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Badwater 1, Glaze 0. It hurts to fail. The disappointment suffocates me. All that training, hundreds of hours, time away from my family, early mornings, late nights, little sleep, the sacrifices, the money, the pain, the suffering, the grind. And yet failure is always part of the process. I am not scared to fail. I know I will fail many more times in my life. We fall down and force ourselves to get back up. Badwater was one of the hardest things I've ever attempted and it stripped me down to my core. I found a limit I didn't know existed. Now I will spend the next year figuring out how to push through that limit. Dissecting what went wrong and how to fix it. Smile or you're doing it wrong. .
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This is how my Badwater 135 ended. My entire body cramping. Screaming in pain for 90 minutes while I attempted every cramp trick in the book (salt, magnesium, mustard, hot shot, cream of tartar). Thanks to @resqguy8 for adding his expertise to the struggle. I couldn't move my legs out of this position without screaming. I apologize to the surrounding crews that had to listen to my death hallows. My crew worked frantically to put me back together. To compound the situation I hadn't peed in 12 hours. And so I drank and drank and drank. Trying to pee. I eventually pulled the plug because I couldn't pee. I eventually peed after 18 hours and drinking another gallon and a half of fluid. I gave everything I had in this race and it destroyed me. I'll be back with the lessons I learned. Back to smiling. Smile or you're doing it wrong. .
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Badwater 135 starts tonight (7/23) at 11pm PST. Bib #13. My crew (@lavariaslauren @ultraposer @rsteiny) and I are ready to start. Hottest place in the world, Driest place in North America and lowest place in the United States. And the best part is we have an excessive heat warning going on. Might hit 127 degrees tomorrow. Smile or you're doing it wrong.
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So much epicness in this photo.
@coryreese #author of #intothefurnace and I #author of #rebornontherun his book is about @badwaterhq #badwater135 and my last chapter in my book is about my Badwater experience last year.
We are both finishers of the worlds toughest footrace .
I also completed the #badwaterultracup last year.
Here we are showing how to do a proper jump shot.
We are both crewing this year .
Badwater gets in your blood that is why we return year after year.
It becomes part of you.
The race taught me so much about myself last year. I will never be the same .
Thanks to race director @chriskostman for allowing us to promote our books at Badwater.
Thanks to all of the runners and crew who bought a book or came up to meet me. Thanks for sharing your stories .
I am crew chief for #33 @ultrafeliz the road to Badwater has not been easy . If you knew her story you would be surprised she is even running the race. I won’t go into detail but please pray for her.
I will share her story after the race.
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Badwater 135 in 4 days. Taper tantrum in full effect. Lauren convinced me to summit Mt. Baldy with her to help deal with the anxiety. Everything seems calmer at 10,000 feet. Smile or you're doing it wrong. .
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Introducing my Badwater 135 crew!
My crew chief will be Lauren @lavariaslauren. She has crewed me at Badwater Salton Sea the past 2 years. She also crews me in life and is marrying my crazy ass.
Willem @ultraposer will be crewing and pacing me. He is my main training partner. We have crewed and paced each other multiple times, running many ultras together and summited countless mountains together.
Ryan @rsteiny will be crewing and pacing me. We have been friends since 1st grade. He's followed me in countless bad ideas and hopefully we can add this to the list.
Smile or you're doing it wrong. .
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I trained so hard for the San Diego 100 miler and it ended terribly for me. Around mile 24 I was running a downhill section and then I woke up on the ground. Half in the bushes, half on the trail, breathing hot sand while the sun baked me. I pushed myself to my knees and vomited. My vision was double, my head was pounding and I was dizzy. Well Fuck. I stumbled out 5 miles to the aid station and called it a day. This picture was taken about 3 miles into that death March. Thanks to @dave_wiskowski for facilitating a ride back to my car and @jscarbro for grabbing my dropbag. I've spent the past couple days recovering. I'll be back San Diego. Trying to smile, but it's not happening. 📸 @paksitphotos .
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Finished Mojave Death Race in 19 hours and 56 minutes. 6th place overall. Team 'You Good Bro?' had a great day. Improving on our time from last year by 4 hours! The team consisted of members from both @redlands_firefighters and @lavernefirefighters3624. The race was a combination of over 250 miles of running, mountain biking and road biking. Seriously a great team race. Looking forward to next year. .
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481 miles in May. 2,573 miles for 2018. Watching the sunrise at 10,000 feet can not be understated. The sun revitalizes you from the long night climb. Great training for a long race that will have you running all night. I have 2 races this week. Today I'll be driving out to the Mojave desert to participate in the Mojave Death Race. Then Friday I'll be running San Diego 100. Smile or you're doing it wrong. .
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It's what you do in the dark that puts you in light. Celebrated my 22nd 100 mile week in a row and breaking 2500 miles for 2018 by catching the sunrise at 10,064 feet. Mount Baldy you never disappoint. Race season is in full swing and I'm enjoying the suffering associated with hard work. 12 days until San Diego 100, 57 days until Badwater 135, 69 days until Angeles Crest 100 and 96 days until UTMB. Thanks to @lavariaslauren for not batting an eye when I told her I was getting up at 1:30am to run a mountain before work. Thanks for the support babe. Smile or you're doing it wrong. .
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All work and no play has turned me into a dull boy. Spent the morning running single track bliss. I started at the South Fork Santa Ana River trailhead and ran down to the Morton's Peak trailhead. Opting to skip the Morton's Peak to Greenspot section due to rattlesnake anxiety.  Between photographing wildflowers I managed to run 31 mountain miles. The local mountains are a color bomb right now, go explore. This allowed me to justify eating @alaminute ice cream #notvegan with Lauren @lavariaslauren. Sometimes the salty makes the sweet taste much better. Smile or you're doing it wrong.
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Happy Mother's Day to @lavariaslauren. You are the glue that holds our family together. I am so thankful to have you in my life. I am so impressed how you work so hard to balance work, school and family. Love you so much. Hope today is extra special. Smile or you're doing it wrong.
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Badwater Salton Sea part 3

We could start to smell the hay in the barn. We were about 8 minutes behind first place with 50k to go. We had a gradual downhill through some picturesque cow filled grassy hills. We were making no progress on catching 1st place and the damn wind was relentless. Pushing downhill and barely hitting 10 minute/miles. Around mile 60 we put all our night gear on: headlamps, 2x blinking lights and vest. This section of road is my least favorite. The shoulder disappears and the road is busy with speeding cars in both direction. It doesn’t last long but at night you definitely get a couple asshole puckers from cars nearly clipping you. Finally we started making progress on 1st place. 8 minutes turned into 6 minutes.  We started strategizing about the last climb to the top of Palomar mountain. We agreed that we would run the entire 12 miles. And then we saw it. The wonderful red blinking lights in the distance. It reinvigorated us even more and we really started charging. The last turn at mile 69, we were 60 second behind. It got steep quickly, but we could taste the blood in the water and it drove us faster and faster up that mountain. We overtook 1st place with positive encouragement and never looked back. Relentlessly, we grinded up that mountain without stopping. It hurt so freaking bad. It’s the kind of pain you have to really work for, you can’t buy it or rent it, you have to earn that pain. And earn it we did. Around mile 75 we entered a cloud.  Scattered rain with limited headlamp visibility made the climb seem even longer. Mentally I was picturing the nice downhill bomb to the finish. That downhill never really came. It tapered off and flattened a bit, but then we were climbing again. The new finish would be at the top of another climb. Well played Chris Kostman. Nothing easy about this race. 16 hours and 16 minutes after we started we finished. Running to the finish holding an American Flag, just as the 3 of us had done in China two year earlier. We won the 3x team race and each received a 2019 Badwater golden ticket. We couldn't have done it without our crew, we had the easy part, all we did was run. Smile or you're doing it wrong.


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Badwater Salton Sea Race Report part 2

I made the decision to take a minute and eat more calories and drink an entire red bull. I was reborn, my low last 4 miles but never returned. The heat had us seeing our crew more frequently. Around mile 34 we were getting close to a main checkpoint. Jared was starting to fall back a bit.  Something was wrong. Suddenly Jared began projectile vomiting with the ferocity of a head injury. It was a lot of liquid. Clearly heat stress was affecting his ability to absorb the liquid he consumed. We limped him into the aid station and started the process of getting him well again. He was dizzy, pale and thirsty.  We cooled him off and started rehydrating him. Fed him mild bland food and ginger. We left walking and spent the next 5 miles at that pace. At mile 40, we reached the parking lot of the Anza Borrego trail section. The wind was still whipping us in the face. At this point we were passed and went from 1st place to 2nd place. It’s always slightly demoralizing getting passed halfway through the race. Last year the trail section was a shit show. No one brought enough water and multiple teams fell apart. Not wanting to repeat that mistake our crew met us with hydration vests filled with copious amount of water. We were hoping to cover the 9 unsupported miles in 2 hours and instead it took us 3 hours. The course record had slipped away as had our lead. The wind storm we endured is almost indescribable. The first 3 miles you gain 2300’ of vert on technical sandy single track. I am not a fast hiker and my legs screamed again. We would reach a ridgeline through a saddle and almost get knocked down by the wind. Back down into another valley and back up to another ridge. The wind was around 50 mph sustained at points. Imagine running a single track with 4 foot cactus on both sides while the wind attempted to blow you into the spines. Ray took some damage in one of his knees. For me, the wind made the runnable sections almost unrunnable. I was frustrated. I couldn’t listen to music because my earbuds kept blowing out, not that I could hear the music over the roar of the wind. Inevitably, we survived and continued on down the road.


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Badwater Salton Sea 2018 Race Report

I arrived to the start line early on Sunday. The sun was starting to paint a pink line along the eastern hills and reflect on the water. The air was thick with noxious sulfur. The sky was clear with no chill in the air. I had missed the briefing Saturday due to getting mandatoried at work. I hadn’t slept and although exhausted my 2 day taper had me anxious and excited to run. We used a Lincoln Navigator for our crew vehicle and had 3 crew members, one for each team member. I had Lauren, Ray had Sergio and Jared had Candy. We started with 11 gallons of water and 100 pounds of ice. We all brought our own food and nutritional plan. My team arrived at the start and we started getting the vehicle organized while discussing strategy. Ray convinced us to start slow at a 9:30/mile pace and just maintain it throughout the day. We knew the Anza Borrego trail section and Palomar mountain finish would be difficult and slow us down.  Our main goal was to win and get that golden Badwater ticket for 2019. Secondarily, we wanted to beat the course record. We had to weigh ourselves, get a GPS tracker, take pictures, national anthem, and we were off. Dead fish snapped and cracked under our feet as we ran the first quarter a mile. The first 7 miles were flat and unsupported. I wanted to run it fast, but was kept focused and under control by Ray. At mile 7, we saw our crew for the first time and quickly shoved some calories in our mouth and grabbed new water bottles. We sent them 3 more miles down the road and continued on. We followed that routine for 18 miles and were probably in 6th place. The weather was becoming warmer and drier and so we started using ice bandanas. Around mile 20 the wind started really howling. Suddenly we had 30 mph headwind and were running uphill. The wind zapped my energy and my legs felt heavy and sluggish. I started feeling frustrated and was falling behind Ray and Jared.  We attempted to use Ray as a windshield and slowed down but I just felt tired. My mind started turn towards doubt and negativity, “you didn’t taper enough,” “you didn’t sleep enough,” “you’re weak,” etc. To be continued....


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We did it! Team 'Chasing Jared' got 1st place in the 3x team division at Badwater Salton Sea. We all won a Badwater 2019 Golden Ticket. Finishing the 81 mile uphill race in 16 hours and 16 minutes. Thanks to the hard work of my teammates @jaredattack and @ultraraysanchez and our amazing crew @lavariaslauren, @ashton36 and @sergthai9.
Smile or you're doing it wrong .
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Sunday, I will be racing Badwater Salton Sea on team ‘Chasing Jared.’ My teammates are Jared Fetterolf and Ray Sanchez.  The race starts at the Salton Sea and goes 81 miles west, ending on top of Palomar mountain. It’s a team race where you and your teammates have to stick together and run the entire race together. This isn't Ragnar. We have to stay within 25 yards of each other at all times. There are no aid stations, instead we have a support vehicle that has 3 crew members and all our hydration/nutritional needs.
I met Jared and Ray while racing in China.
In 2016, I was fortunate enough to fly to Tengchong, China and race in the inaugural Mt. Gaoligong Ultra. A 104 mile race through the mountains of China with 29,000 feet of vertical climbing. I finished in 6th place overall. I met Jared and Ray at this race. We all got to know each other while playing tourist in China. During the race we leap frogged each other multiple times, all finishing within 5 minutes of each other. Since then, we have raced at multiple other events all finishing within minutes of each other.
Now we get to race together as teammates. I'm so excited. Smile or you're doing it wrong.
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I complete the Beyond Limits Ultra 72 hour race with 228 miles and a 1st place finish.  Always fascinating with new ways to push my body and mind I made the impulsive decision to sign up for a 72 hour race in December. I always said I’d never do a loop course.  I always said I’d never do a multi day event. Many of my “RunItFast” friends swear by this race and in their recommendations I was swayed. Many of us have momentary minutes of weakness on ultrasignup.com and have to pay the piper a few months later.  I was coming off a dismal end of my 2017 racing season and had a big 2018 planned. So maybe I rationalized this would be a much needed kick in the pants. How do you train for a 72 hour race? I did no research, read no blogs,listened to no podcasts and just followed the standard Glaze protocol of hard work.  Before this race the furthest I had ever run was 109 miles. The longest I had ever run was 36 hours. I wrote a very long race report about this experience. As I learned a ton about myself and survival in a multi day event. My ten cent summary would be this: lube often, take care of your feet, eat and drink often, rest when you’re tired and smile or you’re doing it wrong.
The race took place at Pathfinder Ranch in the San Jacinto mountains, elevation 4500.’ The loop is not monotonous or boring. It changes frequently, has lots of twists and turns and best of all it has many opportunities to see all your friends running the course. The race directors, Ken and Stephanie, put on a wonderful racing experience. They are fun, down to earth people that constantly smile and try to make you find your best self.  I would highly recommend this race. You will not be disappointed. I am hooked.

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I ran 483.5 miles in March. 1,469 miles so far in 2018. Finished my 14th 100 mile week in a row. All of this to get ready for a big year of racing. Thursday, I start one of my biggest mental challenges. I'll be running Beyond Limits Ultra 72 hour race. How many times can I complete a 2 mile loop in 72 hours? Nervous and scared to find out. Luckily I have a ton of friends joining me in the adventure and @lavariaslauren 😘 will be there to crew me. Let the 3 day taper tantrum begin. Smile or you're doing it wrong.
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Badwater Cape Fear 2018 Race Report Part 2 "Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink"

The tide was ebbing and the clouds were providing nice cool weather. One of the aspects of this race I enjoy is the multiple out and backs. You get to see everyone on the course multiple times. High fives and smiles are a must. I stayed at a comfortable pace, which seemed easier due to the lack of waves attacking me. Skipped the middle aid station again and made my way back to the conservancy aid station. Kiss Lauren, drank a Red Bull, ate an almond butter granola cup and grabbed some water. Back to Fort Fisher, 10 more sandy miles. This time it was much different as we were approaching low tide. The clouds got dark for about 5 minutes and I even felt a couple sprinkles.  It was refreshing. And the wind started to push me, faster and faster towards Fort Fisher. When I got to Fort Fisher I stayed consistent with my Red Bull and granola cup and got out of there as soon as possible. 10 more miles to the finish. The headwind was quite strong. It slowed my pace into the 9 minute mile range. I put my head down and started to grind. I started yelling at myself to harden the fuck up and reminded myself how lucky I was to experience this suffering. The pain renewed me and I continued to push hard to the finish. I finished 4th OA with a time of 7 hours 19 minutes. Improving last years time by almost 30 minutes. I love this race. I love the island. I highly recommend you check it out. Chris Kostman and Badwater put on incredible races and I am so lucky that I get to run them. Smile or you're doing it wrong. 📸 by @runcoachkrun
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Badwater Cape Fear 2018 Race Report Part 1 "The Start"

Badwater Cape Fear is a 51.4 miles race on Bald Head Island, North Carolina. There are no hotels or cars on the island. Transportation is by golf cart, bike, or walking. I was lucky enough to rent a house with my #runitfast friends. 19 of us in a multimillion dollar 3 story mansion made for relaxing accommodations. Unless you were in the bunk bed room. Lauren and I spent the day before the race exploring the island, seashell collecting and walking on the beach. It was much need relaxation. We woke up early on St. Patrick's day and made it to the start line by 7:15am. The race started promptly at 7:45am. Eric and I started quite fast. The first 10 miles are on the road, snaking throughout the beautiful tree canopied streets and southern beach mansions. @cincyrunnr and I took advantage of the cool weather and shade and pushed 6 minute miles for the first 10. I should say, Eric cruised and I was trying to remember how to move that fast. At mile 10 we entered a trail in the thick island forest. It twisted and turned rapidly with lots of low hanging branches and thick duff on the trail. A nice change from the fast road section and impending 40 miles of beach running. At the end of the trail was the aid station, I pounded a red bull, kissed Lauren and headed out onto the beach. It was high tide and the first half of mile it was challenging to avoid getting wet. We had the ocean to our right and a large 6 foot sand dune to our left.  We ran around Cape Fear and headed north up the island to Fort Fisher. There was an aid station 6 miles up the beach. I never stopped at it but it looked well stocked with plenty of helpers. Last year the aid station was up high on the sand dune, but this year they brought it down to the beach and it was easily accessible. It was sunny and warm, but the clouds were forming. I was maintaining 8 minute miles while dodging waves and attempting to stay on the firm sand. Several waves got me and my shoes became heavy and wet. When I got to Fort Fisher I down another Red Bull and an almond butter granola cup and headed back down the beach. To be continued..........


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Chris Kostman not only hosts the most epic events around, he truly cares about the participants. After I took off my shoes at 50k and was whining about my Achilles injury, he was instrumental in getting me back out there to finish the last 20 miles and get the #badwatercapefear buckle again. He was the first to grab a hold of me and share the moment. I dig that. #badwaterfamily #badwaterultracup #dontquit @badwaterhq


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Bald Head Island is a beautiful place. White sand beaches littered with shells. Wind swept sand dunes and wooden walkways. No cars and southern hospitality. @lavariaslauren and I spent the weekend here, exploring and relaxing, before my race. I am so lucky to have such a loving and supportive fiancée. Smile or you're doing it wrong.
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Finished Badwater Cape Fear 51 Miler in 7 hours 19 minutes. I got 4th overall and a lot of distance PRs. Breaking my time from last year by almost 30 minutes. Only got hit with 4 rogue waves. High tide is no joke. Step 1 of the Badwater ultra cup is done. Next step is Badwater Salton Sea in April. I love this island and this race. I highly recommend you check it out. @chriskostman and @badwaterhq makes it a destination experience. Thanks to my future wifey @lavariaslauren for keeping me fed and hydrated. I'm so lucky to have you in my life. Smile or you're doing it wrong.
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Finally my Racing season has started again! Finished my 11th hundred+ mile week of running in a row. 1,135 miles in 2018 alone. The wood has been stacked and I'm ready to light it on FIRE. Flying to Bald Head Island, North Carolina to run Badwater Cape Fear on Saturday. Then Beyond Limits Ultra 72 hours, Badwater Salton Sea with my team @ultraraysanchez and @jaredattack, Mojave Death Race, San Diego 100 solo, Badwater 135 with @lavariaslauren @ultraposer @rsteiny as my crew, Angeles Crest 100 solo and Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. Excited and nervous, hopefully I'll find new levels of suffering I've yet to endure. Hard work pays off. Midpacker4life. Smile or you're doing it wrong. Thanks to my future wifey @lavariaslauren for letting me pursue my crazy.
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#ultramarathon #ultrarunning #trailrunning #trailrunner #mountainrunning #runnersofthewild #run #runner #race #veggiepower #nomeatathlete #dontbesorrybebetter #hokaoneone #beyourownchampion #stravarun #runitfast  #UTMB #badwater #badwaterSS #badwater135 #nakedrunner #badwaterCF #badwaterultracup #runitfast  #smileoryouredoingitwrong #seeyouindeathvalley #AC100 #beyondlimitsultra #SD100 #taper #smileoryouredoingitwrong


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Had a great time yesterday playing co-host with Chris Kostman, RD of Badwater, as we announced the names of the 100 invitees for this years Badwater 135. Of course we had to stop at this iconic rock in the Alabama Hills.
#Badwater135 #Badwater #BadwaterUltraCup #BadwaterCoHost #AK47BW #Congrats #AlabamaHills #LonePine #RunItFast #WeRunOCKids #WeROCK #HokaOneOne #WomenWhoFly #RoadRunnerSportsFit #NathanSports #Runner #UltraRunner #TrailRunner #RunChick #LikeAGirl #DBAP #DBAPcrew


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Completely honored to be selected to race Badwater 135 "The Toughest Footrace on the Planet." The race starts on July 23rd at Badwater Basin, Death Valley, the lowest point in North America (-280 feet) and travels 135 miles to Mount Whitney, the highest point (14,600 feet) in the contiguous United States. Last year I was @jaredattack crew chief and pacer. I got a good understanding of the suffering I will get to endure. I worked very hard to qualify and prove myself to the selection committee and it's very satisfying when hard work pays off.
I will be crewed and pace by @lavariaslauren, @ultraposer and @rsteiny. I hope you guys are ready for some heat.
Special thanks to @chriskostman and @badwaterhq
I am so lucky. Smile or you're doing it wrong.
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#seeyouindeathvalley #ilikeithot #ultramarathon #ultrarunning #trailrunning #trailrunner #mountainrunning #runnersofthewild #run #runner #race #veggiepower #nomeatathlete #dontbesorrybebetter #carbopro #hokaoneone #beyourownchampion #stravarun #rei1440project #runobsessed #runitfast #UTMB #badwater #bw135 #badwater135 #nakedrunner #runnaked #badwaterultracup #runitfast #smileoryouredoingitwrong


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After announcing the 100 invitees into the Badwater 135 for July 2018, we made a stop in Darwin. The sign as you enter the town says "Population 50 or so". Loved talking to the buckle artist Jude and watching as she began sketches for a new design. Congratulations to all that got in. You have some serious training to do!! 📷 @chriskostman #Darwin #DarwinArt #Badwater135 #Badwater #BadwaterUltraCup #AK47BW #RunItFast #WeRunOCKids #WeROCK #HokaOneOne #WomenWhoFly #RoadRunnerSportsFit #NathanSports #Runner #UltraRunner #TrailRunner #RunChick #LikeAGirl #DBAP #DBAPcrew


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The badwater 135 ~

My first (ultra running) love and the very reason I became an ultra runner!!! I’ve been going to the race every year since 2006.
You might say I’m a bit of a collector... Here’s *most of what I’ve accumulated over the years. I have shared and given stuff away, too.

Multiple Shirts ~
4 white long sleeve,
6 black short sleeve,
10 white short sleeve,
6 multi-colored short sleeve,
5 tanks,
Multiple Hats and visors,
4 Sunglasses - most colors
2 Headbands
Towel
4 Chip clips
#50 Signage
Shoe bags and totes
Badwater magazines - 2006 to 2017
Patches and decals
Moeben calf and arm sleeves
Balaclava
Bottles
Waterproof phone case
1977 coin
Space pen
2 Chapstick
Looks like I need to order some chapstick 😊
#badwater135
#badwater
#BadwaterBadass
#badwaterultramarathon
#badassgear
#badwaterultracup
#badwaterbadwaterbadwater
#bib50


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The Badwater 135 application process closes today at 5pm PST. I had the honor to go "Live" with RD @chriskostman as we discussed the family of events and what it means to complete the Badwater Ultra Cup. You can watch the replay on the Badwater Facebook page. 100 lucky invitees will be announced on Feb 9th at 10am PST. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!! #Badwater135 #BadwaterUltraCup #AK47BW #RunItFast #WeRunOCKids #WeROCK #HokaOneOne #WomenWhoFly #RoadRunnerSportsFit #NathanSports #Runner #UltraRunner #TrailRunner #RunChicks #LikeAGirl


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FBF: Badwater 135 July 2017

Night time demons hitting hard. Sometimes all you can do is take a moment, hang your head down and count the reasons why you need to get back up again. Moments like these always make the finish line that much sweeter because you overcame.
I am forever grateful for my crew that took the time to care for me every step of the way! 📷 @happytrigirl #Badwater #BadwaterUltraCup #Badwater135 #AK47BW #RunItFast #WeRunOCKids #WeROCK #HokaOneOne #WomenWhoFly #RoadRunnerSportsFit #NathanSports #Runner #UltraRunner #TrailRunner #RunChicks #LikeAGirl #DBAP #DBAPcrew


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Your faithful race director @chriskostman loves supporting and hanging out and running with his friends. In this case it was the #adventurerun hosted by #BadwaterUltraCup finisher @runcoachkrun on behalf of @roadrunnersports which had an 80s theme, so he drove his 1981 #DeLorean and parked it next to super friend and #Badwater135 staffer @sarahkshearer 's @heroes6k table. (Chris is running her race on Saturday. Stay tuned, or see you there!)


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Find your passion ~

Repeat as often as possible!!!
#badass
#badwater
#badwater135
#badwaterultracup
#badwatercf
#badwaterss


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@ultragirl52 is on a roll day 2 done #runacrossamerica #goingforthewomansrecord please follow her. You can come out and run with her as she makes her way across the country sandyacrossamerica.com
#hokaoneone #womenwhofly #nathansports #nathanhydration #badwater135
#badwaterultracup #dirtdiva #catracorbett #doepicshit


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Got the opportunity to pace my amazing friend Sandra the past couple days. She's running across America in hopes of breaking the woman's record.
#sandyacrossamerica @ultragirl52 follow her progress at sandyacrossamerica.com she is amazing and she's the #badwater135 woman's winner from this year.
I will also help out again tomorrow and Friday-Sunday so i will post more.
#hokaoneone #nathanhydration #nathansports #badwater135 #badwaterultracup #runningskirts #doepicshit #beastmode #catracorbett #dirtdiva #nilescanyon #fremont


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It's always good to knock out training first thing on the morning! #zerolimits #snapfitness #ultrarunner #digdeep #skratchlabs #badwaterultracup


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Sick of Badwater pics yet?? Get it? Oh geez, I crack myself up.

This Throw(up)Back Thursday is a view of what my crew saw much of the race. This is morning #1 at around 6am. I lost count after a while.
#PukeAndRally #WhatGoesDownMustComeUp #ItFinallyStopped #ThankGoodness #IPaidForThis #TheyDontCare #SeenItAllBefore #Badwater135 #Badwater #BadwaterUltraCup #AK47BW #RunItFast #WeRunOCKids #WeROCK #HokaOneOne #WomenWhoFly #RoadRunnerSportsFit #NathanSports #StillFinished #OvercomeChallenges


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Yes. 💜

#Repost @runcoachkrun (@get_repost)
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Two weeks ago tonight I was in FULL BLOWN celebration mode after completing Badwater 135. It was so much fun catching up with other runners and crews. We drank, we laughed and we shared war stories. It was a GREAT night. Congratulations to Miss Ashley Lindsey (on my lap) for her 2nd Badwater finish and thank you to Miss Nat Nat for crewing Josh (we all know how hard that must have been). Love you girls!! #Badwater135 #Badwater #BadwaterUltraCup #AK47BW #JakesSaloon #LonePine #Celebrate #GirlTime #CapeFearPosse #GhostRideTheWhip #RunItFast #Runner #UltraRunner #TrailRunner #RunChicks #LOCOmotive #Shimmer


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Two weeks ago tonight I was in FULL BLOWN celebration mode after completing Badwater 135. It was so much fun catching up with other runners and crews. We drank, we laughed and we shared war stories. It was a GREAT night. Congratulations to Miss Ashley Lindsey (on my lap) for her 2nd Badwater finish and thank you to Miss Nat Nat for crewing Josh (we all know how hard that must have been). Love you girls!! #Badwater135 #Badwater #BadwaterUltraCup #AK47BW #JakesSaloon #LonePine #Celebrate #GirlTime #CapeFearPosse #GhostRideTheWhip #RunItFast #Runner #UltraRunner #TrailRunner #RunChicks #LOCOmotive #Shimmer


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One of my happier moments while running Badwater 135. This was a nice long downhill stretch that allowed me to relax and just coast. 📷 @alexis_berg #Badwater135 #Badwater #BadwaterUltraCup #AK47BW #LoveTheDownhill #RunItFast #WeRunOCKids #WeROCK #HokaOneOne #WomenWhoFly #RoadRunnerSportsFit #NathanSports #Chapstick #Shimmer #DunkinDonuts #IRunOnDunkin #HappyTimes #Smile


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The start of the 11pm wave at the 2017 Badwater 135. Temps were already at 109°, with the storms coming through it was very humid and extremely windy. Standing together behind the Badwater Basin sign, we took a moment to honor the United States with our National Anthem. Being the mother of a Marine, this song always gets me choked up. So many thoughts were in my mind as we paid our respects. I am so lucky to have been given an opportunity such as this. I am beyond thankful for the experience and grateful to those that helped me get there. 📷 @badwaterhq
#USA #America #MarineMom #Badwater135 #Badwater #BadwaterUltraCup #AK47BW #AmericanFlag #RunItFast #WeRunOCKids #WeROCK #HokaOneOne #WomenWhoFly #RoadRunnerSportsFit #NathanSports #Runner #UltraRunner #TrailRunner #RunChick


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Stopping at my crew car for the "usual". Full body cool down, refill on my water bottles and a drink of "the nectar of the Gods" aka Cherry Coke. I swore that I was going to write Coke a letter because it always tasted so good. 📷 @alexis_berg
#Badwater135 #Badwater #BadwaterUltraCup #AK47BW #Heat #DeathValley #IfYouCantTakeTheHeatDontRunBadwater #RunItFast #WeRunOCKids #WeROCK #HokaOneOne #WomenWhoFly #RoadRunnerSportsFit #NathanSports #Runner #UltraRunner #TrailRunner #RunChick #TeamKooiman #CherryCoke


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And in this moment , I realized I was about to run the toughest foot race in the world. I felt blessed more then anyone could ever imagine .At the start tears ran down my cheeks and my heart felt love. From the people who were there for me. Thanks to @chriskostman and the #badwater135 committee for selecting me as one of the toughest athletes in the world to compete in @badwaterhq 2017 race. Not only did I run that race but I ran what is called the #badwaterultracup which are made up of 3 races #badwatercapefear50mile , #badwatersaltonsea and #badwater135 it was truly a honor and I am grateful and feel overwhelming lucky to be part of an amazing family. I know I said it would be a one and done race. But I am applying next year because Badwater is a part of me forever now.
I'm working on my race report I'm also in the middle of writing my book #rebornontherun #hokaoneone #runningskirts #nathanhydration #womenwhofly #muirenergy #imwritingabook #catracorbett


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Next up run#2 of the day with #missionpeakrunclub still riding the #badwater135 high @badwaterhq I know I said during the race it be a one and done. But I will be applying for the race next year. I plan to run the #badwaterultracup again too😊#truckerhat


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TBT: 2017 Badwater 135 Finish Line

The official post race mug shot. That buckle was earned through many miles of blood, sweat and tears. Although the buckle given to each finisher looks the same, our journey to reach this point and stories along the way are all very different. One thing is for certain, we are all better for the miles traveled to be presented with this token of our efforts.
Official Finish Time: 38:13:34
7th Place Female
40th Overall Finisher 📷 @badwaterhq #Badwater135 #Badwater #BadwaterUltraCup #BadwaterFinisher #AK47BW #RunItFast #WeRunOCKids #WeROCK #HokaOneOne #WomenWhoFly #RoadRunnerSportsFit #NathanSports #Earned #Runner #UltraRunner #TrailRunner #RunChick #LikeAGirl


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First official run post Badwater 135. It's hard to believe the race ended just one week ago. Legs and muscles felt great! Looking forward to hitting some trails soon! #Badwater135 #Badwater #BadwaterUltraCup #BadwaterRecoveryRun #AK47BW #RunItFast #WeRunOCKids #WeROCK #HokaOneOne #WomenWhoFly #RoadRunnerSportsFit #NathanSports #HappyGirl #Runner #UltraRunner #TrailRunner #RunChick


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The final 13 miles of Badwater 135 has you staring up at Mt. Whitney. After crossing the vast and open desert, you are once again reminded just how small you are in this gigantic world. However, our size does not determine our strength or the desire of our hearts. On this day, I moved mountians. 📷 @happytrigirl #Badwater135 #Badwater #BadwaterUltraCup #AK47BW #MtWhitney #FinalClimb #Strong #Powerful #Couragous #ThereIsNoPain #MindOverMatter #MoveMountains #RunItFast #WeRunOCKids #WeROCK #HokaOneOne #WomenWhoFly #RoadRunnerSportsFit #NathanSports #GameFace #LikeAGirl


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I had many words with God during the Badwater 135. However this picture captures me being silly. Pretty sure I had just puked my guts out moments before. 📷 @happytrigirl #Badwater135 #Badwater #BadwaterUltraCup #AK47BW #Prayers #WordsWithGod #RunItFast #WeRunOCKids #WeROCK #HokaOneOne #WomenWhoFly #RoadRunnerSportsFit #NathanSports #GameFace #PukeAndRally #LikeAGirl #GirlPower


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"I am going to sit right here for 3 minutes!" Life on the white line is complicated. Today I am an emotional basket case and would give anything to be back in this moment again. As painful as it was, I miss it terribly. 📷 @happytrigirl #WhiteLine #LifeOnTheLine #IWalkTheLine #Badwater135 #Badwater #BadwaterUltraCup #AK47BW #DeepInThought #Emotional #RunItFast #WeRunOCKids #WeROCK #HokaOneOne #WomenWhoFly #RoadRunnerSportsFit #NathanSports #Runner #UltraRunner #TrailRunner #RunChick


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My life will forever be changed. Thanks to #badwater135 @badwaterhq for giving me a life changing experience! I said during the whole 22 mile section going into #lonepine that I would never run Badwater 135 it was a once in a lifetime run. It wasn't even on my #bucketlist but I totally got sucked in. I hope to be running #styrlabsbadwater135 in #2018 I once again will run #badwaterultracup #hokaoneone #runningskirts #nathansports #muirenergy #beastmode #catracorbett #dirtdiva


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First sunrise during Badwater 135. My race began at 11pm the night before and I battled nausea and vomiting all night. As you can see, I was moving again and finally feeling well. If only this feeling lasted the rest of the race, but as we all know....what goes up, must come down. This race was a true rollercoaster. 📷 @alexis_berg
#Badwater135 #Badwater #BadwaterUltraCup #AK47BW #RunItFast #WeRunOCKids #WeROCK #HokaOneOne #WomenWhoFly #RoadRunnerSportsFit #NathanSports #Smiling #Runner #UltraRunner #TrailRunner #RunChicks


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Finishing Badwater 135 was a TEAM effort. Sure, I ran (and walked) all of the miles, but these ladies made it possible. Running across the tape hand-in-hand with them was the cherry on top of what was the most deliciously painful layered sundae I have ever eaten. WE overcame many obstacles and we proved how tough we truly are when tough was all we had left. 📷 @badwaterhq #MyGirls #GirlCrew #RunLikeAGirl #LikeAGirl #Badwater135 #Badwater #BadwaterUltraCup #BadwaterFinish #AK47BW #Overcome #Strong #Powerful #Unstoppable #RunItFast #WeRunOCKids #WeROCK #HokaOneOne #WomenWhoFly #RoadRunnerSportsFit #NathanSports #Runner #UltraRunner #TrailRunner #RunChicks #WorstSleepOverEver #WeDidIt


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Badwater 135: Complete!

It has been over a full day since I crossed the finish line and I am still processing all of what happened out in the desert. I have been trying to figure out what to say about the experience and honestly having the most difficult time putting into words how I feel.

Here goes nothing...... First, I want to thank my crew: Shana, Inna, Gina and Britni. You ladies were my everything! Without you and your caring, love, persistence and bravery I could not have completed the race. We had a plan that included A-D scenarios. When things got crazy, I appreciate the fact that you found a way to create a new plan of attack, even if that meant using EVERY letter in the alphabet through Z.
What we experienced out there was nothing like I have ever seen. This race never gets easier and you never know what to expect other than the fact that it is going to be hard. I mean....it is called "The World's Toughest Footrace".....right?! From the stomach issues that began at 17, fighting cutoff at 50, the multiple wag bags used, keeping me awake throughout night #2 and finally rallying my broken body into the finish. You never gave up on me and you always had my back. I can never say thank you enough or ever show you how truly appreciative I am.
When everything seemed to be going wrong, I knew that one thing was always going perfectly right. They were my crew and they were perfect.

WE DID IT LADIES!! THANK YOU!!! #TeamKooiman #GirlPower #LikeAGirl #Badwater135 #Badwater #BadwaterUltraCup #AK47BW #RunItFast #WeRunOCKids #WeROCK #HokaOneOne #WomenWhoFly #RoadRunnerSportsFit #MentallyTough #Preach #DidThatReallyHappen #WorstSleepOverEver #Runner #UltraRunner #TrailRunner #RunChicks


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Countdown to Badwater: 1 HOUR

My emotions are officially all over the place. I feel ALL the emotions all at once and my mind is racing. The one that is winning is excitement. The car is loaded and my crew is waiting for me downstairs. They have taken care of my every need for months. Assisted with training, preparing, packing and of course making sure I am rested up to this point. I am so thankful to them for being here with me. It's time to head over to the start line now. OMG.....IT'S TIME TO HEAD TO THE START LINE!! I'm ready. Let's do this!

#TeamKooiman #GirlPower #LikeAGirl #ReadyAsCanBe #AK47BW #RunItFast #WeRunOCKids #WeROCK #HokaOneOne #WomenWhoFly #RoadRunnerSportsFit #NathanSports #Badwater135 #Badwater #BadwaterUltraCup #GoTime #GameFace #Runner #UltraRunner #TrailRunner #RunChick


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#letsdothis #badwaterultracup let's see if this boy can hold the 3rd spot for his performance in all Badwater events this year.


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Countdown to Badwater: 1 Day!! in 24 hours from right now I will begin a journey of 135 miles. I am so fortunate to have this amazing group of women supporting me on this journey. They are a picture of strength, courage, support and love. I can't wait to share this experience with them! Thank you ladies for making this race possible!
#TeamKooiman #AK47BW #WorstSleepOverEver #ToastTo135 #Badwater135 #Badwater #BadwaterUltraCup #BadwaterCrew #RunItFast #WeRunOCKids #WeROCK #HokaOneOne #WomenWhoFly #RoadRunnerSportsFit #NathanSports #GameFace #GirlPower #RunLikeAGirl #LikeAGirl


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