CHALLENGE OF BALANCEStories of Luke Nelson: ultra runner, husband, father, and physician assistant
Photo Credit: Kelvin Trautman
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 three amazing kids, Brynlee, Chloe, and Anders; 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.
I can still remember the first time I saw a headlamp. I was twelve years old, my dad and I were headed up to Treasure Mountain Scout Camp for a Youth Leadership Program called Cedar Badge. We stopped at a gear shop in Driggs, Idaho called Yostmark. They had a couple...read more
As the northern hemisphere slides into summer, I thought it might be helpful to share what I am using during my long runs. It is interesting to me to find that I trend to a very similar kit for local long runs essentially every time. This will very somewhat if the...read more
In these trying times, when many of us are limited with how we express our physical self, I see an opportunity to discover the core of motivation. Why do you practice the craft of moving in the mountains or running trails?read more
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