Athlete Interview: Michele Yates

By | May 14th, 2017|Featured, Fitness|

Michele Yates is one of the top female ultra runners in the world. She is known for wearing camo in races, is extremely fast, has a “go for broke” mentality in every race she competes in, and holds several course records. She holds a degree in Kinesiological Sciences and was the female Ultra Runner of the Year in 2013. Michele resides in Conifer, Colorado where she owns/operates her own coaching business – Rugged Running. At Rugged Running, Michele is devoted to providing clients with the motivation and knowledge to chase their dreams and accomplish their fitness goals. She does this through online coaching and creating custom plans designed specifically for each client based on their ability, experience level and available time commitment. Michele was kind enough to sit down with The Mule Deer Hunter for a short interview so that our readers could get to know a little bit about her. TMDH: First of all Michele, thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview. Before we dive into your ultra marathon running career, as well as your successful coaching business, can you tell us a little bit about your running background? […]

Setting Goals

By | March 23rd, 2017|Fitness, The Road to Leadville|

When running the trails, the Altra Lone Peak 3.0’s are my current “go-to” shoe. Now that the decision has been made to return to Leadville in 2018 for an attempt at the sub 25 hour buckle, it is time to come up with a plan. For the past couple months I have been focused on building my weekly base mileage. I began somewhat slowly by putting in roughly 25 miles per week. I did this for several weeks and then bumped it up to around 30 miles. The week before last I finally broke 40 miles and just this last week, I managed to get in 52 miles. After taking six months off without running a single mile…..I am beginning to feel like a runner once again!! This week I have been […]

It Begins!

By | March 19th, 2017|Fitness, The Road to Leadville|

David crossing the finish line of the 2014 Leadville 100 trail run. “I want one!” Those were the only three words I said as Cheryl and I were standing at the Leadville Race Series tent shortly after running the Bolder Boulder 10K in May 2013. What I was referring to was the large silver belt buckle lying on the table in front of us that read: Leadville Trail 100 – The Race Across the Sky. This was no ordinary belt buckle….you simply can’t whip out your wallet and go buy one. No, this particular belt buckle you must pay for in blood, sweat, and tears while running 100 miles in one of the toughest races in existence […]

9 Ways to Get Up at the Crack of Dawn (or Before) by Emily Fife

By | March 13th, 2017|Fitness, Running/Cardio|

Starting your day with a run is one of the best ways to build positivity, self-confidence, stress reduction, and overall well-being into your life. Life likes to get in the way of this though. Getting up early is a challenge for many of us and for the most part, we aren’t hard-wired to rise in the wee hours of the morning. Over the years I have tried and failed many time to get implement an early morning routine. I can finally say I have figured out my magic combination that has had me successfully rising early for the last year. Here are 9 strategies I use to help me get going each day: […]

Run to Hunt by Russ Nichols

By | March 11th, 2017|Featured, Fitness, Running/Cardio|

When I crossed the finish line at the 2014 Leadville 100 mile trail run, I had just completed my first 100 mile ultra. The pain was severe and I swore I would never do another. However, like most things worth doing, the pain quickly faded and I was already planning to do it again. Why do I run these you may ask? Completing something of this magnitude gives you an advantage. The advantage is of toughness, to go deeper into the woods, get further than anyone else, to explore the unexplored. The feeling of accomplishment makes one feel like they can tackle anything. It prepares you for any difficult challenge in life whether it be a stressful situation, or preparing for that dream hunt that you have planned. […]

15/15 Treadmill Challenge

By | February 27th, 2017|Featured, Fitness, Running/Cardio, Treadmill Challenges|

15/15 Challenge The objective of this treadmill challenge is to cover as much distance as you can in 15 minutes with the treadmill set at a 15% incline. While the incline must remain at 15% during entire challenge, you can adjust the speed at any time. No holding on to treadmill with hands during challenge.

Key Learnings from Multi Day Excursions by Ryan Guldan

By | November 7th, 2016|Fitness|

This year I made my fourth run at the Desert RATS Stage Race by Gemini Adventures in June. For those that are not familiar with the event, it is a five-day running race (each day of a different distance) in which crazy athletes and enthusiasts take on the 140+ mile Kokopelli Trail that connects Fruita, [...]

Getting Started by Michele Yates

By | November 4th, 2016|Strength Training|

GETTING STARTED- How to start a strength and endurance program. So you are planning a long hike, mountain hunt, or endurance event…but where do you begin in order to tackle that goal? There are 3 important aspects when trying to pursue any sort of fitness goals: Nutrition, Cardiovascular fitness, and Strength. For me, as well [...]

Why I Run by Kent Roberts

By | November 2nd, 2016|Fitness, Running/Cardio|

Why I run? Some people never understand, some people will try to understand, some people don’t understand, and some people won’t understand the question of: Why I run? But that’s okay with me. There is a part of me that relishes in the fact running is something that I take great joy in doing, but [...]

2016 Moab Red Hot 33K by David Long

By | November 1st, 2016|Fitness, Running/Cardio|

This is a race that I had been looking forward to for a long time. I had been training with my new running coach, Michele Yates of Rugged Running, for six months now and was anxious to see how much I had improved as a runner under her guidance and training program. Ultrasignup, based on [...]