From Zero to Ultra-Running Champion – Zac Marion

By May 3, 2018Podcast

 

In this episode, I talk with inspiring ultra-runner Zac Marion. He started running at 24 years old because he was sick of being overweight and felt extremely unhealthy. He chose running because it was the cheapest thing to do. One year and almost 100lbs later he ran a relay race and was instantly hooked.

In 2013 he decided to try the trails and dipped his toe into ultra marathons. His first one was a disaster, but from what he learned and went on to run one of the hardest ultras in the world — the Leadville 100. He then went on to compete in the wild ultra marathon series and won the Bryce 100 and Ouray 100.

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TIMELINE HIGHLIGHTS
00:42  HOW ZAC BEGAN HIS JOURNEY INTO RUNNING
10:00 TRANSITIONING FROM SHORT DISTANCES TO MARATHONS
16:14 THE ULTRA RUNNING COMMUNITY   
22:07 THE MOST BRUTAL COURSE ZAC RAN
23:47 THE ABILITY TO ADAPT
26:29 FAVORITE TYPES OF GEAR & THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC 
32:25 STRATEGIES FOR 50K, 100K, AND 100 MILE RACES
39:31 FINDING THE RIGHT PAIR OF RUNNING SHOES
42:05 ADVICE FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO TRY MARATHONS OR TRAIL RUNNING
45:40 LATEST RESEARCH IN PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR RUNNERS 
49:32 ADVANCEMENTS IN FOOTWEAR FOR RUNNERS
53:14 GLUTE & CALF MUSCLE RESEARCH 
58:21 DESIGNING FOR ULTRA FOOTWEAR
1:02:28 LIGHTNING ROUND OF QUICK-ANSWER QUESTIONS
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One Comment

  • Jen says:

    I loved this podcast. Zac is so inspiring! I’m really curious about his comments regarding footwear and that some companies are starting to design around a more natural foot. Is there anything other than Altras already on the market?

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