All Posts by Deserae Clarke

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” – Anne Sweeney What makes a Trail Sister?  Are there requirements one must meet to join the sisterhood of the trails?  A certain distance covered, pace maintained, number of trucker hats purchased? In a society ... Read moreOwn Your Sisterhood

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Community beginner Editors' Pick Empowerment family Inspiration

I love dogs. Well, let me clarify that, I love dogs that I know.  When I see strange dogs on the trails my reaction is mild panic. I know this is irrational since most dogs or their are friendly. It’s also counterproductive since dogs read emotions and my tension only makes them more likely to ... Read moreMixing Pups and People on Trails

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Community Editors' Pick Education Trail Dogs

Legos are an inspirational toy. No doubt they have sparked the imagination of countless future engineers, architects, construction workers, astronauts, superheroes and unicorns. The Lego Movie had us both declaring that everything was indeed awesome, while at the same time questioning our core assumptions about what a hero looks like and whether paying for overpriced ... Read moreThe Joy of Legos

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Community Editors' Pick Inspiration Racing &amp training

West Valley (Phoenix), Arizona When my family and I were looking to move, one of the things that drew me to the Phoenix area was the trails. There are a wide array of trail options in the greater Phoenix area, from flat desert loops, to climbs up steep rocky ascents. While we sit on a […]

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Where to Run

The habit of love cuts through confusion and stumbles its way out of difficulty. It remembers the way even when it forgets, for a dumbfounded moment, its reason for being, and the path is the only thing that matters. – Eudora Welty “A Worn Path” I’m training for a hundred miler, which gives me lots of […]

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In Lean In Sheryl Sandberg puts forth the idea that one of the most important decisions a woman can make in her career is who she chooses as her spouse/partner.  I happen to believe that the same holds true for ultra running. Please do not misconstrue this to think I am saying anyone “needs a man” […]

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Community family Love

On my college track team we had an athlete who was naturally gifted. She almost always placed well in her event, bringing points that were at times critical to our wins. It required very little effort on her part, and in all honesty if she had put in some hard work she may have been […]

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Before reading this post, please note that I am not a medical expert.  The information contained below is not to replace the consultation of an expert, in fact it strongly encourages you to consult one or more experts to understand and heal your injury.   Let me start by sharing three separate injury stories: Winter […]

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Community health Injury recovery Strength

I love running in the dark. This love has further blossomed now that I live in the southwest, and dark running is no longer synonymous with short, freezing, winter days.  There’s something about moving through wild spaces enveloped in my little bubble of light that makes me feel even more connected to nature.  It’s almost […]

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Adventure Community How to Motivation

It is well for the heart to be naive and for the mind not to be – Anatole France It is pretty much inevitable.  If you’re a female runner, someone is going to ask you about fear. Aren’t you afraid? Of getting attacked by a wild animal out there? Of running in the dark? Of […]

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Community Fear

I went into my first 100 miler thinking I knew what I was doing, how things were (sorta) gonna go, what things I was going to struggle with. It was one badass 100 miler, and it taught me more than I bargained for. Every once in a while we all need to be reminded we […]

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Community How to Race Day Race Prep