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660. Run Your Way with Courtney Dauwalter, 2023 Western States & Hardrock 100 Champion

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“I want to make sure I can be doing this for many years to come and not overdo it. So I’m trying to be smart. It’s less fun being smart.”

First, she won the Western States Endurance Run 100-mile race, and set a course record in the process. And then, just three weeks later, Courtney Dauwalter ran, won, and set a course record at the Hardrock 100. In this conversation, Courtney returns to the Ali on the Run Show to talk about her back-to-back wins, and about why — she swears — it’s not about the clock, the wins, or the records.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Courtney is feeling after back-to-back 100-milers (2:40)
  • How Courtney processes her races — and what’s next (3:50)
  • How Courtney manages all of her sponsorships, brand deals, partnerships, and emails (7:00)
  • How Courtney approached the recovery period between Western States and Hardrock (9:20)
  • Courtney shares how she dealt when this year’s Hardrock 100 felt hard from the start (14:05)
  • What it’s like being Courtney Dauwalter (16:30)
  • Courtney’s Hardrock 100 recap (18:45)
  • On aid station energy, and whether the signature Courtney smiles are ever forced (25:20)
  • What life looked like after Courtney crossed the Hardrock finish line (30:55)
  • Courtney’s mid-race detour, and the “dark and twisty” places she went during the race (33:30)
  • Courtney answers listener questions! (38:50)
  • What does it mean to run the Courtney Dauwalter way? (57:00)

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Courtney Dauwalter, 2021 UTMB Winner

Courtney Dauwalter, Professional Ultra Runner

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