John Kelly Interview – Barkley Finisher Number Fifteen

John Kelly Interview – Barkley Finisher 15

John Kelly joined me just a few days after his finish to talk about what it took to finish the Barkley Marathons.  Here’s a hint: Massive amounts of planning, decades of course knowledge, his Aunt Brenda’s cookies, and the incredible ability to focus through a dense fog of fatigue.

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Pic courtesy Tyler Landrum

In this episode, we discuss:

  • His background in running and how he got into the race after only running for two years.
  • What he did wrong when he ran it in 2015 and what he did wrong in 2016.
  • What Barkley-specific training helped him prepare physically.  And aside from having new twins at home, what helped him mentally?
  • His prescient blog post from 2016 about persevering through failure at Barkley.
  • What strategies he used when the mental fatigue overtook him.
  • Whether after running together for two days straight, did he and Gary start to snap at each other?
  • The final question: What’s harder, an Ironman triathlon or Barkley?  (duh)
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Pic courtesy Tyler Landrum

John Kelly Episode Sponsor Notes – Run the Red Desert

Episode sponsored by Run the Red Desert trail run in Kilpecker Sand Dunes in Wyoming on June 3rd.  Multiple distances, all with a wild and rugged feel and a laid back atmosphere.  Again, check out the video to get a taste of the terrain…it looks awesome.  Thanks again for supporting URP!

John Kelly Episode Notes

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John Kelly at the gate. Finished. Pic courtesy Joe Kelly.


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