About this episode

Justin is a physician, trail runner, partner to Amanda Basham, and father of two. Justin also was Gabe Grunewald’s partner up until she passed away from cancer in 2019.

In this episode we talk about:

  • trying different race distances
  • balancing running with medical school and long work hours
  • learning from failure, overtraining and fatigue
  • ultra running and trail adventures
  • Justin’s relationship with Gabe (Gabriele) Grunewald
  • being in the public eye and raising awareness of rare cancers
  • playing a supporting role
  • gratitude and not taking life for granted
  • grief and loss
  • building mental strength in running
  • the lure of Western States
  • loving the process more than the races
  • taking rest days
  • finding joy through giving to others
  • Boulder trail running
  • safety on the run
  • the human experience

We mentioned Ladia Albertson-Junkans and you can hear from her on For The Long Run Episode 63. Ladia Albertson-Junkans: Running on Hope.

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Thank you to Tracksmith for sponsoring this episode.

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