Entering Crunch Time

Posted on in Sports + Training by Joel Meredith


With roughly 2.5 months before the starting gun of the Gobi March, I've entered into the real crunch time for training. 2.5 months may seem like a long time to some but, trust me, it's not. Fortunately, having already completed my two previous desert runs, many aspects of the race are already dialed in and I'm simply concentrating on conditioning, not what I'm having for dinner after stage 3! My daily training has taken on a more determined focus, including many high intensity, multiple session days. Hopefully on the backside of my recent ankle injury, I'm confident that I can arrive at the end of this period while on a peak and ready to give it my best effort in China.

Gold Medal Day


This week, I was also very pleased to announce my continued support of Special Olympics through this next race. Special Olympics is an organization close to my heart, as my niece Madison is herself a Special Olympian. Special Olympics facilitates and provides athletic opportunities for many who would otherwise have none. They help inspire all of us, and give some incredible individuals a platform to demonstrate unbelievable courage, perseverance, and talent. I'm very proud to be an ambassador for these guys! Learn about ways to donate to Special Olympics

Dances with DirtAs I previously noted, I'm hopefully in the final phases of recovery from a recent ankle injury. Owing to this small set-back, I thought it wise to cancel all but one of my scheduled races in the leading up to the Gobi March. I will, however, get the opportunity to run in the Dances with Dirt 50k in Gnawbone, Indiana on May 11. What's really special about this race is that I'll be pacing my youngest brother in his first ultra event. I'm definitely not going to miss that! It's going to be a really great experience that I'm excited to share with him and I can't wait.

That's all for now. Check back soon for further updates!


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Joel Meredith

I grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina, but I've called Nashville home for the past 16 years. I moved here for school, but stayed for the people. While I'm a medical professional by trade, I'm an adventurer at heart. Running is my true passion. My biggest inspiration is seeing people break out of comfort zones and challenge themselves to accomplish the extraordinary.

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