• Bearly Ultra, Birmingham Ultra Trail Society, BUTS, Red Mountain Park, trail running, ultra running
    Race Reports,  Running,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    Bearly Ultra Race Recap

    Ah, the Bearly Ultra. The name says it all. The time I was bearly recovered enough from Pinhoti to actually try and run fast. The day I bearly survived because it was unseasonably hot. The race I bearly finished. (See what I’m doing here?) I signed up for the race on a whim—my friends asked me to run on their relay team, Cougars and the Kitten. You can’t say no to running on a relay team, especially if there are costumes involved! I had originally planned to run all 27 miles (run my leg and then keep running) for the fun of it, but quickly changed my plan when I saw the temperatures.…

  • 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…

  • Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B, #hikerchat, Teton Sports
    Running,  Trail Running,  Travels

    The Trails of Salt Lake City

    I’ve written about my trips to Outdoor Retailer before and what a magical place it is for outdoor lovers. I feel like I’m a kid in a candy store all week with all the colors and sounds and sights and things to eat and new gear to touch. I love every bit of it! However, it does get a bit overwhelming. By lunch on Friday, everyone has that end-of-OR glazed-over look. So it’s equally important to me to be able to spend some time in the mountains and escape all the madness. This time around, I got to spend a good amount of time out of the city and on…

  • 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…

  • Olivia Affuso, Hallucination 100, Woodstock, Michigan, first hundred-mile race, ultra running, trail running
    Race Reports,  Running,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    Guest Post – My Big 100 Mile Adventure!

    What do you do when you’re not out running the trails? Celebrate the kickass accomplishments of others! My good buddy and fellow BUTS member Olivia just ran her first 100-miler at the Hallucination 100 in Michigan and rocked it. She trained for-frickin-ever for this race, logging countless hours and miles of blood and sweat. She told me the day before the race that her goal was to run all 100 miles with a smile on her face—and she did. Because Olivia doesn’t have a blog, I asked her to share her story on here. So without further ado, I present to you the newest BUTS buckle holder! My Big 100 Mile Adventure! My…