I wrote this in response to a writing group assignment. The assignment? [T]ake 20 minutes ... to write about the following: In light of how dramatically our lives and communities have changed with the advent of this pandemic, what do you miss? Start your assignment with the words, I miss.... I miss change. Not the … Continue reading I Miss … (notes from quarantine)
Five years ago, I was at work pulling together the first draft of a huge slide deck for our company's annual talent review. My cell phone rang, and I saw a Thousand Oaks area code with a number I didn't know. I immediately knew something was very, very wrong. On the line was my Uncle … Continue reading It’s Been Five Years, Mom
In 1986 I was attending the University of Oregon and dating my RA (I know, scandalous!). I had hiked and backpacked and car camped before meeting him, but he was a climber. Climbing had never been on my radar as something I wanted to do, but after listening to him rave about the sport, I … Continue reading Timberline Trail in a Day: Flowers, and rivers, and sand, oh my!
At the beginning of 2019 a bunch of my partners-in-crime got together to brainstorm adventures for the coming year. One that stuck was to do the UltraPedestrian Wilderness Challenge Olympic Coast route. As described on UltraSignup, "This [approximately 58-mile] route runs point to point between the Shi Shi Beach Trailhead in the north, and the … Continue reading Olympic Coast Route: The hardest thing I didn’t finish
Yesterday, my friend Ana—of Will Run for Whisky fame—pointed out that winter is a great time to catch up on the past season's race and trip reports. My kids and work have filled all of my nonrunning time, and I've missed the chance to reflect on my adventures so I'm giving it a try. I … Continue reading Badger Mountain 50 Miler Race Report
"I called it quits today just past the halfway mark after some 30 miles. I’ve never been more at peace with a tough decision. And I’m so proud of Marna, Heidi, and Sarah, who are out there along the coast right now, finishing the second half. I’ll welcome them back sometime tomorrow with joy!" That … Continue reading The Ultra Tripod: 3 things you need to finish an ultra
People have lots to say about running in the winter in Seattle. "Ugh! It's always raining!" "I love running in the rain!" "It's dark so early!" There are many online discussions about what's the best jacket for running in the rain (hint: there isn't one, you're gonna get wet), best gloves for the cold and … Continue reading Mix It Up!
As a kid, both my brother and I were pretty fearless. We grew up in a part of Southern California that still had a lot of open space (we called it "the fields") and we spent much of our childhoods running around, picking up tarantulas and lizards and snakes, building forts out of yucca stalks, … Continue reading This One Time, When I Fell Off a Cliff …
My friend (and one of my Javelina pacers), Nina, had a birthday yesterday. So, of course, that meant that it was time to celebrate! With my schedule having me in a recovery phase after a busy period of training and adventuring, an eight-mile hike to a lake—with promises of hot chocolate and birthday hats and … Continue reading Celebrating a Birthday
It was a successful weekend in Phoenix for our group of friends: Elly ran her first 100K in fine fashion, and Heidi and I ran our first hundreds and are coming home with buckles! It's so hard to put together the words to describe Javelina. The course itself features desert beauty—highlighted with green grass and … Continue reading Javelina Jundred Race Report