• squash with chili yogurt, vegan recipes, vegetarian recipes, clean eating, 100-mile training, food for ultra runners, plant-based diet, Pinhoti 100
    100 Miler Training,  Nom Noms,  Running,  Vegan Adventures

    Food for an Ultra Runner

    Food. We eat it for fun. We eat it to socialize. We eat it to feel better. We eat it to survive. As athletes, we eat it for fuel. And if you know me even a teeny tiny bit, you know that I love food. Wait, that’s an understatement. I LOVE food! No, not quite. Is there a word stronger than “love”? I [insert that word] food. Naturally, food has played a huge role over the course of my 100-miler training for Pinhoti. I have adopted a hybrid diet of eating vegan, plant-based meals on weekdays and Sunday, a Russian roulette of meals on Friday nights to strengthen my stomach during long runs the…

  • Hotter 'N Hell, trail running, ultra running, Southeastern Trail Runs, Oak Mountain State Park, Pinhoti 100, 100 mile training
    100 Miler Training,  Race Reports,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    How to Survive Hotter ‘N Hell

    Ah, Hotter ‘N Hell. The race that chews runners up and spits them out in tiny, broken pieces. The race where you’d better have good arm strength, because it’s a long fall should you let go of the rope going down into Peavine Falls. In other words, everyone’s favorite race they love to hate. With a race accurately named Hotter ‘N Hell in Alabama at the end of July, you need a survival game plan. This was my third year racing, so I knew exactly what to expect. Don’t get tired and drop at the first loop like in 2013, and don’t fall and tear your ankle ligaments to shreds like…

  • Ridge 2 Ridge, trail running, ultra running, Southeastern Trail Runs, Oak Mountain State Park, Pinhoti 100, 100 mile training
    100 Miler Training,  Race Reports,  Running,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    Ridge 2 Ridge Race Recap

    I am ridiculously behind on race recaps, to the point where I kind of just want to let them go. But while I don’t know if anyone will read months-old posts, I’m too Type A to not publish them. Plus, I like to go back and relive the races and learn from them. And who knows—maybe someone else will too! So I’ll use the next few days to post about all my summer races, starting with Ridge 2 Ridge this past weekend. Off we go! I was excited for Ridge 2 Ridge because A) I haven’t run it before, B) Southeastern Trail Runs always rock, and C) it’s great training…

  • Pinhoti 100, ultra running, ultra marathons, 100 mile training, Pinhoti 100 training
    100 Miler Training,  Running,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    I Want to Run 100 Miles

    You read that right—no need to rub your eyes or check your glasses prescription. I want to run 100 miles. 100.Miles. Very soon, actually. At the Pinhoti 100 on November 7th. I know, I’ve said these exact words before (for those of you long-time followers with elephant-like memories). I paced my friend Greg at Pinhoti two years ago and essentially stepped off the trail that weekend and decided that I too would run 100 miles—one day. Well kids, one day has finally come. It’s my turn. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by a positive bunch of crazies who think 100 miles is a perfectly reasonable distance to run. I adopted a strategy a few…