Showing posts from June, 2013

July Health & Fitness Challenge

First things first...if you're on Facebook, add the Ultra Health and Wellness: Fitness Challenges group! We will be posting daily challenges as well as the monthly challenges! 
You can also join us by hash-tagging on either Twitter or Instagram #JulyHealthandFitnessChallenge (if you're doing all three), #30DayPaleoChallenge, #30DayPlankChallenge, or #30DayGymPactChallenge. This will help us network, encourage one another, and show off our progress across the month!

1) 30 Day Paleo Diet Challenge
Last July, I decided to do a 30-Day Vegan Challenge. It was successful (sort of), but I decided that completely removing meat from my diet wasn't for me, and I did a terrible job at eating enough plant protein. What I did learn though was that I feel best when I eat a largely plant-based diet, so this July I'm going to do a 30-day Paleo challenge. For those of you who aren't familiar with what a Paleo diet entails, it's basically the "Caveman" diet consisting of …

Five Things To Do After Finishing Your First Ultra

1. Wash your clothes. And hydration packs/bottles. And shoes. 
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I forgot to do this, and two weeks later my dirty/smelly/disgusting shoes and clothes looked petrified. I found my handhelds with the remnants of soda stuck to the inside of each bottle. Half-eaten packs of energy gels shoved into my race vest. It was an ultra-disaster (couldn't help myself) and it could have easily been solved if I took care of it earlier.
Save yourself this misery and take care of it right away.
2. Go on vacation (if you can). Or plan a really fun day of relaxation.

Three days after I finished my first ultra I went to Austin, Texas to visit my best friend Laura for a week. It couldn't have been more perfectly planned. It was my second time visiting the city, and I was endlessly grateful that I wasn't very sore. I spent the week shopping, exploring, saving turtles (they like to cross high-ways, bad idea little dudes!) and even a little trail running!

Can you believe this is in…