Deserae Clarke

Author: Deserae Clarke

Des is a crunchy, plant-powered, trail-loving ultra runner. She grew up exploring the woods of central PA, and currently lives and runs in Arizona.

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Where to Run

Where to Run in West Valley, Arizona

West Valley (Phoenix), Arizona When my family and I were looking to move, one of the things that drew me to the Phoenix area was

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Running as a Habit of Love

The habit of love cuts through confusion and stumbles its way out of difficulty. It remembers the way even when it forgets, for a dumbfounded

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Let’s Hear it for the Boys

In Lean In Sheryl Sandberg puts forth the idea that one of the most important decisions a woman can make in her career is who she

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The Ethos of Running

On my college track team we had an athlete who was naturally gifted. She almost always placed well in her event, bringing points that were

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So You’re Injured, Now What?

Before reading this post, please note that I am not a medical expert.  The information contained below is not to replace the consultation of an

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Dark Side of the Run

I love running in the dark. This love has further blossomed now that I live in the southwest, and dark running is no longer synonymous

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Fear, Love and Naivety

It is well for the heart to be naive and for the mind not to be – Anatole France It is pretty much inevitable.  If

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Lessons From My First 100 Miler

I went into my first 100 miler thinking I knew what I was doing, how things were (sorta) gonna go, what things I was going

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The Trail Grit in My Shoe

It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” ―Robert W. Service Recently I’ve had two separate

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Mothers and Daughters (and Sons too)

“Girls become lovers, who turn into mothers, so mothers be good to your daughters too” – John Mayer Girls today are constantly bombarded by images

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Spartan vs. Ultra

Part 2   If you missed Par 1, click here. by Deserae Clarke In my last post I talked about the differences between my two

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Fueling the Vegan: Race Day

Feature Image: Holistic Hayley I have always been an independent person.  I don’t like asking for help, I like doing things on my own.  I

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Spartan vs. Ultra

The Spartan Ultra-Runner: Part 1 I’ve always been one to look for a challenge.  There’s just something I find enjoyable about setting up a difficult

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Mothering an Active Family

It’s a little after 5 am and I’m part way into my first set of burpees.  As I go down into my push-up, I watch