“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
Let’s talk about running shorts! They are a solid go-to for every runner out there, so let’s discuss how to find the best option for you and what you’re doing on the trails. When it comes to running shorts we need them to do two things — keeping your tush covered and keeping your thighs ... Read moreSpring 2019 Shorts Review
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…
“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
Long sleeve tops have three primary purposes when you’re out running — warmth, protection, and color. Okay, so color might be a personal opinion. Maybe we should say they’re also great nose wipers on the days we don’t have a buff or gloves? Regardless, we can all agree that long sleeve tops are great for ... Read moreSpring 2019 Long Sleeve Tops
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
Capris or cropped tights are a great option when you can’t quite decide between full tights and shorts. Much like the running vest, you get a bit of protection while also being able to soak up the sunshine while you’re on the trail. When it comes to picking out your next pair of capris, there ... Read moreSpring 2019 Capris Review
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.