Backpacker Radio 63 | Courtney Dauwalter on Ultrarunning, Temporary Blindness, and Ultra Puke Culture
In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, we are joined by ultrarunning legend Courtney Dauwalter. For those who might not be into the ultrarunning scene, Courtney is an absolute powerhouse long-distance runner, with a young race resume that’s hard to fathom, including wins at the Moab 240 (in which the 2nd place finisher was more than 10 hours behind her), the Javelina Jundred 100K, Run Rabbit Run 100-mile race *twice*, Western States 100, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc—referred to as the Super Bowl of ultramarathons—and other races. Courtney is incredibly humble. Chaunce and Badger had to act as her hype team throughout the episode, a blast to chat with, and a fellow Goldenite. There are some gems in this conversation, including when Chaunce told Courtney her poop story (like a good movie, it’s even better the second time), how Courtney sees giraffes and flying eels on trail, that time she went blind, and how she continues to chisel away at her pain cave.
Chaunce and Badger wrap up the episode with a triple crown of spring things that make us tingle, we plan a soon-to-be thru-hiker’s going away party, and, of course, another listener poop story.
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- Courtney Dauwalter
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- QOTD: If money weren’t an object, what job would you have and why?
- Interview with Courtney Dauwalter
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- Feature photo courtesy of Max Romey
Interview with Courtney Dauwalter
00:04:39 – QOTD: If money weren’t an object, what job would you have and why?
00:07:48 – Courtney Dauwalter: Intro and Race Roster
00:08:59 – A Profile of Courtney on The Trek
00:09:35 – How and when did Courtney get into ultra-running?
00:13:42 – How Ultra-Running Became a Career
00:18:07 – Balancing Teaching (and Life) with Training
00:20:20 – Where does the money come from in ultrarunning?
00:23:50 – Planning a Year of Ultra-Running
00:24:58 – 2020 Races
00:27:28 – Race Recovery
00:28:38 – Ultra-Running Diet
00:33:50 – Running Through Temporary Blindness
00:40:00 – Biggest Race Challenges (Including Hallucinations)
00:44:00 – When to Quit and When to Keep Pushing
00:46:04 – Body Maintenance, Recovery Routines, and Dry Needling
00:51:47 – Race Day Diet
00:53:45 – Mental Strategies
01:00:10 – Chaunce’s Poop Story
01:03:38 – Commercial Break: Appalachian Gear Company -coupon code: BACKPACKERRADIO – 10% off
01:07:05 – Puke (Go-to Stories, Consistency, Tips and Tricks)
01:11:04 – Beer & Joe Rogan
01:15:00 – Tips for Getting Into Ultra-Running
01:17:13 – Courtney’s Sponsors and Products She Uses
01:18:00 – Chaunce chafed on the AT!
01:23:00 – Does Courtney listen to music during races?
01:25:10 – Rapid fire: would-you-rather?
01:29:00 – Trek propaganda –Hikerlink, The Evolution of Backpacking Gear by Lisa Pulsifer, The Attempt, and Chaunce’s book
01:32:00 –Triple Crown of Spring Things
01:47:22 – Mail Bag (Planning a Thru-Hiker’s Sendoff Party)
01:59:00 – Listener Poop Story
02:01:10 – Five Star Reviews
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