Weekly Fourcast: Charlie Dark


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Weekly Fourcast: Charlie Dark

For this Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with Jaybird Ambassador Charlie Dark—a poet, teacher, writer, and founder of London’s Run Dem Crew, a multi-faceted running and creative community committed to uplifting the next generation through runs, workshops, films, and mentoring for runners of all ages.

Originally one of London’s premier DJ’s, Charlie sees running and movement as an integral part of urban creative culture.

“Moving on a regular basis helps keep my mind focused and clear and allows me to spend time with myself away from the grind of everyday life,” he says. “You have to keep the body guessing so it doesn’t get complacent.”

Charlie also recently started his own podcast, School of Dark, that will look at how running intersects with life to encourage diversity in the sport.

What does freedom mean to you?

 

Charlie’s Recommended Podcasts:

weMove Podcast, Episode 11: Charlie Dark

This podcast opened up a lot of doors for me and introduced me to some people who have brought a radical shift into my life and movement practices. I’ve introduced the guys behind this podcast to many of the people in my community and some great collaborations have come as a result.

 

F24 Podcast, Sophynails

This podcast series looks at London subcultures particularly amongst the music, creativity, and street art scenes. Many of the people featured are people I’ve either grown up with or been heavily influenced by in my teenage years, so it’s an interesting one to listen to and to see how people have evolved and made careers out of pastimes.

 

Looking Sideways Actions Sports Podcast, Type 2: Greg Long
Matt Barr who is the voice and mind behind this podcast series comes from a journalistic background and this brings a focus to the questions and structure of the podcast often missing from this genre.

 

The Reggie Yates Podcast

I love the mixture of humour and serious issues. Feels like hanging out on the back of the school bus with the nerdy kids. Life can be hard and this podcast reminds me to find the humour and seek the light. Life is serious enough and a smile a day keeps the doctor away.

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Fernanda Maciel


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Weekly Fourcast: Fernanda Maciel

For this Weekly Fourcast we caught up with Jaybird Athlete Fernanda Maciel. Born in Brazil and currently living in the Spanish Pyrenees, Fernanda is a professional ultrarunner who has done it all—competed in martial arts and Olympic-level gymnastics, worked as an environmental lawyer and sports nutritionist, podiumed at multi-sport endurance races, the UTMB, and the Ultra Trail World Tour, and logged FKTs on some of the world’s tallest peaks—but what brings her motivation to run everyday is simply her love for nature.

“I think when you have a passion in your life, you can wake up and do it wherever, if you are tired, or having a bad moment. Running gives me so much—peace, silence, energy, pure moments of real life that I like. I love to discover and challenge myself, my emotional, physical and mental parts.”

Follow Fernanda @fernandamaciel_oficial.

 

Fernanda’s Recommended Podcasts

Rich Roll Podcast, Vegan on $25

This is an amazing podcast that shows being a vegan can be cheap—it all depends on our motivation and consciousness.

 

Ana Alonso Podcast, Guerra 3

Jimena Torres is an experienced war reporter who, after years of trying, finally gets a permit to enter North Korea. The journalist tries to unmask what is happening under the surface and it makes me think about how lucky we are to live in a peaceful place, but at the same time how emotions are deep in this crazy war world.

 

The Mindful Minute with Meryl Arnett
I liked this podcast because each episode is a broadcast of one of Meryl’s meditation classes, where she discusses topics like self-acceptance, creativity, and how to manage our life’s inevitable stresses.

 

Run, Selfie, Repeat

Kind of a funny and motivating podcast where Kelly Roberts talks about taking the first step, setting a goal and laughing about our way through the struggle.

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Hillary Allen


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Weekly Fourcast: Hillary Allen

For this Fourth of July edition of the Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with Jaybird Ambassador Hillary Allen, a.k.a. The Hillygoat. Hillary is a mountain ultrarunner from Boulder, Colorado, who grew up camping in the Rocky Mountains and picked up trail running during grad school. The trails led to the high ridges, and Hillary became immersed in sky running, a high-altitude subset that involved steep and technical courses through the mountains. Hillary has since set several course records, placed in the Ultra Skyrunning World Series, and won the US Skyrunning Championship.

After bouncing back from a near-fatal fall at a race in Norway in 2017, Hillary continues to travel the world, pursuing and enjoying the freedom to explore on her own terms.

“No matter if I’m in a city or a small mountain town,” she says, “freedom means walking out your front door with a fresh perspective and the curiosity to explore and learn something new.” Follow Hillary @Hillygoat_climbs.

What does freedom mean to you?

 

Hillary Recommended Podcasts:

Radiolab, Bigger Little Questions

This podcast touches on everything and encourages listeners to be curious about the world around them and ask questions. It’s interesting, funny and feeds my inner science nerd!

 

More Perfect, One Nation, Under Money

Law and the Supreme Court is a topic that touches everyone but the cases that set those precedents are often overlooked. It’s interesting to take a closer look into Supreme Court cases that can eventually implement law.

 

Science Vs., How Bad Science Killed a President
Because you always learn something new here!

 

On Being, A Neuroscientist on Love and Learning

These conversations/interviews are so amazing and explore the human experience.

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Mauricio Diaz


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Weekly Fourcast: Mauricio Diaz

For this Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with Mauricio Diaz (@airelibre.run), a runner, storyteller and cofounder of Aire Libre, a Mexico City-based creative project that hosts immersive running experiences in exotic corners of the world.

After completing a solo, unsupported three-day run across a chain of mountains in southern Mexico, Mauricio scope of what was possible opened up, and he wanted to help facilitate the same kind of transformative experiences for others. Aire Libre sees and uses running to explore unknown territories and foster deep transformations, with a strong focus on cultural immersion.

“Through running I have learned the most valuable teachings of life, I have been able to explore the world, I met the love of my life and running gave me the business that I have. It is no understatement­—running is my life!”

 

Mauricio’s Recommended Podcasts

Beyond Running, How Running will Alter Your Brain

You will learn from deep, intimate conversations with some of the most creative and forward thinking minds in the running world about the transformative power of running!

 

Akimbo, Fooled by Spectrum

In a simple 30 min format show, complex ideas, business concepts, paradigms, and more get very easily explained by the marketing mastermind Seth Godin.

 

The Morning Shakeout Podcast, Episode 12, Knox Robinson and Matt Taylor
The podcast host Mario Fraioli I consider to be one of the best thought leaders of the running world.

 

The Rich Roll Podcast, Cal Newport on Digital Minimalism

Rich Roll is the leading master of health and wellness podcasts. The people he gets to interview on his show are always cutting-edge in their fields. You learn so much.

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Jacqui Bell


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Weekly Fourcast: Jacqui Bell

For this Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with Jaybird ambassador and Australian ultrarunner Jacqui Bell, someone who knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity. Two years ago while working in Bali, Jacqui was pulled off her scooter by thieves and sustained serious injuries, putting her in the hospital for two weeks and leaving her with over 200 stitches.

“After that I had to rebuild to be capable of what I was before. To make sure I got myself back on track I set a big goal, put a plan in place and went for it.”

In 2018, Jacqui completed the Four Deserts Ultra Series, running Namibia’s Namib Desert in April, Mongolia’s Gobi Desert in July, Chile’s Atacama Crossing in September, and Antarctica in November. Now Jaqui is on a quest to become the youngest person to complete an ultramarathon on all seven continents.

“A goal gives me purpose in my training and something to stay focused to work towards,” she says.

Follow Jacqui @jacquiabell.

 

Jacqui’s Recommended Podcasts

The Forward with Lance Armstrong, Alex Honnold

Alex is a pioneer in climbing and his mindset and ability to conquer fear and block it out is incredible! He is so dedicated and it really inspires me to give 100% effort into everything I do.

 

The Health Code, Meditation! Is it worth trying?

My version of meditation is running, I find meditation very fascinating and enjoy learning different ways to have the same outcome that meditation brings.

 

The Ross Edgley Podcast, State of the Fitness Industry
With so many gyms, sports, diets, training regimes, fads, athletes, online plans and coaches out there today it is interesting to hear two of the top guys in their respected fields discuss were the fitness industry is at and where it’s heading.

 

The Rich Roll Podcast, You Can’t Hurt David Goggins

It’s just an all-time must-listen!! Motivation and mindset and more!

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Brian Tolbert


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Weekly Fourcast: Brian Tolbert

For this Father’s Day edition of the Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with Jaybird Ambassador Brian Tolbert. Brian is a local Wasatch ultrarunner, part of the Black Arrows Run Crew, and a former elite cyclist that decided his mid 30s would be a great time to teach himself how to run. He’s also a father of four—three very independent daughters and “a two-year-old man cub who seems like he is raised by wolves most of the time.”

Why is it important for your kids to see you lead an active lifestyle?

Growing up my dad always told us we were a family that “Did Stuff.” We worked hard as a family and we played hard as a family. I try to instill that in my kids as well.

I think it’s important for my kids to share in this active lifestyle, we try to support and share with each other as much as possible. With my running I try to make sure my kids see the success and the failures. The kids see the day-to-day grind and they know what races I am working for and they are there if I break the tape or if I am puking on my shoes. I hope through my racing my kids are able to see that you can set big goals and if you work hard you can achieve them.

How do you stay active and still balance the responsibilities of fatherhood?

Balancing fatherhood and running (and everything else) is a tough one. It’s a constant battle and one that I feel like I am never quite winning. I guess my secret is that I don’t sleep that much, especially when I have big training blocks. It’s not the most ideal but sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day so I will put my kids to bed, kiss my wife and go out for a 4-5 hour run in the dark.

The other secret is I have an amazing wife and partner who makes it possible to do all the dumb stuff I do.

 

Brian’s Recommended Podcasts

Athletes Unfiltered – Strava Podcast,, Episode 1: When Everything Turns Upside Down

Hillary Allen’s story is crazy, if you haven’t listened to it yet. Do it now, she is one bad lady.

 

Freakonomics Radio, Episode 369: A Good Idea is Not Good Enough

I am an economics nerd so I love this podcast, but this one is part of a four-part series called “How to be Creative” and it is fascinating to me because I am the least creative person in the world.

 

The Joe Rogan Experience, #1212 – David Goggins
Joe Rogan can sometimes be a bit of an acquired taste, but his podcast with David Goggins is amazing.

 

The Hunting Collective, Episode 34: Shane Dorian

I mean how can you not love Shane Dorian? Pro surfer, father, bow hunter and all around good guy.

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Global Running Day


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Weekly Fourcast: Global Running Day

This Wednesday is Global Running Day, a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. It doesn’t matter how you do it, or how far you go—from a few laps through your neighborhood, to 20-mile adventures on remote ridge trails—the important thing is that you have fun being active, and you inspire others to join you. For this special edition of the Weekly Fourcast, we gathered podcast picks from Jaybird employees that celebrate and inspire the pursuit of running.

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

 

Jaybird’s Recommended Playlists:

The Morning Shakeout with Mario Fraioli, Episode 31 with Gabe and Justin Grunewald

Gabe is a top middle-distance runner battling a rare cancer. Justin is also a top runner and a doctor. This is a great all around/upbeat discussion on running and living life to its fullest while facing cancer, and how doing so is helping create awareness for rare diseases.

 

She Explores, Olympian Sarah Attar

Sarah is the first female to represent Saudi Arabia in the Olympics, a professional marathon runner, and a photographer who lives in Mammoth, California. Sarah’s is an inspirational story.

 

Rich Roll, Mirna Valerio on Being Positive and Honoring Your Truth
This is a great interview with a true ambassador of our sport, who is on a mission to empower women of all shapes and sizes. Mirna is also the creator of the Fat Girl Running website.

 

Runners of NYC, Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm is the best-selling author of Outliers, Tipping Point, and Blink. This episode is a dive into his running roots, why he runs and how he stays fast, but also how he feels about being a ‘mediocre’ runner. We get to hear a few funny stories about getting lost on the run in Tennessee, his goals for running as a masters athlete, why it’s nicer to be a mediocre runner and his searing hot take on America’s untapped resources for distance running.

Weekly Fourcast: Ben Altenes


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Weekly Fourcast: Ben Altenes

For this Memorial Day edition of the Weekly Fourcast, we’re paying tribute to those in the Jaybird community and beyond who have served our country in the armed forces—like Ben Altenes. Ben is a photographer, ultrarunner and U.S. Army veteran who served with several different helicopter battalions in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries around the world. Through the course of more than 15 years of military service, he found running as his favorite form of exercise, often running mountain trails and rolling hills in the places he was stationed.

Now back home in Salt Lake City, Utah, Ben continues to support the military by working at Hill Air Force Base and runs the countless trails of the Wasatch Mountains whenever he can—the best of both worlds for him.

Thank you to Ben and all of the other active and retired military out there for your service to our country!

 

How did life in the military set you up to become an athlete?

I think the military helped me continue being an athlete after my military service by training me to be the best at whatever I do. Everyone in the military has a specific responsibility or role. Therefore being an athlete in their specific job. As an ultra runner I found that planning and preparation still need to be in effect and certain marks/goals need to be accomplished to finish a run or race (a mission).

How did you manage to stay active and fit after the structured fitness of the military?
I ran a lot. If I was on a small compound in the Sangin Valley in Afghanistan, I would run circles around it or beat my feet on a treadmill. If I was fortunate enough to be deployed to a larger base or compound I would run laps up and down the airfield. I had a few posts where we had mountain terrain. I would venture and trailblaze my own routes in a war-torn land and discover remnants of post Russian/Iranian conflicts. It was a super wonderful experience to have the opportunities to enjoy a non-battle-like activity in some historic locations.

What other healthy habits (such as nutrition and mindfulness) have you utilized and how have they played an important role?

My healthy habits have always been to eat my vegetables and stay active. I enjoy rock climbing, cycling and hiking as second activities to running. They all challenge my body and mind to be more effective.

 

Ben’s Recommended Podcasts:

SOFLETE Die Living Podcast, 72: Elijah Sacra

Not just this particular podcast episode but all of the episodes SOFLETE has posted have a fantastic source of information regardless of your background and current abilities. They bring humor and real life examples into play while providing the listener with useful information. Overall they relate to an overall self-improvement goal.

 

International Departures with Shane 54, Episode 411

While being stationed in Germany for two years I fell in love with House & EDM style music. I have honestly never seen a happier group of people than those at an EDM festival. No hand goes without a high-five, no introduction goes without a hug and you never have to dance alone. You can chalk it up to drugs if you’re still stereotyping, but there’s a sense of community at EDM shows you can’t find anywhere else. It’s communication without words, and an experience that has no explanation. You’ve all come together because you’re united in your love for music and want to experience it with other like-minded individuals. So this podcast series simply takes to me to a happy place of memories from the past.

 

Joe Rogan Experience
I love how Joe Rogan interviews his guests while putting them at ease while digging down deep in to their story. David Goggins is probably the most motivational guy in my opinion and I definitely sync with his philosophy. We are capable of so much more than we think!

 

TED Talks Art, The Silent Drama of Photography, Sebastião Salgado

I feel that TED talks are like having a conversation with a stranger on a random train in the middle of nowhere. You’re stuck sitting next to them, but by simply being a listening ear you can take away a new perspective on a numerous amount of subjects and topics.

 

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Christian Hampshire


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Weekly Fourcast: Christian Hampshire

For this Weekly Fourcast we caught up with Jaybird ambassador, Utah trail runner and podcaster Christian Hampshire.

Christian had been a runner in some form for 30 years, but when he crossed the finish line on his first 100-mile race, he realized what the human body was capable of.

“When you push yourself to those limits you have to dig deep and find a different part of yourself in order to finish,” he says. “I firmly believe we don’t truly grow unless you suffer. Without pushing ourselves and setting goals, I don’t think we grow anywhere near our potential.”

About three years ago, at the peak of his training for the Wasatch 100, he had another breakthrough moment.
“Bombing down a trail from a peak, I had almost a religious experience,” he says. “It was 6:00 a.m., the sun was rising, “I could feel the crisp air on my face, and the perfect song came on my headphones. Ever since then running has been therapeutic—like meditation for me.”

Christian recently launched the first episode of the GetNaked Podcast, where he shares real stories of mental endurance and pushing beyond our limits. Follow Christian @hampsure.

 

Christian’s Recommended Podcasts

GetNaked Podcast, Embrace Your Vulnerabilities

This is actually my podcast and story! I have always been the most positive person I knew and always looked down upon depression and addiction until out of the blue I was in a very dark place. This podcast is about embracing your vulnerabilities and being you. I hope this story will help out someone in need and/or motivate others to just get outside and push themselves.

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Rich Roll Pocast, #369: Jesse Itzler on Living Life Full Blast

Both Jesse and Rich Roll have had a profound impact on me. Jesse and his view on life and time in this podcast is spot on!

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GOOGLE PODCASTS

 

Joe Rogan Experience, #1080: David Goggins

I love how Joe Rogan interviews his guests while putting them at ease while digging down deep in to their story. David Goggins is probably the most motivational guy in my opinion and I definitely sync with his philosophy. We are capable of so much more than we think!

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GOOGLE PODCASTS

 

Rich Roll Podcast, #425: Tom Bilyeau on Exiting the Matrix

Another one from Rich Roll, but I would definitely not miss this one! Tom Bilyeau has one of the most interesting stories and for me one of the most motivational guys out. His view on the human body/mind and what we are capable is extraordinary and 100% correct. Listen now!

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GOOGLE PODCASTS

 

The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.

Weekly Fourcast: Jorge Maravilla


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Weekly Fourcast: Jorge Maravilla

For this Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with Jaybird ambassador Jorge Maravilla. Jorge emigrated to California’s San Joaquin Valley from El Salvador with his mother, and as a child he began running through the farmlands where she worked. In 2011, Jorge won the first ultra-marathon he ever entered, the Tahoe Rim Trail 100, and has been running professionally ever since. When he isn’t racing or training in the Marin Headlands near his home, he is the General Manager at the San Francisco Running Company. Follow Jorge @1jorgemaravilla.

 

Jorge’s Recommended Podcasts:

Finding Mastery Conversations with Michael Gervais, Bob Hurley, Hurley International Founder

Michael Gervais goes into an in-depth chat with Bob Hurley on building the global brand of HURLEY and my interest from the interview was the relatable business philosophy of following your passion and allow things to grow organically.

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Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, Michelle Obama

As expected in true Conan fashion, this is a comical chat with an influential and admirable woman I respect greatly, as well as a close look into prioritizing and valuing investment in our youth through her actions along with her openness of what it was like to be the first lady. Also, it was the first Conan podcast I ever heard and it was a great choice!

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GOOGLE PODCASTS

 

How I Built This, Lonely Planet: Maureen & Tony Wheeler

An incredible insight to how a now widely resourceful such book(s) came to life. A compelling episode of passionate, detailed, adventurists who I felt relatable to.

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GOOGLE PODCASTS

 

Latino USA, Dolores Huerta and her Daughter Talk Gender and Power

I volunteered for the UFW for 1.5 years and worked closely with Dolores and led the charge in Watsonville in the Strawberry Campaign that educated farmworkers on the rights they have despite their lack of knowing. Great listen from one of our most influential woman of our time. I am fortunate to know her personally and enjoyed this listen, which relates to my own personal life of growing up as a farmworker.

Listen to all of the podcasts here:

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The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.