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

This article first appeared in OutdoorsNW, an adventure, travel, and recreational 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]

One Tip Wednesday: The secret to making it happen (and a BIG reveal)

There is so much hard stuff in life. My friend and I were on a trail run the other day (you know, where you talk about the deepest, hardest stuff) and we were wondering why so many people in our lives are being stricken by cancer and death, failing bodies, moving-away children, hurting hearts. Is it simply because we are … [continue]

One Tip Wednesday: The most important question to ask yourself before every run

So……. “Why the heck am I up at 5:00am to go running?!” This has often been the question I ask myself because, let’s face it, runners are a wacky breed and sometimes I have to check in with myself out loud. (Quietly, of course, so as not to wake the kids.) Whether it’s a dark, rainy morning run, a post-work … [continue]