May 4, 2020

"How arrogant am I to think I can just bust out a trail marathon on a whim?!"

"I can't even keep up with myself."

"Who do I think I am? I'm not some special specimen." 

"I can't escape my own head."

"Does this even count as running?"

These were all recurring thoughts during a VER...

April 29, 2020

(Photo: Rogue Trail Series 2019: The Stampede)

After racing Bandera 100 km in January I began to look ahead at my next big event: Squamish 50/50 (a 50 mile race on Saturday and 50 km race on Sunday) in British Columbia in August. In an effort to get in some faster trail long runs...

January 22, 2020

Bandera Endurance Trail Run (100 km)

Jan, 11, 2020

Where is the Threshold? How far is the limit? How deep and dark can I push myself without breaking? How vulnerable and raw can I get by putting myself out there to attempt something I’ve never done before and could easily be a big...

December 20, 2019

My biggest weakness in racing is also my biggest strength: my mental game. I usually have an incredibly sound mental game when it comes to running (in workouts and races alike). My mental/emotional strength is usually the difference between a successful run or not. I generally ma...

November 16, 2019

I was beyond tired Saturday morning when my 4:35 am alarm sounded and I went through a familiar routine of half asleep arguments with myself. My protest against waking up involved me rattling off a list of entirely reasonable reasons why it would be ok to just keep sleeping inste...

September 28, 2019

Molas Pass to Durango

Day 19.5, 23 miles, elev: 11,500 ft

I woke up early to head to the airport for a 6:15 am flight to Durango. I wish I could’ve been flying in and out of Denver to see my sisters but Denver is a 7 hour drive to Durango, so I won’t be seeing any familiar faces on...

September 12, 2019

CT Day 18: Lake City to trail junction with lake at mi 380.6. Hiked 22.8 miles (+1 extra mile...) (elev: 12,214 ft)

I had a hard time falling asleep because I started itching my legs and discovering new bites and became paranoid that there were bed bugs in my bed. I got up and got...

September 9, 2019

Gunnison to Lake City

The rest of day 15

CT Day 15: Dry camping area mi 288.2 to dry camping spot at mi 312.2. Hiked 24 miles (elev: 9,640 ft)

After scooping up Red Stripe and taking a nice break in the car (out of the sun), the three of us (Bean, Red Stripe and I) hit the trail. It...

September 3, 2019

I had no business signing up for the Capt’n Karl’s 60 km trail race immediately after hopping off the Colorado Trail. I ran several times between my hike and the race (on the road), but they were all short runs that mostly felt awful. I felt slow & sluggish and my legs felt heavy...

August 22, 2019

Getting back on trail after a 4 day society plunge.

During our 4 days off trail, I realized that ANOTHER friend that I met on the Appalachian Trail, Bean, (who was a few weeks ahead of us on the Colorado Trail) would be getting back ON trail at Monarch Pass - the very place we nee...

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