Episode 66 – Britt West aka Sketchy Britt – Salt Lake City Based Etch-A-Sketch Artist

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Britt West is a Salt Lake City-based Etch-A-Sketch artist who found creates unique art on a classic childhood toy. West has elevated the Etch-A-Sketch well beyond the toy we played with as a child into her own canvas. She creates unique and one of a kind comissions for clients.

West joins the podcast this week to talk about how she got into Etch-A-Sketch art, the community around Etch-A-Sketch art, and how you can preserve the sketches and create unique art pieces.

West talks about how she hopes to create and foster a love for art in her daughter and more in this episode of the Dirt in Your Skirt Podcast! She made the below sketch specifically for this podcast.

 

Episode 66 – Britt West

 

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SketchyBritt/

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Episode 65 – Kristin Saad – Becoming a Professional Obstacle Racer After Having Twins

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Kristin Saad is one of those athletes who found obstacle racing by “accident”. She has a long athletic history, including running Division 1 for Miami University. After college, she became competitive in triathlons while working full-time in medical and pharmaceutical sales.

In 2010, she met my husband and 18 months later we were married. Just settling in married life a month after their wedding she found out she was pregnant. With twins! As she says, “I guess you could say I tend to do things quickly, competitively …maybe even aggressively.”

Twin pregnancy threw her body and mind for a loop. She spent over two months on bed rest, and another 3 months after recovering and sleep deprived before she took a step running! Her body had changed a lot, and she soon after found a trainer to help strengthen some weaknesses in her hamstrings. This is where she was sneakily introduced to OCR.

Prior to having kids, she spent all my time running, swimming or biking, with very little time in the weight room. Looking back, it’s probably why she suffered almost every “running” injury known to man. Her trainer suggested she do the local Chicago Spartan Race.

He said she would do well. Saad looked at the website and said “no way I would be running through mud and carrying a bucket. And then I signed up.”

She loved competition too much and it had been way too long since she had raced. Her first Spartan Race “kicked my ass.” 125 burpees later she finished 3rd and was hooked.

Last year (2016) was her first season. Her 3rd race ever was the NBC Spartan Race Montana Sprint where she finished 5th place and spent whole race with a cameraman yelling “what’s your name?”

Saad joins the podcast this week to talk about her current journey in life balancing twins, charity work, a family, and competing at a professional level. This one is unique as while we all might not be professional athletes finding the time to fit in everything in a day is a universal among so many women, especially mothers!

 

Episode 65 – Kristin Saad

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Episode 64 – Megan Walsh – Creating Stoke, Healthy Relationships, Mocean MTB, and More

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Megan Walsh’s passions in life revolve around living ROOTS WISE! Living roots wise is about living life as a doer as well as giver AND it’s about living passionately, consciously, healthfully & full of spirit…so you can continue to do all the things in life that make you feel alive and inspire others to do the same!

She is a certified nutrition consultant, nutrition educator, movement instructor, clinical herbalist, RN, mountain bike guide, athlete, nomad, part-time van liver/tiny home dweller, goofball, and partner in crime and loves working with people in all of these capacities to get them as healthy and happy, in body, mind and spirit, as they can be!

Together with and her partner, Skye, have spent a decade committed to inspiring those around them to live their best life in this roller coaster we call life….And believes that through mindset, movement, rocking nutrition, community, a splash of travel and a dash of crazy…you can make that happen. Megan believes in the power of Tribe, Trees, Travel and the Tried and True!

On the podcast Megan and I talk about how we met at the first ever Spartan Race, her journey in life, balancing a healthy relationship, mindfulness, compassion, mountain biking, traveling, and creating and sometimes closing businesses. She is unafraid to lead a life completely her own and talks about it on this week’s podcast.

As promised this is the original Spartan Race Video we talk about early on in the episode.

 

Episode 64 – Megan Walsh

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Episode 63 – Rea Kolbl – How a PhD Student Found Obstacle Racing and New Athletic Career

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Rea Kolbl is an athlete on the Spartan Pro Team and a Ph.D. student at Stanford. In her first full year of obstacle racing, she has accomplished a laundry list of achievements including winning the last race of the Spartan US Championship series in West Virginia, cementing the 2nd place in the US Championship Series overall. She also placed 2nd in the inaugural US OCR Championship, her first non-Spartan OCR race. She lives and trains in the San Fransisco Bay area, with trail running being her main obsession. When not on trails she is either working in the lab, traveling to races, or annoying her partner in crime, husband Bunsak Pra.

On the podcast, she talks about her history in gymnastics and how obstacle racing gave her a second chance to be an athlete and more.

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Running an Obstacle Race or Mud Run with Your Period

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The fear of every female obstacle racer and mud runner is a surprise visit from Aunt Flo prior to race day. Sometimes it can seem like she creeps up on the female obstacle racer or mud runner at the most inopportune time. Chances are if you are a female obstacle racer or mud runner between the ages of 16 – 51 you will encounter Aunt Flo at some point in your obstacle racing and running career.

However, getting your period or menstrual cycle around race day does not have to keep you from competing in that big race or event. Myth used to say that a woman could not exercise on her period, while during the menstrual cycle the body can more tired and call for the couch before a race exercising while on your period can actually help keep the body functioning well and alleviate minor cramps and discomfort.

Don’t let your menstrual cycle stop you from running your next event Check out these ideas to keep you on the course on race day.

 

Running with Your Period: Planning Ahead – Hormones

The simplest way to avoid a visit from Aunt Flo on race day is to have control over your period though hormones. A quick look at the calendar can see if your racing and cycle end up in sync. If that happens you can either skip that race for that period, but we don’t suggest it. If you are already on hormone therapy or birth control consult with your doctor and see if you can skip the placebo pills or a week without the patch or ring at the end of your cycle and continue with the hormones.

After the month return to your normal cycle. This will force your body to skip a cycle and you can avoid a visit from Aunt Flo altogether. However, this should not be done less consulted with a doctor. Talk to your doctor about this method if you are concerned with being on course with your period.

For those who do not want to interrupt their hormones or no do use hormone therapy to control their menstrual cycle, there are a couple options to run and obstacle race or mud run with your period.

 

Running with Your Period: Protection

The easiest and most comfortable form of protection is the tampon. Many companies like Tampax  make tampons specifically for the female athlete and runner. It is a fear for many to run an obstacle race or mud run with a tampon in, however, if you start with a new tampon at the beginning of your race then change it after the race is over you should not have any problems. Just be sure to change your tampon after the race.

The other option which creates a barrier between your most private parts and the elements is a menstrual cup like the DivaCup. These cups are inserted and can be worn for up to 12-hours before having to be changed. The cups are reusable and are an alternative for those worried about the elements. This option is used by many female athletes especially those competing in longer events.

 

Running with Your Period: Ease the Flow

For many women cramps can also accompany their cycle. Midol and other female specific NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatroy drugs) can help ease cramps and also if taken a day or two before a race can reduce your flow cycle in come women.

It is important to be sure you are drinking lots of water during your period and especially if you are taking NSAID’s like Midol prior to running a race. It can help stem off fatigue as well as keep your body functioning at a high level.

Consider wearing a hydration pack if you plan to run with your period and are worried about dehydration.

 

For Women: Running an Obstacle Race or Mud Run with Your Period

Overall, your period shouldn’t stop you from competing in your next obstacle race or mud run. Be sure to pack extra clothing and tampons or other protection for after the race and stick to dark colors on race day in case of a leak.

Finally, we have come to love Thinx and other menstruation underwear for after a race. They are a perfect alternative to slip on after a race if you get your period while racing or don’t want to deal with a tampon at the end of the race.  With a little bit of preparation, you will be out there competing with the best of them and not only conquer the courses but also conquer Aunt Flo!
If you are concerned about running with your period be sure to consult with your OBGYN or primary doctor and talk about options that are the best for you, your race day, and your goals.

 

 

You don’t have to sit on the sideline on race day. 

 

 

 


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