- June 11, 2019
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.