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As a runner, I love exploring a new city, a new beach or a new mountain by foot. It helps me with jet-lag, gives me energy and allows me to see a new place as I run past new smells, colors and people. All while taking it in at my own pace. Running while traveling, […]

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I spend a lot of time doing many things, like pecking away on a keyboard, listening to Taylor Swift, trying to get cuddles from my independent pup and boyfriend and lifting heavy things at the gym. But two issues that stand paramount are: 1) dwelling on my insecurities and 2) re-inflating my confidence and ego. […]

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We are in the midst of a huge growth of popularity within the trail running community. New races are popping up every weekend with our regular go-to races filling up before we can even type out our credit card numbers. This is awesome — this means more people are getting outside + exploring the trails […]

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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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I’ve always felt that I was born anti-competitive. I never liked the idea of being compared, I never wanted to win when playing games, I never felt comfortable as the center of attention. I still don’t, most of the time. But sometimes, when I pin a bib to my chest and try to run as […]

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You step off the plane, the weather is perfect and your mind has already wandered to planning your next run. Your enthusiasm starts to falter, however, after ditching customs and the airport as you see are inundated by traffic, crowded sidewalks, or the complete absence of sidewalks at all. As a runner and an avid […]

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What can races do so they might be more inclusive of women and therefore attract more participation from women runners? This summer, in particular, there was an uproar on social media over races awarding more of their male top finishers than female top finishers (Vermont 100, Migu Skyrunner Olympus Marathon, MaXi-Race France & World, International […]

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Here’s the thing, for the last six years I’ve struggled with incontinence while running. This is thanks to the beautiful and traumatic experience called childbirth. And, truth be told, it kind of sucks. I’ve always loved flying down hills, my feet flailing underneath me, and yet somehow still finding confident footing. Now, when I let […]

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In the city of champions, it’s perhaps no surprise that there is a large running community here in Boston. Maybe you’ve heard of a little annual race here called the Boston Marathon? While a majority of folks are pounding the pavement throughout the city – and admittedly, one of my favorite trails to run and […]

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As I was looking through race photos from the Bear Chase 50k this week, I noticed that a photographer captured the finish line moment I’ve been trying to forget. Aside from my boyfriend Chris who witnessed what transpired first hand, I haven’t shared what happened because I didn’t want the sadness and anger from that […]

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Yesterday I completed the Tenmile Traverse. I’ve been eyeing this line in my backyard of Summit County, CO for several years. It looked like my favorite kind of adventure—hours above treeline, navigating off trail along a ridge. I knew I wanted to do it in fall after the monsoon season but before the snow. Two […]

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Last March, I flew halfway across the world to Ethiopia. I’d never been to Africa and frankly, was ignorant to the struggles that women and girls face in male-dominated cultures like in Ethiopia. Many of us runners know of Ethiopia as being home to some of the fastest distance runners ever, including Haile Gebrselassie, and […]

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We have all been there…you meticulously plan race day to the very last detail, only to wake up the day before, or even *gasp* the day of, to the warm greeting of your dreaded monthly visitor. It hits you like a slap in the face. Let’s face it, no matter how good we may be […]

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Editors Note: Tracy Ginn is one of six awardees from the 2018 Trail Run Adventure Grant presented by Trail Sisters, CamelBak and Under Armour.   Of all the Trail Sisters adventures you will read about, this one is probably the least adventurous. We aren’t ultra running or going to an exotic place, not attempting daring feats or fastest known times. What […]

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“Okay, but can I do my long run there?” A phrase used often in conversations between my boyfriend and I. For the last four years, I’ve lived and traveled full time in an RV. Four years of training for races while waking up in a new place every few weeks, or sometimes every other day. […]

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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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As a veterinarian, I often get asked for tips about being active with your dog. Currently, I don’t have a personal dog that I run with, but I do have some tips for the basic health of your dog on the trails and roads. Below are a few issues you might run into on the […]

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Editors Note: Terry Abrams is one of six awardees from the 2018 Trail Run Adventure Grant presented by Trail Sisters, CamelBak and Under Armour.   The quote “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” hangs on a wall in my bedroom. I have read it every single day for the last two years. Little did I know […]

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 “Not everything that matters can be measured matters and not everything that can be measures matters.” –  Elliot Eisner I love data. We measure things because we want to improve them. Well-designed measures give us objective feedback about how close we are to our goals and help us correct our course by quickly telling us […]

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Sitka, Alaska: Where there are only 14 miles of roads but more than 14 miles of trails! Sitka is one of the bigger towns in southeast Alaska with a population of around 8,000. It’s a popular cruise ship destination in the summer time, with passengers delivered daily in town from multiple ships. Sitka is native […]

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Sitka, Alaska: Where there are only 14 miles of roads but more than 14 miles of trails! Sitka is one of the bigger towns in southeast Alaska with a population of around 8,000. It’s a popular cruise ship destination in the summer time, with passengers delivered daily in town from multiple ships. Sitka is native […]

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I love trail running. It is simple yet powerful, uniting and fulfilling, replete with never-ending challenge and endless beauty to discover. But there is also, as with any sport, pressure and expectation. In this age of social media, our “shared stories” often result in comparing one athlete/experience/human to another, with mounting pressure to perform on […]

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A military wife & mother of eight, a vegan ceramic artist, and an English teacher walk into a bar… Wait, no. A homeschool teacher, chihuahua mom, and cross-country coach walk into a bar… Nope, still not right. Three hot mamas strut into Satan’s Sandbox. It’s August in Texas, at high-noon, a time reserved for old […]

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If I were to look back through my credit card statements, they would show that every February I plan a vacation. It’s the month during which I update my resume and apply to dream jobs in places I’ve never visited, and are likely to have more sun. February in Buffalo, New York is grey. It […]

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Editors Note: Alison McDole and Megan Haserodt are one of six awardees from the 2018 Trail Run Adventure Grant presented by Trail Sisters, CamelBak and Under Armour.   When you push your limits there is often that nagging voice in the back of your head telling you that you’re not capable, not strong enough, not prepared enough, etc.  And sometimes that […]

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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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Editors Note: Emma Murray is one of six awardees from the 2018 Trail Run Adventure Grant presented by Trail Sisters, CamelBak and Under Armour.   When I close my eyes, I see myself picking a line down a steep gulley that I’ve never been through before. It’s chossy and loose and exhausting; it’s slow going, but I’m going nonetheless, careful to […]

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Editors Note: Kelly Rappe is one of six awardees from the 2018 Trail Run Adventure Grant presented by Trail Sisters, CamelBak and Under Armour.   Iceland has become a very popular destination for Americans. It is very much a hot spot because it’s so conveniently located in between the USA and Europe; in addition to how amazing it is. I noticed […]

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As I drove into the state forest, layers of stress, anger and disappointment peeled away. My back still hurt, but as I shifted in my seat to try to take the radiating pain out of my right leg, I scanned the tree line for any glimpse of pitcher plants or wildlife. Nature’s beauty and peace […]

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As I drove into the state forest, layers of stress, anger and disappointment peeled away. My back still hurt, but as I shifted in my seat to try to take the radiating pain out of my right leg, I scanned the tree line for any glimpse of pitcher plants or wildlife. Nature’s beauty and peace […]

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I remember the days when I used to hike and see trail runners. I remember thinking, “What are they crazy? They’re going to fall down and hurt themselves.” Then a few years ago I decided I wanted to try trail running… and I did… and the rest is history! As a running coach, one of […]

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In a way for me, this story actually begins in 2009. I had qualified to run Western States 100 after placing third in the 2008 JFK 50 mile. Wildly unprepared to be running 100 miles as a 24 year old, but who passes up an opportunity like that? I spent the spring doing my best […]

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It was never about the racing. It was so much more than that. I was intrigued. Intrigued to explore more of nature, of cultures, to meet people and see new places. I wanted to see what was over that mountain, around that corner, or up that river and running was the perfect way to see […]

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At about mile ten of our third and final day in the Mount Rainier backcountry, we stopped at a waterfall. Rob* walked straight into the pool of ice cold water and stuck his head under the stream of water, clothes and shoes still on. “Uh oh,” I immediately thought, “here we go again.” See, this […]

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Last year, my number one Trail Sister moved from Iowa City, Iowa to Fort Smith, Arkansas. Julie and I met while training for road marathons in 2012 and both became interested in running trails and ultramarathons at the same time. We were both at each other’s first ultras and supported each other at subsequent 50-milers […]

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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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In the past I’ve talked about some of my favorite trails to run in Colorado + the Pacific Northwest…but there are more! More trails that have stolen my heart + hugged my soul. Colorado has thousands of miles of trails + sometimes these trails create a nice circular loop. These are all well known trails, […]

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I set out to do a trail run early one morning, just like I would any other morning. The air was especially cool and a low mist hung just above tree line. The stillness was palpable and mesmerizing. I had a quick thought of reaching for my earbuds to start a playlist that would be […]

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Recently, Hillary Allen was featured in the North Face series, “Mentors,” sharing her thoughts on strength and identity following a life-threatening injury last year. In the episode, she talks about being restricted to one definition of strength in herself and the work it took to broaden that perspective. It’s a struggle I’ve been very familiar […]

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With each footstep another plume of red dust coated me head to toe in the grimy substance that is the essence of the American southwest desert. It clung to the sweat on my face, coated the backs of my hands, and had turned my shoes from blue into a mottled purple. We were running on […]

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When living in New York City I knew precisely two people who had run an ultra marathon, and I thought both of them were crazy for doing it. Heck, I thought of myself as crazy for running marathons. And then I moved out west to Denver two years ago, got a new job where everyone […]

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