What sport(s) do you do?
I love moving fast through the mountains. I am a mountain and ultra-distance runner, specializing in races from 50 to 100 miles, but also love getting out for mountaineering and off-trail adventures in the summer and backcountry skiing/splitboarding in the winter. Unless it’s a key training week, you’ll often find me swapping a run for a day of skiing or an alpine objective depending on the season. “Volcano season” in the Pacific Northwest is one of my favorite times of year!What’s your GU story?
I wasn’t always a runner, and only discovered how fun running can be after I got to college and started using it as a way to explore my new town (Madison, WI). After a year of casual jogging around campus, I signed up for a 2 credit PE class called “Marathon/Distance Running” not having any real idea of what that entailed. On the first day, I learned I needed to complete a marathon to pass the class. This was absolutely crazy to me!! I had never run more than a few miles, but throughout the semester learned about running fundamentals and the importance of nutrition. It was in that class where I learned about energy gels, and soon after I ate my first GU Energy Gel during a class training run back in 2008. I ran my first marathon in 2010 with GU Energy Gels attached to the waistband my running shorts with safety pins. (yes, it took me 2 years to get that first marathon and pass the class!). Since then, GU products have been a staple in my training and racing nutrition.What’s your favorite GU product?
I love the Energy Gels
! Over the years my go-to flavor has changed but top contenders have included Chocolate Outrage and Vanilla Bean, the late Chocolate Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel, and Tastefully Nude. Lately, I’ve been venturing into the fruit aisle and loving the Salted Watermelon and ROCTANE Cherry Lime.What was your favorite part of being on Salty’s Squad?
I’ve loved being part of the team. It’s a rad group of athletes, and it’s been super fun to be part of the growing community of Salty’s Squad.What do you look forward to most in 2020?
A year full of racing and adventures! This year I have some exciting international races on my schedule, as well as some non-racing adventure and mountaineering goals. I enjoy mixing things up each year – it helps keep my mind and body fit and healthy! Hopefully many of my local adventures will be with my partner-in-crime Ely and my overly-energetic vizsla Loowit.