M.A.T. and Ultra Running

Alright, so I’ve been getting asked about what MAT (Muscle Activation Techniques) is quite often, and why I find it’s beneficial to my training as an ultra runner. I’m keeping this short and sweet (I could talk about its intricacies and benefits for much longer!) for you instant gratification-type people. But really, if you are in Calgary, […]

An Exploration of Strength

Disclaimer: Before getting into this post, I want to preface this discussion with the understanding that I am no authority whatsoever on any kind of training, physical therapy, or rehabilitation. However, I will be discussing my thoughts on certain aspects of physical activity and rehabilitation based solely on my experience working with and learning from several […]

The Call and Answer of Discomfort

Comfort is more enjoyable than discomfort. Well that’s obvious and simple, right?   What if it wasn’t so simple… or as obvious? Here’s some situations to ponder. …  Have you ever had someone go out of their way to do something nice for you? Why does a nice gesture mean more to you when they put […]

Responding to Stress

I’ve been thinking a lot about how my body has responded to the running I put it through this year. Training, racing, and general ‘fun runs’ – each stress that I exposed myself to over the season allowed for new lessons to be learned. As I gain experience, I continually develop a deeper understanding of who […]

The Other Side of the Buckle

At the beginning of this year, I made an effort to document my physical and mental experiences while training for and completing one of the toughest endurance races in the world, the Fat Dog 120 mile ultra marathon. My intention was to provide a little taste of the ultra running world to those unfamiliar, as well […]

Fat Dog 120: Race Report

It’s been two weeks since I completed the Fat Dog 120 miler, one of the most gruelling endurance races in the world.  I’m still recovering physically, mentally, and emotionally from what has been the most exhausting and emotionally draining experiences I have put myself through.  I went into this race with zero doubt in my mind that […]

The Proper Mindset

I recently had an epiphany on the mindset needed going into a daunting race like Fat Dog. The number one goal of any “normal” (read: non-elite) ultrarunner is to focus on ‘just’ finishing, but this statement doesn’t do the mindset justice.  It’s about being present, focusing on the body in the here and now.  Competition is internal, conditions […]