HIVE SPOTLIGHT: Get to know Giff Walters

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Giff Walters

Home base:
Grand Junction, CO

Main sport:
Mountain, Ultra, and Trail Running (MUT)

Do you compete on a team and/or for other sponsors?
I am on the Altra Global Endurance TeamPyllon Racing Team , and am an ambassador for Swiftwick Socks, in addition to being part of the Honey Stinger Hive.

How did you get into the MUT running?
I fell in love with the mountains through hiking, mountaineering, and backpacking.  Slowly I came to the realization that if I left all the heavy stuff behind I could run in the same places and see a ton more in a day.  In 2013 I paced a friend of a friend at the Leadville 100, got hooked and ran my first 100 miler at the Grand Mesa 100 the next year.

Greatest personal accomplishment:
Climbing Mount Rainier in a day.  At the time, I didn’t realize how everything came together to make it happen or how fit I was – which tends to happen when you are just following the fun.

Goal for the future:
To run healthy, to run mindfully, and to continue to push myself to see what I’m capable of.

Favorite Stinger fuel:
Pomegranate Passion Chews

When do you typically use your Stinger?
I usually consume 5-6 chews or one gel every 45 minutes – 1 hour during competition.

Recovery training tip:
Take the time to be with the people and to do activities that you miss out on during intense training blocks.

Strangest training or competition moment:
Pulling off my first dead toe nail.  Now it’s odd if I have all ten on any given day.

Interesting or random fact about yourself:
I have played African and Latin drums for much of my life and although I no longer perform or practice regularly, I tap out rhythms all day long.

Stay connected with Giff…

Instagram: @rinnanrunning
Twitter: @rinnanrunning

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