This week we are chatting with ultrarunner, school librarian, and awesome all around person Lindsey Weaver!!
Lindsey just completed her quest to set the Fastest Known Time on the C & O canal, a 184.5 mile trail along the Potomac river from Cumberland, Maryland to Washington D.C. With summer races cancelled, she wanted to put all her training to good use and stepped far outside of her comfort zone and took this challenge head on! What she found along the way was an unwillingness to quit, a determination to keep battling, and the beautiful encouragement of her running community.
I was absolutely inspired by the story of this FKT and really admire Lindsey’s refusal to let negative emotions dictate her resolve when things got difficult (Like….any step over 100 miles kind of difficult). To me, this adventure represents the spirit of ultra running during this wild and exhausting COVID summer we have all been asked to endure- running and pushing limits as a form of stress management, self discovery, and community building amongst a time where individuals have been forced into relative isolation. At the end of the day it really is our contribution to our community and our community’s contribution to use, in the form of positive uplift, that will really help us through the bumpy parts of life and out the other side.
Hope you all enjoy the episode!! Huge thanks to Lindsey and best of luck in whatever she sets her mind to next!!
MORE FROM LINDSEY WEAVER:
Frederick Article: https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/education/schools/public_k-12/high_school/middletown/middletown-high-librarian-becomes-first-woman-to-run-length-of-c-o-canal/article_0b26909d-f3a6-5da8-84a9-d1f213387fd4.html
Canada Trail Running Magazine: https://runningmagazine.ca/trail-running/american-ultrarunner-sets-300k-fkt-from-northwestern-maryland-to-d-c/
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