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How to Get Through the Bad Patches: In Life and on the Trail

This article first appeared in OutdoorsNW, an adventure, travel, and recreation magazine for outdoorsy types in the beautiful Northwest. See my other articles here. Five minutes before the start of the McKenzie River Trail 50K a few years ago, I stood in a porta-potty line adjusting my hydration pack, retying my shoes, and checking my gel supply (again). Suddenly, I … [continue]

One Tip Wednesday: How to boldly go where you’ve never gone before

Did you know there’s a creative person out there making Star Trek running gear? You’re probably thinking, “Oh no! Tech gear with too-short sleeves and high-water pants in that gawdy gold colored who-shot-the-couch fabric!” But they are nothing like that. They are super cute! What seemed like a silly combo turned out pretty cool. Because the designers decided to boldly … [continue]

How to Trust Your Training or at Least Quit Crying in the Dishwater

This article first appeared in OutdoorsNW, an adventure, travel, and recreation magazine for outdoorsy types in the beautiful Northwest. See my other articles here. Ten days before I was set to toe the line of the Lithia Loop Trail Marathon in Ashland, Oregon, I found myself crying over a sink full of dirty dishes. As I watched warm, salty tears … [continue]

One Tip Wednesday: The no-time-for-a-long-run solution

Aaaaah, summer. Those blossom breezy days of hammock naps and garden bounty are upon us. Or upon someone. I’m not sure who, but it’s not me. My days right now are filled with wrapping up homeschool with the kiddos, scheduling play dates, working, writing, and fitting in and all those catch-up appointments. When are we supposed to go camping, exactly? … [continue]