Our podcast philosophy (our 'why') - We are ultrasoulmate humanists who believe in authenticity, unicorns, bacon, and no filters. We seek to embrace discomfort and make ridiculous connections between ultrarunning and life. We speak to inspirational humans and dive into topics outside of the mainstream.  We are contributors to the Athlete on Fire Network and you can also find us at www.athleteonfire.com/ultra-dirt 

We had the opportunity to get to know the humble badass Lauren Jones, based in Colorado. She is passionate about endurance and educating like minded outdoor adventurists. 

Learn more about Lauren: www.runningwithkids.com

It was like Christmas speaking with the legend Andrew Hamilton and satisfying our (okay, Tory's) obsession with 14ers and FKTs. The Nolan's and 14er record holder humbly inspires and educates us on how to be a badass male unicorn. Oh, and he's a father of 4.


Today Tory and Arielle talk about the biology behind coming down from the highs after a goal race. Oh, and if you know what's good for you, skip the first 40 seconds. 

Unicorns unite to chat about last weekend's Fat Dog 122 mile run in and around Manning Park, British Columbia. Arielle talks with Tara Berry and Tory about their experiences at Fat Dog. Tara completes her first "100" (122) miler mostly on course record, even though it's 2 miles longer this year. She also crushes and dominates the smile competition. The girls talk about eating, overheating, German sparkle parties, glitter, feet issues, pick up lines, bacon, wildflowers, breastfeeding, and not dying. Oh, and Alicia the unicorn surprises us with her presence and shares her experience pacing Tara. Shout out to Mountain Madness for a spectacular event! 

 Unicorns the morning after 122 miles & gaining Everest 

Unicorns the morning after 122 miles & gaining Everest 

 One of the many climbs as we gained "Everest" over two days of remote mountain running.

One of the many climbs as we gained "Everest" over two days of remote mountain running.

The withdrawal was getting real, so the girls needed to catch up. On today's show, Tory and Arielle chat about their latest summer adventures. Arielle crushes her first 70.3 triathlon 'watchless' and going by feel, crews her friend to win Sinister 7 ultra, and gets high on some peaks in the Canadian Rockies. Tory returns from ultradriving with Tara to Colorado to play, run, and volunteer on the Hardrock 100 course in the San Juans in Colorado, and transitions to van life. Reflections today include learning from the experts about how to embrace the process, societal expectations, taper brain, and the purity they love so much that exists in the ultrarunning community. 

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In this episode of UltraDirt, we chat to the positively inspiring Spring McClurg. Her authenticity and adoration for the mountains is felt in everything she says and does. Although raised in the Rockies, the mountains did not 'find her' until later in life. Her and her husband reset their life in Squamish and decided to embrace the mountain life in their new community. Their story is encouraging and humbling.  Spring is now about trying to push past mental and physical barriers to see what is really possible. Oh, and she's funny too. She teaches us to "commit or go home - but don't hesitate."           You can learn more about Spring at www.pebbleshoo.com

Trusting that Darkness Turns into Light... On May 28, some UltraStar acquired two Guinness World Records in one day. This big deal happens to be 'The Swoosh' herself, Arielle Fitzgerald. Tory decided to take charge of the 'humble brag' and interview Arielle for their own UltraDirt podcast. In this episode, we talk about the Mito Canada treadmill record experience and all the highs and lows that came with it. And like most episodes, we do not care for filters. We are now closer to defining normal. 

 Media problems...

Media problems...

Today we had a change of plans. Real life happened, and we will be recording Shannon Robertson from the Born Wild Project in a few weeks time. On this episode, we talk about Arielle's upcoming 100km Treadmill Record for Team Mito in Calgary on May 28. Rumour has it, the treadmill is making a comeback?! Also, the differences between training outside and inside. As well, how we have learned how important our friends and family networks are. We think of them as our most important 'sponsors.' Also check out our 'Learn' page for latest corresponding blog post! 

For more information about Episode 7, check out our blog post in the 'Learn' section. 

It was the best birthday present ever - we got to talk to the one and only Heather Anderson. She just got back from her 3rd attempt at Barkley. Enough said. We would call her a bad ass, but that's an understatement. We had the opportunity to pick her brain about expectations, fairy tales, mountains, FKTs, primal living, accepting challenges, and trail rompers. 

Heather, known as Anish on trails, completed her “Triple Crown” of Backpacking in 2006 at the age of 25. She completed the 2,100 mi long Appalachian Trail in 2003, the 2,600 mi long Pacific Crest Trail in 2005, and the ~2,600 mi long Continental Divide Trail in 2006. She subsequently took up ultra-marathon running, completing six 100 mile races since August 2011 as well as dozens of 50k and 50 mi events. 

She is well known for setting the overall self-supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013 (60 days, 17 hours, 12 min), breaking the previous record by four days. In 2015 she once again made FKT history, setting the overall self-supported FKT on the Appalachian Trail (54 days, 7 hours, 48 minutes) also breaking that record by four days. 

When not on an adventure Heather is an online coach and ACE certified Personal Trainer. She also speaks about her adventures regularly and is currently working on a book chronicling her Pacific Crest Trail record.

Personal Blog: RunHikeLiveLove.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AnishHikes and www.facebook.com/TrainWithAnish
Instagram and Twitter: @AnishHikes

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Today we talk about updates on the Zion 100km and 100miler happening as we speak, waterfalls, unicorns, your purpose, and China. Big shout out to the unicorns on an amazing Gorge Falls 100km race last weekend in Oregon! Pictured below is the one and only Tara Berry (top 10 at Gorge 100km) chugging a 2L bottle of coke straight from Cascade Locks aid station. #likeaunicorn

Today we talk to badass Michelle Ford, and once again, get comfortable with some uncomfortable topics. We chat about PERIODization in training, humanism, humour, and longevity in the ultra world.  Michelle Ford is a co-founder of Fraser Street Run Club and a personal trainer who believes in the power of one’s strength, inside and out. Her first marathon was in in 2013 and has since finished three other marathons, four 50k and a handful of local trail races . When she is not working with clients or organizing communities runs with Fraser Street Run Club, she’s busy training for her next 100m, carrying 60lbs sand bags up mountains prepping for an upcoming obstacle race, or running wild in the forests of the north shore with her two dogs and husband, Jesse.

They say podcast recording is like running an ultra. They don't say that. But we love a good running analogy. After months of technological difficulties, we may have finally reached the starting line. The last few months have taught us to persevere through frustration and false finish lines. As Scott Jones said, "I feel like we all just ran a 100 miler together through a snow storm." Ultra thank you's to Scott and Athlete on Fire.

Today we talk about how even though running can be our medicine, it does not always help with stress. If it feels stressful, chances are it is taxing your mind or body - or both. Connecting the body and mind (as non yogis). Also, why it is important in life to find your unicorns. 

Adam Takacs is a Toronto based ultramarathon runner who has a 'Zen Badass' approach to running and life. We met Adam last fall in the Netherlands at 100km World Championships. We immediately admired his fat adapted lifestyle and laid back aura. He loves his cat Fisher and his hot wife Julie. Aside from running in the outdoors, he is an avid hunter and fisher who prefers eating wild game. (Sometimes peanut M&Ms during 100 milers). One of his mantras is, "You can't study the darkness by flooding it with light." - Edward Abbey. For coaching advice and how to be a badass, you can contact Adam adamptakacs@gmail.com

"There is magic in misery, just ask any runner."  - Dean Karnazes.  Many thanks to Scott Jones at Athlete on Fire for his ultra support and help with all the technology.