Huge congratulations to my favorite guy, Jared Burdick. In addition to being auto-selected for Team USA in the World 50k Championship in Qatar, he has just accepted his invitation for Team USA in the World 50 Mile Trail Championships in Portugal. Watching Jared's hard work and determination pay off over just this last year alone has been so exciting. I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for him. I believe his potential has not even begun to peak! Check out the article below announcing the team!
I wanted to surprise Jared by having a drone follow him while he trained. I thought it would be a nice keepsake to look back on.
I contacted Edgardo Gonzalez at Highpoint Aerial to see if he would be interested in just "something quick". Ed immediately was on board. I didn't realize the work that went into projects such as these. Even for limited footage, the amount of time that went into editing and putting together a story was very timely. It took me by surprise when Ed wanted to do more and more to make it better. He worked so hard to make the picture in his head a reality, even at the expense of longer hours for himself. He was in contact with us the entire time. We were able to give him our visions and he incorporated them in to a reality and then some. Ed wasn't just piecing the film together (my less tech savvy description of what was happening, haha) he was trying to find and tell a story.
(Below is a gallery of behind the scenes photos)
A month ago I read blogs from Sandi Nypaver and Sally McRae (two elite female trail runners/ultra marathoners) that were nearly identical. Both women have numerous accomplishments, highly coveted sponsors and athleticism that people strive for. Both of their posts were about comments that people made about their bodies and other female athlete's bodies.
Nypaver recounts the story of Hillary Allen after her winning of a 34 mile sky race. Hillary Allen was asked how she could run so fast weighing so much.
How confusing, do you have to weigh a certain amount to be a runner? Hillary's body is to be admired. Regardless, the fact that the way she looked was much more important to comment on rather than a simple congratulations on winning the race.
Aspiring adult with a love for running, travel and food (especially peanut butter!). Training for her second ultra marathon.