When Mik asked me if I wanted to register for the Spartan Beast (after only competing in a couple mud runs), I said, "why the heck not!"
A peek into Ellie's life:
Born in: 1993
Favourite GORP Flavour: apple and raspberry!
Why GORP? My body and my mind have not always gotten along. My mind may want something; want to be able to do something that my body won’t allow it to do. I found that one of the strongest ways to connect the two was by using physical activity and nutrition. Finding GORP bars was like a breath of fresh air, finally a bar that I can eat and pronounce all the words on the ingredient list, not only can I pronounce them all, I know what they all are! GORP fuels my mind, body, and taste buds to keep doing the things that I love.
My Hero: My hero is my Mom, she is a force to be reckoned with. Between managing my big busy family, fueling my love of the outdoors, and working to change the world she is someone who is a role model to many.
If you could be an animal: A Raven. Ravens are powerful, creative, intuitive, fast and mysterious. In many cultures the Raven signifies knowing one’s self inside and out and staying true to who you are, something that I believe in very strongly.
I'm happiest when: When I am moving, when I am outdoors, when I am with people I love and care about, when I am well rested, or when I am enjoying a good glass of wine.
My favourite meal is: Pretty much all food. But I love fruit. Apples, watermelon, cherries and blueberries are at the top of that list.
In my bag: A hair brush, my wallet, keys, the headache kit from Saje, coconut cream eos lip cream, hand lotion, GORP and gum!
Quote I love: The most beautiful things in life are built through the deepest hardships.
I wind down by: reading, doing yoga, going for walks, sitting outside.
Proudest accomplishment: I have cold urticaria. Essentially an allergy to being active while there is cold air or a breeze. So taking this head on and not letting it dictate whether or not I could be active and be outside was a really big deal for me. I did as much research as I could and a lot of trial and error over the last three years. Through all of this I found ways to be doing what I love and not letting this allergy take me down. So I was really proud of myself for not letting something that felt like it could crush my world take me down.
Favourite place in the world: There is no way to choose just one. I have favourite moments that happen in certain places. My boyfriends cabin, Vancouver, London England, and hopefully many more!
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