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One Tip Wednesday: Are You Faking it?

Moms know when there is leftover chocolate in the cupboard. It could be the last tidbit of a chocolate-dipped Biscotti, it could be a remnant of Hershey’s from the summer’s S’more stock, it could be Oreo crumbs in the bottom of the empty package (who put the empty package BACK in the cupboard, people?!) You can feeeel it. There must … [continue]

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]

One Tip Wednesday: The key to picking your perfect race this summer

Obviously, this is about what goodies they hand you at the finish line, right? I’ve gotten everything from T-shirts, socks, burritos, and beer to picnic blankets, medals, mimosas, and beanies. All good, all fun! But no. The key to picking your perfect race isn’t about the SWAG. (Though I love it and always appreciate it.) The key has everything to … [continue]