123 Dean Karnazes(rereleased): The ultramarathon man himself on what inspires him….. And lying, McDonalds, surfing and deserts!

Our guest tells stories so well he’ll have you from the first 10 seconds of the show. He is one of the most well known endurance athletes on the planet and he shares things with Athlete on Fire you probably haven’t heard anywhere else. Grab that smart phone, plug in those ear phones and get out there while you listening to the inspiring guest today!



In this show hear:

  • How endurance unites people and families
  • About his early days surfing all day long
  • About the first time he lied to his mom, and how far he went that day
  • 50 in 50 in 50, wow
  • His dad’s golfing feat in his 70’S
  • His crazy hallucinations at the Badwater Ultra
  • About the Four Deserts Challenge
  • Dean laugh at me when I ask which extreme he prefers!
  • Why he never runs the same route back to back
  • Why McDonalds?

“I was one of the only ones that would run to the beach, board under arm, 3 miles each way, in my sandles.” Dean on his childhood

Success Habit:

  • Delayed gratification-talks about his daily routine and the discipline it takes to do it.


Quote on Fire:

  • “It’s not how many times to fall down, it’s how many times you get back up!”

Quiz on Fire:

      Since Dean ran 50 marathons in 50 states we thought a quiz about unique small towns was in line.

Book on Fire:

The Endurance

“Dad, I’m gonna make it..then she took off in a sprint.”


Connect with Dean:

Twitter: @deankarnazes

“Motivation is tough, especially if you aren’t motivated.”

Resources mentioned during the show:

Badwater– Mentions this race in the show.
Western States– Another ultra he mentions
Four Deserts Challenge– Amazing feat
Ultramarathon Man– Dean’s inspiring first book.

>Fitness on Fire:Dean Karnazes

Dean likes to run so much that he shares one of his favorite challenges. .01% might try it. Have fun!


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

Joyce Bentonreply
March 2, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Great show! I love Dean, but this is the first time I have heard him speak. After listening to the podcast I took off for my Sunday non-in-training out and back from my back door. I live in the country and where there is only one way to go without it being hill training or hitting the cow trails. I thought of Dean today as I was running the same run I have run so many time – today was torture! I agree with Dean – I need to always find new places to run or it is no fun and feels like exercise!

March 3, 2014 at 7:05 am
– In reply to: Joyce Benton

Joyce, thanks so much for leaving a comment! Where do you live? Sounds great to me! If you shoot me a pic of that countryside I’d love to post it! Also if you have time and enjoy the show a review on iTunes would be appreciated. Thanks so much. Scott


March 3, 2014 at 6:58 am

This was great.

I especially enjoyed his point that “inspiration” is more about leading by example than any words you could “preach” to someone.

March 3, 2014 at 7:06 am
– In reply to: Zack

Totally agree Zach. When you are passionate about something it is hard to not tell someone repeatedly about it but if you just continue to do, they usually want to experience it too! Thanks for listening. My shameless pitch for reviews: If you have time I would appreciate an iTunes review….Link below.

Thanks again,



March 3, 2014 at 10:21 am

Hey, great interview, really enjoyed this – made my day. Keep up the great work.

March 3, 2014 at 11:49 am
– In reply to: Lewis

Thanks Lewis, that means so much! Have a great day.

Key Points As I Venture Towards My First Ultrareply
May 16, 2014 at 3:11 pm


Peter Hermannreply
September 5, 2014 at 2:36 am

Just listened to your show for the first time. And what a great experience. Super show. Dean Karnazes was amazing as he usually is, but your questions really brought out new answers, and thanks for that… and I would agree on the toiletpaper 🙂
Best wishes from Denmark,

September 6, 2014 at 8:25 am
– In reply to: Peter Hermann

Hey Peter, Thanks so much for the note! Glad you enjoyed the show!

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