A Little Glimmer

The other day I was driving along the Portland waterfront with a friend when we a saw a flock of 20-something-year-olds trot by in a group run. It was like something out of a commercial. They all looked so cheery, chipper, and bright-eyed. We couldn’t help but be at least a little amused. “Aww lookContinue reading “A Little Glimmer”

Trail Dancing

I just spent seven days on the Pacific Crest Trail with my very good friend KT and her husband Stephen. KT, still on the trail now, is on the way to fulfill her dream of running and hiking through Washington on the PCT while Stephen provides support along the way. I supported by hiking with KT for fiveContinue reading “Trail Dancing”

Reconnaissance on the Long Trail

On the first evening of my Long Trail recon hike, I tossed and turned in the foldout bed in Adrienne Mitford’s dreamy turquoise striped Ford Econoline. Every time I closed my eyes there was a large brown dog barking and running full speed toward me, or I was tumbling backwards downhill on a slick jumbleContinue reading “Reconnaissance on the Long Trail”

I Would Do Anything for Love

How do you know when it’s time to pull the plug? What is it that you’re holding onto when you make the choice to keep going? What exactly are you fighting for? Why does it matter to you? These are the questions I was grappling with while running the Kettle Moraine 100 this past weekend, but theContinue reading “I Would Do Anything for Love”

Running Out of Time: SCAR FKT Recap

THE APPROACH “I feel foolish for trying.”“I think you’d be foolish not to try.” “I don’t want to let you or anyone down.”“You won’t be letting me or anyone else down. I know you will give it your all.” “I’m wondering if I’m playing with fire here.”“Are you playing with fire? I have to sayContinue reading “Running Out of Time: SCAR FKT Recap”

Three Days in the Smokies

Greetings from the Appalachian Folk School in Mountain City, Tennessee, where I’ll be posted up until next week when I attempt to run a women’s supported fastest known time of the 71 mile traverse of the Great Smoky Mountains, AKA the Smokies Challenge Adventure Run (SCAR)! I spent this past Thursday through Saturday doing reconContinue reading “Three Days in the Smokies”

Promise Land 50K Tomorrow!

Greetings from the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia, where in a day’s time I’ll be joining over 300 runners in racing the Promise Land 50K. Yesterday I ran from Sunset Field on the Blue Ridge Parkway down to Apple Orchard Falls and back, which many consider the most beautiful and challenging part of the course.Continue reading “Promise Land 50K Tomorrow!”

You Can Take the Runner off the Track, But…

I’m a creature of habit. I like everything from my daily routine to my calendar year to be “just so”. Since 2012 or so I’ve done my hair the same way, latched onto a style that my friend Lauren calls my “personal color palette” which has remained largely unchanged, I’ve eaten the same thing for breakfast and lunch everyContinue reading “You Can Take the Runner off the Track, But…”