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…

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…

Birthday trail running road trip adventure part tres: The Jersey Devil

Because they can issue citations. Don't worry! I worked my way out of this pickle with nothing more than a firm talking-to and a ripped dress. After returning from my wonderful early-morning frolic along the Yakima Skyline, I decided to chillax along the river before heading back down to Oregon. If you haven't already, you…

Love Hurts: Headwaters Ultra 50K Race Review

My day started out as usual. Woke up at 6, ate my typical pre-long run breakfast of toast, almond butter, honey and banana and washed it down with some strong espresso. I was really pleased to look out the window and see that my prayers had been answered. The hazy smoke from nearby wildfires that…

I don’t know much, but I do know this: with a golden heart comes a rebel fist

... I can't help agreeing with those that would not quit. In less than two days, I will run my first ultramarathon. The past several weeks have been intense, fun, hellish, painful, liberating, terrifying and astoundingly transformative. I've observed my body and mind undergo drastic changes throughout the three months I've spent training for the Headwaters Ultra 50K.…