Elevating the voice of the everyday adventurer. All kinds of adventures. All kinds of people. Brought to you by Sarah and Kristen, on the Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia.
Jemma Purandare, SEQ based ultra trail runner and Environmental Scientist on her lead up to racing in Europe at the 100km UTMB® CCC; witnessing the growth of trail running in Australia; life as a woman in sport and science and dressing up as a hotdog.
Episode 31! Enjoy this fantastic, fun and honest conversation with UK born, now Springbrook based, Jemma Purandare.
Jemma is a wonderfully bubbly and engaging woman and shares with us how she's training for a dream race - CCC, as part of the UTMB festival, while also holding down a full time job as an Environmental Scientist; studying International Law and since that's not enough for one busy human (!) - working on a PhD looking at climate change and its influence on river estuaries on the Gold Coast.
We hear about Jemma's background, growing up in the UK, studying Landscape Architecture (before two Masters programs to refocus on her interest in Environmental Science) at Edinburgh University and first coming to Australia to study, before relocating here full-time in 2011. From a sporting perspective, Jemma shares how she mainly played netball in school and started running as a means to meet people outside of work, how this turned into racing triathlon, all the way into the full IRONMAN distance in 2016. Recognising her ability for endurance, Jemma began to focus on trail running, as part of the inaugural Mountain Goat running crew in Brisbane.
Jemma shares with us her preparation for CCC (100km and over 6000m of vert!); her experience of goal setting and qualifying for the race; an endemetriosis diagnosis and experience of fatigue, which led her to focus more on her health and nutrition and her experience as a woman in sport and science.
Jemma was also mentioned in our last podcast episode as she travelled to the USA to crew for Meagan Brown at Western States Endurance Run - listen back to Episode 30 for more on that one!
As Meagan shared with us in some of our pre-episode "research" work, Jemma is "one of the most kind, supportive, caring people you'll meet who will leave this Earth in a better place" and it was a pleasure to elevate her voice in this episode.
You can find Jemma on Instagram at @littlegoatjem
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Meagan Brown on her first 100 mile run at the legendary Western States Endurance Run
We welcome our good friend, Meagan Brown aka "Brownie" back onto the show to hear the inside scoop on her first 100 mile run at none other than one of the most iconic ultra runs in the world - the Western States Endurance Run. If you didn't listen to her on Episode 21, make sure you revisit that one too!
We're so grateful to Meagan for sharing the laughs and the huge highs and lows of this enormous undertaking. We talk training and preparation; the race experience surrounded by legends of the sport; eating rice balls made by Scott Jurek (who apparently also has lovely hair) and the wild hallucinations, including thinking a tree was her husband and pacer, Sammy... spoiler alert.
Meagan also shares the importance of crew (shout out Jemma, Hilly and Sammy); community and why going longer might not always be better in the endurance world.
We're super proud of you Brownie. Thanks for so honestly sharing your incredible journey with us.
We can't wait to see that wild wee picture... Meagan's Instagram handle is @megatron_brown
Also, for all of the niche Nessie fans, Ness has a few things to say on this one but she does quieten down...
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Celebrating one year of podcasting! Kristen and Sarah check in
Episode 29! Well, after releasing episodes fortnightly for a year, we’ve had a few weeks break and are back for a brief check in to reflect on a year of podcasting. It’s just Sarah and Kristen for this one. Don’t expect any knowledge bombs, but if you enjoy the sound of laughter - we guarantee we deliver on that front!
A HUGE thank you to all of our guests, listeners and incredible Patreon Patrons - we are so grateful for all of you for your support in this passion project of ours.
Normal service will resume shortly!
Allie Geddes. On cancer and the power of healing through movement in nature. Identifying as non-binary and gender in the outdoors. Reflections on global multiday hiking and bikepacking missions.
Episode 28, which also marks a year of us podcasting!
This is such a sensational conversation with the wonderful Allie Geddes. The three of us put on our best podcast voices for a fun, thought provoking chat with Allie.
Trigger warning - this conversation does include discussion of Allie’s experience of cancer. If this is triggering for you - take care of yourself. Jump in and out where you need to.
Allie talks to us about their journey from living in a “toxic productivity” culture of working long hours as a teacher in London (albeit absolutely still a passionate teacher), to their experience of Brexit and the desire to travel and explore further afield - initially through backpacking around South East Asia.
Allie also brings us a stark reminder that life can change for us at any time, and very openly shares their experience from discovering a lump in their right breast, through to being diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 27. Following treatment, including a bilateral mastectomy, Allie was drawn back into nature, and undertook a solo hike of the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route through northern Spain.
Realising the beauty and the powerful healing nature of this type of movement and adventure, Allie set their sights on “walking the world”, until, reaching Melbourne and (in a nutshell!) on realising that riding a bicycle can significantly increase the efficiency of your grocery shops, and take you further on long adventures, re-considered their adventure aspirations! Inspired by a vanlife and bikepacking post on socials, Allie took on their first bikepacking trip and was instantly hooked on this self-sufficient mode of travel and exploration. Since then, around COVID lockdowns, Allie has been on various huge bikepacking missions around Australia, including a ten day solo crossing of the Nullarbor.
Assigned female at birth, now identifying as non-binary, Allie talks us through what gender means to them and how this plays out in daily life, as well as their views on gender in the outdoors and solo travel.
Now aiming to live a zero waste life with their partner, Jimmy Ashby (Allie references Jimmy’s Hidden Athlete podcast episode which is also a fantastic listen), in South Australia, we wish Allie all the very best for the future. xx
We’ve included some references below, from the podcast, and from sources Allie shared with us for anyone keen to understand more around gender and identity. Allie is also supported by Curve Cycling and Ground Effect Clothing.
You can find Allie on Instagram at @themisadventuresofalice
References and resources include:
@theyaresam on Instagram
Alok Vmenon on Instagram
Book: “Women Don’t Owe you Pretty”, Florence Given
Nemo Hornet tent, Vargo Bot and Sea to Summit gear. Solo Stove. Treadlite bike bags. Kula cloth.
Bike Tow Leash
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Maree Connor. Ultra runner, mother, wife, sister and ED Nurse on juggling these roles in life and crushing at Coast to Kosci 240km ultra marathon
Thank you yet again for joining us for another episode of the Into The Wee Hours Podcast! So happy as always to bring you stories and voices of everyday adventurers, and this one is absoultely inspirational!
This episode brings you the voice of Maree Connor, an overall busy woman wearing many hats - only some being mother, wife, sister, ultra runner, and Clinical Nurse Unit Manager. (We also talk about the other hats she wears like craft beer drinker, dad-joke teller, and designated bike pusher for her kids.) We were lucky enough to steal Maree away for an excellent chat during Mother's Day, after her two young daughters had made her well-deserved breakfast in bed!
While wearing many hats, we mostly focused on Maree's ultra running achievements which include, but are not limited to, winning and lowering the women's record at Brisbane Trail Ultra (BTU) [watch her interview with Race Director, Shona Stephenson, here!!], winning Elephant Trail Race, completing (TWICE) and winning and lowering the women's record at Coast to Kosci, and as she so casually drops at the end of the conversation getting to Mount Everest Base Camp! We hear how Maree had serious back surgery and has incredibly come back stronger with a new lease on life, and takes advantage of her new situation to say "thank you" for this fantastic opportunity. Maree is so humble about her achievements, but it is clear that she puts in the hard work (while being self-coached!) to balance her life and juggle priorities to find success in so many aspects of her life.
Maree has a full plate planned ahead including Southern Sydney 24 Hour Ultra (a 24-hour track race) only 5 weeks before returning to Brisbane Trail Ultra again (because you have to do everything twice, right Maree?!). She tells us how she also hopes to one day hike the Anapurna Circuit with her husband and daughters!
We started to dive into a bit about Maree's nutrition and how she mostly uses Tailwind Nutrition before our call dropped out! So about midway through, we apologise for the disruption in recording, but we are so grateful for Maree's (and our listener's) patience with us through recording! We hope it does not take away from the quality of the conversation with Maree!
Follow along with Maree's adventures via Instagram @mareeconnor_.
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Julie and Andy Russell. Raising kids, finding passion in outdoor activities, staying young.
Okay, so every episode is really special to us, but this one is particularly special for Kristen as there will be people who know these two based on their first and last names, but Kristen knows them as "Mom & Dad". This episode is for all the mums and dads out there with a passion to fill, and kids to raise. Being biased slightly, but would say that Andy and Julie are pretty amazing parents, and they even noted, "...there is no manual on this" and when raising kids, sometimes you just have to "...pick them up and run with it." Both growing up in a similar area in the San Francisco Bay Area, Andy and Julie meeting each other young, have had quite some adventures together! From throwing the boat on the water on any given weekday to waterski, to driving up the mountains for a ski trip, Andy and Julie had it pretty sweet, and then the best thing ever came along - Kristen! (Can you tell who wrote this...?) We chatted with these two about raising kids as active parents and negotiating when they would fit activities in, and when to bring the kids along (even if it meant some kicking and screaming).
Now finding "home" again in the mountains, Andy and Julie live at the base of Mt Rose outside of Reno, Nevada as the kids have all gone off on their own adventures, these two have not slowed down by any means. Still out ski touring, mountain biking, running, hiking, golfing, and any other activity a friend invites them to - we get into it all in this episode! We talked about longevity in the athletic and adventure space, and competing with their own self over others.
These two are an inspiration to both Kristen and Sarah, and we hope that you draw as much insight as we did from the experiences that these two share together. As a particularly proud daughter, Kristen is extremely honored to bring you this episode.
In true adventure fashion, if you want to find these two on socials, the best place to look them up is their Strava accounts! : Andy Russell, and Julie Russell
As we mention in the introduction, Andy was not feeling well so Sarah recorded over Zoom, but we hope it does not draw away from the great conversation. Thanks as always for tuning in!
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Great podcast for the great outdoors
Excellent podcast! Full of whit and information...keep up the great work.