177. Bernd Heinrich – Racing the Clock: Running Across a Lifetime

Bernd Heinrich is the author of more than 12 books and 100 scientific papers. His most recent book is “Racing the Clock, Running Across a Lifetime.” Bernd holds many records as a runner. He ran a sub two-minute half mile, at one point he set the American national records for any age in ultramarathon distances of 100 kilometers, 200 kilometers, 100 miles, and the longest distance ran in 24 hours, totaling 156.8 miles. For many years Bernd’s work focused on the comparative physiological of insects, where he studied bumblebee behavior. He studied moths. He studied caterpillars very closely and their ecology and their pollination. He later shifted to studying ravens and other birds. For many years, Bernd has lived in a cabin in the woods of Maine, one that he built himself by hand. He lives without running water, phone service, or refrigerator, and he eats solely with wood and relies on a solar panel to power his laptop and his wifi router. He’s just about to turn 82 years old and he’s still running about four miles a day.

In this interview on the School for Good Living Podcast, Bernd joins Brilliant to discuss many things, including having a plan versus enjoying life, love and its role in our lives, and balancing it with accomplishment. Bernd talks about finding our own path and figuring out who we are. Bernd shares about running, aging, and about writing. A theme that kept coming back was this one of just beginning. In running, as they say, the hardest and most important step is always the first one out the door. Everyone can do it and it counts.

“The hardest and most important step is always the first one out the door.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Bernd’s unorthodox upbringing
  • How Bernd became a runner and what impact running had on his life
  • Love and its role in our lives
  • Bernd’s scientific breakthroughs
  • How Bernd responded to his work being stolen
  • Overcoming injury and adversary
  • How roadkill can help enhance our life view

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