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    The Emotions of Injury: My Internal Dialogue

    May 24, 2018 admin

    I think every runner knows the feeling. You’re running merrily along and all of a sudden you feel a zing of pain. It might be in your knee, ankle, shin, hip, whatever. You think, at first, huh, that’s weird. I’m sure that was an anomaly. Must have stepped wrong. Then you continue on and the pain…

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    Whiskey + Yoga at 3 Howls Distillery

    May 14, 2018 admin

    My original plan for the weekend involved trail running with friends (okay, that’s my plan every weekend.) However, earlier in the week I began to get a new pain around my knee/IT band which took running off the table for a few days. It was disappointing, but I quickly devised a new plan with attending…

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  • Nothing Dignified About Running 100 Miles: My Story on the Boldly Went Podcast!

    April 30, 2018 admin

    Back in January, I attended a Boldly Went live storytelling event here in Seattle. These fun shows are for outdoor enthusiasts and athletes of all kinds. You can just listen or be prepared to share your own story. It’s a great way to hear other people’s adventures – whether they are life-changing events or entertaining…

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    Ancient & Dusty Lakes Trip Report

    April 27, 2018 admin

    It’s that time of year when we’re all itching to get up into the mountains, but the high country is still buried in snow, and our “regular” winter trails are feeling a bit lackluster. What to do? Head over Snoqualmie Pass to run on the dry side of the mountains (like we did for our Cowiche…

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    Spring Eagle Trail Marathon Race Report

    April 15, 2018 admin

    This past month has been crazy busy at work and I was looking for a local event to keep my miles up. Northwest Trail Runs Spring Eagle Trail Marathon was an ideal solution. I was calling it a maintenance marathon, and getting weird looks from my coworkers. All of you ultrarunners know what I mean, right?…

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    Cowiche Canyon Trails and Tamales – A Birthday Celebration!

    April 2, 2018 admin

    When my friend Ellen discovered that our birthdays were just a day apart the first week of April, she brilliantly suggested that we do a group run with friends to celebrate. This is the time of year when we’re all going a bit stir crazy and are tired of running on muddy and rainy trails…

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    Chuckanut 50K Race Report – 2018

    March 22, 2018 admin

    This was my first race of the year, and wow, I couldn’t have hoped for a better day and race experience! It’s a classic race here in the Pacific Northwest, and takes place near Bellingham (about 1.5 hours north of Seattle), and mostly in Larrabee State Park. I’ve run the Chuckanut 50K twice before (2016…

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    Chuckanut Training Run 2018

    March 5, 2018 admin

    This weekend was the annual Chuckanut Training Run (thanks for hosting Balanced Athlete and Aspire Adventure Running!) I’ve run the Chuckanut 50K twice now (2016 race report and 2017 race report), so I knew what to expect on the course. However, I was grateful to have this opportunity to get reacquainted with it’s challenges and charms, and have…

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    Desert Runcation Part 2: PCT & the Kelso Dunes

    March 2, 2018 admin

    Let the sun-seeking continue! The first part of our desert runcation was at Joshua Tree National Park (read about it here.) The second part was all about visiting areas relatively nearby in order to see new landscapes and explore new trails. The Pacific Crest Trail displayed a beautiful valley as well as stunning ridgeline views…

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    Desert Runcation Part 1: Joshua Tree National Park

    February 24, 2018 admin

    We have a tradition (does two times make a tradition?) of taking a desert runcation in late winter/spring to combat the dark and rainy Seattle days. Last year we spent time in Zion National Park (part 1 and part 2.) This year we went to Southern California with the goal of exploring Joshua Tree National…

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