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Trail Sisters Journal

Ask TS : Running Through the Night

I have a 100 mile race coming up where I’ll be running throughout the night. This will be my first time running for longer than two hours in the dark and I’m a bit nervous about it. Do you have any recommendations on headlamps, and any tips on embracing those long dark hours?

Taking The LA Freeway

LA Freeway is a route from Longs Peak to the Arapahoes along the Continental Divide. It links the tallest point in Rocky Mountain National Park to the tallest point in the Indian Peaks and tags every peak along the way. Although it’s only 36ish miles long, there is approximately 20,000 feet of elevation gain, tricky navigation, and 5th class scrambling.

21 Tips Before Running Your First Ultra Trail Race

Congrats on making the jump to ultra! But the excitement of the unknown can also feel a bit daunting. Even after you have been doing this for years, you never know what kind of a day you will have or what new puzzle pieces you are going to have to solve.

The Injured Trail Runner Part 4: Surgery

Two nights before surgery I freaked out and started Googling “Non-surgical repair of meniscus root tears” to no avail. The morning of surgery I did some yoga and took a short bike ride. It seemed weird to think about missing something that I disliked so much, but getting the surgery done meant giving up a certain amount of short term freedom and mobility in exchange for improvements in the long term.

Running the Rubies

I have long thought about training for the Ruby Crest Trail – a point to point 35 mile/9k vert trail that winds its way up and down the Ruby Mountains in eastern Nevada. The Ruby Mountains, aka the Duka-Doya Mountains of the Te-Moak Tribe, are Nevada’s hidden gem. They span rugged peaks, sagebrush meadows, and crystal cool alpine lakes.

I Am Doing This, and So Can You

Run an ultra, climb mountains, push through pain? For years I just assumed I wasn’t strong enough, brave enough, tough enough. Doing things that were really hard took a different type of people – or so I thought.

Not a Runner to Now a Runner

How true this statement was not many years back. In fact, I loathed running as a child and student. I dreaded the timed mile. I was never “athletic” and was quite frankly the girl who always got hit in the face with the ball. I mean… EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Trail Sisters Launches Free Educational Courses

The courses are set up to include multiple lessons, breaking things down into bite-sized chunks. The information is conveyed or displayed in video, photo, and text format. At the end of each course is a five question quiz. The quiz serves as a challenge for readers to digest and retain what they’ve just read…and who doesn’t like a challenge!

Mental Health and Hiking

In Japan, there is a practice called shinrin-yoku, forest bathing. While it isn’t about exercise, it is about being in nature and experiencing it with all your senses. It touches something many of us who need time on trails as part of our life know: spending time in nature naturally reduces our stress.

Free Educational Courses


Projects & Grants

Childcare Grant

presented by: The North Face

We want women to feel included and encouraged to play on the trails, no matter their pace or mode of foot-to-dirt powered activity.

Katherine Williams

Stacey Armijo

Carrie Fishman

Jill Wheatley

Tara Warren

Sarah Marie Burke