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Conquer The Day

Nov 30, 2021

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Letting go of ego and changing your identity.
  • Finding a healthy balance for your competitive mindset.
  • How to properly train as a runner and avoid mistakes/injuries.
  • The importance of taking care of and talking about mental health, especially as athletes.
  • Managing your discipline, focus, and life.


Resources + Links:

Connect with Mark on Instagram | @bottenhornrunning


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Finding Ultra by Rich Roll


Join us in our Facebook community | Conquer the Day Facebook Group 


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Tag us in an Instagram Story with your biggest takeaway 



Connect with Lindsey Rago

Instagram | @raygobomb

Facebook | @lindseyrago


Connect with Brian Pickowicz 

Instagram | @brianpickowicz

Show Notes:

What’s better than being you? Being an ultra-you! This episode, we’re joined by the awesome ultra-endurance athlete, coach, and family man: Mark Bottenhorn! As an ultra-endurance athlete, he has insightful lessons to dive into about competitiveness, identity, and discipline. He then opens up about his journey with mental health, and the importance of bringing awareness to it within our community. And that’s not all, as he also shares the professional advice and technical know-how you’ll need to take you one step closer to success! So, are you ready to take yourself to the next level?

01:30 Joining us is ultra-endurance athlete and coach, Mark Bottenhorn!

03:00 How did your process of becoming an ultra-endurance athlete begin?

04:50 What was your headspace like during your first race?

06:15 What was the sticking point for you?

07:25 What is the longest race you have run?

08:20 What has been the greatest lesson you’ve learned from these races?

10:30 After you realized that, what did you do to change?

13:15 Changing the way you view your identity.

16:30 How did you build up a deep bond within your community?

20:25 Balancing the competitive mindset.

22:25 What advice would you give to people who feel guilty or are afraid to compete?

25:35 What do you think is the defining characteristic of a successful athlete?

26:50 What are some of the biggest mistakes you see beginner runners make?

28:40 The best ways to stay injury free.

32:25 The issue with the “no pain, no gain” mentality.

34:05 What has been your journey with mental health?

38:30 What made you want to share your journey with depression and anxiety?

39:40 How do you manage life, both mentally and tactically?

42:55 How do you manage your focus?

47:00 What is one book that has had the greatest impact on you?

47:45 What is your ideal day?

48:20 What do you need to do to conquer your day?