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Vanessa Runs

California M2N0B9
I'm Vanessa! I am an ultra marathoner, trail runner, and barefoot/minimalist runner. I am also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and health writer. Follow my adventures at vanessaruns.com.
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RACE SPOTLIGHT: Running Wild – The Polar Bear Marathon in Churchill by Vanessa Runs Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Running  Photos and story by Birgit-Cathrin Duval Minus 41C wind chill (-41.8F) and a polar bear alert. Most ultrarunners worry about hitting the wall. If you’re ru ... Read on »
Two Women Beat All Teams at TransRockies Run by Vanessa Runs Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Running We need more female role models in sports, and it looks like Magdalena Boulet and Caitlin Smith have stepped up to the plate. Together, they won the Women’s Open Di ... Read on »
Whitney Weekend Run Report: High on Life by Vanessa Runs Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Summit: Sunday, July 27, 2014 Elevation: 14,505 feet (highest point in the lower 48) Distance: 22 miles Time: 12 hours Summit Buddy: Robert Shackelfor ... Read on »
Caballo Blanco Documentary Run Free: A Call for Support by Vanessa Runs Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Photo: Luis Escobar A documentary about Caballo Blanco, his race, and his legend is in the works. We now have a chance to be a part of it. This is a story abo ... Read on »
Man vs Horse Race Entry Giveaway by Vanessa Runs Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Think you could you outrun a horse? Here’s your chance to find out! Throw your name in for a free entry to the Man vs Horse race in Inyokern, CA on October 11, 20 ... Read on »
San Diego 100 Race Report: Will Run for Ramen by Vanessa Runs Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Out of all the 100s I’ve run, I was the least confident going into the San Diego 100, and rightly so—I was vastly undertrained. Probably not as undertrained as my first ... Read on »
Reading to Cats, Playing the Ukulele, and Turning 32 by Vanessa Runs Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Running A few weeks ago someone asked me what my long-term life goals were. In the past, I have been vocal about not really setting any, about the value of spontaneity and ad ... Read on »
Welcome to Your Tribe: Born to Run Ultramarathons by Vanessa Runs Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Running When I first started running ultras, I was lucky enough to meet the Mas Locos crew. For a while, I thought that all ultra runners were like this. After traveling arou ... Read on »
Must Have Been Another Earthquake, Kids by Jason Robillard (Book Review) by Vanessa Runs Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Running The first “real life” RVer we ever met and our earliest inspiration for hitting the road was Jason Robillard and his family. We tracked him as he and his wife Shelly ... Read on »
Is Commercialization a Threat to the Purity of Trail Running? by Vanessa Runs Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Photo: roanokeoutside.wordpress.com Last month I set foot on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia for the first time since I took up running in 2007. For six years I h ... Read on »
Goodbye to the Farm (Final Photo Essay) by Vanessa Runs Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Running It is often the rejected, unposted, and discarded photos on your phone or camera that tell the true story of your life. After spending more than four months living ... Read on »
Should Children Run Endurance Events? by Vanessa Runs Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Every time I post a photo of the Redden kids on Facebook, I see the same type of comments: lots of admiration, some shock, some concern, and some downright anger. ... Read on »
Please, Don’t Burn The Bacon: A Collection of Essays & Paleo Recipes (Book Review) by Vanessa Runs Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Running This book is best enjoyed with a hearty side of bacon. Author Crista Scott has cooked up something special in her new book, containing more than 75 bacon recipes ... Read on »
Stronger Now by Vanessa Runs Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I am sprinting downhill through shin-deep, unbroken, soft powder snow. Every step is an effort–like trudging through quicksand. I am on my fifth mile, running home. ... Read on »
Free Race Entry Giveaway for the Bruneau Beast Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K by Vanessa Runs Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Running “I will argue until I die that this is the toughest marathon on the planet.” –Wayne Ebenroth, Race Director Race Date: May 3, 2014 Race Location: 27608 S ... Read on »
75% OFF The Summit Seeker Sale by Vanessa Runs Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Running It’s the sixth annual Read an Ebook Week over at Smashwords , and in celebration The Summit Seeker is 75% off starting today until March 8th as part of a site-wide ... Read on »
How Taking a GPS is Like Taking a Lover by Vanessa Runs Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Running In my mind, I am running fast and free in my short-shorts, thunder thighs and glorious glutes. My dreads are flowing behind me in the crisp mountain air and my mind ... Read on »
How to Love a Runner by Vanessa Runs Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Photo: organicrunnermom.com “The hardest part of being in a committed relationship with an endurance athlete is having to redefine normalcy.” (Chronicles of ... Read on »
Nothing is Safe to Love: Valentine Lessons From Lola the Goat by Vanessa Runs Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Lola’s sister Dora continues to grace The Wolfestead with her love. Lola the Goat passed away a few days ago , but not before she taught me everything I need to know a ... Read on »
Moisturize Your Penis and Other Extreme C-C-Cold Weather Running Tips You Won’t Find in... by Vanessa Runs Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Yes, we went there. Learn how to keep your arse cheeks from freezing, how to prevent your iPhone battery from going south, and what to do with that muffin top. He ... Read on »