Gnawbone 50K Gritted Teeth so Hard I Broke a Tooth? Maybe!

First official full trail ultra in the books this weekend. Dances with Dirt in Gnawbone, Indiana did not disappoint. It had been a busy taper week with traveling to Texas for work, training new employees and starting summer semester for grad school. Thursday night I got home, and Friday morning I repacked my suitcase and…

Crewing and Pacing at Potawatomi

My first ultra crewing/pacing experience happened Wednesday – Sunday last week for my friend Becca Jones’ 200-mile attempt at Potawatomi Trail Race in Pekin, IL. Our journey started Wednesday in Nashville with a shot of coconut rum and Red Bull and ended Sunday night. On the 6.5 hour drive to Illinois we told trail stories,…

Endurance Saturday – Testing out New Gear and Training Methods

Saturday is for long runs on the trail. I am officially half way through training for the Gnaw Bone 50K in May 2018. If you have ever trained for a race before you will have heard that training runs are the time to try out new gear, nutrition practices, hydration strategies, etc. . . ….

Sleep Series – Post 1: Introduction

I have been thinking about sleep a lot this week. Sleep has been a main focus in my Stress Management Masters class, I have several friends and colleagues that are suffering from lack of sleep, AND I have been thinking about next week when my ultrarunning friend Becca is going to tackle a 200-mile race…

Music City Trail Ultra Recap

Such a great race today at the Music City Trail Ultra in Pegram, TN about 30 miles West of Nashville! I am a member of an amazing Trail Running Group called the Ultra Dirtbags / Dirtbags with Fleet Feet Nashville. We are all training for a race in May and today’s race was a training…

Lost in the Woods… but not for Long

This morning I added an emergency blanket and flint to my running pack. I had been meaning to do this for the last three months and out on the trail yesterday I would have been much less concerned being lost at night in the woods if I would have had those two items. One of…

Helichrysum – A Worthy Addition to Your Herbal Medicine Cabinet

Even though I have been using essential oils for over 20 years I only recently started collecting them for therapeutic use. Like many people (maybe even you) I dislike the side effects of most drugstore medications. I am not anti-prescription drugs or anti-western medicine but I am a huge believer that there are natural solutions…

Fall into Change – November 2017

I am a huge believer that everything happens for a reason. For the past few years, I have had a nagging sense of unfulfilled purpose. We all have a purpose in life. If not a “purpose” we at least have a desire to find fulfillment and satisfaction with our work. We all have different things…

Journey to Me on the Pinhoti Trail

Last weekend a few friends and I traveled 3 hours from Nashville to Dalton, GA for the Georgia Jewel Training Run. Only one of us is running the actual race, the rest of us were just checking out the trail. I’ve been trying to explore different trails in our area and this was a great…

Chafing…. I’m Against It! Check out this Easy DIY Recipe 

I was in the process of purchasing squirrel nut butter due to my chafing experience this weekend, and as I was reading the ingredients I realized they were very similar to a lotion bar I made about a year ago. I hesitate sharing this information because I consider myself a supporter of small businesses BUT…