Tag: Running

What I Learned While Training For My First Ultramarathon

True to form, for my first ever Ultramarathon, I signed up for the hardest one in the country: The RUT 50K in Big Sky, Montana. I was fully trained, both physically and mentally, and thank goodness because I had one of the hardest days of my life out on that course and without my physical and mental fitness there is no way I could have finished. I'll give a race report in my next post, but for this one I want to talk a little bit about what my training looked like. Not so much in details
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Why I Hike Alone

"I learned my strengths and my weaknesses. I experienced the exhilaration of the ups and the despairs of the lows and most of the feelings in between...I learned courage and I learned it myself" - Ann Stirk For the past several years I have ventured off on my own, so much so that the #1 question I get seems to be packed into one word, but with an entire world of concern behind the eyes - "alone?" Recently I have been feeling a bit of shame/guilt/embarrassment around my habit of solo adventure.
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Leaky Gut and Refined Carbohydrates: how to reduce digestive distress for improved performance

  your legs felt great, but it wasn't the race you were hoping for because of 'stomach issues'... Bloating, cramping, diarrhea, nausea, gas, uncertainty -- WHAT is going on?!? I've run one road marathon in my life. It was in Nashville and I was working the expo until late the night before. By the time I bought dinner and sat down to eat, it was past 11pm -- the race was starting in 8 hours. What did I order for dinner? Pizza, breadsticks, salad w/creamy dressing, more breadsticks,
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