• Cross Training,  Products,  Running

    Getting Fit As F*ck for 2016

    I’ve been taking my Pinhoti recovery seriously the past two months. Very seriously. I’ve been sleeping in, eating a lot, and barely running. Basically, I have become a professional sloth. Which is fine by me—I earned it, damn it! However, my clothes are getting tighter and I miss my running friends and sculpted thighs. So it’s time to get serious about training again. Plus, this is the week of Big Plans, and I have plenty of Big Plans for 2016. As I’ve said before, I know zero about the gym. But I’m a Jersey girl, and us Jersey folk are meant to GTL—I’m already tan, I do my laundry frequently, so all…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • Pinhoti 100, ultra running, ultra marathons, 100 mile training, Pinhoti 100 training
    100 Miler Training,  Running,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    I Want to Run 100 Miles

    You read that right—no need to rub your eyes or check your glasses prescription. I want to run 100 miles. 100.Miles. Very soon, actually. At the Pinhoti 100 on November 7th. I know, I’ve said these exact words before (for those of you long-time followers with elephant-like memories). I paced my friend Greg at Pinhoti two years ago and essentially stepped off the trail that weekend and decided that I too would run 100 miles—one day. Well kids, one day has finally come. It’s my turn. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by a positive bunch of crazies who think 100 miles is a perfectly reasonable distance to run. I adopted a strategy a few…

  • 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…