I’ve been training to run my first ultra since 2015. No, it’s not an exceptionally long training plan. It’s just that every time I ramp my mileage up to anywhere near 50 miles a week, I’m plagued by injury or chronic pain—debilitating tightness in my IT band, plantar fasciitis, and, last fall, occasional tingling and numbness in my right foot. It’s hard to run 25-plus miles (or even a handful of miles!) when one of your feet keeps falling asleep. Read More
From my late teens through my mid-thirties, the word “travel” held connotations of cross continental flights, foreign languages, and unfamiliar foods. As my career carried me across the US and occasionally to London (to the tone of about 150,000 air miles per year), I believed that unfamiliar ink stamped on a passport was the answer to finding escape. I was moving fast. Read More
When stereotypically think of meditation, we can often envision people in bamboo studios or some exotic Zen garden somewhere, contorting [probably uncomfortably] into full Lotus position on dusty old mats. There’s probably a fountain trickling off in the distance, there’s a guy politely hitting a gong ever few minutes, and everyone is chanting “Ommmmm” at precisely 432 Hz. Read More
In Ned's new Hemp Infused Lip Balm, you'll find a couple of key ingredients that came straight from the great outdoors. Back in June, Ret and I took to the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains with Annie, our wildcrafting spirit guide, to ethicallyharvest wild rose and wild calendula for our lip balms. I emphasize ethically because along with the ingredients we collected, we received a crash course in the human/nature connection, what it really means to respectfully use what nature has to offer, and how to hold up our end of the symbiotic relationship we have with wild plants. It was a profound day, so much so that we asked Annie to share with you what she shared with us. Read More
This is the last picture I ever took with my grandmother, or Mummu (pronunciation) as I called her. It was taken in 2007 at her apartment in Lohja, Finland. I was 24 and had recently graduated on from puka shell necklaces and popped collars and was trying my best to navigate early adulthood. It was a time in my life where my 'priorities' had shifted and I all but severed my ties to my childhood; Read More
It was two weeks ago. I was on a trip to Winter Park, Colorado with a few other journalists and fitness bloggers in the run-up to Outdoor Retailer. We were there testing out some new gear over the span of a few days, and the agency in charge of it all had set up some fun events. Think downhill mountain biking, a trail run and, much to what I thought would be my chagrin, some early morning yoga. Read More
Feeling like a balloon about to pop, I blink into the florescent, ticking light of a doctor’s office: a standard, high-rise business building, reeking of sterile soap… I’m twenty years old, a college sophomore, and for the last six months I’ve suffered from indigestion so severe Read More
In 2015, I boarded a flight from Helsinki to Kathmandu kicking off what turned out to be nearly two years of solo travel. Unbeknownst to me, I was in the midst of detaching myself completely from the life that had consumed me for over ten years. My greater friend network learned about my travels as I started posting daily photos on my Instagram feed, drawing comments such as “living the dream” and “crushing life.” Read More
Despite what you may think, it’s not always easy being in a prevalent rock band.
Constant touring can create a disconnect with the rest of the so-called “normal” world. The pressure of performing at your best, show after show, in front of thousands of demanding fans who spent their hard-earned money to see you compounds stress levels. Read More
If you’ve ever been lucky enough to visit the coast of California, you know the wonders of its jagged cliffs, hazy sunshine, and beautiful blue waves
The rolling grass hills and scattered cattle that come with driving up the winding Route 1 is a cure and spiritual mend for the exhaustion of everyday life. Read More
We live in a time of intense – and intensifying – political divisiveness.
It’s an issue that has ground our government to a halt and left elected officials running in circles screaming epithets and rhetoric. Yet through the constant chaos, there’s one surprising thing both sides can agree on.
No, not weed. While marijuana legalization is gathering enough momentum to eventually topple even the old ‘war on drugs’ crowd – Read More
My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. Luckily it was caught before it spread and this is not a sob story. Instead it’s the story of how I was introduced to CBD and why our CBD products perform the way they do. When it all went down with my mom - Win is her name - I knew she had excellent doctors and all the latest advancements in western medicine behind her. Read More