A misstep or loose rock, a wild animal, getting lost or injured, facing dehydration or hypothermia, probably some that I’ve never thought of. If occasionally I forget, mother nature has a way of reminding me through minor falls, close calls, and even the occasional ER trip.
As women, our menstrual cycle adds another dimension to the challenging puzzle that is distance trail running. There are actual physiological changes in our body throughout the month that we, unlike men, need to account for.
This was supposed to be a fun adventure-run day. I had summited Humphrey’s peak (the highest peak in AZ) earlier in the day, and was making my way around the loop created by Weatherford and Kachina trails to arrive back at my car parked at Snowbowl. The scenery was beautiful, and the weather was perfect compared to the 114 degrees I had faced the previous day in Phoenix. And…I was completely miserable.
I remember the first time I read about ultra runners, about the Badwater race, and people having their toenails surgically removed. I thought it was batshit crazy. Wasn’t nail removal a torture method? Who would WILLINGLY do that?
“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” – Anne Sweeney What makes
I love dogs. Well, let me clarify that, I love dogs that I know. When I see strange dogs on the trails my reaction is
Legos are an inspirational toy. No doubt they have sparked the imagination of countless future engineers, architects, construction workers, astronauts, superheroes and unicorns. The Lego
West Valley (Phoenix), Arizona When my family and I were looking to move, one of the things that drew me to the Phoenix area was
The habit of love cuts through confusion and stumbles its way out of difficulty. It remembers the way even when it forgets, for a dumbfounded
In Lean In Sheryl Sandberg puts forth the idea that one of the most important decisions a woman can make in her career is who she
On my college track team we had an athlete who was naturally gifted. She almost always placed well in her event, bringing points that were
Before reading this post, please note that I am not a medical expert. The information contained below is not to replace the consultation of an
I love running in the dark. This love has further blossomed now that I live in the southwest, and dark running is no longer synonymous
It is well for the heart to be naive and for the mind not to be – Anatole France It is pretty much inevitable. If
I went into my first 100 miler thinking I knew what I was doing, how things were (sorta) gonna go, what things I was going
It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” ―Robert W. Service Recently I’ve had two separate
“Girls become lovers, who turn into mothers, so mothers be good to your daughters too” – John Mayer Girls today are constantly bombarded by images
Part 2 If you missed Par 1, click here. by Deserae Clarke In my last post I talked about the differences between my two
Feature Image: Holistic Hayley I have always been an independent person. I don’t like asking for help, I like doing things on my own. I
The Spartan Ultra-Runner: Part 1 I’ve always been one to look for a challenge. There’s just something I find enjoyable about setting up a difficult