Training For Ultra's Training Diaries - Issue #21
Bio: Aaron is a 27-year-old ultrarunner currently based in Austin, Texas. Aaron’s ultrarunning journey originally began seven years ago when he moved from San Antonio, Texas, to Denver, Colorado. Aaron first heard of ultrarunning via a magazine article and decided to do some research and then try it. At the time, Aaron felt like something was missing in his life, and no matter what he did, he could not get out of the slump, amazingly it was through ultrarunning that he was able to discover a new passion and vigor for life. His first ever ultramarathon was in Texas, and although he is the first to admit he was incredibly unprepared, he was hooked and has not looked back since. Aaron loves to get into a flow state during long runs. He finds the connection running creates between mind, body, and nature especially important and meaningful in the ever-increasing digital age of abstraction and distraction. Two of Aaron’s favorite races are UTMB and Big Bend 50. In 2017, Aaron placed second in the Silver Heels 100-mile race, and in 2019 he was second in his age group at the Brazos Bend 100 Miler. Aaron has quite the ultra resume and has run some infamous races, including the Ouray 100 Mile Endurance Run, UTMB, Pikes Peak Ultra, and The Northface Endurance Challenge New York. Aaron’s goal races include Western States, Hardrock 100, Zion 100, and the Tahoe 200. In addition to running, Aaron enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, and traveling. Aaron’s primary focus is pursuing his graduate degree in public affairs, which he has running to thank!
Training For Ultra's Training Diaries - Issue #20
Sara is an ultrarunner, wife, mother, and avid outdoorswoman. She is currently based in Kentucky, where she works as a Public Affairs Specialist for the Army Clinic at Fort Knox. Sara started running in high school but took a break during college, although her involvement in the ROTC and rugby meant that she maintained much of her running fitness during this “break.” However, the birth of her daughter in 2011 genuinely ignited Sara’s passion for running. Shortly after she gave birth, Sara joined a running club and fell in love with the community, the endorphins, and the person she was becoming. Although she lives in Kentucky right now, Sara has lived all over the world, from Effie, Minnesota, to Okinawa, Japan, and her favorite state is Washington. Sara has run quite a few marathons and ultramarathons, including the JFK50, Ragnar Trail Rainier Ultra, Run Across Georgia Relay, Bigfoot 20, Yeti 24-hour challenge twice, Defiance 50k, Cowtown 50k, and as a birthday present to herself, a Virtual Bigfoot 100k! In addition to running, Sara loves to spend time outdoors with her family and friends hiking, paddleboarding, and camping. In this episode of T4U Rob, Sara, and Neil will discuss the Tahoe 200, a race Sara will run with her “mental sponsor,” Rosa! As a Minnesotan, Sara’s favorite ultrarunner is Courtney Dauwalter, and her favorite T4U episodes are all the ones with Courtney.