#126 - Jim Walmsley and Ultravasan

Jim Walmsley is perhaps the world’s best ultrarunner today, having set amazing course records at Western States 100 and recently he also set a new World Record on 50 miles when he ran on 4h 50min 8sec.

We met him the day after his win at Ultravasan 90k in Sweden.

Vasaloppet is the world’s biggest cross-country ski race. Since 2014, the world’s marathon runners are welcome to run the same stretch, past all the famous checkpoints.
— Vasaloppet.se

Walmsley was thrillingly close to breaking Jonas Buud’s course record set in 2015, but in the end he missed the record by just 2 minutes and 20 seconds.

In this episode, Johnny and Jim talk a lot about the Why and how it affects you when you don’t have it in place or know it as clearly as you’d like to. Jim tells us about why he started running in the first place, and how running has helped him through a rough patch in his life. They also talk about Jim’s story with Western States 100, and why trail ultras are becoming increasingly popular as opposed to track- or roadracing.

Jim Walmsley at Smågan. Photo credit  Vasaloppet

Jim Walmsley at Smågan. Photo credit Vasaloppet

Jim Walmsley the day after his win at Ultravasan 90 k.

Jim Walmsley the day after his win at Ultravasan 90 k.

LINKS

Follow Jim Walmsley on social media as @walmsleyruns on Instagram.

Interviews with the winners from Ultravasan 90 k 2019 you can find on Ultramarathon.se (in Swedish).

Read more about Ultravasan 45 k and 90 k.

10 months to ultra — now in English!

Our coaching program 10 months to ultra starts 1st of October. The program is in English and is perfect if you want to run Ultravasan 2020 or any other ultra race during the end of the summer 2020. Read more and sign up on ultrarunningacademy.com.

If you’d rather follow the program in Swedish, you find all you need to know on paceonearth.se.