Ultra-Distance Trail Runners

Nickname: Matt

Birthday: April 28

Current Location: Boulder, Colorado

I started running at the age of 11 with my best friend at the time. We competed in summer track meets all around the country. I thought it was so cool how I could use doing something I love to see new places and meet so many wonderful people. As I’ve gotten older I’ve been fortunate enough to continue on running in events from the mile up to 50 miles! I can always look back and have an appreciation with how it all started at such a young age.

Career Highlights

2015 – 3:59 mile

2016 – Olympic Marathon trials qualifier

World Mountain Running Championships -3x member of team USA

Ultra Marathon Trail 50K (Flagline 50K) – 3:32:00 PR and 1st place for debut

USA 30k Trail Championships – 2nd place

Up Close, and Personal

To me, sport is…

the ability for one to showcase ability, hard work, and talents into a specific goal.

On a typical training day, I do

I do: I wake up before sunrise and have my personal time reading the paper and drinking my Unived Coffee for Athletes before heading out the door for a training session. Most training days are spent here in the mountains in and around Boulder Colorado logging in the miles and enjoying everything the Rocky Mountains have to offer!

I eat: I don’t typically eat very much before a training session. If I do it is usually a plain bagel with butter.

I wear: My go to trail gear is my Nike Zoom Wildhorse trail shoes. Without those bad boys I would not be able to handle the terrain I run on every day. They help protect my feet and keep me healthy

I listen to: I’m a minimalist and really just enjoy being out in nature and taking in the sites and sounds of the forest.

I recover by: Most days I’ll spend between 2-5 hours gaining vert and descending down the rocky technical terrain. By the end of a run my legs are typically pretty worked so it is important for me to immediately get home and consume my Unived RRUNN Post Recovery sports drink along with a HUGE lunch! After some foam rolling and light rehab work I’ll begin my coaching for the day. I currently coach a number of athletes and spend a lot of quality time tending to there training schedules and any questions they may have about there own workouts. Then it is on to my mid-afternoon nap.

I cross-train by: I am not the biggest fan of cross training. I call myself a purist when it comes to running but If I do cross train it will typically be a long hike in the mountains across the street from my apartment.

My idea of an effective weight training session is

An effective training session is when you can successfully practice nutrition, aerobic technical mountain running while enjoying every minute of it! Enjoyment is what drives me to success.

The moment when I discovered my athletic potential was

When I began running summer track as a youth I entered the 1 mile run for the first time. I was able to win in my first race running 5:04 and lapping everyone but second place. I can remember a gentleman who was spectating coming to me and saying “son I’m telling you right now whatever sports you are involved with right now you quit because you have a future in running”! From that moment forward I decided to make my life all about this wonderful sport, and have not looked back!

The three biggest lessons I have learnt so far in my athletic career is

1. Patience: There is absolutely nothing more important than having patience. To be good and successful at a high level in this sport it requires time and persistence. If you rush things you will likely end up hurt or burned out.

2. Have fun: If you can’t have fun and find enjoyment in training and racing then what is the point!

3. Uncertainty: I’ve found that it’s the uncertainty that keeps me striving for excellence. There has to always be something further and more challenging than the goals you have set forth. The uncertainty of what those things may be is what keeps me excited. You will never know until you reach your goal and that is exciting!

Before a big race, I tell myself

I tell myself two things: Be confident and embrace the shit. There will almost challenges and things to overcome during every race. It is important in those moments to stay confident and problem solve. There isn’t anything you can’t work through so you might as well embrace it when it arrives.

The toughest race of my life was

The World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in Premana, Italy 2017. I had caught some sort of virus a few days before the race and I was at my worse on race day. For 30k I cramped, puked, and cried. I finished but it wasn’t pretty.

The most memorable moment of my sporting career so far

Winning cross country nationals as a team in college. I was fortunate enough to be on several national championship teams but my senior year we were ranked 3rd going into the national meet. I was coming off of months of injury and was not fit. We some how managed to take the W and I was fortunate enough to place 4th individually. It capped of my collegiate running career and was a fantastic way to go out!

My training sanctuary is

The Rocky Mountains. I have been lucky enough to travel the world and run on some amazing trails but there is nothing like being home and running on the mountain trails here in Colorado!

My dream starting line is

Western States 100. I don’t know when but It is a dream of mine to be on the line ready to compete with the best in trail running.

I nourish my soul with

I nourish my soul with a relaxing evening with the wife! Unwinding and having a great bottle of red wine while watching a movie with her does more for the soul than anything.

Unived helps me by…

For anyone that knows me personally they know that I have struggled with nutrition and running. I am so lucky to be working with such an awesome company that keeps me healthy and strong! Using the Pre energy mix, during hydrate mix and recovery mix has been my favourite products. I feel with the full balance of the three drink mixes I have sustained energy and can recover so well for the next days workout. During my races and long runs I use the endurance gels to keep me fuelled. My favourite product from Unived is the electrolyte caps. Cramping has been another issue of mine during the longer days out. Since using the electrolyte caps they have been non existent!

In 2019, I am setting my sights on…

Competing and placing well in The North Face 50 Endurance Challenge. gaining a Golden Ticket in order to compete in the 2019 Western States 100. Continuing to improve in anything ultra running related.I have chosen to associate with Unived because…

Unived and I have a shared philosophy that nature, through plant-based nutrition, lends amazing dietary options and contain all the vital nutrients for an endurance runner like me to reach their potential. I believe in Unived and their core idea which matters the most to me in this association.

I have chosen to associate with Unived because…

It was important for me to find a product that worked well with my stomach. The real ingredients and vegan base has helped so much with letting me perform at an optimal level. Most importantly Unived is more than just a company they are a family. It was evident that right away I wanted to be associated with such an awesome team! With the wonderful advice and excitement from the founder of Unived I couldn’t resist. I am so thankful to get the opportunity to be part of such a great movement in sports nutrition.

My favourite Unived product is…

RRUNN Electrolyte Salt Caps

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