Athlete On Fire (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 and we talk about nutrition, training, and the passion to adventure.

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Category:Ultra Dirt -- posted at: 4:05pm MDT

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. 

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Another HO Show (Hosts Only). Tory and Arielle talk about the biology behind coming down from the highs after a goal race. Check out to learn more. Ultra Dirt is all about the side of running most won't talk about.

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Category:Ultra Dirt -- posted at: 8:26pm MDT

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 - finishing in 2nd. 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. Hilary the unicorn (pictured with Tara and Tory) also had her 100 mile debut and placed 3rd! Shout out to Mountain Madness for a spectacular event! 

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Category:Ultra Dirt -- posted at: 6:40am MDT

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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Category:Ultra Dirt -- posted at: 11:50pm MDT

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."


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Category:Ultra Dirt -- posted at: 8:49pm MDT

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. 
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Category:Ultra Dirt -- posted at: 2:57pm MDT

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.'

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Category:Ultra Dirt -- posted at: 5:24pm MDT

Today we enlighten listeners by explaining why we think running ultras is like dating. From coconut oil to friendships  - we make some appropriate and inappropriate running and life analogies. Next up we interview Shannon Robertson from The Born Wild Project! Ultra Dirt is a part of the Athlete On Fire Network!

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Category:Ultra Dirt -- posted at: 9:53am MDT

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.

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Category:Ultra Dirt -- posted at: 8:13am MDT