Billy Yang Podcast
Billy Yang Podcast
Billy Yang
Join podcaster & filmmaker Billy Yang as he sits down for one-on-one conversations with some of the most prolific and rising athletes, creatives, entrepreneurs and many others on what drives and inspires them.
Hayden Hawks | Racing Jim & Zach, Western States Ambitions, The Mamba Mentality
My guest on this episode is Hayden Hawks, one of the greatest talents in the sport of American ultrarunning. Today, we explore a myriad of topics including his competitive mindset, his professional approach to ultrarunning, what it was like competing against the likes of Jim Walmsley and Zach Miller, how ball sports athletes influenced his own approach as an endurance athlete, stories about his faith and how it shaped him into who he is today, what it will take to win Western States and much, much more. He was an absolute pleasure to talk to and I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I enjoyed having it! + Watch on YouTube + Miller vs. Hawks + Hayden Hawks Instagram  ______ 
Jun 20
1 hr 22 min
Jazmine Lowther, Jamil Coury | BYP 074
Canada's Jazmine Lowther has been taking 2022 by storm in 2022 with her podium finish at Chuckanut 50K and most recently, her course record win at the Canyons by UTMB 100K. Today, I sat down with her to talk about her emerging ultrarunning career, her goals in the sport, the mindset of an elite athlete and much more.  We also welcomed back Jamil Coury to talk all things livestream including Aravaipa's recent Cocodona 250 race and the future of where broadcasts can go in this sport.  + Canyons By UTMB: + Justin Grunewald's Finish At Black Canyon 100K: + Stephen Park's DFL Cocodona 250 Finish:  ______ 
May 22
1 hr 51 min
Michael Wardian | BYP 073
My guest today Michael Wardian has long been on my list of athletes I've wanted to converse with because he very well might be the new Most Interesting Man In The World. Beyond his running resume and achievements - of which there are many including running 7 marathons in 7 continents in 7 days (all under 3 hours), being the last man standing at the Quarantine Backyard Ultra during the Covid shutdowns (260+ miles in over 63 hours) and multiple world records...he also manages to carry a full-time job, a wife, 2 sons and multiple different hobbies and passions outside of endurance sports. Today, we attempt to unpack as much of it that we can, find out how he recovers so quick, how to get out of low moments during races, who he enjoys competing against and what's exactly in store for what may be his biggest endurance feat yet: running across America this May 1st from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean in a project called "Running Home". All to raise money for clean water projects to underdeveloped countries. + To Donate: + YouTube Interview: + Quarantine Backyard Ultra: + Cooper Kupp: + Sean McVay's Photographic Memory:  ______ 
Mar 2
1 hr 42 min
Dean Karnazes | BYP 072
On his 30th birthday, Dean Karnazes decided to walk out of his birthday celebration to run 30 miles on a whim in search of adventure and renewed purpose. Today on the podcast, we talk about the book that initially put Dean on the map "Ultramarathon Man: Confessions Of An All-Night Runner" and his excellent follow up "A Runner's High: My Life In Motion" which draws the curtains back a bit on what it takes to pursue your passion, some of its pitfalls, thoughts on aging/relevancy, the importance of mentorship and much more.  + Becoming A Marathoner: + Ultramarathon Man the film: + A Runner's High the book:  ______ 
Feb 15
1 hr 25 min
Sally McRae & Jason Koop LIVE | BYP 071
First episode of 2022 and we welcome back repeat guests and fan favorites Sally McRae and Jason Koop to answer YOUR questions via a live YouTube broadcast (originally aired January 11, 2022). We cover a wide range of topics including sleep, heat training, training for races at altitude, mental toughness, long runs and much, much more! + Our Conversation on YouTube + Jason Koop's Training Essentials for Ultrarunning Book + Sally McRae's Training App  ______ 
Jan 25
1 hr 58 min
Timothy Olson | BYP 070
In this episode, I sat down with ultra endurance athlete Timothy Olson for a conversation about his record setting run on the famed Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). We unpacked all that went into his 51 days along the 2,653 mile route (averaging 51+ miles a day!) that runs from the southern terminus of the Mexican border to the Canadian border traversing vast terrain from the desert to alpine mountains. We talk through various challenges including rerouting from fires, missed water drops, animal encounters and some injuries that cropped up. We also break down the positive including the support from his family/friends/fans, moving through beautiful topography and much more. + Our Conversation on YouTube + Timothy Olson's Website + The Unknown (Timothy's 2016 Hardrock 100)   ______ 
Dec 3, 2021
1 hr 45 min
Zach Miller | BYP 069
In this episode, I sat down with ultra athlete Zach Miller talking running and racing, coming back from injury and some of his overall life philosophy. The conversation picks up where we last saw Zach in his film as a caretaker at Barr Camp to a now, a life on the road in his converted bus traveling through North America. We cover our summer at Hardrock, uncertainty around coming back from his injury, the pros and cons of social media, the recent passing of his grandmother and her legacy and much more. + Our Conversation on YouTube + ZACH: In Relentless Pursuit Of His Best + Zach Miller on Strava + All Gas No Brakes + Zach's Conestoga Race Report + But What If It's Good?   ______ 
Oct 25, 2021
1 hr 57 min
Katie Asmuth (Plus Dylan Bowman, Corrine Malcolm) | BYP 068
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Katie Asmuth, an emerging ultramarathoner from Southern California who turned many heads by finishing 5th at the 2021 Western States Endurance Run in a historic year for women. We talk through her running journey, how running plays a part in her life as a mom and nurse practitioner and much more. I also had a conversation with Dylan Bowman and Corrine Malcolm, a few days removed from broadcasting the very first livestream for the 2021 Western States Endurance Run.  + Our Conversation on YouTube + Katie Asmuth on Instagram + Western States Livefeed: Part One, Part Two, Part Three  ______ 
Jul 7, 2021
1 hr 18 min
Dr. Andy Pasternak | BYP 067
Dr. Andy Pasternak is a family physician with a background in epidemiology and infectious disease and is also the newest medical director of the Western States Endurance Run. In today's episode, we go over the latest CDC findings regarding outdoor and surface transmission of Covid-19, the latest on vaccine efficacy and potential harm, the future of outdoor events...and much more.  + Bill Maher: Give It To Me Straight, Doc  + Dr. Andy Pasternak on Twitter + Monica Gandhi on Twitter  ______ 
May 2, 2021
1 hr 11 min
Brendan Leonard "Semi-Rad" | BYP 066
Excited to bring on Brendan Leonard of "Semi-Rad" fame on the podcast to talk about a variety of noteworthy topics today. If you aren't familiar with his work, start with his now viral 2018 film he made for REI called "How To Run 100 Miles". We chat about that, his journey into becoming a writer, his blue-collared approach to the creative process, some darker patches of his life that involved alcohol and even a jail stint, what it was like to run 52 marathons in 52 weeks...and much more.  + How To Run 100 Miles + I Hate Running and You Can Too + How Rainbow Cake Sprinkles Are Made  ______ 
Mar 26, 2021
1 hr 40 min
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