Mt. Shasta trail running

Cheers to crazy friends, crushing PRs, and living to see another year

It's the day before the winter solstice. My garlic is planted and I got my first snowy run this morning. There's something totally magical about frolicking (because that's how I run) among fatty flakes floating gently toward the ground. Until your jacket starts to soak through. Then it's time to go home. Yesterday I moved…

Weed Run For Food 2017 First Female Steinheimer

Weed Run for Food Thanksgiving 5k Race Review

This year's Thanksgiving was amazing. So much better than last year, when I spent my entire Thanksgiving driving alone (with my dog, of course) across the most desolate corners of Oregon and Nevada on my way back home to New Jersey, resting briefly at a truck stop for a depressing dinner of greasy pizza. Thinking…

Much love and little black hearts to you all on World Mental Health Day

Today, October 10 is World Mental Health Day, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to stray from the topic of running to write about another major theme in my life. Maybe it is slightly related to running because maybe my passion for the sport started as a relief from stress or an escape from…

Headwaters Trail Runs 30k and 50k start

Quadruple the pain, quadruple the fun: Headwaters 50k Race Report

Four years is a big deal in the mind of a restless wanderer. There aren't many people, places, or races that can keep this girl around for that length of time. But last Saturday I successfully suffered through my fourth running of Headwaters Trail Runs 50k. That's some major commitment. I didn't even go to the same…

Waldo 100k finish line

Waldo was hiding behind smokey skies: My first 100k reviewed

I was in Santa Fe, New Mexico when I learned I'd made the lottery for Waldo 100k. My response? "oh. shit." It was real. I was actually doing this. Since that time, this race was constantly on my mind. I spent sleepless nights contemplating nutrition and wondering wtf one packs in a drop bag.  Not until…

7 tips for climbing 3 peaks in 1 day without dying

It's been one month since 3 Peaks. One month since I tagged along with a group of ultra-tough trail beasts in the annual quest to summit Mount Shasta's three most prominent peaks in a single day. One month, and I'm finally ready to write about it. The event is a point-to-point run starting at Bunny…

Grand Circle Trails Grand Canyon 50k Race Report

Before I get into a review of the event itself, I just want to mention that this was the first time I've ever received a pre-race info email that included a 16-page PDF attachment complete with runner demographic data, maps, sudoku, and a table of contents. That is next level organization right there! But when your…

Gorge Waterfalls 50k Race Report

      First race of 2017!!! Hell yes! I had the most amazing time at Gorge Waterfalls 50k last weekend. It’s a gorgeous (obviously), scenic course located in the Columbia River Gorge in between Oregon and Washington that passes over, under, and behind more waterfalls than I could even keep track of. I ended up…