Good morning trail friends. Ikigai (pronounced ee-key-guy) is the Japanese concept conveying a deep sense of purpose. Find your ikigai and you’re on the way to a long and happy life. For most of us, spending time on the trails is part of this equation.
Plus, has the myth of the recovery beer finally been debunked? And “shocking” advice for staying safe in lightning storms. Enjoy.
– Jenn Hughes & Matt Hart
THE WEEKEND COOL DOWN
Big Miles, Big Parties, Big Records.
The Bigfoot 200 Endurance Run is underway, but there are no finishers to report yet. Because with 209.5 miles and a healthy 46,000 feet of vertical gain — they are still out there. Stay up to date with the live tracker and photo feed for plentiful inspiration and shots of Mount St. Helens and the Cascade range in Washington (📸: 1).
She’s the wild one on top of the stage with the disco-ball helmet and sunglasses, in a cloud of floating bubbles, animated by hip-hop beats.
– Jared Beasley
A creative visionary with an eclectic background, Jubilee Paige, or “Jubes,” likes to play life’s wildcards. In doing so, she’s put her singular stamp on the sport of ultrarunning. This week, Jared Beasley profiles the Aravaipa Running race director (Javelina Jundred, Whiskey Basin, Across the Years, and Black Canyon 100) to learn how theatre, music, and artistic expression are transmuted onto the trails in Jubilee’s world.
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⚡ Zap: Love playing in the high country, but wary of the electric afternoons? Liza Howard, two-time Leadville champ and NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructor helps us avoid getting lit up with these practical tips. Bottom line: When thunder roars, go indoors.