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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: 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]

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]