Episode 15: Karl Meltzer | Lessons From The World's Winningest Ultra Marathoner


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Ultramarathon running is just like life; full of highs and lows and, before you know it, you blink and it’s over. Today’s guest is a 69-time ultramarathon winner, and today’s episode is as much about his experiences of pushing himself to his limits as it is about how to make the most out of the short time we have here on earth! Karl Metlzer, also known as Speedgoat, has spent his 54 years of life living exactly the way he wanted to; surrounded by nature and good people, with very little material possessions. His “don’t complicate things” philosophy and his approach to dealing with the challenges that are an inevitable part of racing and of life will leave you feeling inspired to get up and out into nature as often as you possibly can! Tune in today to learn more.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • The role that running has played in Karl’s life since he was a child.
  • Karl’s thoughts on nature versus nurture when it comes to being a professional athlete.
  • The casual conversation that led to Karl running his first ultramarathon, the Wasatch 100 (which he won a few years later).
  • The big highs and lows that you should expect when running an ultramarathon.
  • Karl’s philosophy the most out of the short time that we have here on earth.
  • Necessary nutrition and how Karl approaches food and drink intake during an ultramarathon.
  • Why Karl believes that simplicity is key.
  • Where he gets his motivation from.
  • Some of his favorite ultramarathons.
  • Karl’s first trip to the desert and what he loves about running in that type of terrain.
  • How runner sponsorships have evolved since Karl entered the professional running scene.
  • Advice for any aspiring professional runners out there.
  • Some of the most challenging moments of Karl’s career and how he dealt with them.
  • Why Karl recommends that everyone watch the documentary, Minimalism.
  • Karl shares some of his most vivid desert memories.
  • Inspiring parting words from Karl

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

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