• Hotter 'N Hell, trail running, ultra running, Southeastern Trail Runs, Oak Mountain State Park, Pinhoti 100, 100 mile training
    100 Miler Training,  Race Reports,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    How to Survive Hotter ‘N Hell

    Ah, Hotter ‘N Hell. The race that chews runners up and spits them out in tiny, broken pieces. The race where you’d better have good arm strength, because it’s a long fall should you let go of the rope going down into Peavine Falls. In other words, everyone’s favorite race they love to hate. With a race accurately named Hotter ‘N Hell in Alabama at the end of July, you need a survival game plan. This was my third year racing, so I knew exactly what to expect. Don’t get tired and drop at the first loop like in 2013, and don’t fall and tear your ankle ligaments to shreds like…

  • Ridge 2 Ridge, trail running, ultra running, Southeastern Trail Runs, Oak Mountain State Park, Pinhoti 100, 100 mile training
    100 Miler Training,  Race Reports,  Running,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    Ridge 2 Ridge Race Recap

    I am ridiculously behind on race recaps, to the point where I kind of just want to let them go. But while I don’t know if anyone will read months-old posts, I’m too Type A to not publish them. Plus, I like to go back and relive the races and learn from them. And who knows—maybe someone else will too! So I’ll use the next few days to post about all my summer races, starting with Ridge 2 Ridge this past weekend. Off we go! I was excited for Ridge 2 Ridge because A) I haven’t run it before, B) Southeastern Trail Runs always rock, and C) it’s great training…

  • Run For Kids Challenge, Camp Smile-A-Mile, Southeastern Trail Series, trail running, ultra running, Oak Mountain State Park
    Birmingham,  Running,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    Help Me Run for Kids (For 12 Hours)!

    Well friends, I have decided to make my trail race comeback in the coolest way possible—next Saturday I’m doing the Run for Kids 12-hour Challenge and raising money for children with cancer to go to camp. Why is this race so special, you ask? David and Mary Jo Tosch of Southeastern Trail Series donate 100% of proceeds to Camp Smile-A-Mile—an organization that provides year-round camp services for kids with cancer, their families and siblings, and cancer survivors. Tosch started Run for Kids in 2011, basing it off the popular Ride of Love. Every year since then, Run for Kids has grown and donated more money—last year they raised over $8,000! Y’all. I…

  • Decked Out Dash 5K, Oak Mountain State Park, racing a 5K,
    Race Reports,  Running

    The Time I Won a 5K – Decked Out Dash Recap

    From the unpublished archives—since I have the Mercedes Marathon this weekend and another race report looming, I figured I should get this one out: Things I will probably only say once or twice in a lifetime—I ran a 5K for fun and was #1 female, 5th overall. Boom. Yes, it was a small field. Yes, the course was almost .5 short. But a win is a win is a win, and I’ll own that shit. My friend Jenny works with the Arc of Jefferson County, who put on the race, and asked if I wanted to run with her. I’m not fond of 5Ks and usually try to steer clear of…

  • Hotter N' Hell, Southeastern Trail Series, Alabama trail running, Oak Mountain State Park, ultra running, rolled ankle
    Race Reports,  Running,  Trail Running

    Hotter N’ Hell 2014 Race Recap

    I ran a trail race last month that was absolutely incredible, until it wasn’t. Here’s the recap: Since I started building my mileage back up from my damn groin injury, my goal was to be healthy enough to run the 18-mile loop of Hotter N’ Hell. In my mind, if I could make it out of that race alive and well, then I’d be set for a fall full of ultras. And I had nailed the training! My mileage was right on track, I had zero pain, and I was mentally ready to tackle the hills and relentless heat and humidity. As always, I got to Oak Mountain early so…

  • 50k Training,  Race Reports,  Running,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    Tranquility Lake 50K Race Recap

    It’s been three weeks since I ran the Tranquility Lake 50K, so I guess it’s about time for a recap. I’m always late on recaps; has anyone else noticed? Oh well—better late than never. Tranquility was my second 50K (not counting my 30-mile jaunt at Pinhoti), and I loved it. The entire race reaffirmed my passion for ultra running. I was so happy. Like, giddy-the-entire-race happy. There were times when I wanted to just sit down and enjoy the fading fall colors and crisp weather, and then I’d remember it was a race and I had to run. There were leaves falling and hitting my face—is that not storybook-perfect? Sigh. Totally unlike…