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CHALLENGE OF BALANCE

Stories of Luke Nelson: ultra runner, husband, father, and physician assistant

Photo Credit: Steven Gnam

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I have an incredible talent for biting off more than I can chew, hence the current status of my life.

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Photo Credit: Steven Gnam

My entire life I have been drawn to the mountains. Over the years I have found many different ways to enjoy wild places.  Trail running is the method that I have found the most appealing to me as a way to explore the world and to challenge my body.

I have an incredible talent for biting off more than I can chew, hence the current status of my life: Husband to a stunningly beautiful woman, Tanae; father to two amazing girls; 6 year old Brynlee and 3 year old Chloë; Professional Trail and Ultramarathon runner, and a Physician Assistant. All of this rolls in to a complicated challenge of balancing all the aspects in my life while maintaining my sanity…but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This site is a place where I intend on documenting my journey and the struggle it is of maintaining balance in a life that requires so much. I hope you enjoy your time here and if you would like to see or hear more, or something specific don’t hesitate to contact me.

Luke

My Adventures

In the Midst of It

Several months of very focused training and preparation, weeks spent preparing the body, thousands of miles of running, and now I find myself in the midst of it; race season. I started working towards these events in October, but the preparation is made up of years of...

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Going South- Part 2

Going South- Part 2

I finished an amazing run up to Angel’s Landing to be greeted by three kids on a tail gate eating oatmeal. Normally, they would still be sleeping, but today they were excited to get on to the next leg of the journey. They work early and started packing so that...

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Going South- Part 1

Going South- Part 1

Spring in Idaho is variable. After cold, snowy winters it is common to have glimpses of the sun, rain, snow, hot, and cold, and sometime all in one day. Don’t get me wrong, I love the variety of Idaho weather, but sometimes I just want to be warm and to be able...

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The Smell of the Weekend

The Smell of the Weekend

Weekends are busy times. With the demands of work, family, training and various other responsibilities there is often little time in the week to adventure. Hence the time old tradition of packing as much as possible into a weekend. When I left home on Friday morning,...

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Revisiting Hong Kong

Revisiting Hong Kong

In 2015 I went to Hong Kong. Actually, in 2015 I went to Hong Kong twice! In February I went to for a little less than a week to race the Sai Kung 50k Skyrunning race. I returned in October as part of the Mile for Mile media tour and had the chance to race another...

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