Ultra-Distance Trail Runners

Nickname: Duck

Birthday: August 16

Current Location: Boulder, CO

I grew up primarily in the Chicago suburbs, plus a few years in Vermont. As a kid, my family and I did road trips to the Rockies every summer and I loved Colorado so much, I’d actually cry in the backseat when we had to say goodbye to Longs Peak! I did my first trail race when I was in 5th grade and was immediately hooked. (I’m pretty sure I started my first training journal when I was 11 years old.) I ran cross-country and track through middle school, high school and college and never stopped loving it. I ran my first ultra in 2016. I remember sleeping in my car by the start line the night before and being so excited I couldn’t sleep. I vividly remember waking up that morning in the back of my car thinking, “this ultrarunning thing is going to change my life. I don’t think I’m going to be the same after this.”

Career Highlights

I’ve won some races and walked my way to the finish in some races. But without a doubt, my career has been most defined by the lowest, ugliest moments where I’ve continued when I thought it wasn’t possible.

Up Close, and Personal

To me, sport is…

an honest unveiling of the masks your body and mind constructs in order to discover how deep you can really dig.

On a typical training day,

I eat: avocado toast.
I wear: short shorts.
I listen: rue crime podcasts or 70’s music.
I recover: with a beer and a mountain of rice and beans and veggies.
I cross-train: by climbing in the Boulder sunshine or hopping on my gravel bike.

My idea of an effective training session is

One where I listened to what my body told me. (And coincidentally happened to beat my time from yesterday.)

The moment when I discovered my athletic potential was

A series of impactful childhood moments in which I “beat the boys”, most notably beginning with the 3rd grade gym class mile where I ran in my patent-leather church shoes because I forgot my running shoes.

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

1. No challenge is too great when you’re committed to your ‘why’.

2. When things go south in a race, you’ve gotta look it head on and own it. No excuses.

3. Run joyfully, preferably with a Madonna song stuck in your head.

Before a big race, I tell myself

remember how much you love this and stay there.

The toughest race of my life was

any race or objective that has involved staying up all night. There are two kinds of ultrarunners in this world: those that are down with sleep deprivation and those that aren’t.

The most memorable moment of my sporting career so far

coming from behind to win Silver Rush 50 during a hail storm.

My training sanctuary is

A tie between the rugged trails of Green Mountain and the eternal flat gravel paths surrounding Boulder.

My dream starting line is

any scenario where I’m surrounded by the most inspiring competitors in the world, plus friends and family along the course. I run my best when I’m inundated with joy along the way!

I nourish my soul with

tea and maybe some chocolate before bed every night.

In 2019, I am setting my sights on…

Hong Kong 100k in January,
Lake Sonoma 50 in April,
INFINITE Trails World Championships in June, and
CCC in August.
And in the fall, whatever I have the spirit leftover for!

I have chosen to associate with Unived because…

what I love most about Unived is their vegan ethics. I’ve been plant-based for many years because it’s a no-brainer for respecting our planet, our bodies and creatures big and small. Given how much of my life revolves around time spent outside, it’s important to me that all of my choices align with respecting the planet as much as possible.

My favourite Unived product is…

The Espresso Cappuccino gels. Holy moly.

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