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Rabbit Peak 2017

A few years ago, when I ran Rabbit Peak for the first time, I called it the most challenging run or hike I’ve ever done. At 22 miles, it’s not big compared to most ultramarathons, yet it’s incredibly challenging with roughly 8,000 feet of elevation ascent (and an equal amount of descent), technical terrain, jumping cholla cactus, and a route that is determined more by sheer cliffs than by an navigable trail. Joe and Nicole Decker of Gut Check Fitness have held Rabbit Peak almost every year since 2012, but because the race isn’t hard enough on its own, they decided to up the ante for the 2017 edition. This year, rather than start the race at 6 a.m., Nicole yelled “go” just before sundown at 6 p.m. The race would take place overnight.  Running at night can be beneficial: there’s less heat, to start…and that’s about it. Temperatures that day hovered near 90°F, but by 5:30 p.m. they had cooled down just enough that I figured I should bring a sweater. Who knew what …

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 …