Women interviewed for this series are dedicated runners and hikers who consider trail running and training for competitions to be a part of their lifestyle, whether they’re elite athletes or back-of-the-packers. These women have a passion for competitive trail running or hiking, set and exceed personal goals, and live the mission of Trail Sisters by inspiring, educating, and/or empowering other athletes.
Trail Sisters leader in Dayton, OH, Aneta, was born and raised in Poland so she still “speaks English with an accent.” She trains for and competes in ultrarunning races because, she says, “When I’m on the top of the mountain and things go wrong, that is my raw essence, and I want to see what that person really is capable of.”
When we met, neither of us had raced more than a 25K, and running a 50K was a distant dream. But since then, LeAnn has completed multiple 50Ks, 100Ks, a 100-miler, a 72-hour race, and more. Not only did she introduce me to my first rattlesnake, downhill boulder field climb, and hitchhiking experience…
My two passions are sports and storytelling. I began swimming competitively when I was three years old, and I’ve been writing stories for almost as long. Sports and writing are activities I have always done for pleasure or self-fulfillment, but these are also rich areas of personal learning and potential social change.