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Hill Running Lessons, Increasing Mental Toughness, and Being One of Five to Survive the Prairie Spirit 100 Snowmageddon – Our Chat with John Nobles


“Hey, do you want to join us?”

How many of us have started a journey in some area of life based on someone asking if we would be interested in giving it a try and taking us under their wings? I may not have found endurance sports if a good friend in 2000 didn’t share a simple ask, “Would you want to go mountain bike riding some time this week?” A simple, non-threatening ask completely re-vectored my life. Thanks Joel!

John Nobles of Oklahoma had been a Lacrosse player in college and after acquiring his Law degree, a couple friends shared the ask to join them on a weekend run.

John laced them up.

Eight miles of anaerobic bursts due to that Lacrosse muscle memory led to a week of hobbling but John wanted more.

John would connect with the TATUR crew in Tulsa and quickly developed a joy for running through nature and a real connection with the trail community.

Enjoy our chat from this Spring after John completed the Lake McMurtry 50k in 4:54:36.


Enjoy our chat that includes the following musings and other useful goodies for you:

  • John’s transition to lacing up the tread after playing Lacrosse in college
  • the excitement of finishing that first trail race that included hill running lessons and first digger
  • the jump from 20M to 50k
  • surviving the snowmageddon at Prairie Spirit 100
  • John shares one of his approaches to developing mental toughness
  • a favorite local Tulsa trail
  • the underlying current that connects a community
  • a favorite running read and film
  • the fun at the Lake McMurtry 50k

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About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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