• 50k Training,  Nom Noms,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    How To Eat Like An Ultra Runner

    One of the most important aspects of ultra running is fueling properly. This has been something that I’ve been trying to figure out in conjunction with my 50k training, and here’s what I’ve learned so far. When I first started running long distances, it took me some time to adjust to eating while on a run. I didn’t often feel hungry in the middle of a run, so it was strange to make myself eat. Soon it became second nature—I would take GU/Chomps/ShotBlox/Sport Beans every hour or so, swig some water, and keep going. Eating while ultra running is an entirely different animal. You burn more calories on the trails, plus you’re…

  • 50k Training,  Positive Thoughts

    Fear – Life’s Biggest Obstacle

    Who reading this post can honestly say that he or she lives a life free of fear? Going through life happily, not worrying about what’s around the corner or what might happen in the future? You have dreams, and you are confident that you can achieve them. Or, are you like me and so many others who tend to worry more than we should about even minute details? We hesitate to Dream Big in fear that we will fall short and the dreams will never come true. Fear holds us back from so many things if we let it. We fear rejection. Discomfort. Loss. The unknown. There’s even an acronym…

  • 50k Training,  Products,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    Trail Shoes That Don’t Break The Bank

    I wanted to put up a quick review of the trail shoes I’ve been doing my 50k training in—the Adidas Vigor 2. I am constantly weighing the pros and cons of wearing cheaper running shoes that can withstand my mileage versus giving in and buying regularly-priced shoes on a less frequent basis. Everyone says that running is the cheapest sport, but it still gets crazy expensive! Needing two different types of shoes for road and trail adds up, and that doesn’t even include the different types of road shoes you should run in. After hitting the trails in my beloved Brooks Ghosts one too many times, I started my search…

  • 50k Training,  Running,  Ultra Training

    Why I Run

    My blogging buddy Ricardo wrote a blog post the other day as he prepares for his first 50k in April, reflecting on what motivates him to run. He reached out to me asking if I wanted to share my thoughts on why I run—perfect timing as I taper for my half marathon this weekend and then 50k the next. I started drafting this post by compiling a list of things that I like about running and thus what I thought motivated me, but something felt off, forced. Sure, I love the scenery when I trail run and the camaraderie of my running group, but I’m not sure that feeling is exclusive…

  • 50k Training,  Running,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    50k Training – The Battle with My Brain

    When you bet against yourself, you always lose – Mika Maddela I’m three weeks away from the Mt. Cheaha 50k, so I thought now would be a good time to write out my thoughts about my training. It has been a strange ride so far—physically easy but mentally challenging. I am shocked and pleasantly surprised with my body that I have adapted to running longer— sometimes 50 miles in four days—without feeling sore or tired. I expected to be in a constant state of pain and half asleep every day while training, and that’s far from reality. The human body is magical. Where I have struggled the most is mentally.…

  • 50k Training,  Birmingham,  Running,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    My First Oak Mountain Trail Run

    Yesterday I went to Oak Mountain State Park located right outside Birmingham to participate in the Resolution 21k/50k—basically a training run with a name. My friend Suman, from Marathon Runs, organized the run to start the year off on the right foot. Or left foot. I wanted to join in on the fun because I had never run at Oak Mountain before but had heard that the trails are both beautiful and difficult. Oak Mountain is a hidden gem in Birmingham—there are so many hills and ridges surrounding the city that it’s hard to tell them all apart to the naked eye. Admittedly, I haven’t been itching to explore there as…