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Nathan Gehring
Attended University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Anatomy of a DNF
When you're out to push your limits, eventually those limits will smack you in the face. This weekend I participated in the Skydive Ultra 100 mile ultramarathon. I didn't finish. I didn't even get close. It was pretty much a disaster. And I should have seen...
When you're out to push your limits, eventually those limits will smack you in the face. This weekend I participated in the Skydive Ultra 100 mile ultramarathon. I didn't finish. I didn't even get close. It was pretty much a ...
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2015 Review and 2016 Preview
2015 was a huge year from a fitness perspective for me. Perhaps not "cheap", but my goal of seeking fitness was certainly met. I pretty much met all my goals in terms of fitness during the year, and I tacked on a monster bonus achievement at the end of the ...
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Ancient Oaks 100 Ultramarathon - Lessons and Such
2015 ended with a bang for me on the fitness front. The Tuesday of race week, I received an invitation to Ancient Oaks 100 Mile Ultramarathon . Mental and physically unprepared, deep in training and untapered, no crew or pacers lined up and without equipmen...
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you couldn't have finished an excellent year of running in a better way! congrats and rest well:)
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Upon reflecting on my last bit of writing, My Relationship With Terrorism, I realized I had overlooked making a really i…
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Like many others, I've spent the past nearly 24 hours shocked by what has happened in Paris. I reflected on my many visits to Paris as a child and how near some of those attacks were to places we frequented. It's stunning to think this city has been attacked twice by terrorists in 2015 and another of my favorite cities, Istanbul, has also experienced this kind of violence this year. And it left me wondering what my contribution could be (however inconsequential that contribution) to make this and all violence less likely going forward.

Join the military and help fight terrorists certainly isn't an option for me. I abhor violence and can imagine no worse response to the Paris attacks than more violence and killing. I have no appetite for politics, schmoozing, fund-raising, shaking hands; so a switch to a political career is not a path to help. I'm not about to leave my family to join an NGO promoting peace and civility in Syria.

None of those obvious ideas are paths I would follow. However, I do have one gift. It's just a touch of a gift, actually. A tiny scratch of talent. I can write reasonably well. And when I actually take the time to organize my thoughts and plan my writing and edit what I've written, it can be even a little better than "reasonably well." 

So, I'm going to write. I'm going to write about humans being human. I'm going to write about experiences and stories where people go out of their way for one another and choose to be and do good and recognize one another as human. And, if given the opportunity, I'll write about why these people choose to follow that positive, human, loving path instead of the paths of greed and differentness and selfishness and violence.

I once had the opportunity to see President Bill Clinton speak. Much of what he said I've long forgotten. But one line has stuck with me and carries so much weight in the way I view the world. "All humans share 99.9% of the same DNA." Our differences, regardless of race or nationality or religion or hair color or birth place, are so exceedingly minuscule compared to our similarities. Yet, wars are fought and nations are destroyed and children are killed all because of these tiny differences. Perhaps we simply need to recognize all the sameness instead.

My writing will amount to nothing, of course. Nobody will read it. If someone does, they're sure to write it off as the ramblings of another romantic, bleeding heart dingbat who has the silly notion that they can write and can affect change. But maybe I'm wrong about that. Maybe I'll reach one person who's day changes by reading a positive story, and that person will be positive to the next two people they interact with, and so on and so forth. And maybe a small, silly idea of sharing stories about humans being human can have a small, but not so silly, positive impact.
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Still have my breath taken away every time I run into this song. Thanks YouTube Red for resurfacing it!
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““Cute. That’s a little baby!”” @nathangehring https://medium.com/@nathangehring/cute-that-s-a-little-baby-387a577d00ce
As I’ve mentioned before, there’s nowhere quite like at ultramarathons to find humans being human. It’s occurring everyw…
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I'm not a New Year's resolution person at all. However, as 2016 approaches, I have considered that there are some habits I plan to try to implement in the new year. These aren't resolutions, just things I'm going to do more or less of.

1) Sleep more and eat better.
2) Put down the phone & laptop more often, and enjoy people & nature more.
3) Read books on paper (I love the convenience of ebooks, but have found I just read much less than I used to since I switched to ebooks.)
4) Write...every day. Even if it's garbage. Just write.
5) Reengage with my profession.

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I'm not sure either, but I find it interesting. Probably some interesting psychology research to be done here . . . 

Happy New Year to you and your family.
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This photo sums up my weekend of running the Ancient Oaks 100 Mile Ultramarathon pretty well. Sitting, exhausted and delirious, with the mother oak (it was MASSIVE) in the really cool setting of the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary.
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I've been stunned by the response to this little item I wrote on a whim last night. Well over a thousand views already on Medium and over 100 shares on Facebook (that's never, ever happened!) and lots of people reaching out to me on it. Not what I expected at all.
I have a strange relationship with terrorism. Since 2001, I’ve realized there’s something different about me, about the …
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Daytona 100 "Race" Report
Well, this is a report about a race. But I didn't race in it. Instead, I jumped to the other side of the aid station and volunteered at the inaugural Dayton 100 ultramarathon . And I learned so much. And I left so afraid. And I'm completely in awe of the sp...
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    International Relations, 1996 - 1999
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When you're out to push your limits, eventually those limits smack you in the face.
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Appleton, WI - Beaver Dam, WI - DeForest, WI - Madison, WI - Heidelberg, Germany
I’m a strong believer that exceptional businesses and business-owners should be singled out and lauded for their efforts, so have taken a few moments to write down some thoughts about CrossFit CVI. I hope to encourage you as a reader of this review to give this place a try. A visit to CrossFit CVI improves any day. A bad do goes to bearable, an average day becomes a good one, and a great day ends up wonderful after an hour at CVI. I generally find my way to CrossFit CVI 4 or 5 times per week, and have been doing so for about six months. This is my first meaningful CrossFit experience and it has been nothing short of magnificent. Perhaps it’s simply the CrossFit way (I believe this to be somewhat true based on what I’ve heard from people who attend other gyms), but I also think that there is something unique about CrossFit CVI. It all begins with the purveyor of this establishment, Edwin Morales. While it feels too mild and too simply a statement, Edwin is a bona fide genuinely caring and nice person. That “nice” is reflected in the way he runs his business, the way he interacts with the people in his gym and I suspect the way he leads his life. Even on the busiest days, when the warehouse is loaded with people, Edwin goes out of his way to acknowledge everyone there. On those busy evenings it may be no more than a quick fist-bump and “what’s up”, but it happens every single visit. On slower days, Edwin takes time not just to see how things are going with workouts, but also to ask about how my kids are doing and how life is in general. Edwin’s way of approaching his business and interaction with the members of his gym sets the entire culture of the place. I’m an exceptionally introverted individual and have a very difficult time approaching others. However, from the first moment I walked in to CrossFit CVI, I’ve felt it to be nothing but welcoming. There is always a member or coach ready to greet a new face. People are extremely friendly and congenial. Even on my low energy days when I feel particularly stand-offish and quiet, members seem willing to engage and speak with me when I feel ready and not offended when I back away from dialog. The coaches mirror Edwin’s demeanor and are always extremely helpful and friendly, interacting with everyone and spending extra time with those who need it most. The culture is one of inclusiveness, of genuine friendship, of support and of enjoyment. Friendships extend beyond the gym. Social activities are regular occurrences. This culture, above all else, makes CrossFit CVI a unique and wonderful place to spend time and spend one’s fitness money. The workouts... well it’s CrossFit. You’ll get your butt kicked. You’ll feel miserable. You’ll learn to love the misery and pain of the workouts. The first few times you go you may think that CrossFit isn’t for you. Then, if you stick with it a bit longer, you’ll learn that you can do so much more than you thought possible. You’ll discover that what you thought was your limit was just the starting line. You’ll become faster, stronger, smarter, feel better, look better. You’ll have a miserable work-out and want to never go back, then in a subsequent workout do something seemingly magical and feel on top of the world and know CrossFit is the right thing for you. If you’re looking for a place to get into shape and wondering about giving CrossFit a shot, this is the place to try. This is a place I genuinely enjoy paying to be a member of. It and the people who belong to it are becoming indispensable parts of my life. I can think of no greater testament than that.
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reviewed 2 years ago
Poor excuse for a lunch Reuben. Corned beef was not flavorful and the sauerkraut totally bland. Disappointing.
Food: Poor - FairDecor: Very GoodService: Good
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reviewed 3 years ago
Great pastrami sandwich!
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Simply put, eat here. If you like a place with grit, eat here.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago