Real Talk Reflections is a monthly series on Running On Om, where Nicole Antoinette and I have honest, real talk on what it means to reflect, review, own your goals, and commit to your life.
In this episode, Randy Pierce, experienced runner, hiker, and president of 2020 Vision Quest, shares the story of how a unknown neurological disorder cause him to loose his sight at the age of 22 and later become wheelchair bound. Randy recounts how his guide dog, the Mighty Quinn, was his inspiration in regaining his ability to walk. He discusses his and Quinn’s journey hiking all 48 of the over 4000 foot peaks in the New Hampshire White Mountains. Randy describes his experiences qualifying for the 2015 Boston Marathon in May. He explains his work with 2020 Vision Quest, which helps support the visually impaired community in achieving their goals. Lastly, Randy reveals details on his exciting 2015 Expedition to Mt. Kilimanjaro.
In this episode we discuss Heather Anderson’s, experienced hiker, ultramarathoner, and record holder of the fastest self-supported Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) thru-hike (60 days, 17 hours, 12 minutes), numerous hiking endeavors she completed before her speed PCT hike, including the Continental Divide Trail, Appalachian Mountain Trail, and the PCT once prior. Heather reveals the challenges of her record-holding PCT hike, including a recount of her most difficult day and four encounters with mountain lions. She shares on her love of ultrarunning, including her most recent attempt at the Barkley 100. Heather describes her food/ nutrition philosophy and what trails are on her bucketlist.