: Heather Griffith
: Feb 19, 1983
: Began running my senior year of high school for Mason County High. Set new school record in the mile and 2-mile, 5:33 and 12:19, not great times but for small school not bad. Walked on the University of Louisville track and XC team, ran 2 yrs for them before deciding to run for the pure enjoyment of the sport and go onto marathoning. First marathon in 2003, and ran 3:18. Very happy w/that and decided to stick the longer distances; enjoyed the pain; enjoyed the push; enjoyed the feeling of being able to run so long. Started ultras in 2006, my first at Chicago Lakefront 50-mile. Still my only 50-mile race to this day, will run one more 50-miler before running my first 100-mile in April. Started training for the 100-mile distance once I realized I could run 18 marathons in 18 consecutive days, push through a great deal of pain, do it all for a cause, and still feel so great after! I just love to run, not fast necessarily, just to be out there and stay out there for hours and hours on end, just to enjoy life!!!
: *God, and all the strength he gives me during my weakest, most difficult moments!!!
* Inspiration from others; others believing in me!
* I like pain, and like pushing myself!
* Going beyond what I thought was possible and finding what really is possible!
: *Be the first female ever to complete the 208 Blue Ridge Relay solo, in Sept 2008!
*Yukon Arctic 100 / Badwater 135 in 2009!
* 350-mile continuous solo run in summer 2009!......need support crew!!! :)
* To inspire others, to help others achieve their goals, and basically just enjoy running and enjoy life!!!
: Events I wish to do but have not yet...
-Yukon Arctic 100
-Western States 100
-350-Mile Solo Run (w/support crew)
: Nathan insulated Camelbak
Hanteens (ultra-light water bottles that fit around your hands like little hand weights, not insulated)
Nathan waist-pack (w/o water bottles, just for gels/keys/javajuice)
Injinji socks / gloves
North Face Arnuva 50 Boa trail shoes!!!
YakTrax for snow/ice running
HellyTech rain jacket
Favorite Food / Drinks
: Stuff I eat before the runs: Peanut Butter/Bagel or Pumpkin chocolate-chip bread, Coffee w/skim milk, Chocolate-covered espresso beans.
Fuel during the runs: Water, Heed, Cytomax, Gu/Power/Hammer gels, Honey Stinger gels, Honey Stinger energy bars, Peanut Butter Squeeze (packed like a gel), Peanut-butter sandwiches, chocolate-covered espresso beans, Endurolytes; the late stages: pizza, potatoes, pretzels, fat / sweet / salty foods!!!
Post-run: Recovery smoothie, Endurox, animal protein(meat, dairy), coffee, pizza, all-natural oreo cookies!
Favorite Music / Movie
: TV- hardly ever watch it.
Movies- hardly ever watch them
Music- Lenny Kravitz, Guns N Roses, Metallica, Nirvana, AC/DC, Godsmack, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Creed, Sanctus Real, Limp Bizkit, Coldplay, U2, Staind, Chris Daughtry, Audioslave.
: "Impossible is nothing."
"The only physical limitations are those we place in the mind; there is nothing the body cannot do if it is truly in the mind to do so!"
"I don't train to absorb the pain, I train to break the pain."
"It doesn't matter how long it takes, just finish it."
"Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must. Just never give up."
"Run until you cannot move another step, then run longer."
"Most things worthwhile in life come w/a measure of pain."
"To achieve all that's possible, we must attempt the impossible; to be all we can, we must dream of being more."
Workout Routines / Fitness Tips
: * I run 120 or more miles a week w/a full-time stocking job at local grocery store.
* Heat Runs...indoor, treadmill, 75-80 degrees w/layers of fleece, hours and hours of running, or outdoor w/winter gear in extreme temps of 90+ degrees
* Backpack Runs...20+-lb backpack, 20+-mile hilly runs, adding heat to these runs could put you into survival mode
* Hills, hills, more hills, as hilly as possible on most runs
* Lots of road, some trails, like to mix it up
* Miles, miles, and more miles!!!
* Extreme conditions whenever possible...if it's bad weather, I'll be out there logging the miles so don't ask!
: Pushing through pain, finding my limits and going beyond them, traveling, reading (about other runners, especially ultra, who have accomplished great things), writing about running, collecting running gear and necessities, making new friends through running, coffee / chocolate-covered espresso beans / caffeine, setting goals and exceeding them, running, enjoying life!
: * 18 marathons in 18 consecutive days...Oct 25-Nov 11 2007
* 25-hr run, 95 miles (first time pushing beyond 50 miles)...Jan 29-30 2008