Scotty Sandow – Five Months Down, Five to Go Until His First 100

The last time we spoke with original URP host Scotty Sandow was in February of this year.  At that point, Scotty had (re)committed to running his first hundred miler after taking an extended absence away from the trails and was fully dedicated to push through life and making it happen.

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Scotty Sandow, early days of URP uploading pics to site live from Foresthill.

In that interview (listen here), we spoke about having a coach, finding solace on the trails, reconnecting with his running friends, and having a big goal on the calendar to work towards. Scotty has run plenty of ultras, but Rio Del Lago 100 will be his first buckle-worthy race.

Well, life got in the way and seems to be testing Scotty’s resolve right when he intended to be focusing on training for Rio. So how is he responding to the adversity and emotional pulls of breakups, family issues, cancer, and other curveballs?

Well, yesterday, Scotty and I got together and he told me about his life now. How’s his running going? What obstacles is he dealing with when trying to focus more on fitness, and how does he deal with adversity and pain in his “non-running” life.  Is he still on a positive trajectory of getting faster and stronger, and how has all of that affected his diet and overall fitness?

Of course we also talk about extreme yoga injuries (huh?), which prominent ultrarunner he ran into at the Taco Tree in Auburn, and he gives his explanation of what happened at the Canyons 100k. (On that: That was an unexpected conversation and I’d just as well leave it alone, but hopefully his explanation provides some context and finally puts this particular incident to bed.)

In a world where we often only see the perfect life through the obscured lens of social media, Scotty lays it out there and shows the “real life” side of the equation.

Enjoy the show.

Scotty Sandow and Frank Bozanich in Squaw Valley, 2012.

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Scotty Sandow Episode Notes

Be sure to check out our original interview from February that puts this all into context. If you’ve only been listening to URP for a few years, that episode should give you an idea of Scotty’s role in what you’re reading right now.

Here’s Scotty’s coach, David Roche.  

Here’s the race he’s running in September: Rio Del Lago 100. It’s the same race past URP guest Nicole Ederle will be lining up for too!

Here’s Matt Flaherty’s outro music.

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