Spartan Race events have become a movement. The Spartan Race co-founder, Joe De Sena, has a new book called Spartan Fit! The first chapter has been released online and is available at the link below. Check it out. 

All listeners to the show can get 10% off any Spartan Race by using the code SPARTANBLOGGER when registering for any race. Also, the first listener who follows the instructions in the podcast will get a FREE race entry to any open heat (non-confirmed start time) Spartan Race in the continental United States. This is almost a $100 value!

Also in this show: some notes about the inspirational college distance runner, Kayla Montgomery, who has MS but still does endurance running. I also talk some about the Invictus games and get into a little poetry.

Thanks for listening! I can be contacted at ashlanddave@gmail.com


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This is one of the first podcasts I produced. It's pretty bad production wise but the interview content with Tom Grant is great. You have to be a real fan of the podcast to suffer through this one!

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Tom Grant is a Boston qualifier, a marathon maniac and a regular running partner of mine. He's also one of Ashland's local ultrarunners.

Tom and I have covered probably a few thousand miles together over the years. Tom is training for his first 100 miler and right now that's probably the most exciting thing going on in the Center of the Universe!

In this episode, Tom and I go along for a run and talk about his upcoming race, his training, and what keeps him motivated to do the long stuff.

I also briefly recap the 38th Ashland Railroad Run. Thanks for listening!

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Local running buddies beer night, Boston Marathon cheating, Barkley Marathons, blister busts while sleeping, Pine Creek Challenge 100, Belmead Trail Fest 50, plus the email bag. All in this edition of the Running in the Center of the Universe podcast!

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Lummox is an old friend who now runs ultras. He does it in his own way and trains mostly by himself. This is a great interview. I hope you like it. Thanks for listening to the podcast.

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On March 5, 2016, I ran the Mississippi Trail 50 Mile Ultramarathon in Desoto National Forest. This episode contains my report from the race. Thanks for listening!

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I had some tough back to back training weeks and achieved a new weekly mileage total as a result (60 miles). My Mississippi Trail 50 prep is going well and I'm pleased with my progress. But there is always something that can go wrong and my recent 26 mile training run had a few kinks. Thanks for listening to the podcast!

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I'm at the point in my training for my upcoming 50 miler where I need to put down at least 50 miles a week. It takes a lot of drive and motivation to do that week after week. I'm trying to figure out how to do it. That and more in this week's show. Thanks for listening!

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I DNF'd at the Willis River 50k [Fat Ass] event on January 10 in Cumberland, Virginia. I have a slew of excuses! Not all was lost though. I did run/walk 35k and got to feel the nice feeling of winter creek water soaking through my shoes repeatedly. That and more in the show. Thanks for listening!

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Is there really any purpose for glitter? This show lightly explores the topic of glitter with a little humor thrown in. Two guests stop in to share their opinions.


Other topics are covered that have nothing to do with running such as Christmas parties, my "magic chair," and giving the gift of data.
But since this is a running related podcast, I eventually get around to talking about running and included are my monster 48 mile training week and my lack of preparation for running in cold weather. 
This show is action packed and includes a special message of peace at the end for all listeners of the podcast. Thanks for downloading the show!
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