Charli McKee

Unived Elite Trail Runner Charli McKee

Charli McKee

Ultra-Distance Trail Runners

Career Highlights

  • Javelina Jundred 100K – 2019: 1st Place
  • Tushars Mountain Runs – 2019: 1st Place
  • Sinister Night Run 54K – 2019: 1st Place
  • Javelina Jundred 100K – 2018: 3rd Place
  • Speedgoat 25K – 2018: 4th Place
  • Javelina Jundred 100K – 2017: 3rd Place
  • Runner’s World Grand Slam with a new CR in the Trail Event – 2017: 1st Place
  • Bryce Canyon Half Marathon – 2017: 1st Place & CR

I started running casually in college to offload stress and find a meditative state, but since I studied Literature, of course I started reading about running and endurance sports out of fascination, and it wasn’t long before I raced my first half marathon and realized that I wasn’t too shabby. Competition was exciting and the joy I found from exploring new parts of town, trails, beaches, cities, you name it, on foot brought a personal sense of purpose to my life where I felt I needed one.

Up Close, and Personal

To me, sport is…

Sport is life! Ever since I was young, I’ve been involved in sports to some degree: gymnastics, ballet, soccer, more soccer, A LOT OF SOCCER, and now running. It’s a common denominator for most everything I find adventurous and enjoyable in my life.

On a typical training day, I do…

A usual training day consists of about 7-13 miles. Sometimes that’s all in one go or split into 2 runs if I have time. A light recovery stretch and foam rolling generally follows a run unless I’m cross-training with a hike or swim. I’m also big on music so listening to indie-electronic music during hard workouts is an enjoyable distraction. For fueling throughout the day, I drink a vegan protein shake most mornings, eat rice cakes with nut butter and bananas for lunch, fruit for a snack, and dinner is a hardy vegan variety. I love to cook!

My idea of an effective weight training session is…

Feeling healthy from start to finish. Whether it’s a long day on hard trail, or a short run with moderate effort, when I can endure a to reach a target, recover quickly and feel healthy through the whole process, I know am using my body effectively.

The moment when I discovered my athletic potential was…

I took 2nd in my first ever race, a very hilly half marathon. I was just a casual runner up until that point, and knew nothing about how adrenaline and race atmosphere factor into creating such excitement while running. When I crossed the line I was floored to see my time and admit to how great I felt.

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

1. Nothing great happens inside a comfort zone.

2. Proper diet and fuel makes a world of difference.

3. ALWAYS love what you’re doing.

Before a big race, I tell myself…

You’ve come so far, now go further.

The toughest competition of my life was…

Javelina Jundred 100K was the hardest race for me yet, for sure. Much of the difficulty I faced wasn’t with heat, it wasn’t with fuel, it wasn’t the distance, and it was hardly my body at all–it was mental, it was my naivety. This was my first race longer than a 50K and my training had gone off without a hitch, so I focused a lot on advice from other runners for how to manage things in a race, but I made the mistake of underestimating my ability. I’m generally not a runner that needs much during any activity (fuel, food, gear, etc.) so I over-prepared and spent time during the race stressing about a perceived failure that would actually never come. It’s a process to learn what works for your body and goals as it pertains to racing, and what might work for a large majority of people might not be what works for you.

The most memorable moment of my sporting career so far…

The most memorable moment so far isn’t actually a race, it was the first time I ran Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim. Up until that point, I had never run more than 31 miles, so to accomplish that on such challenging terrain felt incredibly rewarding. Not to mention, the whole run is unbelievably beautiful.

My training sanctuary is…

the desert.

I nourish my soul with…

extra miles on a quiet trail.

Unived helps me by

Unived Elite Drink Mix: is crucial for someone like me who does not eat much while running or hiking. I can keep my energy steady and know I’m getting enough electrolytes to sustain.

Unived Elite Recovery Mix: is not only delicious, but chock full of all the muscle restoration isolates and electrolytes my body needs on strenuous training days.

I have chosen to associate with Unived because…

Wholesome and high quality vegan fuel is pivotal for running to the best of my ability, and Unived makes it easy to get all the nutritional support I need in a comprehensive line of scientifically-based products.

My favourite Unived product is…

Unived Elite Drink Mix Watermelon.

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