The Pena Show Podcast

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The Pena Show Podcast

I was honored to be one of the first guests on my friends Stephanie and Juan Pena's podcast The Pena Show. It was recorded a little while ago when I was about halfway through the parks in the lower 48 states. It was originally going to be audio only but they held on to the recording until they were ready to include it on their TV show. Yes, TV show! The Pena Show is broadcast every week on local TV in Brooklyn. They created a really nice montage of photos from the National Parks to accompany our discussion. We talked about the project, making a change, minimalism and running. It is fun to know that the discussion was broadcast on TV for all of NYC to see. Thanks Stephanie and Juan for the opportunity and good luck on building the show and your multimedia empire. 

You can watch The Pena Show Saturdays at 1:30pm in NYC on Verizon Fios channel 42 or live online on the Brooklyn Free Speech Channel 1.

There is also an audio only podcast version. You can listen via iTunes here.  Be sure to subscribe. They get fascinating guests with wide ranging wellness related topics. 

Here is the video version. Thanks for watching!

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Project Statistics

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Project Statistics

For all the stat hounds out there (like me) here will be the running log of interesting statistics about the project. Let me know if there are any you would like me to add. All stats are as of October 22, 2017 when I completed National Park #51 at Haleakala National Park on Maui in Hawaii.

Summary Statistics

  • Total distance covered: 1,378 miles
  • Total calories burned: 148,256
  • Total amount of ascent (climbing): 196,338 feet
  • Total amount of descent: 200,119 feet
  • Average miles run per marathon: 27.02
  • Average amount of ascent per marathon: 3,689 feet
  • Average amount of descent per marathon: 3,786 feet
  • Average time to complete a marathon: 6 hours and 12 minutes
  • Number of business cards given out (or lost): 1,500

Category: Car

  • Make and Model: 2008 Subaru Impreza
  • Miles driven between June 18, 2016 and July 6, 2017 - 43,545
  • Miles per gallon: 24.6

Category: Running

  • National Parks visited: 51
  • Number of pairs of running shoes: 10
  • Greatest number of miles run: 30.55 at Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • Largest amount of ascent (climbing): 8,376 feet at National Park of American Samoa
  • Smallest amount of ascent (climbing): 79 feet at Congaree National Park
  • Largest amount of descent (down down down): 8,448 feet at Mount Rainier National Park
  • Smallest amount of descent: 98 feet at Congaree National Park
  • Fastest marathon: 3 hours 51 minutes at Dry Tortugas National Park
  • Slowest marathon: 9 hours and 35 minutes at National Park of American Samoa

In the spreadsheet below blue notes the largest value and orange the smallest.  

Food/Nutrition

  • Number of Hammer Gels consumed during marathons: Average 6 per marathon x 48 marathons = 288 
  • Number of bananas eaten: Average 2 per day x 382 days = 764

Miscellaneous

  • Worst sunburn: Haleakala National Park in Hawaii

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Vblog: Crater Lake National Park Marathon Run

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Vblog: Crater Lake National Park Marathon Run

Short video of my time running a marathon at Crater Lake National Park on September 17, 2016. It happened to be Ride the Rim weekend. This is an annual event where they close 25 miles of the rim road to cars and open it to walkers, runners and mostly cyclists. I didn't plan it that way but it surely worked out. It was about 98% on the road with a short trail section just for fun. It was cloudy, windy, hilly and full of friendly cyclists. I even sing a bit. I just wish I knew all the words. 

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Vblog: North Cascades National Park Marathon Run

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Vblog: North Cascades National Park Marathon Run

Video captured during my run at North Cascades National Park in Washington on August 27, 2016. I did a 13.1 mile out and back on the Cascade Pass Trail and Stehekin Valley Trail. This was one of my favorite parks. Angular mountains, dense forest, pumping waterfalls, quiet.

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Vblog: Badlands National Park Marathon

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Vblog: Badlands National Park Marathon

Video mash up of my marathon run at Badlands National Park back on July 26, 2017. I was joined for half of the run my "America's Marathon Man" Jerry Dunn. In addition to being in such a stunning place I had running royalty with me. Jerry set several running endurance records in his life and he was training for a fundraising event to run 70 kilometers for his 70th birthday (which he did). He's a wonderful example of the power of positivity.

I also tell a rattlesnake story and sing a bit. Please sing along. 

Watch a video about Jerry. He was running long before running long was cool.

 

 

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Vblog: Trail Run on Second Day at Badlands National Park

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Vblog: Trail Run on Second Day at Badlands National Park

On my second day (July 24, 2016) at Badlands National Park I met up with my new friend Nick Cross. Nick and I connected on Instagram and he and his family just happened to be camping in the park the same time I was there. I'm glad he reached out as we got in a really awesome trail run on the rock formations at the park. This is what my project is about - people getting together and experiencing our National Parks on foot. Whether you run, hike or walk our feet are the best way to get up close to nature and feel like you are part of it. I'm grateful to have met Nick and thankful he reached out to run. 

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Vblog: Badlands National Park Short Driving Tour

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Vblog: Badlands National Park Short Driving Tour

I had the opportunity to stick my GoPro Hero4 Silver out the window as I was driven through Badlands National Park back on July 27, 2016. The scenery seems drastic but it is so much more inviting and interesting once you get out of the car. Consider this your driving tour. Now get out on foot and see our National Parks!

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Vblog: First Day at Badlands National Park

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Vblog: First Day at Badlands National Park

On my first day at Badlands National Park I couldn't resist going out for a short joy run on the rock formations. It is like nature's parkour. I can see how you could become lost very, very easily. There are not many established trails and no water. Be careful. Back on July 23, 2016.

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Vblog: Ute Trail at Rocky Mountain National Park

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Vblog: Ute Trail at Rocky Mountain National Park

I got a chance to do a little #runningtheparks at Rocky Mountain National Park on September 20th. I was experimenting with my new GoPro Hero5 Black on an out-and-back eight mile run on the Ute Trail. I started and ended at the Alpine Visitor Center. This entire run was at just under 11,000 feet and higher. This is my second video with my new Hero5 Black. This time I used my handheld which I still think works better for me. I will continue to experiment. 

The scenery was stunning and despite running in the late afternoon I was gifted with perfect weather. This was the first time I got the chance to drive Trail Ridge Road. It is a must see!

p.s. I now know my Buff was upside down. Sorry Subaru. 

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Vblog: First Video with New GoPro Hero5 Black at Arapaho NRA and Rocky Mountain National Park

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Vblog: First Video with New GoPro Hero5 Black at Arapaho NRA and Rocky Mountain National Park

First quick video at the Arapaho National Recreation Area and Rocky Mountain National Park with my new GoPro  Hero5 Black. GoPro was very kind to send me this great camera. The built-in image stabilization will really improve the quality of the shots I take when running. This is also the first model to be waterproof without a separate case! That makes accessories much easier to handle. It also recognizes voice command so I can shoot without having to break stride. Thanks to GoPro and watch for videos from American Samoa, Hawaii and Alaska to come! 

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Sunshine Chasers Podcast

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Sunshine Chasers Podcast

I had a really energetic and engaging chat with Amanda Folk on the Sunshine Chasers Podcast. She's so passionate about living life to the fullest. We talk about the genesis of my project, life on the road and of course, a bit about running. Hope you enjoy.

Listen via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sunshine-chasers/id1268710591?mt=2 or for other platforms via her web site at www.sunshinechasers.com/podcast-epidsodes/run-wild.

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Vblog: What's in My Car Part II - Mud Room

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Vblog: What's in My Car Part II - Mud Room

This is the second in my series of what was in my car for a yearlong trip to all of the National Parks in the lower 48 states. This episode focuses on the "mud room" or the storage behind the driver's seat. Basically where I kept all my shoes and some other gear that could get dirty, muddy, messy. Also highlights my approach to security - how I locked up my laptop, camera and other valuables when away from the car. Hope you find the tips useful.

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Vblog: Marathon Run at Capitol Reef National Park

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Vblog: Marathon Run at Capitol Reef National Park

This is a video compilation of my time at Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. Capitol Reef is the second least visited of the five Utah National Parks after Canyonlands but is no less spectacular than any of the others. The key geologic feature in Capitol Reef NP is the Waterpocket Fold. 

"The Waterpocket Fold is a classic monocline: an elongated fold with one steep side in an area of otherwise nearly horizontal layers. The layers on the west side of the Fold have been lifted more than 7,000 feet (2134 m) higher than corresponding layers on the east. The Waterpocket Fold is the longest exposed monocline in North America and is nearly 90 miles in length. It is the main reason Capitol Reef National Monument was established in 1937." - Capitol Reef National Park Geology PDF from nps.gov/care

I did a 13.1 mile out and back on the Burr Trail road starting from Cedar Mesa Campground. I ran parallel to the Waterpocket Fold following the road to the top of the Burr Trail Switchbacks. There I turned around. It was somewhat hot, sunny and there was very little shade. The terrain demands your attention as you stand and admire a 90 mile long wrinkle in the earth. 

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