EP Special: A Chat with Ultrarunner Michelle Barton

September 14, 2012
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An Endurance Planet special with elite ultrarunner Michelle Barton, a Southern California resident with an extreme passion and talent for ultrarunning. She has countless first place finishes to her name as well as course records–and she doesn’t even own a Garmin! On this episode we meet Michelle and learn about her approach to ultrarunning, hear about her experiences with Dean Karnazes at Badwater, as well as get some tips and lots of inspiration.

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Comments (13)

  • You are an inspiration, Michelle! Keep up the amazing work (i mean, fun)! And keep rocking' the trails!

  • DWJ says:

    great interview!

  • Dale Marin says:

    Michelle – great blog, I'm sure anyone who listens to it will have their motivation for running notched up a level or three and maybe consider converting from running on concrete and asphalt to getting out to the awesome trails we have all over the country. It was great hearing you talk about your Dad and daughter Sierra and having been fortunate enough to meet all three of you, I continue to be impressed by what each of you is doing and has accomplished. Looking forward to hearing more in the future.

  • Beth kramer says:

    Hi Michelle,
    We met on the shuttle to the trailhead at the Grand Canyon in May. I told you I was an ultra wannabe. :) You and your friend Mark were running rim to rim to rim and I hiked it. I so enjoyed meeting you and was so excited to hear you interviewed on one of my favorite podcasts. I hope you remember me and I hope your run went well!

    You are truly an inspiration. All the best! -beth

  • Frank santilli says:

    Michelle, great video. I am very proud of you to have the ambition and strength to pursue your dreams. I never met your Dad, but you promised to have him attend a spin class so we can all meet this amazing man. Keep up your endurance and go get them Michelle, we love you.

  • Chuck says:

    Michelle Great podcast. I was surprised to hear you say you were better on downhills because I always remember you being a monster on the uphills. But then I remember you passing me on the flat sections also. Ha Hope to see you on trail again soon.

  • Mark A. Cleveland says:

    Listening to this interview, you have to love the "..I'm uncoachable…" segment, and the training regimen she talks about includes mountain biking — my favorite sort.

    Michelle has been a terrific partner for Swiftwick, putting our products to the ultimate test, and giving us great feedback in the process. Her attitude is so positive.

    I'm always happy to get a new e-mail from Doug with all the photos and sunny days. It's like watching Sierra grow up by e-mail. She will be the next generation of Bad Water pacers. Doug was hard to impress when it came to socks and so technical. Today, I think the whole family is wearing the VIBE line of Swiftwick socks.
    Michelle, Doug and Sierra, they are all an inspiration, particularly to young runners and women in the sport.

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