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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]

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]

What I Learned from Following-Literally-in the Footsteps of My Trail Running Guru

 This article first appeared in OutdoorsNW, an adventure, travel, and recreation magazine for outdoorsy types in the beautiful Northwest. The only reason I decided to get up early on a bleak and frigid winter morning to run up the trails of Mt. Pisgah while the rest of Eugene was snuggled in bed was because my trail running friend, Susan, asked … [continue]

How running set me free: from worry, stress, and combat boots

This article first appeared in OutdoorsNW, an adventure, travel, and recreation magazine for outdoorsy types in the beautiful Northwest. In my early twenties, I was an Air Force staff sergeant working for the Electronic Security Command in Europe. I think that’s all I am allowed to tell you about my job except that my windowless office was located deep within … [continue]