McDowell Mountain Frenzy 25k

I knew this race was gonna hurt. And it most definitely did. But it was also gorgeous and exhilarating and amazing. When my alarm went off at 5am and I could hear the wind rattling the window of our house, I knew that my asthma might become an issue. What with the recent change in... Continue Reading →

Pass Mountain 25km Race Recap

After weeks of colds, the flu and other craziness, I was anxious to race the Pass Mountain 25km race on Saturday. This is the second race in the Desert Trail Runner series with Aravaipa Running, but my first this year due to illness. And after tweaking my neck earlier in the week, trying muscle relaxers... Continue Reading →

The Javelina Jangover…25k

Running should be fun, right? Sure, there are days when we don’t feel like getting up at 3am to beat the heat on that early morning trail run. But for the most part, we run because we love it. The same is true of racing. So when I neared the Javelina Jangover 7k night trail... Continue Reading →

Conquering Pikes Peak

Twenty-five years ago, I attempted to hike Pikes Peak during a youth camp. I made it 3 miles up the trail before turning around. That decision created a bucket list item that I never believed could be crossed off. I was convinced that my asthma, coupled with my fibromyalgia, would make this dream impossible. I... Continue Reading →

Big Pine 6k and … ?

I had big plans for Aravaipa Running’s June 11th races in Flagstaff, Arizona. I was registered for the Big Pine 6k race in the morning and the Blackout 6k race in the evening. In between, I was scheduled to volunteer all day at the remote aid station for Squirrel’s Nut Butter. On top of this,... Continue Reading →

Am I really a Trail Runner?

It’s been a while since my last blog post. To be honest, since deciding to switch back to short distance trail racing after Mesquite Canyon, I’ve struggled to find my voice. Do people really want to read a race recap about a 40-60 minute race? Am I still a trail runner if I am only... Continue Reading →

Mesquite Canyon 30km Race Recap

You know that song that gets stuck in your head, repeating over and over?  When you don’t run with music on the trails (which is always a good idea in the Arizona desert), you tend to spend a lot of time repeating the same phrases over and over. The “Everything is Awesome” race was a... Continue Reading →

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