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.


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