Ultramarathon Musings

I’m writing this as I wait for my flight back home to Port Angeles, Washington after the most incredible, painful, exciting, amazing, physical experience of my life—The Lean Horse 100 ultramarathon in South Dakota. The guys who trained me describe 100-mile trail running as living a lifetime of emotions in a weekend, and I was not let down.

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You Can Do 26.2—Part III

At this point in your quest to conquer most people’s ultimate running challenge, you’ve undoubtedly logged some solid hours and tough miles out on the road. It’s very common for runners to question the rationale for even wanting to complete such an event. So when the training gets tough and it doesn’t seem like you can push yourself any further, remember the words of famed distance runner Patti Sue Plummer: “Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.”

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Vegan Variety

Santa Barbara’s dining scene for health-conscious cuisine has long been a temptation for enlightened epicureans. But many remain vague about eating vegan and where to find it. Fortunately, downtown is now graced with two sensational new vegan venues that will astound and delight even the most carnivorous of customers.

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The Case for Carbs

To be, or not to be…gluten-free. That seems to be the dietary question of the day. Going to a gluten-free diet is gaining ground fast, and for many, it’s a necessity. But some may be confused as to what gluten is and mistakenly try to eliminate carbs altogether. As the body needs carbohydrates, it’s important to differentiate between the various types and how the body processes these. Or, as in the case with gluten, how some bodies do not.

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Shades of Winter

Capturing the natural world comes naturally for Marc Muench, renowned master of the lens. A third-generation photographer, Muench—who was born, raised, and currently resides in Santa Barbara—carries on the family tradition of taking transcendent landscape imagery, but artfully adds the human dynamic.

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October’s Race Showcase

Fall is no time to drop the ball when it comes to getting out there and getting it done. And what better way to enjoy harvest season’s festive air than by reaping the bodily benefits of these runs and rides.

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