April 14, 2019

Travel Day 5: Urique, Mexico, Race Day

I woke up at 4:15 am per the symphony of various alarm jingles in the tent grove. Being in a tent can be deceiving. You think you have your own little spot with privacy, but in fact you can hear each and every sound and movement from all the...

March 14, 2019

Travel Day 3: Urique, Mex: Pre-Race Hike

We woke up with the sun and it was so nice to have slept in the tent again! It truly felt like home. I forgot where I was until I woke up completely and hear the sounds of rural Mexico (roosters, water splashing etc).

Shelley and I took an e...

March 8, 2019

Trip to Barrancas del Cobre / Copper Canyons, Mexico

Day 1: Travel day from Austin to Chihuahua

Woke up at 4:15 am, snoozed my alarm (OOPS!), and finally woke up again. I went to bed after midnight because I was anxious/excited about this trip to Mexico with my fam (and the three t...

January 24, 2019

I think this was the calmest I have ever felt about a race.  It was strange. It almost just felt like I was in autopilot. I knew my feet could go the distance, and I just didn’t care how. If I ran, walked, hiked, or took it easy, it didn’t matter anymore. I thought to myself that...

December 9, 2018

Day 155: Carter Gap Shelter, NC to Hiawassee, GA (24.3 mi)

Omg the crew of section hikers (Brandon, Gary & Steven) who built the AMAZING fire last night woke up multiple times in the night to stoke the fire so we had a nice warm fire in the morning to enjoy! WHAT LUXURY!!  It was...

November 28, 2018

Day 150: Fontana Dam, NC to Stecoah Gap, NC (14 mi)

We slept in this morning in our super warm, dry and comfortable hotel bed, soaking up the glory of getting through the Smokies and hopefully the worst weather on trail.

I was up late the night before dealing with Teledoc to get st...

November 16, 2018

Day 146: Davenport Gap Shelter to Peck’s Corner Shelter (19.8 mi)

I woke up with a start as my phone read 6:53 am. Everyone in the shelter was still sound asleep. I woke up Fresh Feet and said “we’ve got to get up! It’s 7 o’clock!” He moved as quickly as I’ve seen in a long while....

November 13, 2018

Day 142: Nature’s Inn hostel to Little Laurel Shelter (25.3 mi)

Daylight savings totally surprised us this morning! Our shuttle back to the trailhead didn’t leave until 8 am, but when I got out of our window-less freezing cold (42 deg with the space heater...) uninsulated shed “ca...

November 6, 2018

Day 134: Damascus, VA to Double Spring Shelter (18.5 mi)

We started this morning at about 8 am from the Dancing Bear B&B in Damascus.

The first 6 miles was a very nice and gentle climb with a lot of switchbacks and very tame trail. Near the top of the climb we crossed the state lin...

November 2, 2018

Day 129: Bland, VA to Chestnut Knob Shelter (22 mi)

We got back on trail by about 8:40 am. We dropped off our rental car at the Enterprise in Wytheville at 8:05. Bubba (local shuttle driver) met us there and then dropped us off at the trail intersection with the convenient store w...

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