Bask in Kaytlyn Gerbin’s Palpable Stoke With This Ultrarunning Clip

Every endurance athlete knows the effect well: You start your run or ride with worries, but by the end — you’ve got peace.

Distance runners like Kaytlyn Gerbin toe a fine line between escape and catharsis. In such a simplified sport, there’s not much to concentrate on. Literally all you can do is put one foot in front of the other.

But anyone who’s logged miles on the trail knows discipline can also amount to meditation.

Watch Gerbin tell her story and explore her pensive — but palpable — psych in this short edit. From her home in Issaquah, Wash., to the crucible of the Western States 100 Run and Fastest Known Time (FKT) bids, Kaytlyn proves she’s up to the challenge.

Runtime: 6 minutes

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Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.

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