About this episode

Ryan is a runner with a full time job, family man, ultra trail athlete, queer and gay person.

In this episode we talk about:

  • dealing with a multitude of injuries
  • running identity when you can’t run
  • wearing many hats and being more than a runner
  • channeling a competitive type A personality
  • growing up and running in Alaska
  • running 5 marathons in 5 days aged 16
  • connecting with your mind, body and surroundings through running
  • ultra running unlocking possibilities
  • belonging as a queer and gay trail runner
  • running retreats to help LGBTQ+ youth find themselves on the trails
  • giving back and having an impact
  • the pull to run longer and longer
  • Ryan’s first ultra marathon
  • getting hooked on ultra running to discover yourself and explore the unknown
  • growth and development in ultra and trail running
  • goal setting
  • sustainable motivations for lifelong running
  • community being about shared values

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