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Miriam Diaz Gilbert - Runner since 1989; ultra-runner since 2005. Training for her 30th ultra...

Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

Miriam in her own words:

“I am also an ordinary ultra runner. I have finished eight 50 mile ultras, three 100 mile ultras, six 24-hour, 1 48-hour ultra, and one 60 hour ultra. I also ran several virtual ultras and marathons during the Covid-19 pandemic.

I began running ultras after watching Leslie Stahl interview elite world-class ulta runners Dean Karnazes and Pam Reed on 60 Minutes in 2004.

I have been running ultras since 2005. Prior to running ultras, I completed nine marathons, eight half-marathons, one 10 miler, and five 5Ks. I have been running competitively since 1989.

I am a published author, freelance writer, interviewer, and book reviewer. You can read my publications in the Writing Life tab. In my blog you'll find interviews with ultrarunners, such as Jacob Moss, Kevin Hoegler, Dean Karnazes, Camille Herron, Bart Yasso, Charlie Engle, Pamela Chapman Markle, Catra Corbett, Gene Dykes, and Peter Morgan.I write book reviews, and articles about gardening, the national parks, spirituality, cancer caregiving, and more.

I am a cancer caregiver. I have been running virtual ultra running events during the Covid-19 pandemic to raise money for a GoFundMe campaign I established - Ultra Care for Cancer Caregivers."

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Show notes

  • Who is Miriam

  • Born and raised in Connecticut

  • Starting to get into running after a break-up

  • 2005 - running her first 50 mile Ultra Marathon

  • Getting hooked on ultra running

  • Why she loves running

  • Plotting her next ultra

  • Turning 63 years young

  • Being a writer and a blogger in 2017

  • Writing for the Huffington Post and working on her memoir

  • Being her husbands cancer care giver

  • Learning more about her childhood and early years

  • Not being athletic as a child

  • Being the tallest girl in the class

  • Using running to reduce stress

  • Running 9 marathons but finding that there were too many people

  • Placing 3rd in her first 24hr race

  • Running a 3 mile loop around a lake in Massachusetts

  • Dealing with some health challenges

  • Having a hysterectomy in 2012

  • Dealing with complications post surgery

  • Allowing her body time to heal

  • Going back to her first ultra

  • Running an ultra of gratitude

  • Mental resilience while running

  • Using running to heal her body