TOPICS & TIMES:
- How Luke & Brendan met (1:30)
- Running his 1st marathon b/c of a bet (5:40)
- Learning from Jared Campbell (13:13)
- FKT of WURL / managing risk & fear (15:04)
- Balancing athletic & professional ambitions w/ family life (21:34)
- Sleeping little, training lots (23:47)
- Snowboarding & kayaking (& origami?) (26:38)
- Why Luke is racing less, pursuing FKT’s more (30:16)
- Finding comfort in pain (31:48)
- Medical concerns about “pushing your limits”? (45:55)
- ANWR expedition with Clare Gallagher & Tommy Caldwell (48:46)
- Why are you a race director? (54:49)
- Environmental activism (1:01:34)
Luke Nelson is a professional runner, physician assistant, race director (of the Scout Mountain Ultras in his town of Pocatello, Idaho), climate activist, husband, father of three, and … someone who doesn’t get a lot of sleep.
And in this conversation, my co-host Brendan Leonard and I talk to Luke about how he and Brendan first met; his background as a serious snowboarder, climber, and kayaker; how and why he got into running — and did his first marathon; his obsession with testing his limits; how he attempts to balance that obsession with family life; why (given everything else he’s got going on) he makes the time to also be a race director, and more.