Most of you probably know who Charlie Engle is already. His legendary runs have been documented in films like Running the Sahara. Charlie is in recovery from chemical dependency. In today’s episode, we spend time discussed his addiction and tracing it’s path, but more importantly, we discuss his ideas on how our compulsive personalities can be used for good.
I think you will find Charlie delightful and thought provoking. He is more than willing to be in contact with anyone who would like to discuss your own issues. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his Facebook page.
As our first return guest, Julio Salazar talks about his upcoming run across the state of Minnesota. Julio’s project, Break the Stigma, addresses the issue of persons being afraid to be open about their mental health issues. He promotes openness and authenticity both in his own life and for each person who struggles with these issues.
Julio can be followed on his trek on breakthestigmarun.com.
I am not personally aware of anyone who has coached more runners than Jeff Galloway. Over 300,000 in his career. Best known for being a proponent of the run-walk-run method, Jeff is also one of the most knowledgeable professionals on the psychological aspects of running.
In today’s episode, we discuss his history, how running effects mental health, and how mental training can help with performance. Jeff is a delightful and caring person. I know you will enjoy the interview.
Jeff can be reached at jeffgalloway.com. Also, Jeff references the work of Dr. John Ratey, a book entitled Spark which I also recommend for everyone’s reading list.
Brett Wilcox is a therapist in Sitka, Alaska. He lives there with his wife, son, and daughter. Brett’s 15 year old son, David, a runner himself, proposed the idea of the two of them running across the United States to raise awareness of the negative effects of GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) in our food supply. They accomplished this earlier this year. I talk to Brett about how he thinks running effects mental health as a clinician, how running effects family life, and how becoming an activist to raise awareness of GMO’s came about.
Brett can be contacted through his website Runningthecountry.com. His book, We’re Monsanto: Feeding the World Lie After Lie is available on the website or through Amazon. His family’s run across the U.S. was incredibly expensive. If anyone can donate to help defray the expenses, please do so through the website as well.
On today’s podcast, I interview Roger Joslin, an Episcopal priest in Bentonville, Arkansas. We are continuing along the theme of our last few episodes by discussing the spiritual and meditative effects of running. While discussing these issues with one of my patients a few months ago, he recommended a book entitled Running the Spiritual Path: A Runner’s Guide To Breathing, Meditating, and Exploring the Prayerful Dimension of the Sport by Roger Joslin. I read the book and found it to be both inspirational and instructive. Father Joslin takes us on a journey along his own path over many years of dealing with emotional and spiritual issues and how his practice of meditative running has evolved.
On today’s episode, I interview Michael Sandler of www.mindfulrunning.org. Michael has been a professional athlete and has dealt with ADHD. In his search to become a better athlete while on long sessions on the bike, he began to become interested in mindfulness, the practice of awareness. The lessons that he took away from this search helped him quiet the distractions of ADHD and gave him the focus and patience to come back from several life threatening injuries.
Michael and his wife Jessica Lee live in Hawaii. They have recently produced a six-week training program teaching the process of becoming a mindful runner. The program is available through their website.
This was a very insightful and helpful interview that I believe you will all enjoy.
On today’s episode of the Running to Mental Health Podcast, I interview Marshall Ulrich. Let me list below some of his accomplishments:
Completed 121 ultra marathons averaging over 100 miles each
Reached the summit of each of the Seven Summits, including Mount Everest, all on first attempts
Competed in all nine Eco Challenge adventure races – something only two other people in the world have done – and has competed 12 expedition length adventure races
Crossed Death Valley a record 21 times, including a solo and 586-mile quad crossing
Completed a 3,063 mile run across America, equal to 117 marathons in 52.5 days
Won the Badwater 146 mile race from minus 282 feet to the 14,494 foot summit of Mount Whitney a record 4 times
Finished a record 15 Badwater ultra marathons
Completed the Leadville Trail 100 and Pikes Peak Marathon on the same weekend – a feat no one else in the world haa achieved
Completed all six 100 mile trail races, finishing in the top 10 in five of them in the same year, the first person to do so
Won two silver medals in the national 24 hour championships with a PR of 142 miles.
Is that enough? Well, he has also raised over $839,500 for charity.
We talk about several issues. Marsh’s first wife died of cancer, so we discuss the effect of running on grief. We discuss his views on the effect of getting away from the world (particularly technology) into the natural environment and it’s effect on mental health. We finally discuss the aging process and how it affects running.