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Review: evanhealy skin care

From a young age, my mom urged me to use moisturizer. “You’ll thank me when you’re my age!” She said. I’ve only just begun to notice the faintest lines around my eyes from smiling (never a bad thing!), but I’m glad I listened. I’ve been lucky to have healthy-looking skin, and while I’d like to chalk it all up to genetics, I know I have some solid quality products to thank. One of these products is evanhealy. I’ve been using organic skincare products for a dozen years, but it wasn’t until I moved to San Diego that I stumbled across this organic, holistic, and plant-based line. Evanhealy (eponymously named for its founder) is a holistic line that sells cleansers, serums, hydrosols, masks, moisturizers, and all things skin care. The company tends to focus on those with sensitive skin, but is more importantly concerned with creating organic, hand-crafted products that “empower the users.” This might sound esoteric, but Evan is honest in what she wants to do and it shows in her brand. 1. Sheer Tint …

Review: The Trail Runner’s Companion by Sarah Lavender Smith

Last month I received a copy of Sarah Lavender Smith’s new book: The Trail Runner’s Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Trail Running and Racing, from 5Ks to Ultras. I’ve read dozens of books on running (every other book on my Goodreads account is about running) and recently wrote an article, “What’s the Best Ultrarunning Book for You?” from beginner to elite. There are plenty of books I’d recommend to someone looking to try their first ultramarathon–but I would never recommend the same book to everyone, regardless of their skill set or experience in the sport. Not so with The Trail Runner’s Companion. At nearly 300 pages, The Trail Runner’s Companion is on the long side, but necessarily so. Totaling 14 chapters, each broken down into several sub-chapters with titles like “6 Ways to Adopt a Trail Runner’s Mindset” and “The Taper Crazies and Pitfalls to Avoid,” Sarah covers the spectrum of questions that every beginner might have: from buying the right trail shoes to handling rough terrain to race etiquette 101. From the beginning, Sarah makes …

Review: Ultra Mindset Academy eCourse

Earlier this month I completed Travis Macy’s 8-week Ultra Mindset Academy eCourse, an extension of his popular book, The Ultra Mindset. Travis’ course suggests that participants will come away with these three skills: A lasting, resilient, positive mindset that will motivate you for training and get you to the finish line in races Mastery of evidence-based mindset principles that can be applied to life beyond athletics, including work, parenting, and relationships Synergy for success through genuine relationships with like-minded peers and a leading expert on mindset and endurance racing So what happened? Did I develop an Ultra Mindset? Am I now a master of mindset principles? Find out at UltraRunnerPodcast.com!

Muir Energy Gels: Review

  Nick and I have made a tradition of visiting our local San Diego Farmer’s Markets when we’re around on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Besides picking up fresh fruit and vegetables (and meat and eggs and herbs) for the week, we have our favorite booths for lunch (African cuisine for Nick and a veggie bowl with toasted pecans for me). A few weeks ago, we were strolling through the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market, our lunches in hand, when we noticed a booth selling energy gels. The Situation: As someone who prefers real, whole foods in all aspects of my life, I’ve struggled with powdered supplements and overly-sweet and hyper-caffeinated gels during runs and races. In the past I’ve done my training runs on toasted Ezekial cinnamon-raisin bread with coconut oil or banana-egg pancakes I’ve made the night before. These work fine for me, but are certainly not convenient nor preferable during races. So, we headed over to the Muir Energy booth to see if there was another option. Ian, the owner and founder of Muir Energy Gels, began explaining …