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Conquering New Heights with Type 1 Diabetes: Project 50 in 50

Conquering New Heights with Type 1 Diabetes: Project 50 in 50

In the summer of 2019, athletes Patrick Mertes and myself will be launching Project 50-in-50, an attempt to climb the tallest peaks in each state of the US. We’ll be doing this all while managing our type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease where the pancreas no longer produces insulin, a vital hormone for delivering energy to the body. A little over 300 people, nicknamed “Highpointers” have completed all 50, usually over the course of their lifetime. We’ll be doing it…

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From Pavement to Peak: Making the Transition from Road to Trail

From Pavement to Peak: Making the Transition from Road to Trail

Last month I flew out to Honolulu to try my first ever Xterra trail race – the Xterra 21k trail World Championships at Kualoa ranch on Oahu. The course had about 3000’ of vertical gain over 13.3 miles with plenty of mud, slipping, and gorgeous views. For those of you who have never been to Hawaii, this is the famous park where Jurassic Park and Pearl Harbor were filmed which meant plenty of tourists spectating throughout the course. The race…

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Racing for a Cause: Getting Stronger Together

Racing for a Cause: Getting Stronger Together

It’s 40 degrees at 7 a.m. on October 13, 2018, and I’m at the mouth of the Canyon de Chelly National Monument with 150 other intrepid trail runners. I had traveled almost 650 miles – a drop in the pan compared to some of the folks there – to this place to be part of something that words can’t properly memorialize, nor would pictures do justice. But the beauty and the brotherhood felt among the runners was only the tip…

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Safety First: Top 5 Tips for Running Safety

Safety First: Top 5 Tips for Running Safety

Running tests your body’s physical limits in atypical, often unfamiliar settings. And no matter how far or fast you run, there are risks – dehydration, injuries, strangers, cars; the list goes on. But these risks shouldn’t deter you from running, they should just ensure you take adequate precautions. There are also various running training plans available online that get you prepared enough so that you can focus on your training with nothing else on your mind. This article is going…

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Life On Water: Part 2

Life On Water: Part 2

Catch up on Life on Water (Part 1) from #TeamHeadsweats Ambassador, Hugh McAdam! The next day of the regatta was our Rep- serious “do or die” time. The top four boats move on to the quarter finals, and the last two boats get dropped automatically. After weigh in and taking into account everything we learned and digested the day before, both Peter and myself began to get ourselves at the right level of hyped. For each athlete your state of…

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Life On Water: Part 1

Life On Water: Part 1

Last month I had the amazing opportunity to represent the United States at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria. There are so many cool and interesting topics to write about- the training, the race itself, the world of elite level rowing, the mental and physical challenges- so please bear with me! For those reading that aren’t rowers, I’ll try to explain all the rowing terminology as we go. There are two types of rowing: sweep rowing where each athlete…

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Everyday Wellness

Everyday Wellness

Today, the 17th annual National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, is a day to celebrate the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women everywhere. This day is an important reminder to women to get out and move our bodies or to take time to slow down to help with continued physical fitness and health. Here are some ways that you can share in this celebration of women’s health and fitness: Take a hike. Hiking is great physical activity…

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How to Beat the Heat and Keep A Cool Head

How to Beat the Heat and Keep A Cool Head

As an Ultrarunner who lives in St. Louis, summertime is pretty predictable… brutally humid with “real feel” temps which can rival that of Badwater, Death Valley. I’ve also trained in the dry heat of Badwater, with temps so hot, the soles of your shoes can literally melt… and I’ve learned a thing or two about how best to dress while training and racing during the summer months. So, What Are You Wearing? All roads should lead to WHITE as it reflects…

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Calm, Cool & Collected: Staying Warm and Dry on Race Day

Calm, Cool & Collected: Staying Warm and Dry on Race Day

“THE BEST THING ONE CAN DO WHEN IT’S RAINING IS TO LET IT RAIN.” ~ HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW Race day weather was something the 2018 Boston Marathoners obsessed over for weeks, and I think we were all in denial. “I want to run in freezing rain, bone-chilling temperatures and fierce headwinds” said no one, ever. We could hear the ominous howling winds from our hotel rooms the night before. Even the hotel housekeepers were handing out cards with the weather…

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This Land Was Made for You and Me

This Land Was Made for You and Me

My name is Greg Russell and I’m a 2018 Headsweats Ambassador. This year, Headsweats has a team of ambassadors who are talented beyond words, pushing their limits in every way possible. I wish I were one of them! I’m just a normal guy who likes to run. In late April I ran my first 50k race at the Zion Ultras, and this blog post is partially a report on that race. I also want to share some thoughts on a…

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