Sally
McRae

ULTRARUNNING

Sally McRae is a Professional Ultramarathon Runner, Coach & Consultant, and mother of two. She has been a runner for most of her life and has a particular love for running in the mountains for extra long distances.  

McRae was introduced to trail running while training for her yearly road marathon. She didn’t compete in road races but enjoyed running long and staying in shape while she was a teacher. While flipping through a Runner’s World magazine, her curiosity was hooked when she came upon an article about ultramarathons. Sally was amazed that the human body was capable of such distances and wanted to discover it for herself. 

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What do you love most about trail running? 

My greatest joy in trail running is seeing the world from my two feet. The places I’ve been able to travel to and the incredible people I have met along the way have made my life full and exciting. I might be biased but my sport is one of the most beautiful, exhilarating sports in the world. =) 

Tell us about a typical day in your life.

My day starts at 4am. I do a bit of strength and stretching; and then I read and look over my list of daily commitments. I run my own coaching and consulting business so every day is different. I’ll return emails; do a load of laundry and then make some coffee: I wake up a bit in preparation for my first run. I’ll then do a shakeout run and use the Swerve after to work on anything that is tight or in need of my attention. Then it’s a bit of consulting work; eating good whole food; and preparing for run number two, which is typically a run workout or a long run on the trails. Lately, the sessions with my daughter have been more frequent as she prepares for her first year on the high school cross country team; so there are days I am running three times a day. I love to cook so I end the day preparing dinner for my family; which is also an important time for all of us because we put on music and sit around the table and have good conversation and lots of laughter.

What’s your greatest challenge?

The biggest challenge for me right now is the same challenge I have faced for years and that’s balancing my daily schedule. I know it’s rare to find a mom juggling being a pro athlete and business owner- those 3 things have kept me on my toes for years and have challenged me to learn to be more disciplined and intentional with my time. 

What does it take to succeed at the highest level of trail running?

To succeed at the highest level in trail running; and really ANY sport, is dedication and consistency- EVERY DAY. I am also a huge believer in investing time in the details. Most runners don’t like to strength train or stretch or do all those injury preventive routines; it seems the excuses are plentiful. But I believe this is what sets athletes apart. The details and level of consistency in those details. 

What are your proudest achievements?

There are two that stand out; becoming a mother and then achieving my dream to become a pro athlete when my kids were 5 & 7. Being able to show my children that anything is possible no matter what season you are in life has been a great joy for me. It’s my hope that they do everything that sets their hearts on fire and that they never stop doing those things throughout their entire lives. 

How important is mental preparation in your sport?

 Mental preparation is just as important as the physical training- our sport relies heavily on mental toughness so getting the mind ready is crucial. I do a lot of praying throughout my training; every now and then I’ll stop at a summit and just pray- it’s a true gift. I always feel more at peace and confident when I pray. And then during race week I do my best to do away with distractions. I like to engage with friends face to face and take a break from technology. I try to sleep a bit more and focus on gratitude- there is so much to be thankful for, I still can’t believe I get to run up mountains for a living! 

What keeps you motivated?

Motivation has seemed to come easily for me since I was a young girl. I truly love to train; so I rarely struggle with that component, unless my body tells me I need to rest and in those cases I listen- which I think has also helped keep me injury free. But my motivation is also fuelled by events in my life. I have lost so many dear people that it’s fuelled me to live my life to the fullest; my days are numbered and I have no idea when my last day on earth will be, so I do my best to live each day as fully as I can. 

Tell us why recovery is so important.

Recovery is one of the most overlooked parts of being successful-maybe because it’s typically a calm, slow paced process; and we athletes like the hard work, but I have learned the hard way that recovery is essential. I break up my recovery throughout the day and week. I’ll spend 5-10 minutes a day on stretching and using the Sidekick tools and during dedicated recovery weeks, I increase the duration of my recovery sessions. 

How do we find you? 

You can keep up with me on my website at sallymcrae.com or on any of the popular social media outlets: Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc. 

What’s your favorite Sidekick tool?

The Fuse is my favorite tool because it helps loosen my spine and provides a way to tackle tightness that I once believed only a professional could.

"I use it at least every other night."

Sally's FAVOURITE SIDEKICK TOOL

Fuse Vibration Therapy Device

96 reviews

WHAT'S INSIDE THE SET

  • Fuse Vibration Therapy Device
    The Fuse Vibration Device comfortably targets your hard-to-reach areas! Measuring 6.5” long and 3.5” in diameter, the dual ball design proves that two truly are better than one as they effectively cradle your back and legs.
  • Sidekick University
    Access over 40 Chiropractor & Physiotherapist led videos.
  • Glute Bands
    Your monster walks and glute bridges will be so much more effective with your Sidekick Glute Bands as they will stay in place and keep their shape. Less slipping, sliding and hair pulling!

WHAT'S INSIDE THE SET

(Save $15! Receive an additional $30 value for only $15 more.)

  • Fuse Vibration Therapy Device
    The Fuse Vibration Device comfortably targets your hard-to-reach areas! Measuring 6.5” long and 3.5” in diameter, the dual ball design proves that two truly are better than one as they effectively cradle your back and legs.
  • Sidekick University
    Access over 40 Chiropractor & Physiotherapist led videos.
  • Glute Bands - $30 value
    Your monster walks and glute bridges will be so much more effective with your Sidekick Glute Bands as they will stay in place and keep their shape. Less slipping, sliding and hair pulling!

STATS


STAT 1: NUMBER

STAT 2: NUMBER

STAT 3: NUMBER

STAT 4: NUMBER

STAT 5: NUMBER

Sally
McRae

ULTRAMARATHON
RUNNER

Sally McRae is a Professional Ultramarathon Runner, Coach & Consultant, and mother of two. She has been a runner for most of her life and has a particular love for running in the mountains for extra long distances.  

McRae was introduced to trail running while training for her yearly road marathon. She didn’t compete in road races but enjoyed running long and staying in shape while she was a teacher. While flipping through a Runner’s World magazine, her curiosity was hooked when she came upon an article about ultramarathons. Sally was amazed that the human body was capable of such distances and wanted to discover it for herself. 


What do you love most about trail running? 

My greatest joy in trail running is seeing the world from my two feet. The places I’ve been able to travel to and the incredible people I have met along the way have made my life full and exciting. I might be biased but my sport is one of the most beautiful, exhilarating sports in the world. =) 

Tell us about a typical day in your life.

My day starts at 4am. I do a bit of strength and stretching; and then I read and look over my list of daily commitments. I run my own coaching and consulting business so every day is different. I’ll return emails; do a load of laundry and then make some coffee: I wake up a bit in preparation for my first run. I’ll then do a shakeout run and use the Swerve after to work on anything that is tight or in need of my attention. Then it’s a bit of consulting work; eating good whole food; and preparing for run number two, which is typically a run workout or a long run on the trails. Lately, the sessions with my daughter have been more frequent as she prepares for her first year on the high school cross country team; so there are days I am running three times a day. I love to cook so I end the day preparing dinner for my family; which is also an important time for all of us because we put on music and sit around the table and have good conversation and lots of laughter.

What’s your greatest challenge?

The biggest challenge for me right now is the same challenge I have faced for years and that’s balancing my daily schedule. I know it’s rare to find a mom juggling being a pro athlete and business owner- those 3 things have kept me on my toes for years and have challenged me to learn to be more disciplined and intentional with my time. 

What does it take to succeed at the highest level of trail running?

To succeed at the highest level in trail running; and really ANY sport, is dedication and consistency- EVERY DAY. I am also a huge believer in investing time in the details. Most runners don’t like to strength train or stretch or do all those injury preventive routines; it seems the excuses are plentiful. But I believe this is what sets athletes apart. The details and level of consistency in those details. 

What are your proudest achievements?

There are two that stand out; becoming a mother and then achieving my dream to become a pro athlete when my kids were 5 & 7. Being able to show my children that anything is possible no matter what season you are in life has been a great joy for me. It’s my hope that they do everything that sets their hearts on fire and that they never stop doing those things throughout their entire lives. 

How important is mental preparation in your sport?

 Mental preparation is just as important as the physical training- our sport relies heavily on mental toughness so getting the mind ready is crucial. I do a lot of praying throughout my training; every now and then I’ll stop at a summit and just pray- it’s a true gift. I always feel more at peace and confident when I pray. And then during race week I do my best to do away with distractions. I like to engage with friends face to face and take a break from technology. I try to sleep a bit more and focus on gratitude- there is so much to be thankful for, I still can’t believe I get to run up mountains for a living! 

What keeps you motivated?

Motivation has seemed to come easily for me since I was a young girl. I truly love to train; so I rarely struggle with that component, unless my body tells me I need to rest and in those cases I listen- which I think has also helped keep me injury free. But my motivation is also fuelled by events in my life. I have lost so many dear people that it’s fuelled me to live my life to the fullest; my days are numbered and I have no idea when my last day on earth will be, so I do my best to live each day as fully as I can. 

Tell us why recovery is so important.

Recovery is one of the most overlooked parts of being successful-maybe because it’s typically a calm, slow paced process; and we athletes like the hard work, but I have learned the hard way that recovery is essential. I break up my recovery throughout the day and week. I’ll spend 5-10 minutes a day on stretching and using the Sidekick tools and during dedicated recovery weeks, I increase the duration of my recovery sessions. 

How do we find you? 

You can keep up with me on my website at sallymcrae.com or on any of the popular social media outlets: Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc. 

What’s your favorite Sidekick tool?

The Fuse is my favorite tool because it helps loosen my spine and provides a way to tackle tightness that I once believed only a professional could.

"I use it at least every other night."

Sally's FAVORITE SIDEKICK TOOL

Fuse Vibration Therapy Device

96 reviews

WHAT'S INSIDE THE SET

  • Fuse Vibration Therapy Device
    The Fuse Vibration Device comfortably targets your hard-to-reach areas! Measuring 6.5” long and 3.5” in diameter, the dual ball design proves that two truly are better than one as they effectively cradle your back and legs.
  • Sidekick University
    Access over 40 Chiropractor & Physiotherapist led videos.
  • Glute Bands
    Your monster walks and glute bridges will be so much more effective with your Sidekick Glute Bands as they will stay in place and keep their shape. Less slipping, sliding and hair pulling!

WHAT'S INSIDE THE SET

(Save $15! Receive an additional $30 value for only $15 more.)

  • Fuse Vibration Therapy Device
    The Fuse Vibration Device comfortably targets your hard-to-reach areas! Measuring 6.5” long and 3.5” in diameter, the dual ball design proves that two truly are better than one as they effectively cradle your back and legs.
  • Sidekick University
    Access over 40 Chiropractor & Physiotherapist led videos.
  • Glute Bands - $30 value
    Your monster walks and glute bridges will be so much more effective with your Sidekick Glute Bands as they will stay in place and keep their shape. Less slipping, sliding and hair pulling!

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