Meet Katie | trail-blazing, tree-hugging


Katie Patricia Wadden is not running for gold. Occupied by other things such as brain waves,  bonfires, and day dreaming about Newfoundland, Katie finds time to sneak in a 50k win on occasion. Katie’s running for high-fives, max-calorie nut butters, dreadlocks and unearthing her inner cave man while sharing beautiful places in hopes to find beautiful men that look like Jesus. Katie gives the best hugs – to people and trees.

How to Not Die: Richard’s Desert Survival Tips

There are so many remarkable people at my work, and little do they know, they are a key support team to our (Mongolia) trip. I walk around the hallways and I find a former ski patrol rescuer, (sits across from me) several former adventure athletes, and Richard, who works in our Learning & Development team, and comes from a life as a guide and an adventurer… no, way!

We were lucky to pick Richard’s brain for 30 minutes today, which forms our first report in the How to Not Die series. He has some fascinating tips on desert survival that I was happy to acquire today, and I think the entire world of crazies like us should know.

1: 2% dehydration = 10% energy loss. 

So, that explains why heat exhaustion makes you end up horizontal in a medical tent. Right!

2: You will get less dehydrated by breathing with your mouth shut, breathing in and out through your nose.

Laurel and I are worried about this trick, as anyone will know, we simply talk lots. I think our mouths are constantly gaping open! Is this why Richard works at a yoga company? To get better at this technique?

3: Don’t go for the bivvy sack when there are scorpions around.

Good to know!

4: Thirst is not a good signal for dehydration when you’re in a new environment.

Neither is how often you need to pee. Instead, the best way is to learn each others’ signs of initial heat death– headaches, nausea, etc…  Knowing those signs is the best way to tell.

5: Don’t reinvent the wheel.

There are lots more crazies on this planet who have probably already done what you’re considering, no matter how stupid/death-provoking. Watch others’ experiences in those same environments… Youtube it!

And that’s all for this week!

Stay classy and just a bit unsafe ~

Meet Laurel | deliberate with a case of daydreams


Laurel Lynn Richardson is not running for gold. After too much age group triathlon success, Laurel’s bored with running for gold. Today she’s running for a waterfall that bestows magical thoughts, for extra-gooey nachos and beer, and for the possibility of going forever and against all norms. She’s running for a forest that fuels her artistic mind, for getting lost in trails of conversation, and obviously, for a far-off destination of delicious pie crust.

Meet Tara | tough and tiny


Tara Lynn Berry is not running for gold. Throwing caution and convention to the wind, she’s running for good times, for wheat beer, for friends, for fun, for testing her limits and getting others off the couch to do the same. Tara’s running for the competitive satisfaction of edging someone out into fourth place when you know you’re still feeling your epic night before.

Meet Alicia Woodside | brave and beyond


Alicia Margaret June (Frankenstein Lullaby) Woodside is not running for gold. Inspired by such Disney classics as Fern Gully and the recent success Brave, Alicia finds comfort and relative discomfort blazing through the forest of the west coast and beyond. She runs with reckless abandon for costumes (brought on by an early figure skating career), reindeer games, grueling uphills, yam fries, planning her start-up, micro-breweries, testing her limits and to simply be able to say “yes” where others might say “no way”.

Meet Shamai | the angel in aviators

Image Shamai Larsen is not running for gold. She is army tough and mother Theresa kind. Today she’s running to take names on the trail and well, actually take names as she is one of the top ten most friendly people in North America, if not the world and will definitely be interested in hearing all about you when you meet.  Raised in the forests of Alaska, you’ll see Shamai’s natural abilities to appreciate beer, glide uphill like a gazelle and barrel downhill like an angry mountain goat. You’ll find her at your local ultra at least every other weekend. Prepare to be inspired.