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.
At the end of September I ran the Bear 100. It was only four weeks after completing Nolan's and frankly I was still wrecked. My training had consisted primarily of recovering from the monster effort at the first of the month, and I had only run 18 miles the entire...read more
I tried to escape the fog that has shrouded my brain since Nolan’s and write a few thoughts about the hardest things I’ve ever done. You can find them here: https://www.uphillathlete.com/nolans-14-record/read more
Day 7/12: I tried several times to get a picture of today's favorite, but I failed. So instead of showing my Jaybird freedom earbuds, here is a nice picture of running in the desert. I regularly listen to music when I am training, wireless earbuds that stay in place...read more
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