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It finally feels and looks like winter in Bellingham! February 2nd and we finally got to see our first frosting of snow in town. It’s cold enough that the white stuff is sticking around for a couple of days and causing me to wear Colorado layers to get out for a run. Ironically, or not ... Read moreIt’s Cold. Head Colds.

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I travel a lot. Monthly for sure. Sometimes weekly. But it has been a long time since I have taken what I call a true vacation. I get to travel to incredible spots and I enjoy the heck out of my adventures and work trips. It is not uncommon to set an auto-response because there simply will not be time or access to connect. This week away just before the late December holidays felt different, I got to make up each day as I went, auto-response was a choice, and I got to sink into a new environment as opposed to run through.

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Welcome to Part 2 in our series designed to motivate and inspire you in 2019. Next up: How to Prepare for an FKT.  –– It’s the start of a new year. As runners we’re busy conceiving new goals and challenges to motivate us in training and racing. Targeting and preparing for specific events will certainly […]

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It hit me that I have some amazing running highs to draw from when I realized how incredible this experience was. I called my parents after we finished the race, which is something I’ve done for years after events. They always thank me for calling to share my excitement and it was noticeable how much this experience meant to me. Sharing with them is always important and to help them understand this event’s meaning for me I told them that guiding at the CIM Marathon was equal to the enthusiasm I felt winning the Hardrock 100. They were at the Silverton finish line, they knew how much that meant.

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This is a good reminder for my all-in, gung-ho personality. I’m either doing it or I’m doing something else. Does that resonate with anyone else here? A Recent article by Trail Sister Katelynn Wagner got me thinking about mileage defining a runner. I’ve had countless people tell me “I run, but not like you do.” […]

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Finding ourselves in tune with the world around us and ourselves is a gift that running shares with anyone that participates… if we listen. Another name I’ve given this gift is having a Spidey-Sense. My Ma calls it “listening to your gut.” It’s an intense, innate knowing. The Spidey-Sense can work both externally and internally. […]

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Saying sure! I'm in! leads to all sorts of opportunities. At times I get spinning a little too fast and feel too busy. But saying yes has afforded me many experiences. This morning, coordinated by my host Gazelle Sports I had the opportunity for a quick news segment on the local station. We crammed in a bit about The Tahoe Rim Trail FKT, how I found the sport and foam rolling being a key component to healthy running. 4 minutes ...

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Trail Running Summer Camp provides an opportunity to focus on your favorite past time and meet, share miles, and bond with people of a similar mindset. It's a chance to step out from routine for a couple of days. And I see it as a gift to set aside time to simply enjoy running, eating and sleeping. The logistics, agenda and transportation are taken organized. Daily trail runs with well-thought out routes are guided by great sport resources to provide real-time feedback, tips, and friendly trailside chatter.

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We didn't return to the hotel until nearly 2am. Exhausted and filthy we both fumbled around, showered and tried to sleep. The gunk in my lungs rattled around and my legs ached and twitched uncontrollably for the better part of our horizontal time. The morning (nearly noon) was hectic with me not being able to move very quickly, neither of us very coherent and needing to pack up before the awards ceremony for our evening flight, all in less than an hour. Starving and still buzzing from our shared experience we did our best to fit our explosion back into our suitcases and meet everyone for lunch on-time.

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I tend to think of time in blocks. I look at the calendar and plan each day to achieve the end goal. That goal, a deadline, a race, etc, is the end point and is as far as I can see. Especially as it nears.  Other than planning a super fun summer including 4 running camps (see my SCHEDULE) I haven't been able to think much past March 17 since October 1st when I started training for the 160km Gaoligong by UTMB race in China, which would be March 9. I knowingly added this huge undertaking just a week out from my beloved Chuckanut 50k, March 17, the race I have directed each year since 2003. 

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This is not my first attempt at training for a 100-mile race. In the past two decades I’ve tackled this distance (or longer) more than 25 times. I’ve coached people to complete this distance and even wrote a book with a complete 48-week training plan to get people there. As I go through the experience […]

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Post race: Bending at my waist in an attempt to swan dive during an outdoor yoga class, my motion was quickly halted by the tightness in my hamstrings. My eyes glanced downwards to the goal of getting my fingertips to touch my toes. Glitter paint reflected back in the afternoon sunlight to remind me that...

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Adding my words and stories to the Trail Sisters site has been an awesome outlet for about a year now. The site hosts eleven awesome contributors, nine enthusiastic ambassadors and additional guest contributors. Through our writings you will find community, adventure, health and conservation topics. There are opportunities for interaction and community building. There are, now iconic, Trail Sisters hats available for sale. Basically, there is a lot going on on the Trail Sisters site and I'm inviting everyone to head over there for interesting reads. 

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by Krissy Moehl I keep my hydration quiver relatively small these days. The Ultra Vesta, the Adventure Vesta and 2 Fast Draw handhelds. Having these options and being able to mix and match is really all I need to choose …

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I’ve been thinking about the possibility of magic the last couple of days as I’ve recovered from a triple whammy of jetlag, a yucky bacteria stomach bug, and my own emotional hangover. I’ve never used the smiling poop emoticon with such intention until last weekend. Every day when we wake up something has to spur...

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Last year Runner Girl Races teamed up with Maps for Good to create a new Chuckanut 50k race course map and Community Trails map of the Chuckanuts. The amazing (to me) thing is you can download the race map to your smartphone to see your location along the trail—no wifi or cell service needed! 

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1/4 - 1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt (depending on how hungry you are)

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Like most of my kitchen creations, recipes start with random ingredients. I love grocery shopping and often fill my basket without an end game in mind. Cleaning off the top of the fridge I found an acorn squash and 3 sweet potatoes. In the cupboard a can of coconut milk and fire roasted tomatoes. In the fridge, mushrooms, onion, and an apple. I did not use any spices other than salt and pepper, so I'm sure this has plenty of options to enhance flavors. I like the simplicity of the veggies showing off their individual flavors. 

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I did not tear my meniscus (thankfully!). Seems I was a bit dramatic on my last blog post sharing all of the thoughts that plagued my mind during the onset of my hip injury. Sorry to those of you that I confused. The fear of a torn meniscus was just one of the worrisome thoughts that filled my head while I lived in the unknown.

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I’ve torn my meniscus. I’m grinding away my tibia and fibia. There is a piece of bone floating in my knee. Well, at least I’m in Mexico.

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I don't post recipes all that often, but there is something about this salad that made me want to share.  I feel like it may give you a little insight to how important food and fueling is to me.  The name for this particular dish hit me tonight when I was shredding collards and kale.  It is my Grounding Salad.  After long travels, eating out every meal, or when life seems a bit upside down, I long to pull as many ingredients as I can out of the refrigerator, and pile them in a bowl.  The process of washing, slicing and working with food grounds me.  It takes time to prep a bunch of veggies, quiet time, working with my hands, preparing good food.  It is the best way that I know to reconnection and feel at home.

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To write about a personal goal that wasn't quite complete is more of a task than I would have thought.  While on the trail I had so many thoughts and ideas about the experience, what my body was going through and more what my mind was going through.  I wish I'd had a voice recorder, but then again, perhaps none of those thoughts would have made sense.  

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Travel is hectic.  I seem to feel, think and say that a lot especially with my recent travels.  Fortunately the experiences enjoyed while in these new locations are exciting, memorable and community building.  My recent trip to La Palma Spain shone great examples of each.  As we hopped across the continent and eventually over the great Atlantic, our group of running friends grew from three (Denver to Chicago), nine (Chicago to Madrid) and nearly half the plane (Madrid to La Palma).  The long flights and layovers allowed time for catching up, chatter, photos and sharing with the world on social media.

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Written real time while traveling….

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Traveling overseas as an "elite athlete" comes with romantic aire of catered this, escorted that.  A plane ticket arrives in your email inbox with an itinerary you may have had some input on.  This particular trip, I was thankful to see the direct flights, minimal connections each way and with a carrier I fly frequently.  

There is a significant amount of unknowns to the travel itinerary when traveling under the support of a host, especially the host of a first year event.  My plane ticket arrived 4 days before my departure.  I was to land in one of the world's largest cities at 1am without knowing the next step after leaving customs.  But as my travel buddy, Nikki Kimball, said once we were finally connected at our hotel a day later, "Things always work out."  And they do.  During my layover in Frankfurt I found wifi and an email from Madhuri, our contact, letting me know that a driver holding a sign with my name would meet me at the airport and transport me to the hotel.  I  got to spend a lovely day recovering from jetlag, sleeping, working out in the fitness center and eating delicious meals in the hotel restaurants.  My experiences in the first 36 hours in India were limited to the confines of that hotel.  I sat in the 24 hour restaurant for a late lunch and started a new book while slowly enjoying the fresh salad and spicy assortment of blended, creamed, colorful & fragrant options that lay before me.  Careful to wipe my fingers before turning the pages of my book. I've never soiled a napkin as much as when eating Indian food.

Nikki's arrival unfortunately did not pan out as seamlessly as mine, but we were able to right it and soon locked into spending 24/7 together.  That evening we caught another car back to the airport for a 90 minute flight to Ahmedabad where we would overnight before a 9 hour bus ride to Dholviria, the site of the race.  An incredible amount of travel for 62 miles of running.

In the year 2000 India's population surpassed 1 billion people.  The world's population is over 7 billion.  One seventh of the world's population is living in this country.  And it shows.  Everywhere I looked in that 9 hour drive I saw people or signs of people.  Buildings and powerlines, dogs and cattle.  I even saw a couple of camels and donkey.  Huts and shacks amidst modern cement-walled beautiful homes painted bright colors.  And trash.  There is garbage every where.  Especially close to the waterways, streams and road side culverts have more trash than water, especially clean water.  As far as the eye can see, and it is a long way as the terrain is extremely flat, signs of human use seem to exist.

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I just read some articles about Chad and I'm nailed by a wall of emotion.  I don't think I've processed or been able to process because of everything that is going on while overseas in India.  Just before dinner I was looking through some messages, found articles in the New York Times and the Seattle Times and started to read them.  It let my mind go there for the first time and I had to dismiss myself from the group.  All of the conversation that is going on amongst the lodge guests where we are staying just didn't carry any weight to me, and all I could think about is that he's gone.  

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August 2004, nearly 10 years ago!  Multiple back to back days of training.  Running 15-25 miles a day on the Wasatch 100 course.  Karl Meltzer was my guide and even though I thought I needed to cover the entire course he wouldn't hear of it.  

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I’m a WFR!  I’m pretty excited about it too.  Those ten days the alarm sounded around 5am so that I could squeeze in something that resembled a workout be it a run, swim or weights.  Before sunrise I found myself back in the kitchen, blending the smoothie I’d concocted the night before and heating Bhakti chai with homemade almond milk on the stove.  The chai mixture would likely boil over and extinguish the stove’s flame while I raced around dressing, brushing my teeth (usually skipping a shower to save time) and packing my backpack to get out the door by 7:30am and maneuver the snowy, icy drive across town.  The beautiful Colorado days unfolded in front of me, caffeine firing my sleepy brain and the sun just illuminating the flat irons.  Did I really run already, or was that just a dream?

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Hurry up. Wave number 1 is starting.  Smile.  Photo. Strip off the long sleeve and scurry under the rope to join the other 175 runners in the first group.  Uphill - go!  Adrenaline, surge. Gasp. Straight uphill.  Breathe deeper.  Okay, the hill wins, power hike.  This I can do.  2 miles up.  Altitude. Whoa.  Breathe.  Where are all the colors?  This is the Goldenleaf half marathon.  There! A shock of gold.  This is what I came for. Beautiful.  Switchbacks down. Flip the duckbill hat backwards.  Views of the valley.  Again, this is what I came for.  Keep breathing, we are high.  Push a bit to get past a few pony tails that scurried up the early 2 miles while I was walking.  Gasping.  This hurts.  Fill the chest cavity as full as possible. Recover.  Keep pace.  Dude keeps breathing down my neck.  Why won't he pass?  Fall into stride with the next colorful group of shirts.  Quick feet, keep them dry.  Passing on the right.  Quick steps.  "Good work!" Move ahead, open up the stride.  Okay maybe not that much, the hamstrings are still tight.  Goodness it takes a while for an ultrarunner to warm up.  Tricky footing, keep cadence.  Every step is a good step.  Focus.  Breathe.  Mile marker signs tacked to the aspens, good chance to check the pace.  Can I break two hours?  More downhill on the second half... it's possible.  Another hit of calories.  No water.  I forgot my cup, dang it.  I need to remember that cup like I remember my shoes.  Steep down.  Passing on the left.  Whoops, divot, cut right too soon.  "Sorry, sorry, sorry!"  Down, down, down. Make up time. Breathe.  Work on turnover.  Take in the meadows.  A little more gold.  I love this feeling!  Movement.  Running.  Music in my ears, dirt under my feet.  Love.  A few less shirts to chase.  Pavement.  Bridges.  Cheers.  Cowbells.  Getting closer.  Last meandering trail.  Gravel.  Louder cheers.  Colorful pop-up tents.  Mats across the trail.  Name announced.  Pronounced wrong, but I know that is me.  Glance at the clock.  Stop the watch.  Smile.  Breathe.

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