Sophie Speidel

Sophie Speidel has been running ultras since 2002. She has finished over 100 ultras, including Western States 100, Massanutten 100, and Old Dominion 100 as well as the Hellgate 100k eleven times and the R2R2R of the Grand Canyon. Sophie and her husband Rusty have three adult children, ages 28, 26 and 24 who grew up watching their mom transition from road marathons and triathlons to running trail ultras — and they turned out just fine! Sophie works full-time as a school counselor, and in her free time she and Rusty are often found running and hiking with their 3-year-old Australian Shepherds, Cooper and Blue, on the trails near their home in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Chasing Down Time

Women are taking to the trails in large numbers and later in life, so it makes sense that we want practical information on how to stay injury-free, how to balance training with a full-time job and/or raising kids, and to hear from other women who are successfully navigating these challenges.

Running Your Best After Menopause

One thing I love about trail running, and especially ultrarunning, is the chance to talk in depth about a variety of topics for hours on the trail. On any given day these might include parenting issues, the next race on the calendar, training pitfalls, injury prevention, and female body systems.

A Trail Runner’s Companion – Review

A Trail Runner’s Companion Review Back in January, our local trail running store, Crozet Running, partnered with the Charlottesville Area Trail Runners to provide a 16-week

Where to Run in Charlottesville, Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia I live with my family in Charlottesville, Virginia, home of the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Charlottesville is located in the central part of

2017: What’s Your Word?

Last week I managed to persuade a group of new running friends to try the “12 Days of Christmas” track workout, which Pam Smith posted


This is 53.

Last December, I spent my 53rd birthday finishing my tenth Hellgate 100K. That race, which starts at midnight in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia