234: Courtney Dauwalter on Embracing the Pain Cave

“Lately, my main strategy has been to stay in it and like fully embrace how much it hurts and how painful that experience is because, in doing that I think it just reminds me that I’m doing something by choice and that, and to get to that physical state where it hurts that bad means, you know I’ve worked really hard to get to that point and to celebrate kinda being in the pain cave.”
Courtney Dauwalter

Courtney Dauwalter is a professional trail runner for Salomon, living in Golden Colorado. She won the Western States 100 in 2018, the 2019 Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), as well as having wins at multiple races and distances worldwide. She has represented the USA at the 24 Hour World Championship, and is a former American Record holder in the 24 hour event. Just after this interview was recorded, Courtney was named Ultrarunning Magazines  #1 Ultra Runner of the Year (UROY) for 2019, for the second year in a row. Courtney is a teacher, but has taken an indefinite sabbatical to pursue running full-time.

This lively conversation includes:

  • Reflecting on her 2019 year
  • Working through injuries and how her training has changed
  • Her background growing up and how she became a teacher
  • How she met her husband Kevin
  • Her experience with discomfort, pushing limits and the pain cave
  • Her plans for 2020, including the Hardrock UTMB double
  • Women in ultra running
  • Her thoughts on self care and her favorite self care routine
  • Her favorite candy

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