From War Zones to Ultra Podiums: Joshua Stevens

For my first episode hosting the Run to the Top Podcast, I wanted to have a guest that I knew listeners would love and one that I felt really comfortable with.

So I asked Badwater Ultra Cup Champion (and my old running buddy) Joshua Stevens to be on the show.

In this episode, I talk with Joshua about what it was like to be told he couldn’t run again after sustaining spinal injuries from roadside bombs. After years of slogging through run/walks he ran his first ultra at age 44, and eventually become the Badwater Ultra Cup Champion. We also learn how he approaches training and injury prevention, his plant-based nutrition, and how he could run for 24 hours on a treadmill.

Joshua has incredible insight and is an inspiration, even if you are not a runner. His experiences overcoming his injury, racing for 24 hours, and helping to pace and crew for friends are fascinating to hear about.

And he also thinks his success in running is less about training and more about the people he chooses to surround himself with.

Some quotes from Joshua:

“If you have a negative mindset from the moment you step on the (treadmill) belt, it’s never going to be a good experience.”

“I’m just exceedingly stubborn. If you want me to do something, tell me not to do it, and I will make it my life’s mission; it will become my purpose to do it.”

“I didn’t know what I’d been missing until I got to pace and crew for some of my friends.”

“Where sleep is absolutely imperative is in the training and recovery cycles. I typically get between 8 and 10 hours of sleep a night. I try to be routine in that sometime between 9:00 and 10:00 is when I’m going down and getting up organically between 6:00 and 7:00.”

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Mentioned in this podcast: 

Run To The Top Winners Circle Facebook Community

RunnersConnect Facebook page

Art Loeb Trail

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Spring Energy Products

Wolf Pack – vegan-endurance-meal-for-athletes

SPEEDNUT WITH CAFFEINE (Vegan) – Extreme Efforts

Canaberry (Vegan)- Any Distance Fuel


Antelope Island 50-Miler

Badwater 135

The Javelina Jundred

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5 Responses

  1. As a regular listener of Run to the Top, I was apprehensive about the change in hosts. Change is hard and I liked listening to Stephanie. Still, I was optimistic since I have found your Extra Kick episodes and blog helpful. Having just listened to this episode, I am delighted that my apprehension was completely unfounded. It was great! You asked interesting and insightful questions in a very approachable way and I enjoyed learning from Joshua's responses. You're off to a great start and I'm looking forward to the next episode. Thanks!
    • Ha! Thanks, Saul! UCAN is a good product, but you can make something similar at home for less. I make really good pizza at home for a lot less money than going out too... I was wondering if you'd notice!
  2. One more comment. I was interested in Joshua's nutrition comments. When he returns I'd be interested in hearing about his every day diet and his transition to a plant-based regimen.

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