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The Quest for Great Views, Reducing Injuries, and Playing Chicken with Falling Mountain Cantaloupes – Our Chat with Phil Uecker




The scale doesn’t tell the whole story, but one morning it told Phil Uecker of Texas enough to inspire a change.

“I’m not supposed to be 200 pounds. I need to get active.”

With no running background from his youth, the simplicity of heading out his front door and running the local dirt roads was an easy win. A 5km out and back run would be repeated throughout the week and a new-found joy in running progressively grew inside.

Then inspiration came from some of Phil’s favorite reads of adventure, exploration, and overcoming hardship. Phil started extending the miles, heading deeper into nature looking through the lens of adventure, as an explorer looking in the distance for the highest point and wondering, “What’s the view like up there?”

The next adventure began…

Enjoy our chat from this Spring after the Durty Spur 30k in north Texas.


Our chat includes the following musings and other useful goodies for you:

  • the transition from debate team to biking and skiing local hills after high school
  • reigniting the active life and the adventurer inside
  • memories from that first 1/2 marathon that his family won’t let him forget
  • first trail run at the second oldest dirt race in South Dakota
  • Big mountain climbs, falling rocks, and leading Kilian Jornet at Run the Rut 50k
  • enjoyable local trail in Texas and South Dakota
  • a great tip that can be applied when creating your own weekly training plan
  • what has helped Phil reduce running injuries
  • running and adventure reads
  • 30k at the Durty Spur

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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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