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

Xendurance is a nutrition company based out of Phoenix Arizona, providing high quality nutrition and recovery products for athletes. Xendurance proudly makes products that are science based for optimal health and performance. They have a large Pro-Team of talented athletes, including ROO’s own Soul Sister Abbey Cooper. All their products are made with the finest ingredients and to the highest quality. They are certified by multiple standards and all their products undergo strict analytic testing to comply with the World Anti Doping Agency, International Olympic Committee and other major sporting leagues.

This week's featured product is Xendurance Energy Gels Typically, Energy Gels are designed specifically for long distance sports performance. With the contribution of elite athletes from around the world, Xendurance have designed an energy gel that caters to a broader range of disciplines.The smooth texture and light flavor allows for easy consumption and absorption in the body. We blend the benefits of 2 carbohydrates - maltodextrin & fructose with calcium lactate for a premium energy solution.

Janji is a Boston based running apparel company. Their mission is to explore, connect and give back through running, a philosophy that drives every decision. Janji craft globally inspired running apparel, guided by places and people around the world. They create functional and beautifully designed apparel for wherever your running adventures take you. Janji believes in social responsibility, and leads by example. Janji understands water is a human right, and gives 2% of every single purchase, to support clean water projects in the countries that inspire their seasonal lines. Their website highlights their water partners and projects.

To receive $10 of a pair of Janji shorts use the code:

runningonom10

Episode Links

Ultra Running

Courtney's Links

INSTAGRAM Twitter

show your support

Subscribe to the podcast on
Apple Podcasts Spotify
Review the podcast on iTunes
Share the podcast with your community!