Delights for All, Please

Delights for All, Please

In an essay I wrote for the latest issue of Trail Runner, I collected some of my thoughts on anxiety, running, motherhood, COVID-19 and the cultivation of small delights in our daily lives. I looked forward to sharing this essay…

In Praise of Running, In Praise of Not: My Longest Off Season Yet

In Praise of Running, In Praise of Not: My Longest Off Season Yet

My years living in the mountains in Colorado taught me the value of taking an annual off-season from running—and every fall since, I’ve tried to take a few months off from training and racing in order to give my body…

Finding Heart: 2019 Cascade Crest 100 Race Report

Finding Heart: 2019 Cascade Crest 100 Race Report

Sometimes it seems that the more I run, the less I write—both pursuits require muscle, and muscle requires consistent exercise to maintain; there are only so many hours in the day, and for the past three years, I’ve given running…

Issy Alps 100, Third Time’s a Charm: Thoughts on Fear, Fun (Type II) and Faith

Issy Alps 100, Third Time’s a Charm: Thoughts on Fear, Fun (Type II) and Faith

Six years ago, when George asked me to help him scout out some connections between our local mountains, I don’t think he had any idea of the monster he was creating. I won’t go into the full history of the…

These Are Our Hearts: Plain 100+ Run Report

These Are Our Hearts: Plain 100+ Run Report

(Note: This is a fairly blow-by-blow personal account. Only read it if the detailed minutiae of ultrarunning race reports interest you. For less navel-gazing and more details/history about Plain itself, stay tuned for a future article in print-magazine land.) In…

The Merits of Obsession

The Merits of Obsession

After Fat Dog, I enjoyed getting interviewed by Eric Schranz on Ultrarunnerpodcast. It was fun to be on the other side of interview questions for a change. But, as is the case anytime I’ve shared something personal in a non-written,…

My 99-Mile DNF: Running the Issy Alps 100

My 99-Mile DNF: Running the Issy Alps 100

Two weeks ago, on a total lark, I hopped on a plane to Seattle. Mission: visit friends, enjoy legit Thai food (sorely lacking in western Colorado), and take a stab at completing a relatively under-the-radar route through the Cascade Mountains…

Beautiful, Cruel Patagonia—My Ultra Fiord Race Experience

Beautiful, Cruel Patagonia—My Ultra Fiord Race Experience

(Warning: This is a “long read.” Grab a cup of coffee and settle in.) Two months have passed since I traveled to Patagonia to run the Ultra Fiord 100. Until today, despite ample previous attempts, I haven’t felt able to sit…

Existentialist Crisis 2015, aka San Juan Solstice 50 Race Report

Existentialist Crisis 2015, aka San Juan Solstice 50 Race Report

“It’s a waste to chase the pipe dream of a magical tiny theory that allows us to make quick and detailed calculations about the future. We can’t predict and we can’t control. To accept this can be a source of…

Only Small Things: Reflections on Excess

Only Small Things: Reflections on Excess

“You think you have to want more than you need. Until you have it all, you won’t be free.” – Jerry Hannan, “Society” This week, I’ll be moving. Again. My ninth move in the past seven years. In the weeks…