Hillary Allen is a Science Nerd

We sit down with professional ultrarunner, Hillary Allen, for a conversation on science education and literacy, curiosity, and the mental process of recovering from a severe injury. 

Learn more about Hillary:

Website/blog: https://hillygoat.wordpress.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/hillygoat_climbs

North Face video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFiwrl0KcvU

Matt Frazier on Making Plant-Based Simple for Athletes with the No Meat Athlete Cookbook

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This week on the show we talk to Matt Frazier of the popular vegan/running blog, No Meat Athlete. No Meat Athlete, for those of you that are unaware, has been around almost a decade, and has since evolved into a podcast, a meal plan service, various products, and now a brand new cookbook. NMA, composed of both Matt and TFF podcast alumni, Doug Hay, is a tremendous resource for the plant-based athlete. From running and general exercise tips, nutrition information, and more, NMA is essential reading for any athlete thinking about eating more plants. Matt just released an amazing new cookbook, titled The No Meat Athlete Cookbook which has been a smashing success already, reaching the top 50 overall books on both Barnes & Noble and Amazon. That’s pretty crazy, not only for NMA but for the plant-based movement in general! The focus of the book is simple, practical, and delicious whole food plant-based recipes for athletes. Meals that are both nourishing and satiating, while at the same time incredibly easy to make. We can’t wait to get our hands on it! 

We talk with Matt about:

  • the current state of No Meat Athlete
  • his plans for growth of the company and future goals
  • biggest challenges of growing an online business
  • his math background and how that fits into his future
  • all things No Meat Athlete Cookbook
  • his new supplement company called Lightdrop and why it’s different than traditional supplement companies
  • and more!

Definitely be sure to check out No Meat Athlete and their podcast, and pick up the new book. We hope you enjoy the conversation!


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If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts to get the new episode right as it comes out. Also, subscribe our YouTube channel, Thought For Food TV

We really appreciate all the support guys, so don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter so we can engage more with all of our awesome supporters. This is such a fun thing we’re doing, and it’s even cooler that we are having a meaningful impact on people’s lives. So thanks! If you have any questions for future Q&A episodes, drop us an email at tfflifestyle@gmail.com or by visiting the contact us page on the website.

Show Notes

All things No Meat Athlete:

nomeatathlete.com

Instagram: @nomeatathlete_official

Twitter: @NoMeatAthlete

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NoMeatAthlete

Cookbook on Amazon

No Meat Athlete Podcast

Our episode with Doug Hay

Follow TFF:

Facebook.com/TFFlifestyle

Instagram: @tfflifestyle

YouTube Channel: Thought For Food TV

Support TFF: www.patreon.com/thoughtforfood

Twitter: @TFFlifestyle

Follow Jackson on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/54401

Music by:

soundcloud.com/dcuttermusic

soundcloud.com/peterkuli

Clare Gallagher on Leadville, Coral Reefs, and Finding Your Path


This week’s guest is one interesting and badass chick. Clare Gallagher is a Princeton grad, studying coral reef ecology in Thailand. She also ran track for the school and struggled with the culture and pressures of collegiate running. After she graduated, she spent time in Thailand and spontaneously decided to run a 50 mile race, sparking her love of ultrarunning. She then won the prestigious Leadville 100 in 2016, shattering the previous women’s record and placing 5th overall in the grueling race. Clare is energetic, passionate, and laughs a lot – she truly has found her path with trail and mountain running. It was truly a pleasure to sit down with her and hear about the ups and downs of her path and to get to know this upcoming legend in the sport of ultrarunning. This is a conversation about grit, determination, and getting uncomfortable. About loving what you do and doing what you love. We talk about:

  • her interest in the natural world, starting with studying coral reef ecology in Thailand
  • the experience of that first ultra she did in Thailand and how that sparked her love for the sport
  • taking a leap of faith to pursue your path
  • pushing the limits of what you think is possible
  • her recap of Leadville
  • nutrition talk (aka why she eats frosting while running)
  • rapid fire questions!

If you want to see more of Clare, REI made a super rad video profiling her! Check it out below. I also asked her a few more bonus questions in my vlog on YouTube which is also below, so watch that for some more footage. Thanks again to Clare and enjoy the episode!

Go eat some plants, and do epic shit.

-Jackson



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If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts to get the new episode right as it comes out. Also, subscribe our YouTube channel, Thought For Food TV, for daily vlogs in March and other cool videos so you can get a behind the scenes look at TFF. We’re nearly at 1,000 subscribers, so help us out and click that little red button!

Do you get enough protein? Our new book, Dude, Where Do You Get Your Protein? is available now! Check it out at tfflifestyle.com/product/proteinbook and enjoy this amazing resource for everything there is to know about protein.

We really appreciate all the support guys, so don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter so we can engage more with all of our awesome supporters. This is such a fun thing we’re doing, and it’s even cooler that we are having a meaningful impact on people’s lives. So thanks! If you have any questions for future Q&A episodes, drop us an email at tfflifestyle@gmail.com or by visiting the contact us page on the website.

Show Notes

 

Connect with Clare:

Instagram: @clare_gallagher_runs

https://www.facebook.com/clare.gallagher.runs/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/puppiesonmtsyay

Follow TFF:

Facebook.com/TFFlifestyle

Instagram: @tfflifestyle

YouTube Channel: Thought For Food TV

Support TFF: www.patreon.com/thoughtforfood

Twitter: @TFFlifestyle

Follow Jackson on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/54401

Music by:

soundcloud.com/dcuttermusic

soundcloud.com/peterkuli

Doug Hay on Parenting and the Evolution of a Passion into a Business



This week on the podcast we sit down with Doug Hay: a new parent, plant-based ultrarunner, entrepreneur, and podcast host to discuss parenting, the transition from a passion project to a sustainable business, and his top secret hobby.

We’ve been communicating with Doug and No Meat Athlete for a while now, we’ve written a blog for them and also took part in their recent holiday fitness bundle, and we’ve wanted to get him on the show. We wanted to go into things besides running, though. So we talked about a slew of interesting topics including:

  • how he’s holding up with a newborn, and some of the strategies he and his wife are working on
  • the evolution of his running business, Rock Creek Runner, from a passion project into a full-fledged business
  • what he’s learned through coaching running
  • how he got involved with No Meat Athlete
  • productivity strategies as an entrepreneur with a family
  • a new rapid fire question section
  • and more!

It was a blast to sit down and chat with Doug, as we share a lot of the same philosophies regarding diet, lifestyle, and business, so we’re sure you’ll enjoy this conversation! Definitely be sure to go listen to the No Meat Athlete and Rock Creek Runner podcasts, check out Rock Creek Runner, and follow Doug on social media (links are down below).

Go eat some plants, and do epic shit.

-Jackson and Aaron


Want to support the show and what TFF is doing? You can share our content with friends and family if you feel like they could get something out of our message. It would also help us out a ton if you left a quick review on the iTunes store, it really helps the podcast grow and reach more listeners (and it only takes 5 min)! If you want to go above and beyond, you can kick us some change by pledging your support on Patreon each month, which is a recurring crowd funding site dedicated to creators like us! It allows us to keep putting out the free content that you’re used to, but helps us to invest more money into improving the quality of the show through better equipment (every penny we make on Patreon goes to bettering our setup to make the content better for you!). You can also visit tfflifestyle.com/support to learn more and make a one-time donation.

If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts to get the new episode right as it comes out. Also, subscribe our YouTube channel, Thought For Food TV, for regular vlogs and other cool videos so you can get a behind the scenes look at TFF.  We just got a drone (thanks to our Patreon supporters!), so expect some epic footage from our adventures of us doing epic shit. We’re nearly at 1,000 subscribers, so help us out and click that little red button!

Do you get enough protein? Our new book, Dude, Where Do You Get Your Protein? is available now! Check it out at tfflifestyle.com/product/proteinbook and enjoy this amazing resource for everything there is to know about protein.

We really appreciate all the support guys, so don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter so we can engage more with all of our awesome supporters. This is such a fun thing we’re doing, and it’s even cooler that we are having a meaningful impact on people’s lives. So thanks! If you have any questions for future Q&A episodes, drop us an email at tfflifestyle@gmail.com or by visiting the contact us page on the website.

Show Notes

Follow Doug:

Rock Creek Runner

Trail Talk Podcast

No Meat Athlete Radio

Instagram: @rockcreekrunner

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rockcreekrunner/

Twitter: @rockcreekrunner

Follow TFF:

Facebook.com/TFFlifestyle

Instagram: @tfflifestyle

YouTube Channel: Thought For Food TV

Support TFF: www.patreon.com/thoughtforfood

Twitter: @TFFlifestyle

Follow Jackson on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/54401

Interested in coaching from Jackson and Aaron? Send us an email at tfflifestyle@gmail.com or click services on the website to learn more.

Music by:

soundcloud.com/dcuttermusic

soundcloud.com/peterkuli

Our Goals for 2017

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2016 is nearly gone, and while it’s important to be present, we must look towards the new year and begin planning the next stage of our lives and TFF. 2017 is sure to be an exciting year for both of us, and for TFF. While we’re not the biggest fans of New Year’s Resolutions that aren’t realistic, we do have some pretty specific goals that we want to achieve in the new year. In today’s episode, we talk about:

  • our thoughts on new year’s resolutions and goals in general
  • each of our own personal goals for 2017
  • general goals for TFF

What are your thoughts? What do you think about resolutions? What are your goals for 2017? We’d love to hear. We couldn’t be more excited about the future and what 2017 holds, and are excited to share that with you. Hope you enjoy the episode, and see you next year!

-Jackson and Aaron


Do you get enough protein? Our new book, Dude, Where Do You Get Your Protein? is available now! Check it out at tfflifestyle.com/product/proteinbook and enjoy this amazing resource for everything there is to know about protein.

Want to support the show and what TFF is doing? You can share our content with friends and family if you feel like they could get something out of our message. It would also help us out a ton if you left a quick review on the iTunes store, it really helps the podcast grow and reach more listeners (and it only takes 5 min)! If you want to go above and beyond, you can kick us some change by pledging your support on Patreon each month, which is a recurring crowd funding site dedicated to creators like us! It allows us to keep putting out the free content that you’re used to, but helps us to invest more money into improving the quality of the show through better equipment (every penny we make on Patreon goes to bettering our setup to make the content better for you!). You can also visit tfflifestyle.com/support to learn more and make a one-time donation.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our YouTube channel, Thought For Food TV, where we just posted a makeup tutorial. I’ll leave it at that for now. We also put up regular vlogs and other cool videos so you can get a behind the scenes look at TFF. It’s a lot of fun!

We really appreciate all the support guys, so don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter so we can engage more with all of our awesome supporters. This is such a fun thing we’re doing, and it’s even cooler that we are having a meaningful impact on people’s lives. So thanks!

Show Notes

Follow TFF:

Facebook.com/TFFlifestyle

Instagram: @tfflifestyle

YouTube Channel: Thought For Food TV

Support TFF: www.patreon.com/thoughtforfood

Twitter: @TFFlifestyle

Follow Jackson on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/54401

Interested in coaching from Jackson and Aaron? Send us an email at tfflifestyle@gmail.com or click services on the website to learn more.

Music by:

soundcloud.com/dcuttermusic

soundcloud.com/peterkuli

Dylan Steeples on Mindful Ultrarunning, Plant Power Podcasting, and Natural Hygiene

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Happy Thanksgiving! Super excited to share with you a really fun, lighthearted, and different conversation with you guys this week. My friend Dylan Steeples, a plant-powered ultrarunner, new podcast host, and believer in not taking showers, is getting serious about making an impact in the plant-based/vegan space. We connected through the power of social media, which is just super cool, because he lives in New Zealand! I’m definitely planning on going out and visiting him soon. I just felt very compelled to help Dylan out with getting some more listeners to his podcast, the Plant Power Podcast, which you should definitely check out. It’s similar to TFF in that he talks about plant-based nutrition, health, exercise, and he also gets into spirituality a bit more than we do. But in our conversation today, we talk about:

  • how he got started on a plant-based diet
  • his shift into ultrarunning
  • how he approaches training for running mindfully
  • what his experience has been with his podcast and where he wants to go with it
  • what natural hygiene is and why you shouldn’t take showers
  • and more!

We have a good time and some laughs of course, so we hope you enjoy the conversation! We were also just interviewed by Dylan for his podcast, which you can check out here: http://www.plantpower.co.nz/ppp-14-thought-for-food-hosts-on-being-a-plant-based-athlete-exercise-addiction-and-being-yourself/ and on iTunes!


We are also super excited to announce our new eBook, Dude, Where Do You Get Your Protein? The Complete Guide for the Plant-Based Endurance Athlete. We’ve been hard at work the last few weeks on this thing, and it’s almost ready for you to see! We have partnered with a well known plant-based athlete blog/website/podcast as part of their Black Friday Fitness Bundle, which will be live on Friday, November 25th. So get stoked! Stay tuned to our social channels for more information, but here’s a sneak peak photo:

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Want to support the show? We have a few options for you! The easiest and most low cost way is to leave us a review on the iTunes store. It helps us tremendously and we love reading the great feedback you guys give. And we may even shout you out on the podcast if it’s especially good 😉

We are also on Patreon! If you really like us, and want us to continue putting out increasingly better content from podcasts to YouTube videos, please consider pledging anywhere from $1 to $50 per month! You get exclusive rewards and more one on one interaction with us and other Patrons, plus you are directly supporting what we do here. Every single penny we make on Patreon goes back into TFF to make the content better!

And finally, just following us on social media and leaving us nice comments is hugely helpful. Check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for some really cool content that is hopefully helpful!

Alright guys, thank you for joining us on this mission to change the world of nutrition and health, it really means a lot. Go eat some plants, and what’s your thought for food?

-Jackson and Aaron


Show Notes

Follow Dylan:

Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/plant-power-podcast/id1118864042?mt=2

Website: http://www.plantpower.co.nz/

Instagram: @plantpowernz

 


Follow TFF:

Facebook.com/TFFlifestyle

Instagram: @tfflifestyle

YouTube Channel: Thought For Food TV

Support TFF: www.patreon.com/thoughtforfood

Twitter: @TFFlifestyle

Jackson on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/54401

Interested in coaching from Jackson and Aaron? Send us an email at tfflifestyle@gmail.com or click services on the website to learn more.

Music by:

soundcloud.com/dcuttermusic

soundcloud.com/peterkuli

Race Report: Bryce Canyon 50 Miler

Written by Aaron Stuber

 

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Note: This blog was written in June of 2015.

 

I had the pleasure of running the Bryce Canyon 50 miler in beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park this weekend and let me tell you, it was a full experience.  My training the last 6 months has been the hardest on record and with a new coach on board, it was precise, deliberate and much more efficient than in years past.  I showed up in Utah on Saturday ready to push my body and my mind and see what this new training had prepared me for.  This being my first crack at the 50 mile distance, I was also anxious to see if I might finally become acquainted with the limits of my capabilities as a runner; you just never know what you might experience at these distances.

The day started early with a 3:45 am wake up to catch a 4:45 am shuttle out to the park.  I made quick work of my pre-race breakfast of bananas, dates, mangoes, almond butter, beet juice and water in the motel room, got dressed, gathered my gear  and was on the bus ready to go. Accompanying me to the park was my friend and running partner Jai, who had flown out to Boulder from Virginia to test his mettle in the wilderness.  An hour later, our old yellow school bus, which was trailed by another bus jammed beyond capacity with sleepy eyed runners, arrived at the start.  We all shuffled out into the pre-dawn light and formed an instant line, 150 people deep, in front of the portable latrines to empty our bowels.  If there is anything predictable about the minutes before a race, its that people will need to answer the call of nature and we were fortunate that the race directors had managed to tow latrines this far out into the wilderness.

At 6 am sharp, the race began and we were off.  The first mile of the course was on dirt road, giving the pack enough space and time to thin out before entering single track and starting our first climb.  I managed to position myself at the back of what would be the lead group of runners right before we disappeared into dense tree line.  About 15 minutes later, as we moved into an open section of trail, the silence of morning was broken by a harsh buzzing sound, something akin to an enormous swarm of bees just above us.  I panned up quickly to discover a small drone, hovering in the fog and fastened with a blinking GoPro camera, taking film.  The drone operator was standing on a mound of dirt just off trail, glued to his remote screen.  I couldn’t help but ponder the strange juxtaposition of such a futuristic technology being used to record such a primal human activity in such an ancient setting.  With haste, we positioned ourselves for the first climb.

Single track turned suddenly back into forest road as we climbed roughly 900 feet over the next 6 miles to the highest elevation of the race at 9400 ft.  Climbing is a strength and I would customarily use this opportunity to start making strategic passes, but 50 miles is a long way and requires an enormous amount of patience and diligent pacing to avoid blowing up later in the race.  With that in mind I hung back and transitioned to power hiking the steep sections.  I came into Pink Cliffs aid station (mile 6) at the top of the climb, in 12th place overall and 25 minutes ahead of schedule, quickly refilled one of my 20 oz bottles and was off.  The trail abruptly lost altitude and I began descending down to the valley floor.  My running was smooth, easy and on pace so as not to kill the legs on the first downhill.  In hind site, this was one of the most enjoyable sections of the course for me.  Eventually the trail wound its way through a spectacularly beautiful meadow, bathed in shimmering light from the rising suns rays reflecting off morning dew.  The smell of mountain wild flowers was potent and reminded me of so many backpacking trips through the Eagle Cap Wilderness of NE Oregon.  Had I been hiking, I would have stopped for a while to more fully take in the scenery, but I was on a war path, 100% focused on the race.

Straight Canyon aid station (mile 11.5) came quickly.  I was now 45 minutes ahead of schedule and closing in on the 10th place runner.  I refilled water bottles, slammed a Vega energy bar and was out in less than two minutes.  The weather at this point was about as ideal as one could hope for in the mountains.  The thick fog of the early morning had burned off and left a partly cloudy sky with an average temperature in the high 40s and no wind.  I was running in top form, fully immersed in flow and feeling weightless, feeling strong, feeling a deep sense of connection with the wilderness surrounding me.  The next 5 miles had a few rolling climbs, totaling 750 feet as I moved back out of the valley and towards the rim of Bryce Canyon.

I came into Kanab Creek aid station (mile 16.5) over an hour ahead of schedule and having passed the 10th place runner on one of the climbs, was now holding steady in 9th overall and feeling strong.  I rushed over to my drop bag and loaded my vest with more bars and gels.  Working my way through the aid station buffet, I crammed as many bananas, grapes and watermelon down my throat as possible, refilled my water bottles and took off.  The next section of trail was a critical opportunity to increase my pace slightly and put some distance on the runners behind me.  Within a few miles, I caught up to what had now become one of the lead packs and I could see the 4th through 8th place runners. My strategy was to stay put and just keep them within eye sight until the next aid station.  With the race not even half way over, I knew anything could happen between now and the finish so I resolved to slow down a bit and start picking people off by attrition.  This is when I started running with another guy from Boulder who was shirtless, despite the cold air that had rendered my hands useless, and sporting a deep cough which he assured me was just pneumonia and that he felt great for a 50 miler today.  He would run at full speed down the steepest sections of trail, then stop and pull his dick out through the side of his shorts to piss, cough a few more times and continue on at a pace I could not understand.  Surely he would blow up and drop at the next aid station.

Right around mile 19, I started to feel a familiar tension in my left Achillles tendon and it filled me with despair.  This had happened before towards the end of a 50k and caused me to slow significantly.  I ignored it.  By the time I got to Blubber Creek aid station (mile 24.5) my achilles had started to seize up and I knew the next half of the race was going to be a test of pain tolerance.  Still in 9th place and with no intention of stopping, I had to give up my hopes of holding onto a top 10 finish (9 hrs or less) and resolve to make top 20 (10 hours or less) come hell or high water.  The gentleman with the pneumonia, who I had been running with, noticed I was having problems and took that opportunity to skip the aid station and put a substantial distance between us.  I would never see him again.

I pushed on and prepared myself for a long and steep descent over the next 9 miles which I could use to keep good time despite my failing left leg. It was starting to warm up at this point and I was taking in more fluids and calories.  Eat, drink, move.  Eat, drink, move.  I repeated the mantra as a reminder of self care and as a distraction from the pain in my leg.  As the trail turned steeply downhill, I resorted to planting with the heel of each foot instead of the mid foot to avoid engaging the achilles.  This strategy worked well for resting the calf but I knew it would put undue stress on my quads and fatigue them for the harder climbs and descents towards the end of the course.

 

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Proctor aid station (mile 33.5) came slowly and I was now 30 minutes off my original pace and in 12th place overall.  I limped over to my drop bag, grabbed my last gel flask and bars and loaded those quickly into my vest.  This aid station had a good assortment of fruit so I ate as much as I could and was on my way.  This next section I knew would be slow going as fatigue set in and the constant climbing and descending would take more power from my legs, especially with my current form.  I also noticed a very ominous storm cell moving in that had pounded the area the previous day with hale, rain and lightning.  This was going to be an epic finish to my first 50 miler without a doubt.

Eat, drink, move.  Eat, drink, move.  By now, the pain in my achilles had become significant.  Each foot strike felt like someone was slicing into my tendon with a hot knife and it turned my stomach.  The steep climbing was almost impossible as I had to engage the foot slightly to push off. Gradually my pace slowed and I started to feel the cumulative fatigue and stress of the day wearing me down.  I was passed a few more times and felt my hard earned progress slipping away.  Then I heard the first loud crack of thunder and started preparing myself for the storm.  As I reached the top of the canyon, the first few pieces of hale made their way down and bounced off the trail in front of me.  Seconds later the sky opened up with all of its furry and I was assaulted by pea sized cannon balls of ice.  Having only an ultralight, windproof top on and being totally exposed with no where to seek shelter, I took the full brunt of the storm directly.  Each hit felt like a bee sting and I found myself suddenly panicked by the unexpected pain this storm was inflicting.  Eventually the hale abated and was followed by heavy rain, biting wind and lightning.  I was now completely soaked, freezing cold, injured and exposed on a ridge in a lightning storm with nowhere to hide.  Eat, drink, move and get off this ridge right now you son of a bitch.

I started running as fast as I could, adrenaline numbing the pain in my leg.  I knew lightning must have been touching down behind me because I didn’t see the bolts, only their flashes followed in lock step by the ear drum popping crack of their charge.  I came to find out later that a runner a few minutes behind me was knocked unconscious by a bolt that struck the ground right beside him.  Apparently he came to on the ground, got back up and continued running (what else are you going to do?)  Finally the trail began to descend off of the ridge and back into the treeline and by this time the storm had blown over, leaving only beautiful sunshine in its wake.  I started to thaw out and continued my hobbled run into Thunder Mountain aid station (mile 42).  This station had gathered a collection of wide eyed runners who had just survived the same storm and needed to vent about the experience.  I wanted to be done and so wasted no time gallivanting, refilled my water and trudged on.

Eight miles was all that separated me from the finish line and the end of a very long day and so I picked up my pace a bit, ignoring the stabbing pain in my achilles.  I was in 15th place and more than an hour behind my original schedule but I knew If I could just maintain my pace, a 10 hour finish in the top 20 was still possible.  I was not about to let this slip away.  Each mile was a grind and seemed to last for an eternity.  The trail oscillated between straight up and straight down which was destroying my already fatigued quads and worsening the pain in my leg.  I was reminded of a saying in ultrarunning, “relentless forward progress,” which I clung to and kept repeating in my head.  Again, I hobbled my way to the top of another ridge and not a minute later the crack of thunder was above me.  This storm brought hale again, and lucky for me, it was twice the size and twice the velocity.  Now I was screaming obscenities and desperately searching for cover.  I managed to spot a small pine tree off trail and ran over to it.  I hugged its trunk and held on for the ride.  It afforded me just enough cover not to be injured and I was grateful for it.

The hale passed quickly and transitioned into a downpour of ice cold rain.  I was thoroughly done with my 50 mile experience at this point and just wanted to sit in a hot bath to soak my wounds.  Onward I slogged through the muddy trails with inches of heavy, bright red clay accumulating on the soles of my shoes, making travel that much more laborious.  I was passed two more times and lost count of my place but figured I was still under 20.  With less than two minutes remaining before the 10 hour mark, I picked up my pace and grunted on.  Finally, on a ridge line above the trail, I heard people cheering.  “The finish line is at the bottom of the hill!,” they said and I started running hard.  The last stretch of trail, downhill, towards the finish line was a blur as I passed through a row of pine trees into a crowd of muddy, cold and wet runners, smiling from ear to ear.  10 hours flat, 17th place overall.  Not a bad performance for my first 50 miler, considering the injury and the conditions. There is a steep learning curve with events of this distance and I certainly learned a lot, about myself mostly and what I am capable of.  Until next time.

Sandi Nypaver and Sage Canaday on Athlete Empowerment, Listening to the Body, and Female Body Image

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Super super excited to share today’s episode with you. Professional plant-based ultrarunner Sage Canaday returns to TFF along with his incredibly talented girlfriend, coach, and esteemed ultrarunner, Sandi Nypaver! Sandi and Sage are the dynamic duo, power couple of the ultrarunning scene so it was an honor to have them both on the show. Sandi is a USATF and Lydiard certified running coach, certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell, and the winner of many races from 5 miles to 100 miles. Sage is a professional ultrarunner for Hoka One One and has won many big races including Speedgoat 50k, World Long Distance Running Championships, and the North Face Endurance 50 Mile Championships. He also has a marathon PR of 2:16 (cray cray) and is the host of the enormously popular and helpful YouTube channel, Vo2maxproductions. Sandi and Sage have started a coaching business called Sage Running, and also very recently started a podcast called Sage Running, which you can find on iTunes and their website, sagerunning.com

In the episode, we talk about:

  • their respective seasons and lessons learned
  • athlete empowerment
  • running nutrition
  • how Sandi became passionate about plant-based nutrition
  • listening to the body and avoiding overtraining
  • female body image issues
  • answering listener questions
  • and more!

We hope you enjoy hearing from these two talented and thoughtful athletes, it was such a pleasure to sit down with them!


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Alright guys, enjoy the interview and the rest of your week, go eat some plants, and what’s your thought for food?

-Jackson and Aaron


Show Notes

Sage Running website: http://www.sagerunning.com

Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sage-running-podcast/id1148375669?mt=2

Vo2maxproductions: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh_w_vLvlZNBeTAP8qaWhoA

Sandi’s Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/RunningWild2Believe/videos

Sage on Instagram: @sagecanaday

Sage on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SageCanadayFanPage/?fref=ts


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Our Experience With Exercise Addiction

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In this episode, we go deep on a pretty serious subject: exercise addiction. Both of us have struggled significantly with this problem and wanted to discuss it on the podcast. It’s something we’ve recently gotten some questions about so we felt compelled to share our thoughts on the subject. Jackson talked with his then girlfriend Robin about this on a previous episode, but Aaron wasn’t there. We are both working super hard to find balance in our exercise routines and really come to a place of sustainable training. Just a quick warning though: for those of you very sensitive to topics like this, the things we discuss could be potentially triggering for you. So if you feel worried about that, don’t listen. We don’t want this to stimulate any negativity, we simply wanted to share our own experiences. We talk about each of our pasts with exercise addiction, and then some of our best tips for working towards managing it. We would love to hear your feedback on the subject, so please send us an email at tfflifestyle@gmail.com if you want to discuss!

Thank you to everyone who has reviewed the show on iTunes, it really helps us out! We’ve been psyched at the recent response on social media and YouTube from you guys, so we really appreciate the support! Definitely be sure to share the podcast and website with your friends and family, and don’t be shy about sharing it on social media! Jackson is starting to do regular VLOGS on our YouTube channel, Thought For Food TV, so definitely go subscribe and check them out to get a glimpse of what our days look like here in Boulder, and expect some awesome videos in the future (he’s still getting the hang of things!). Hope everyone is having an awesome day, go eat some plants, and what’s your thought for food?

-Jackson and Aaron

Show Notes

Episode 017: Real Talk with Robin on Exercise Addiction

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