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Erik Hamilton

🍌Plant powered hiker & runner πŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸŒΎ 🚌Skoolie @summit_shenanigans πŸƒ@runnershighherbals 🌱 πŸ•@campmor 🐾 πŸ₯œ@muirenergy πŸ’ πŸ”ADK46R.9481

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Welp.. I guess I won't be seeing this view for a while. .. Here we go snow.❄️ .. . . .. #getoutmor #trailrunning #runthewhites #trailrunningviews #whitemountains #runnershigh #catchthehigh #presidentialrange #nh48

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I like this path, there's no reason it needs to end. .. . . .. #getoutmor #trailrunning #runnersofthewild #borntorunfree #runnershigh #catchthehigh #restday

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I can just imagine the scenarios running through your head as you see this.. wondering "what the..huh?" .. Ciara's throat is actually completely safe.. this just goes to show how helpful she is, so supportive as she sees me off to go run for a few hours and put my legs and joints into a state of temporary disability for a few days. She is awesome as she holds me up so I can stretch out my joints!! .. Our next run on dirt cannot come soon enough. .. . . .. #getoutmor #ultratraining #weruntogether #firstmarathon #runmdi #catchthehigh #runnershigh #fuelyouradventure #sheisawesome #veganrunner

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I was told that I wore this smile for all 26.2 miles, now I'm pretty sure they're not wrong!! .. This was around mile 18 .. It was so trippy having our names on our bibs, every aid station I came to I'd hear "Yeah great job Erik!! Keep kicking Erik!!" .. and I'd quickly look around for someone I knew.. that right there made this run so special! πŸ€™ . . .. #runnershigh #catchthehigh #fuelyouradventure #borntorunwild #ultratraining #firstmarathon #veganrunner #allwedoisrun

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Holy heck, well.. that went fast, not saying I necessarily went fast, so much incredible scenery and changing leaves, rad folks at the aid stations with some bumpin' tunes all along the way. .. Ciara grabbed a photo of me with the only water of the whole 26.2, opted for coconut water with real maple syrup and some sea salt, did me well!! . What a great golden lobster claw medal - and the best part? It's friggin' heavy!! Can't wait until the next one already!! . Happy Monday y'all!! .. . . .. #getoutmor #medalmonday #catchthehigh #runnershigh #fuelyouradventure #ultratraining #firstmarathon #everytrailconnects #runmdi

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What's this?? All this running and training and mountain climbing has paid off.. finally I get to have my photo taken with a sweet backdrop!! .. And even better yet??.. a photo bomb from the kilted fellow himself who will be firing off the starting cannon. . Dang life is good up here in Maine. Alright, enough of all that.. time to run, see y'all in 26.2 on the other side. Cheers!! 🀘🀘 .. . . .. #runnershigh #runnersofthewild #ultratraining #irun #veganrunner #runmaine #catchthehigh #fuelyouradventure #getoutmor #marathon #runmdi #discovermaine #borntorunfree #firstmarathon #myfirstmarathon #nhrunner #plantpoweredathlete #runnerscommunity #running

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This is the moment after we lugged Boone and Crockett up what I'll dub "The Basin Cliffs", each pup weighing in at about 51lb each, Ciara literally had Boone over one shoulder and I carried Crockett by his harness 3 ladder rungs at a time. We needed to catch our breath, grab some Muir for our hungry bellies and rest but the black flies swarmed so hard in a matter of seconds that I grabbed this shot before we had to get them safely down the back side of Basin before we could start thinking of ascending the actual Saddleback Cliffs. .. It was some work getting ourselves up and down the scrambles, but with two goofy brothers to keep safe.. we had surely earned that extra slice of home made seed bread! . .. .. . #getoutmor #hikeny #adirondacks #highpeaks #pureadk #trailrun #weruntogether #runnersofthewild #runnershigh #werehikers #ultratraining #trailrunningviews #trailrunning

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Getting ready for this weekend has had me reflecting and thinking about how lucky I am to share this journey with Ciara and her rad vegan mama, Tuesday!! . We began with a 5k and then piggybacking our astounding accomplishments, we treated ourselves to the fanciest of meat-free cuisine, 5k naturally progressed to "what the hell- sign me up for a half!!".. we would run together because it was fun, and who doesn't like fun. .. Now, months later we are all smashing into the car with Boone and Crockett.. next stop: all of the vegan Thai food and then Maine to hit up the starting line tomorrow.. . I am beyond humbled and feeling lucky to have these four sprinkled along tomorrows course, aid stations and (hopefully if they can find parking) at the finish line!! .. I love my crew!! Have a friggin' sweet weekend! Cheers y'all!! πŸ€™ .. . . .. #getoutmor #trailrunning #veganrunner #weruntogether #runnersofthewild #ultratraining #runnershigh #catchthehigh #fuelyouradventure #irun #everytrailconnects

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Finally done crushing the miles and elevation for the week.. time to rest, repair and rebuild these legs before the big run Sunday!! Time to load up on all the fruit, veggies (yes..veggies have protein too!) .. But most importantly, it's time to really take care of my legs if I want them to take care of me!! .. Runners High Herbals great line up to the rescue.. . Chill AF Plus+ daily to reduce any swelling and ensure the muscles are ready to blast off on race day, plus the peppermint is such a burst of life to the senses!! πŸ€™ . Their wildcrafted PiΓ±on Salve is being kept on hand at all times to massage the heck out of my feet and ankles and keep them ready to rock out in the shoes for many, many hours!! .. And of course their Shaggy MF balm will help keep the beard on point and hide my grueling, agonized, sweaty face and give the appearance of a luscious beard with legs kicking down the bends.. πŸ˜„ .. . Seriously stoked to have these incredible folks along with me on this crazy journey of many firsts!! Thanks Runners High!! πŸ–€ .. . Don't forget to pick up all your recovery and race day herbals for less when you throw them EHAMILTON10 at check out.. Cheers Y'all!! Have an awesome day! .. . . .. #runnershighherbals #runnershigh #catchthehigh #trailrunning #runnersofthewild #herbivore #veganrunner #runnh #ultratraining

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One dreary, cold and rainy October morning many, many years ago I woke up with a mean hang over that coffee and Advil could not cure. I found an old pair of running shoes that had seen many miles, and up to that point, I had done none. I decided to run a mile to see if I felt any better, one mile came and went, two.. three miles. I had never felt such a rush. Running trails became my new escape, not something I though I would excel at. .. But here I am many miles, many years after that first run. Still putting my shoes on because I know a mile later I'll be flying over the topography on my run.. and that's exactly what it is, "my run" . I run to get away for a few minutes. I run to be healthy. I run to be alive. .. Cheers y'all, have a great run! .. . . .. #getoutmor #trailrunning #fuelyouradventure #runnersofthewild #runnershigh #catchthehigh #runforlife

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Took some new trails up to familiar places. .. Skirting up the side of Kings Ravine, started out running the old rail trail, then past some falling water, moving quickly above the tree line where the trail spits the traveler out from a 2' around slit in the fallen boulders. .. It's hard to remember a time when I used my hands so much while running. .. The perks of taking new routes! πŸ‘ .. . . .. #getoutmor #runnersofthewild #runnershigh #fuelyouradventure #runthewhites #whitemountains #presidentialrange #runningviews #catchthehigh

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Running away from things or running toward things? .. I guess I'm doing a little bit of both, and loving it every step of the way!! .. 26.2miles going down in fiiiive more days.. so stoked!! πŸ€™ .. . . .. #getoutmor #trailrunning #nh48 #hikethewhites #runnersofthewild #presidentialrange #everytrailconnects #runnershigh

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What happens when one side of my brain wants the soft, sweet comfort of Cashew Vanilla and the other side wants to be snapped back awake with the tart zing of Blackberry Thyme? .. I gets crazy.. Both.. At the same time. .. Fast burning + slow burning ++plus mate. Real ingredients. Real energy. Real power for the miles to come. .. . . .. #muirenergy #fuelyouradventure #plantpowered #trailrunning #ultratraining #veganrunner #runthewhites

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The view of my playground.. scrambled up here from down there in Kings Ravine, some steep steep trails headed up to four of the Adams sub-peaks over 5000ft. .. Crazy awesome drops and epic views before the clouds rolled in, but fall foliage is officially in full swing around here!! .. . . .. #getoutmor #runnersofthewild #trailrunning #runnershigh #runthewhites #timetoplay #goprorunning #fuelyouradventure

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T'is the season for colorful morning mountain runs through the fallen leaves, sloppy puppy dog kisses, and cool breezes up the short shorts πŸ€™ .. . . .. #getoutmor #trailrunning #runnershigh #runnersofthewild #fuelyouradventure #weruntogether #ultratraining #runnh #runthewhites

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"All paths lead nowhere, so it is important to choose a path that has heart." -Carlos Castaneda .. . . .. #getoutmor #trailrunning #runnersofthewild #fuelyouradventure #runnershigh #ultratrailrunning #hikeny #adirondacks #highpeaks

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And just like that, we climbed a mountain (or two) plus ended up with a fine family portrait for all of those Christmas cards that we planned on mailing out, then quickly remembered that I'm just old and the younger kids these days just post on instagram and tag their friends. . Cheers y'all!! πŸ™Œ πŸŽ‰ .. . . .. #getoutmor #liveyouradventure #runnershigh #catchthehigh #fuelyouradventure #ultratraining #trailrunning #runnh #runnersofthewild

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