Cody Johnson in Salt Lake City who fit prescription lenses in racing glasses. They auto-tint and he wore them for 34 hours at a race. Dakine 8L waistpack is a recent purchase that Mike wants to use for snacks so it is likely to become a favorite quickly. Jessica really loves the Lululemon Speed Up shorts 2.5 ($59). They are light, lined and durable. She has had the Flipbelt classic($29) for over 5 years. They fit her large phone and have a hook for keys. Jessica was disappointed with the Ultimate Direction Women’s Ultra Vesta 4.0 ($110). The fabric doesn't wash well and is not sturdy. The bladder and soft flask combination is not realistic for a race pack. Greg is all about getting efficient. He likes his Victory Sport Design Bear III gear bag ($120). He uses it for racing and training. He also favors a big plastic tote that he keeps all his extra gear in. It is always ready to go and it is easy to load up for adventures. His Victory bag also fits into it making this setup so efficient. Greg initially started out liking Injinji toe socks because they helped prevent blisters during long races and training runs. Durability was an issue after a while, and he had to replace them pretty frequently. He now uses the XOSKIN brand toe socks ($24). They’ve been working well and are very durable.Tune in to hear more about our likes and dislikes!--Your hosts: Greg Larkin / Mike Turner / Jessica HarrisArtwork/logo by Krista Cavender: https://www.kcavenderdesign.com/ | IG: https://www.instagram.com/kristacavender/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/themile99interview)
In this episode, we were joined by Western States Endurance Run race director Craig Thornley, race medical director Dr. Andy Pasternak, president of the board of directors Diana Fitzpatrick, and vice president of the board Tim Twietmeyer.We were glad to welcome them back after first talking in early December to find out more about plans for the 2021 Western States race. Back in December, there was a great deal of uncertainty that made it difficult to decide how to plan for 2021. In this episode, they all offered helpful insight into the many facets of planning the race and keeping the runners safe.We touched on all kinds of topics from a latest update on the pandemic and vaccine rollouts, contingency plans for accommodating international runners, qualifying race requirements and much more. We also heard an update on an exciting new race planned for late 2022 by the Western States organization. We'll certainly look forward to hearing more about that again soon!Tune in to get all of the latest information and updates, and we'll all keep our fingers crossed for a successful race this June!Latest updates from WSER: https://www.wser.org/Western States Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wser100California COVID-19 resources: https://covid19.ca.gov/Receive COVID-19 vaccine information/alerts: https://myturn.ca.gov/Receive COVID-19 exposure alerts on your phone: https://canotify.ca.gov/---Your hosts: Greg Larkin / Mike Turner / Jessica HarrisArtwork/logo by Krista Cavender: https://www.kcavenderdesign.com/ | IG: https://www.instagram.com/kristacavender/Intro/outro music: Joseph McDade - Elevation: https://josephmcdade.com/music/elevationSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/themile99interview)
In this episode of the First 99 Gear Review, I sit down again with our very own Greg Larkin for Part 2 of his Winter Off-Season Cross Training Plan. During Part 1 we dug into Greg’s indoor workouts including rowing on the Concept2 and Zwift virtual bike racing on his smart trainer. In Part 2 we head to the White Wonderland for some full body winter cross training activities.As mentioned in the last episode Greg was born in Upstate NY and moved to New Hampshire as a kid. Snow sports go back many generations in the Larkin Family tree with both his grandfathers being avid snowshoers with Forlorn Hope style snowshoes.  Greg was always a bike race at heart, but he learned at a young age the value of off-season cross training. It started one Christmas when his parents bought the entire family cross country (XC) snow skis. Greg and his family lived in rural New Hampshire. He and his dad would go out for long XC ski day trips in the nearby town forest. This is when he first learned of the BONK.  Cycling is very leg-centric but XC skiing is a full body workout (legs, core, back, and arms). New Hampshire terrain is much different than here in CA. Up in the White Mountains the peaks are much lower in elevation, 4k to 6k feet with plenty of rolling hills in the 1K to 2K feet elevation range. You do not have to worry about altitude acclimation; it’s the extreme temperatures of 10 degrees below zero that will take you out. Greg’s early skis were much different than what he rides today. His first set of classical XC skis were 210cm long, waxless, with fish scales, and 3-pin bindings. The fish scales allow you to move the ski forwards but not backwards. Clothing was also challenging as Gore Tex and waterproof outer shells had not been invented yet. People wore lots of wool, Lycra body suits, multiple layers, wind briefs, long-johns, even fleece booties to cover their ski boots. Now we have many more options but layering is still the key. Tune in the episode to hear all of that and more!Lost Ski Areas: http://www.nelsap.org/nh/nh.htmlWikipedia Ski Bindings: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ski_bindingCross Country Skiing Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-country_skiing#Skate_skiingAuburn Ski Club: https://www.asctrainingcenter.org/Tahoe Donner: https://www.tahoedonner.com/amenities/amenities/cross-country/Royal Gorge: https://www.royalgorge.com/homeTahoe Cross Country: https://www.tahoexc.org/Tahoe Cross Country Ski Swap: https://www.tahoexc.org/ski-swapCSUS Ski Swap: https://sacstateskiswap.weebly.com/Alpenglow Sports: https://www.alpenglowsports.com/Pacos Truckee: https://www.pacostruckee.com/--Your hosts: Greg Larkin / Mike Turner / Jessica HarrisArtwork/logo by Krista Cavender: https://www.kcavenderdesign.com/ | IG: https://www.instagram.com/kristacavender/Intro/outro music: Joseph McDade - Elevation: Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/themile99interview)
In this episode, we are joined by Clint Welch and his daughter Halle. Clint has been a fixture on the Northern California ultrarunning scene for a number of years, and his daughter Halle has taken up running to follow in his footsteps.We talked to both of them about the experience as Halle decided to take on this sport, what she likes, what she doesn't like and how she is coached. We got a good sense about how to approach encouraging your children just enough, whether in running or any sport, so that they have a positive experience and potentially make it into a lifelong endeavor!If your child is interested in getting into a more structured sport like track and field or cross-country, tune in to learn more about how Clint and Halle have structured it and the benefits that they have gotten!Private Coaching - Sacramento Valley Endurance: https://www.sacvalleyendurance.com/privatecoachingBuffalo Chips Running Club - https://www.buffalochips.com/Fair Oak Sun Run: https://www.fairoakssunrun.comUSATF: https://www.usatf.org--Your hosts: Greg Larkin / Mike Turner / Jessica HarrisArtwork/logo by Krista Cavender: https://www.kcavenderdesign.com/ | IG: https://www.instagram.com/kristacavender/Intro/outro music: Joseph McDade - Elevation: https://josephmcdade.com/music/elevationSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/themile99interview)
In this episode of the First 99 Gear Review, co-host Mike Turner sits down with our very own Greg Larkin to chat about winter cross training activities. It’s the New Year, and the time to start planning our race and training schedules. But many of us have found over the years it’s essential to take time off and let the body heal. Balancing staying fit, letting the body heal, and staying sane is the key to years of healthy adventures. In this two-part series we discuss off-season activities and related gear. During part 1 we dig into indoor activities and during part 2 we focus on outdoor winter activities.Greg’s dad started racing bikes in NH in his 40s and Greg, as a teenager, jumped right in. As a kid he also took up cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. He raced bikes for over 15 years, incorporating skiing in the winter when the roads were too icy to ride. His dad exposed him to his first indoor bike trainer called “rollers”. These required superb balance as both wheels were moving in sync and there was nothing holding up the bike. In the mid 80s, Greg acquired a RacerMate. This was a major upgrade and attached to the bike and generated resistance from a fan unit that rotated against the rear wheel while riding on a stand.After college in the late 80s, Greg moved to Boston and met a buddy who rowed crew for Tufts University. The crew team used an ergometer (erg for short) Concept2 rowing machine when not on the water to train. Typical Greg, it was not long before he signed up for the CRASH-B World Indoor Rowing Championships held in Boston. He ended up buying a Concept2 Model C that day and still pushes his limits on it. He’s never rowed on water, but the rowing machine provides a solid workout once some basic techniques have been learned.Then came that fateful summer day when the Dartmouth University Ski Team blew by him on a trail run, charging up some monster peak in the NH White Mountains. He was bit by the trail running bug. Greg moved to Auburn CA in 2014 and fell in love with the Endurance Capital of the World. Greg is currently cross training with the Concept2 Model C hooked up through the ErgData app on his iPhone and tethered to Strava. For indoor cycling, he is using a Saris M2 smart trainer for virtual group rides via the Zwift app. Greg currently rows and rides 2 to 3 times a week in his “off-season”. Tune into this episode of the First 99 Gear Review to get all the details on what to get, where to get it, and how little it will actually set you back. Please let us know your indoor setup is like, what is working, and what is not.RacerMate: https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2011/03/going-old-school-using-bike-trainer.htmlSaris Smart Trainer: https://www.saris.com/catalog/smart-trainersZwift: https://www.zwift.com/Smart Trainers: https://www.competitivecyclist.com/Store/catalog/search.jsp?q=smart%20trainer&p=group_id%3AccCat100375&s=aTacx Smart Trainer: https://tacx.com/smart-bike-trainers/Concept2: https://www.concept2.com/news/what-ergConcept2 Training Guides: https://www.concept2.com/indoor-rowers/training/plans-and-resourcesCRASH B: https://usSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/themile99interview)
In our final episode with Rebecca Sperry, she joined us for a live wrap-up interview as she recently completed her twelve rounds of chemotherapy and is starting a new phase of cancer treatment.During the interview, we reflected on her journey since we first reached out to her to ask if she would share her story with us. It has been difficult for her and getting harder with each round of chemotherapy, but she has maintained a positive attitude and desire to keep her fitness as much as possible even with reduced blood counts and other side effects from treatment.Rebecca's mother also joined us to tell us what the experience has been like for her as a caregiver and also the joy she has spending time with her daughter whether it is in support of her day-to-day or during times when they can hike their favorite New Hampshire trails together. Rebecca has currently started a new redlining project and is working on the Southern New Hampshire trail system as she builds back up to tackle Northern New Hampshire.We are so glad that we met Rebecca, talked with her over the past few months and that she trusted us to help her tell her story. We hope that it has helped over people with cancer diagnoses and the people who love them. We cannot wait to see her progress over the coming months and years! Tune in for this special episode and follow her on social media to keep track of her ongoing journey!Rebecca's IG: https://www.instagram.com/sockedinhikes/Rebecca's web site: https://sockedinhikes.com/Other hiking writings by Rebecca: http://backpackingroutes.com/author/rebecca-sperry/---Your hosts: Greg Larkin / Mike Turner / Jessica HarrisIntro/outro music: Joseph McDade - Elevation: https://josephmcdade.com/music/elevationSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/themile99interview)
Episode 25 - Katie Grossman

Episode 25 - Katie Grossman

2021-01-0801:10:53

Katie Grossman, an accomplished professional mountain ultrarunner, advertising creative, soon-to-be mother of two and assistant RD of the Angeles Crest 100, sat down with us to talk about her early life, running and racing at the highest levels, life/family balance and the importance of protecting our open spaces.She and her husband Dominic and their family have built a life in the mountains, surrounded by beauty, that allows them to focus on what matters most and strip away as much as possible that doesn't. She has been battling severe pain after her first child's birth, and after the upcoming birth of their second child, she will start a journey back to the highest levels of the sport of ultrarunning.Tune in to get all the details in this in-depth episode!Katie's IG: https://www.instagram.com/heykdgrossman/Katie's FB: https://www.facebook.com/katiedeSplinter/"Adapt or Die": https://www.boafit.com/en-us/pioneers/dominic-and-katie-grossmanKatie's Trail Sisters author page: https://www.trailsisters.net/author/katie-grossman/Katie's Strava page: https://www.strava.com/pros/4551860Angeles Crest 100: http://www.ac100.com/--Your hosts: Greg Larkin / Mike Turner / Jessica HarrisIntro/outro music: Joseph McDade - Elevation: https://josephmcdade.com/music/elevationSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/themile99interview)
In the last of our prerecorded episodes with Rebecca Sperry, a hiker from New Hampshire who was in the midst of hiking all of the trails in the White Mountain National Forest until she received a breast cancer diagnosis in August 2020, she joined us with an update on how her cancer treatment has been progressing as she nears the end of her rounds of chemotherapy.This episode focuses primarily on her planning, gear and nutrition that she uses for her hikes, whether it was a planned hike to check off part of her redlining project or a spur of the moment day hike. We dive into the different brands of those items, what has been working for her, her thoughts on technology in the backcountry and much more. We hope that anyone with a budding interest in the outdoors will get a lot of useful information and tips! Be sure to tune in and hear all of the details!Mountain weather reports: https://www.mountain-forecast.com/The Ten Essentials from the National Park Service: https://www.nps.gov/articles/10essentials.htmThe New Hampshire Hike Safe card: https://hikesafe.com/Rebecca's clothing list: http://backpackingroutes.com/clothes-that-hiking-fiend-wears-each-season/Rebecca's pack contents: http://backpackingroutes.com/socked-in-gear-part-ii-whats-in-her-pack/Rebecca's IG: https://www.instagram.com/sockedinhikes/Rebecca's web site: https://sockedinhikes.com/---Your hosts: Greg Larkin / Mike Turner / Jessica HarrisIntro/outro music: Joseph McDade - Elevation: https://josephmcdade.com/music/elevationSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/themile99interview)
Episode 24 - Jocelyn Watson

Episode 24 - Jocelyn Watson

2021-01-0201:08:38

Jocelyn Watson joined us for our 24th episode to talk about her running career starting all the way back in middle school, through high school, into college and beyond. She started out in track and cross-country but eventually found her way to trail running and now thoroughly prefers that discipline.She has an impressive racing resume (including the steeplechase in her track days!) and is looking forward to her first 100 miler. Jocelyn is also a manager at the Fleet Feet store in Folsom, CA and we learned a lot about how the store has been doing in 2020 during the pandemic, their overall mission to bring a sense of inclusivity to the running community, as well as the many training programs they offer.Lately, Jocelyn has been working hard on a new ambassador program for Fleet Feet Folsom and is looking forward to launching it as another way to reach out to the running community!Tune in for all of the exciting details!Jocelyn's IG: https://www.instagram.com/spunkylilpip/Fleet Feet Folsom/Roseville's IG: https://www.instagram.com/fleetfeetfolsomroseville/What is the steeplechase event? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steeplechase_(athletics)Fleet Feet Folsom/Roseville ambassador's page: https://www.fleetfeet.com/s/folsom/ambassadors/meet-the-ambassadors--Your hosts: Greg Larkin / Mike Turner / Jessica HarrisIntro/outro music: Joseph McDade - Elevation: https://josephmcdade.com/music/elevationSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/themile99interview)
In this episode of the First 99 Gear Review, co-hosts Mike Turner and Greg Larkin talked to gear reviewer and ultrarunner Brian Goldman about the Coros and Garmin running watches, their features and modes and of course, strengths and weaknesses!Garmin is the established player in the space with excellent brand recognition, and while Coros is relatively new on the scene, they offer incredible battery life that can be extremely useful for long ultra distance running races and other activities.Tune in for all of the details so you can make an informed decision about your next watch purchase!Garmin watches: https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/into-sports/running/cIntoSports-cRunning-p1.htmlCoros watches: https://www.coros.com/Brian’s blog: http://www.runningwithoutinjuries.blogspot.com/Brian's Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/realrunnerreviews/---Your hosts: Greg Larkin / Mike Turner / Jessica HarrisIntro/outro music: Joseph McDade - Elevation: https://josephmcdade.com/music/elevationSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/themile99interview)
The modern-day Forlorn Hope Expedition Team sat down with us in this episode to talk about the genesis, planning and execution of their recently-completed journey from Donner Memorial State Park in Truckee, CA to Johnson's Ranch in Wheatland. Their route closely mirrored that of the original Forlorn Hope team that left the stranded Donner Party on December 16th, 1846 in an attempt to find rescue for the starving settlers.The original Forlorn Hope party faced an arduous trek through the mountains in a year of deep snow and pounding storms with much tragedy and loss of life until a small contingent of seven survivors reached their destination. In this episode, hear the modern team recount the research and planning they had to do to create this project and the tributes that they offered to each of the men, women and children who set out into the unknown 174 years ago.Bob Crowley, Tim Twietmeyer, Jennifer Hemmen and Elke Reimer each give their own view of the expedition, the impact it had on them to walk in the footsteps of these early pioneers and the future plans they have now that the physical journey is complete.Tune in for this emotional and moving episode and find out more!Forlorn Hope team website: https://www.forlornhope.org/Expedition team bios: https://www.forlornhope.org/expedition-team/Forlorn Hope team Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/371977447411728Team photographer Keith Sutter's expedition summary video: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CJLzcAsD1cJTeam member Elke's Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/ca_wildflower/"The Indifferent Stars Above" book: http://www.danieljamesbrown.com/books/indifferent-stars/Donner Party Diary web site: http://www.donnerpartydiary.com/Donner Party books and DVDs: https://shop.sierrastateparks.org/collections/books-cds-dvds --Your hosts: Greg Larkin / Mike Turner / Jessica HarrisIntro/outro music: Joseph McDade - Elevation: https://josephmcdade.com/music/elevationSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/themile99interview)
Rebecca Sperry, a hiker from New Hampshire joined us for the third of several episodes talking about her redlining goal in the White Mountain National Forest when she was temporarily sidelined by a breast cancer diagnosis in August 2020.In this episode, Rebecca updated us about her 9th round of chemotherapy and how she has been handling that. We then spent time talking about the people in her life who support her through her cancer diagnosis and treatment - her mother and her husband Jason.Rebecca interviewed them both for us, and we got some good insights into how they have been doing since they learned of her diagnosis, how they have stepped up for her, and the support systems they have to take care of themselves - an essential facet of providing care to another.At the end of the episode, Rebecca shares a moving story and tribute to her former student and friend Monique who battled cancer for several years and recently passed away. She was a truly special person whom Rebecca had a deep connection with, and she is now at peace.Tune in to hear the people who support Rebecca in their own words, and we're sure you'll be moved as well.Resources for cancer caregivers: https://www.cancer.org/treatment/caregivers/caregiver-resource-guide.htmlResources for cancer caregivers: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/coping/caregiver-supportRebecca's tribute to her friend Monique: https://sockedinhikes.com/the-detour/2020/12/10/week-seven-of-chemotherapyRebecca's Instagram post about Monique: https://www.instagram.com/p/CIqqE1iFQ6P/--Your hosts: Greg Larkin / Mike Turner / Jessica HarrisIntro/outro music: Joseph McDade - Elevation: https://josephmcdade.com/music/elevationSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/themile99interview)
Episode 22 - Eddie Schmidt

Episode 22 - Eddie Schmidt

2020-12-1801:02:18

Auburn resident Eddie Schmidt sat down with us for a great conversation about his early years as a runner and how much family and the ultrarunning community means to him. Eddie started running seriously later in life after some inspiration early on from his sister and then meeting several people over the years.He was joined by his daughter Hannah, a new convert to ultrarunning with support from her dad. She was a key part of his 2010 Western States experience where at the age of 15, she paced him to the finish and a 23:55 time that earned him the coveted silver buckle on his first attempt! It was really special to hear that and about the bond that they have as a father and daughter who share such a passion for the sport.Eddie also spends a lot of time volunteering and working for NorCal Ultras, an organizer who puts on some of the biggest events in the Auburn area. His love for the sport is clear, and we also had some great audience Q&A that focused on advice for families with enthusiastic kids who want to run.Lots of great feel-good stories here, so tune in to hear them all!NorCal Ultras: http://www.norcalultras.com/Eddie's overnight Rock Your Block 100k: https://www.facebook.com/NorCalUltras/posts/3425445734141173---Your hosts: Greg Larkin / Mike Turner / Jessica HarrisIntro/outro music: Joseph McDade - Elevation: https://josephmcdade.com/music/elevationSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/themile99interview)
In this episode of the First 99 Gear Review, our co-host Mike Turner delves into the Topo Athletic Trailventure trail running/light hiker shoe. He explores the reasons he decided on this shoe initially and then the experiences he had with it running and hiking all over the harsh trails of the Northern California river canyons and volcanic rock formations of the high mountains.Tune in to hear the whole story!Topo Athletic Trailventure shoe models: https://www.topoathletic.com/search?keywords=trailventure---Your hosts: Greg Larkin / Mike Turner / Jessica HarrisIntro/outro music: Joseph McDade - Elevation: https://josephmcdade.com/music/elevationSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/themile99interview)
Rebecca Sperry, a hiker from New Hampshire joined us for the second of several episodes talking about her redlining goal in the White Mountain National Forest when she was temporarily sidelined by a breast cancer diagnosis in August 2020.In this episode, we got an update from Rebecca about how she has been feeling through her 7th week of chemotherapy out of 12 total weeks. She also described in more detail what the original month-long diagnostic process was like and the eventual surgery that she had.Rebecca also filled us in on her current program in school, how she had to adjust that during her treatment and future plans she has to continue her education. We discussed a recent hike she has done to the summit of Mt. Moosilauke along the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire. Then we wrapped up by chatting about additional hiking goals she's working on for the future and other types of hiking challenges that people take on in New England.Tune in as we continue this miniseries within the podcast and hear Rebecca's story and more in future episodes!Rebecca's IG: https://www.instagram.com/sockedinhikes/Rebecca's web site: https://sockedinhikes.com/Journals on her cancer journey: https://sockedinhikes.com/the-detourRebecca's writings on BackpackingRoutes.com:  http://backpackingroutes.com/author/rebecca-sperry/---Your hosts: Greg Larkin / Mike Turner / Jessica HarrisIntro/outro music: Joseph McDade - Elevation: https://josephmcdade.com/music/elevationSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/themile99interview)
Western States Endurance Run race director Craig Thornley, board member Tim Twietmeyer and medical director Dr. Andy Pasternak joined us for our 21st episode to talk all about the current state of the race as we head into 2021. We found out about how the board reacted to the original onset of the pandemic, handling the cancellation and the plans to hold the race in 2021.Dr. Pasternak, with his background in epidemiology, also spent time explaining the various vaccine development efforts, how that will affect the general population as well as the ability to restart holding outdoor events like Western States. We also had a guest appearance by new board member Kara Teklinski to talk about her experience with the race organization as she ramps up.There was great audience Q&A, a leak from Craig about some new plans being worked on by the board and plenty of other good stuff! If you are Western States runner, pacer, crew member, volunteer or just love the race, tune in for this one! We're also looking forward to bringing them all back in early February for another update on where the 2021 race stands.Latest updates from WSER: https://www.wser.org/New board member announcement: https://www.wser.org/2020/11/09/headline-boulet-teklinski-and-yang-named-to-wser-board/WSER 2022 raffle drawing event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2510096479283182---Your hosts: Greg Larkin / Mike Turner / Jessica HarrisIntro/outro music: Joseph McDade - Elevation: https://josephmcdade.com/music/elevationSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/themile99interview)
In this episode of the First 99 Gear Review, our co-host Mike Turner delves into two popular GPS trackers that are perfect for expeditions into remote areas with no cellular service. Tune in to hear Mike's thoughts on what features he likes for different types of outings, comparison of plans and other features.SPOT Tracker products: https://www.findmespot.com/en-us/products-servicesSPOT service plans: https://www.findmespot.com/en-us/products-services/service-plans#spot-gen4-plansGarmin inReach products: https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/c16841-p1.htmlGarmin inReach service plans: https://discover.garmin.com/en-US/inreach/personal/#subscriptions---Your hosts: Greg Larkin / Mike Turner / Jessica HarrisIntro/outro music: Joseph McDade - Elevation: https://josephmcdade.com/music/elevationSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/themile99interview)
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