“I never thought I was capable of something like this,” I told my friend and fellow Trident coach Em as we crossed the finish line June 7. We ran 50K+ in 6:43. The North Face Endurance Challenge DC was my first ultra and my first real trail race. And it was heaven.

The weather was perfect, the course was gorgeous, the company was fantastic. I was in my element, never bonking, not even a twinge of discomfort until mile 24.

I felt like I was back at summer camp as I bounded off tree stumps, shimmied across log “bridges” and crossed streams by skipping from rock to rock. But most joyous was knowing I was running for something greater than myself and knowing I had the support of each of you.
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Summer means peaches! This month, Whitney, AccidentalAthlete’s guest foodie, is bringing readers her peach crisp recipe.

This is a recipe I just wing, to be honest. But for inspiration, I use this peach and blackberry crisp recipe from Food and Wine. Changes I make: I don’t put sugar with the fruit and I use half the amount of flour the topping calls for. The recipe is as easy as it is delicious. No really, I may be obsessed. This fall, I plan on making the apple version.

Here are the ingredients. Get the full recipe here.


2 pounds firm, ripe peaches—halved, pitted and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
2 cups fresh blackberries
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup quick-cooking oats
~1/2 cup all-purpose flour (halved from original)
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 stick plus 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cubed

Raynaud’s—pronounced ray-nodes—is a disorder of the small blood vessels in the extremities that reduces blood flow. Exposure to cold or emotional distress will send the blood vessels into spasms. These spasms can cause pain, numbness, throbbing and tingling. Raynaud’s was first identified over 100 years ago, yet little is known about the disorder’s cause and therefore cure.

Many people are unaware they are suffering from Raynaud’s and risk long-term damage. Here’s what you need to know about the disorder.