Grand Circle Trail Fest Race Report

Who: Me, Isabelle, Brittani What: 3 Day Race: Bryce Canyon, Zion, Grand Canyon When: October 4-6, 2018 Where: Home Base of Kanab, UT Most significant Areas for Improvement: Accurate description of race routes and better shuttle bus coordination. It’s been a week since we returned home from the trailfest. Does anyone else get a little…

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…