Hi and welcome to the Mountain Pulse Running Adventures website. We are extremely excited for the 2016 season! We have some EPIC adventures planned for you including our NEW San Juans Mountains Trail Camp and the Costa Rica Trail Camp in the fall. Both these adventures will be full of BIG days in the mountains, home cooked meals, and a chance to take your running to another level.
All of us at Mountain Pulse Running Adventures love running and spending as much time as possible outside, moving. I caught up with the crew for a few questions......
Sean Meissner is our lead guide at Mountain Pulse Running Adventures and Ultra Running coach with Sharman Ultra Endurance Coaching. I caught up with Sean when I was able to get him to sit down.
How long have you been ripping up the trails? What is your favorite trail in your hometown of Durango, CO?
I've been running or about 35 years. While I ran trails a bit around my home growing up and in college, I really started running them a lot when I moved to the Tetons in 1997. So, that's almost 19 years of ripping up the trails! My favorite Durango trail is the marathonish distance loop around Engineer Mountain on Coal Bank Pass.
Donuts, Chocolate/Peanut Butter Ice Cream, Arugula, Broccoli, Radishes (I can't pick just one!). Note, I don't necessarily eat all of those items together.
Arugala, really? Gross Sean.
Hannah Riedl (rhymes with banana beetle) is working on her Masters degree from Colorado State University in Ecology. Her love for the outdoors is contagious. She grew up in Carson City, NV, with Lake Tahoe and the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains as her backyard. Hannah unfortunately will not be with us in Tahoe this year as she's attending a good friends wedding in Montana. We will MISS you HANNAH!!! I was able to track her down for some questions (that wasn't too hard--we live together).
Rivers or Mountains?
I would choose a good run along the river over a mountain summit most days, as long as we're talking scree-side to floodplain, singletracky trail--not river path. One of my favorite quotes says, "Humility is the mother of giants; one sees great things from the valley, small things from the peak" (Gilbert Chesterton). To me, it puts things much more into perspective to stand at the base of a mountain mastiff than at the top of it. Following a creek or river makes me feel more a part of the whole tangible valley, instead of just a vacuous view. Plus, then the dog can stay cool and hydrated. Good thing you get to follow rivers up mountains!
Cats or dogs? Why?
Dogs. They love you unconditionally. Cats are a gamble. They might be too cool for you, a killer, or a sticky snuggler. I would get a black cat though.
Kevin Bigley, owner of Ascent Physical Therapy, is also an avid trail runner and hosts trail running events through Ascent Run in the Carson City/Lake Tahoe area. Kevin will be at the Tahoe Ultra Camps this June offering a full PT assessment with follow up. Campers will get this service at a reduced rate!
How long have you been a Physical Therapist?
I've been practicing Physical Therapy for 22 years.
Whats your favorite local trail?
Clear Creek trail. Its right outside my front door!
Angela "registration goddess" Sullivan is owner of Sun Mountain Yoga in Carson City, NV, and is a certified CoreAlign instructor at Ascent Physical Therapy. Angela is also in charge of registration for the Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs. She is an avid trail running and can be found adventuring in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her dog, Puck.
How long have you been teaching yoga? Where is the coolest place you have traveled?
25 years teaching with 10 Buddhist practices.
The coolest place I've traveled is the Lo Mantang seat of the Kingdom of Lo, Upper Mustang, Nepal. This was during the Tibetan Buddhist Saga Dawa Festival, which is the celebration of the Buddha's life. I've also traveled to Mjoifjordur, Westfjords, Iceland on the Greenland Sea with my family during the endless light of Summer Solstice. And really, any of my secret mountain spots in the High Sierras and central Nevada. Sometimes the sweetest journey may be incredibly close to home!