The female sex is so often guilty of comparing ourselves to others. It’s a known phenomenon among Kardashian followers, Instagram models, Pinterest moms, and I’d argue it’s probably true of a lot of us Trail Sisters. We know it’s silly. Still, we open up Instagram and see Anna Frost’s adventures in the lower hemisphere, we ... Read moreAn Ode to the Weekend Warrior
One thing I love about trail running, and especially ultrarunning, is the chance to talk in depth about a variety of topics for hours on the trail. On any given day these might include parenting issues, the next race on the calendar, training pitfalls, injury prevention, and female body systems.
Since the beginning of Go Beyond Racing in 2013, we’ve taken recycling and reducing the environmental impact of our events seriously. We’ve tried a lot of different things over the years to be the best we could at this, including using compostable products, eliminating packaging, paying for carbon offsets on the shipping, using reusable dishes […]
“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
Almost exactly two years ago, I was on these trails – running my first ultramarathon since giving birth to my daughter sixteen months prior. I was still “bouncing back” from my third pregnancy and excited to have a friend tag along for her first ever ultra – the Napa Valley 50k. “It’ll be fun,” I ... Read moreI’ve Only Run This Once Before…
One of my favorite quotes which I try to live by is: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” – Charles R. Swindoll. I truly believe that having a positive attitude when facing any circumstance in life really changes everything. Our brains should be trained in the same ... Read moreDon’t Let Anything Stop You
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” Rachel Carson Being in nature was part of my childhood. I grew ... Read moreGiving Back to Nature
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
Parts of this past week were total sh** and completely out of my control as what at first sounded like a bad possibility turned into reality. My sister was supposed to be on the homestretch of breast cancer treatment and we were all looking forward to her reconstruction surgery this summer to put an end ... Read moreWhat We Owe Each Other
The only fresh air I inhaled for 72 hours was the puff of New Hampshire February chill when I opened and closed the slider on my sunroom to let my dogs in or out, followed by wheezing my way back to the couch. I’d been sick for over a week, getting worse. I could feel ... Read moreTime on Feet Training
Crosby, Stills and Nash sang “Teach your children well. Feed them on your dreams.” What fantastic words to live by! As parents we strive to set a good example for our children with our words and actions. But sometimes, it’s what we do in our daily routine, passionately living life, chasing our dreams, that leaves a more ... Read moreTeach Your Children Well
When I went for my first run, I was about 10. I had always been the kid who could play outside for hours on end, climbing trees and skinning my knees roller blading endlessly up and down the long driveway. I’ll never forget the day I first ran three miles on my own. It was ... Read moreBack to Joy
No, not like circus juggling. Although, sometimes I feel like I’m running a circus in my household with three kids, 12 dogs, five horses and a field full of cows. The juggling of life while being a mother, wife and runner. I thought I had it down to a science, I had been practicing for ... Read moreJuggling
My name is Olivia Pond. I am an Iowan who was fortunate enough to grow up at Sugar Bottom Campground and on the Coralville Reservoir. I name these 2 locations in particular because they are where nearly all of my childhood memories lie. I can still recall exactly how I felt getting up on water ... Read moreNo Earth Day Plans? Look No Further.
My weekend trail run was wonderfully disastrous. I didn’t want to drive an hour to the state forest, so I opted for the wooded property that skirts our city’s airport just a few minutes from my house. Urban trail running isn’t ideal, but it definitely beats asphalt and traffic. The airport property isn’t heavily wooded, ... Read moreThe Tiny, Terrible Tick
How many times do you reach for your phone to capture a moment before letting the moment be captured and appreciated by your own eyes first? Every dawn patrol run with a spectacular sunrise, a frolic in the fall foliage of the forest or a tour winding around a wintery mountain peak. How many of ... Read moreSocial Media and the Geotag
On my desk I have a picture of my Stepmom, Dad and me. The photo sits in a tan, heart-shaped frame with trees, stars and little golden flecks collaged around us. We’re smiling, albeit tiredly—a sign of those happy, yet tumultuous early days together. Among the trees and stars, there’s a short poem juxtaposing the ... Read moreFeeling All the Feelings
Ever since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a runner. As a child I would see runners on the street, looking free and determined. I wanted my body to be able to do that. I wanted to have the discipline and energy and love of running to become a runner, but it wasn’t ... Read moreBeating Obesity
CBD & Running For me, and possibly like many of the women in this community, running was the byproduct of something that came along with my athletic career. Then the inevitable happens: life evolves. Running became one of the only ways to achieve overall health while squeezing in life’s other responsibilities. Colorado Running I began ... Read moreCBD and Trail Running: My First-Hand Experiences
I recently was volunteering at a kid’s triathlon in which the youngest participants were three and the oldest were 12. I had this amazing opportunity to be at the bottom of a hill in which I could witness the difference between the kid’s responses (most of them verbal) prior to the hill. I was also ... Read moreChanneling Your Inner Child
In many ways, my athletic career has been defined by a sound: POP! 5 of them to be exact. Not always the same POP, like the variation in crackle of twigs and leaves, but a harbinger nonetheless. A harbinger of an end, of a beginning, of a long road from injury to recovery. There was ... Read moreBlood Flow Restriction Therapy: Helping Runners Heal
Let me tell you a story about the picture above, taken right after leaving the mile 8 aid station at the Black Canyon 100K. What may not be apparent to the naked eye is that I felt awful. In fact, I’d been feeling awful since the first few steps at the start of the race. ... Read moreThe Power of Positive Thinking
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
We are doing it again – we’re going to put YOUR DESIGN on a t-shirt. We’re having another contest where anyone can submit a design idea that uses our logo and/or our tagline. We’ll pick our favorite design, pay you $200 for it, and then print some tees to sell at races and in our […]
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
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.
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