Pikes Peak Marathon Epic Adventure

Some races forever change you. Maybe it’s because the event requires epic training. Perhaps an inspiring coach or truly special training buddies elevate the mundane. Or the reason could be its spectacular  location. Sometimes, the race simply changes your beliefs about what is possible. For me and a small group of training buddies, the 2005 Pikes… Continue reading Pikes Peak Marathon Epic Adventure

Rubbing Elbows with Trail Running’s Speedy Elite

Who doesn’t have some type of sports idol? And how many of us would swoon to hang with those admired elite athletes? In trail running, those elites are at the local races, cheering in runners and working aid stations. They’re mingling with the masses, not segregated in a separate start group, clustered in a special VIP… Continue reading Rubbing Elbows with Trail Running’s Speedy Elite

It’s Hot and I’m Drinking

What a beautiful Sunday evening (even though it is 98 degrees at 8 p.m.). I’m sitting outside under the porch fan, enjoying another Bulleit Whiskey and ginger ale, my new go-to summer drink (thank you, Illinois cousins). Nibbling on snap peas, cucumbers, apples, and cornichons, because who wants to eat a full meal when it’s… Continue reading It’s Hot and I’m Drinking

Running the Trails at Walnut Creek Park

Few things are better than empowering someone with the confidence to successfully navigate a trail. I love to introduce people to my favorite outdoor spaces, and that’s why I’ve coached running groups, written guides, and dragged friends around most of Austin’s trails. Nature, however, continually edits paths. That shady, overgrown summer trail is completely different in… Continue reading Running the Trails at Walnut Creek Park

Geeky Interactive Map Fun

If I were given a map and dropped naked in the jungle, the results wouldn’t be pretty. Not because I couldn’t fashion rudimentary garments, craft tools and weapons, or utilize arcane bits of survival wisdom. No, it would be because I’d wander fruitlessly, killed by my lack of basic map skills. Which makes it so surprising that… Continue reading Geeky Interactive Map Fun

DFL, DNF, or DIM (Does It Matter?) at the Leatherwood Ultra

I should add another three-letter acronym: WTF. I’m quite sure I uttered the phrase a few times during the uphill climbs on the 2016 Leatherwood Ultra course. It also fairly neatly sums up the conflicted feelings I’ve had about writing up this race report. WTF am I supposed to glean from my performance in North… Continue reading DFL, DNF, or DIM (Does It Matter?) at the Leatherwood Ultra

When You’re Just Not Into That Workout

A friend and I were talking about signing up for races the other day. She was frustrated — stuck in a dry spell, with no desire to train for a goal or sign up for a race. As a result, she felt she was meandering through workouts, running without purpose, and losing fitness. I disagreed. “It’s… Continue reading When You’re Just Not Into That Workout

Taking Blog Images to 11

We’ve become an image-driven audience. Take a look at these stats compiled by Business2Community: Instagram, with it’s photo-driven focus, rules over other social media platforms in terms of engagement (58 times more per follower than Facebook, 120 times more than Twitter) Tweets with images received 150 percent more retweets Photo posts account for 87 percent… Continue reading Taking Blog Images to 11