Running has been a part of my life for so long, sometimes I don’t stop to think about the reason why. I just run. But on a recent snowy run, as I was bundled up against the sleet and snow, my face frozen and my fingers numb, I started to wonder what possessed me to ... Read moreThe Runner’s Why
“Mom, I’m so glad we came out here,” my eldest said from the backseat of our truck. We had just wrapped up a snowshoe trek on our favorite trail and we were loading up to head back home. I leaned in with a forehead kiss as I buckled in her little brother and whispered, “Me ... Read moreRaising Adventurous Kids
Before announcing the six recipients of the Trail Run Adventure Grant presented by Merrell and Trail Sisters, we want to say thank you to all those who applied! We received an incredible 241 submissions! Each trail run adventure (TRA) had a unique aspect, whether it was the location, reasoning or overall goal. You can imagine ... Read moreTrail Run Adventure Grant – Awardees!
Last year, my friend Josh Sun told me he was rolling out a brand-spankin’ new 100 mile race in the beautiful trails of Mines of Spain, located in Dubuque, Iowa, right along the Mississippi River. The race is called Mines of Spain 100 and if you think Iowa is all flat, this race will prove ... Read moreWhat I Learned as a First-Time Aid Station Captain
As trail running continues to grow in popularity as both an invigorating and healthy transport from our everyday lives of routine and predictability into adventure and exploration, so do the many positive side effects of participating in this great sport.
For a long time I wanted to be a runner. It seemed freeing. There was a man in my hometown who was a marathon runner. I watched him take off for his run daily, and admired him when I was a child. I grew up as a complainer, and although I loved the outdoors and ... Read moreFalling in Love with Running
Before a few years ago, I was always floored by the people who could casually mention, “Oh, I’m going out on a run.” I couldn’t imagine how someone would voluntarily put one foot in front of the other in rapid succession, purposefully increase their heart rate, and deliberately engage in such a painful activity. I’ve ... Read moreThe Gift of Low Expectations
A friend introduced me to a running group. I agreed to try it, even though the prospect of making small talk while wheezing and struggling to keep pace with a group of former iron-women sounded frankly awful. First of all, I am not a joiner. I don’t like meeting new people. I don’t like to ... Read moreThe Church of Running
Our thighs and tush are often the first to get cold in the winter weather, so let’s chat about insulated adventure skirts and how they can help keep us warm on any trail-venture. There’s no denying the fact I absolutely love running skirts and I had high hopes for insulated skirts. Some were a huge ... Read moreInsulated Adventure Skirts
The best races in the world tend to share some of the same qualities – great courses, memorable experiences, and personal challenges. We seek these experiences out in the hopes of finding the self-satisfaction that accomplishing a great feat brings us.
A few months ago, I read a compelling article by Erin Strout (1) entitled “Why We Need More Female Coaches” in which she argues for the important role of women in elite running, particularly in the track and field and road racing scene. As a female coach in the Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) world, I ... Read moreSupporting Women in MUT Coaching
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.
It’s cold and the wind is whipping outside, but you have a training run on your schedule…what do you do? You could postpone, or you could pull on one of these pairs of toasty winter running tights and hit the trails with vengeance. We have done the latter for you with each pair of the ... Read moreWinter Tights Review
Periods: they’re historical, physical, and emotional roller coasters that, as women, we’re taught to hide. Consequently, the menstrual cycle goes by many alternative names: Aunt Flow, Crimson Tide, On the Rag, Lady Business, or Moon Time—just to name a few. But my favorite one of all is the Red Badge of Courage. The Red Badge ... Read moreRunning with the Red Badge of Courage
I hope we can all agree on the importance of honesty or, in yogic terms, satya (truthfulness) in how we live our lives. As we usher in a new year, many of us may also be thinking about this in terms of living authentically with our truths: What does it look like to live exactly ... Read moreHonesty.
Let me set a scene for you. Me, on my couch with my laptop, surrounded by scraps of paper with numbers jotted in what could resemble a haphazard schedule of sorts. I look like I’m being productive, but on the inside I’m feeling deflated. Rather than having a screen full of freshly typed words, my ... Read moreFinding the Motivation to Become Disciplined
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
Winter seemed as good a time as any to commence training for a fast marathon, while living in Anchorage, Alaska. With temps averaging between -6 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit during the daylight hours of 10am-3pm, it was perhaps a more prudent time to cozy up to an off-season or to reintroduce the treadmill back into ... Read moreSolace of Running Cold
Today we are really excited to introduce a new addition to the site. It was spearheaded by TSer Sandi Nypaver, an avid trail runner and pursuer of change and betterment within our sport. Like TS, Sandi also noticed the lack of information, education and resources for women in trail running, so she wanted to help do ... Read moreFemale Running Coach Directory
In the perfect world we’d all train on the best days and during the light of day. This isn’t a perfect world, but fortunately we have gear that helps keep us training even when the sun goes down…headlamps! To keep you running through the shorter days of winter we have reviewed the following headlamps. Keep ... Read moreLight it Up… a Headlamp Review
In the fall of 2017, I remember asking my husband if he would rather run a marathon or have another baby. He really wasn’t sold on either, but reluctantly agreed to a marathon to hold off on the baby idea a little longer. I felt like I had won either way and couldn’t believe I ... Read moreRacing with Baby On Board
Culturally, we like to talk about bridging divides and embracing differences, but let’s be honest; much of our lives are often spent with people much like ourselves. Perhaps it is human nature to drift towards those we perceive to be similar to ourselves, whatever that may mean. Certainly in the trail running community, we speak ... Read moreFinding Common Ground
When you’re out exploring the wintery trails [or even the chilly spring and fall trails] you’ll want to keep your hands warm and dry. Tucking your fingers up into your jacket sleeves does not cut it, so let’s take a look at the cold weather running gloves that are currently on the market.
Every Fall, for the past six Falls, I have had the opportunity to run with a special group of people. We convene at a summer camp in mountainous terrain, for three days of trails, talks, and other such fun, and although I am in attendance as a staff mentor, I am always the one left ... Read moreFemale Veterans Find a Place to Heal in the Trail Running Community
A winter run is made possible once you make the laborious decision to exchange that pleasant, warm bed, car, office, or trailhead bathroom, for the cold. Given this, it is only natural that we often present ourselves to winter completely and hopelessly overdressed.
Modes of Ambulation Included in the category of ‘mountain running’ are skate skiing, cross country skiing, randonee (AKA alpine touring or AT skiing), trail running, speed mountaineering, and fell running. Trail and fell running are best executed on a runner-supportable surface of snow that is either fresh and shallow, old and icy, or possessing a ... Read moreRunning in the Snow
“So does everybody feel ready?” I looked around. All I could see was glaring headlamps and a whole lot of reflective gear. I wasn’t even sure exactly who each of the nervous laughs belonged to. Slowly we started walking up my driveway away from the soft lights of my house and towards the trails of […]
Are you finally prepped for the adventure you’ve been dreaming of? Before setting out, there is a final important thing to prep: your mind. Even with the best planning, gear, and safety precautions, things tend to go south if your mind isn’t on board. And, conversely, a go-with-the-flow mindset can overcome a variety of catastrophes […]
A piece about running in New York City can certainly seem a touch lost among hundreds of tales of wild mountain adventures, wondrous trail runs and challenging traverses – but I’ll do my best to make sure it fits in (at least a little). While my idea of running will forever take place among tall […]
When I talk to women about what prevents them from going for long adventures runs, I often hear about safety concerns. Some of us are scared of wild animals, of getting lost and most of us are scared of ill-intended humans. It’s okay (and normal) to be scared. An undertaking becomes an adventure when the […]
Water? Check. Emergency blanket? Check. Headlamp? Check. Snacks? You bet. Tampax? Oh, heck yes. It all started at a campsite just outside Mt. Rainier. “Tampons are good fire starters.” Said Jeff. “That’s an expensive fire starter.” I replied. “Let’s use kindling.” The next day on the Wonderland Trail, a few of us got […]
For months I’d been looking forward to this vacation. After a long, cold, rainy spring the sun was finally shining, the trees had blossomed, and my in-laws would be joining us for five days of relaxation along the shores of Lake Lugano, which meant I would have consistent kid-coverage for the first time in months. […]
Part Two: Equipment and Supplies With a destination in mind and thorough planning complete, it’s time to pack. As you prepare your equipment and supplies for a long day of adventure, keep in mind that to travel safely, you’ll carry more than in race. A self-supported adventure is just that, and there are no drop […]
As winter rapidly approaches, and has already arrived in some areas, we wanted to provide you with a review of our favorite cold weather insulated jackets. It can be tough to find motivation to go outside in burly conditions, but these 10 pieces help to eliminate any need to motivate, and instead get you psyched […]
Weather, snowpack structure, terrain, season (fall vs. winter vs. spring) or more specifically date (sun angle), and time of day are factors in determining safety during the “snowy” season. Knowledge of these factors will help with reading avalanche terrain and conditions to increase safety in backcountry travel, whether it be on skis or on foot. […]
Part One: Planning What grand adventure idea inspires you? Maybe you’ve seen a photo of an iconic trail and resolved to run there. Maybe a mountain range you’ve glimpsed on a road trip calls to you. Maybe you can’t get someone’s fastest known time on your favorite trail out of your head. My adventure ideas simmer […]
“Was it fun?” asked race director Todd Hacker a few hours after I had completed my first 50 miler, Mountain Masochist Trail Run (MMTR). I paused, not quite sure how to respond. During my three hour solo drive home, I had plenty of time to contemplate my response. The race was not what I would […]
The universe seemed to be conspiring against me by repeatedly directing me towards our local trail running group. I had never been a runner, per se, although I wished many times I was. I read Born to Run, Eat and Run, and Finding Ultra. These stories had left me with visions of long-distance runs over […]
By now, you have probably heard the news that the 2018 North Face Endurance Challenge San Francisco races were cancelled due to poor air quality related to the Camp wildfire that is burning in northern California. This wildfire is the deadliest and most destructive in the state’s history, having already claimed the lives of 71 […]
“She’s asking for it.” The statement was boldly exclaimed during a Trail Sisters presentation where the issue of safety was being covered, nonetheless. There we were in a safe space where women were given the platform of opportunity to openly discuss the impact of sisterhood in sport. To discuss the issues and challenges that are […]
I wanted to be a runner for years (before I started calling myself one), but was never sure how to go about becoming a one. I grew up on a farm down a dirt road in rural Vermont and my alternative high school didn’t have any sports, thus my ideas of what it meant to […]