I’m gearing up for my next endurance event: the 29029 Everesting Challenge. You’re invited to tag along for the ride! Follow my training and nutrition video diary as I prepare for my 29029 Everesting event in Sun Valley. As a 50-year-old busy mom, this will push my limits, but I’m excited to figure it out (with you!). Throughout my video diaries, I’ll share my training routines, nutrition plan, and the mindset strategies I use to stay positive.


I was sick last week, and training didn’t go as planned. I was able to get most sessions in, but it wasn’t pretty! It’s something I’ve been reflecting on lately.

Social media can play a role in that reflection. It’s easy to get caught up comparing yourself to the carefully curated highlight reels others post (we’ve all been there, right?). I often refer to it as getting caught up in the “Instagram standard.” Social media can create an illusion of perfection, where everyone seems to have it all figured out. 

So, here’s a reminder for anyone who needs to hear it (✋)- you are strong, you are capable, and you are enough. Be mindful of how much you let it, but most importantly, keep showing up for yourself. 

Training Plan

Ok, so I just got weeks 7-8, and the game is on! We’re now at a point where it’s the real deal. I’m about 15 weeks out from the event, and every training session is at least 45 minutes long. Over the next two weeks, I’ll focus on Zone 2 work, dedicating around 6 hours to it. In addition, there will be three strength training sessions and an intense hill session to ramp up the intensity. The key to keeping up with the intensity and volume of training is staying consistent with stretching. I’m like the Tin Man, so it’s a non-negotiable- every morning and 10 minutes before bed. 

Dialing in Nutrition

One of the coolest parts of training for an endurance event is that I need to eat. I get a free pass to eat all the good stuff, and I’m not complaining. I’m focusing on a high-protein diet to support my energy levels and muscle recovery. I always focus on eating a high-protein diet, but now I dial it in even more. Protein helps repair and build tissues, carries oxygen to our muscles, and even helps regulate fluids. Here’s a look at a typical day’s meal to give you an idea of how I hit my 100-130 gram protein goal. 

What I Eat In a Day

A Little Bit of Background…

When I first decided to do the 29029 Everesting endurance event, I had no idea what I was doing, and I was kind of freaked out. I mean, could a middle-aged mom like me really do this? Do I have what it takes? But this little voice inside kept whispering, “What if?” I remember training for my first 29029 event. I’d zone out sometimes in a long training session and imagine what finishing would feel like. I would tear up every single time! “What if?” That tiny seed of curiosity kept me moving forward, literally and figuratively, one step at a time. Fast forward to now, and I’ve realized that doing hard things, no matter how scary or uncomfortable, is where real growth happens. I learn more about myself each time I try and am reminded that I’m not done. So, what about you?

I promise to keep these videos short and to provide valuable information about my training routine, nutrition, and real-world talk about how at 50 I’ll try to pull it off (you can, too!). Hopefully, these are tools and insights you may be able to use for your healthy journey or next adventure. 

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