January 21, 2019

145: Nate Hansen- Off the couch marathoning and thru running the Arizona Trail

Show Notes

Rick Saez
145: Nate Hansen- Off the couch marathoning and thru running the Arizona Trail

Nate and I talk about the unique way he got into running marathons and his upcoming adventure thru running the Arizona Trail. Thanks to Jason Lawrence from VSSL for connecting us.

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Show Notes

First Exposure to the Outdoors

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I think that when we talk about the outdoors now we have a sense of what that means to us, like camping and hiking and whatnot. My exposure to the outdoors was through my childhood playing outside. I didn’t have video games. I think in college I got like a Sega Genesis and played it for about a month, played hockey until I got calluses on my thumbs and then was done. But I grew up outside playing, kick the can German spotlight. My mother was a Phys Ed teacher so she got a lot of exercise. My father got into running and biking and then doing triathlons. At the age of 14 I remember going on this thing called the RagBrai. I don’t know if anyone’s heard of this. It’s this bike ride across Iowa and it takes about a week. The Des Moines Register Register’s annual great bike ride across Iowa. The whole idea is you dip your tire in the Missouri River on a Saturday and then the next week you dip your tire in the Mississippi. So you’ve traversed the entire state.

Things we talked about

Running River School

Running for Running River


Hike House

Arizona Trail

Arizona Trail Association



Jumper Threads




Snow Mountain River

Advice, tips

One thing I’ve noticed about these endurance events, and maybe I’m wrong, but I’d love to see more people doing these things for causes. I know there’s a lot of Susan G Komen breast cancer walks and there’s a lot of great things that are done for great causes, I would love to see more of it. I want to invite more people to do things like this. But when they do attach a cost to it and just raise some awareness for whatever you believe in because that takes some courage to do.

Other Outdoor Activities


Mtn Biking

Favorite Books

The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa

Best Gear Purchase under $100

tatoo: ILYTFAB- love you to forever and back

tatoo: Drink Water, Pace Yourself, Good Luck

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