Courtney Dauwalter’s “passions lie in exploring with my feet and seeing what’s possible when our brains and bodies are working together, and in hanging out with the people that I love.” Her brain and body work together in amazing ways.
Since she was on Running for Real, her accomplishments have included winning the 2018 Western States Endurance Run (100 miles); finishing second overall and setting the women’s course record at Big’s Backyard Ultra; placing second overall in the Tahoe 200, beating the previous women’s course record by over 18 hours; being named Ultra Runner of the Year by Ultrarunning Magazine; winning the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc in 2019 and again in 2021, establishing a new course record; and receiving the George Mallory Award for pushing the boundaries of human achievement.
Courtney’s achievements are exceptional, but her philosophy can apply to everyone. “If it sounds scary and hard,” she says, “I think that’s the thing that’s worth trying, because why not? I mean, if you fall a little bit short of it because you set your bar too high, then you’ve still done something amazing. Like for me, for sure, running keeps reiterating that the thing I think is too scary and hard, I can get to that eventually, if I keep on working at it.”
The best place to follow Courtney is on Instagram.
To hear her original episode from June 2018, you can go here.
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