Written by Gage Peake for Leafly.
Avery Collins, a 24 year-old rising star in the sport of ultramarathoning, trains every day to find the perfect balance between his “happy place” and the pain of climbing a 4,000-foot mountain incline. In the world of elite ultra-athletes, who compete in single-day contests ranging from 50 to 200 miles, the race is often as much a test of mind as of body.
What’s Collins’ secret? Cannabis.
A social consumer during his college days, Collins began utilizing cannabis regularly after moving to Breckenridge, Colorado to train professionally. Collins came to running almost by accident. He’d never run in high school, and only started doing it for fun four years ago while studying at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina. After that first run, it only took Collins eight months to break into the ultra scene. He competed in a double marathon and was hooked on the sport.
As the CannAthlete movement continues to emerge within legal states like Colorado, more athletes are incorporating cannabis into their workout routines. Collins began training with cannabis after his roommate in college asked if he had ever smoked before running.
“I’d really never thought about it,” Collins told Leafly. “It never really occurred to me as a good idea. But then I gave it a whirl. I smoked a bowl and then ran to one of my favorite parks and it was just amazing.”