Amy Bushatz is an Alaska-based journalist and host of the podcast Humans Outside.
Since September 1, 2017, she’s spent at least 20 minutes outside every day as part of an experiment to see how building and keeping a daily nature habit can change her life. What she found was benefits including making her happier, healthier and more creative while improving her relationships, making new friends and more.
Since starting her outdoor journey Amy has also become an ultra runner, skier, backpacker, camping enthusiast and tried ice climbing, glacier trekking, snowshoe running, ATVing, cliff jumping, forest bathing, rock climbing, high-ropes courses and more.
Amy and her family live in Palmer, Alaska with their two dogs.
*Content Warning - there is mention of disordered eating during this episode, we don’t go into specific details.
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Who is Amy
Her early years and not being outdoorsy
Being married with kids
Getting into running and fitness
The benefits of spending time outdoors
Working as a journalist for 20 years
Deciding to move to Alaska without ever having been there
The weather in Alaska and dealing with the cold
Needing a goal and setting herself a new challenge
Deciding to spend 20 mins outside every day for 1 year
Creating the rules
How it’s changed her life
Spending time with her family and how it’s improved relationships
Her running journey
Connecting with the ultra running community
Overtraining and dealing with injury
Going straight for the Resurrection Pass 100 Miler
Dealing with the cold and the elevation gain and loss over the race
What she would do differently
The mental side of the race
Not putting on the layers
Hoarding food and clothing and not being able to accept help
Feeling emotional on the trail - walking and crying
Having a scarcity mindset - even though it’s not reality
Not joking about food
Getting to 70 miles and mentally processing not reaching the 100 miles
Knowing that she can do hard things
Not wanting to train for another 100 miler
Wanting to do the 50 miler
Recovery from the 70 miles
Final words of advice
Humans Outside Podcast #HumansOutside365
Podcast Website: https://humansoutside.com/
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