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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Community Editors' Picks Inspiration Motivation Race Day

Throw on your clothes, grab a swig of water, tie up your shoes, and you’re off for a run! It’s simple, no thinking involved, just you, your body, and your mind on a trail. The freedom of being able to escape and run out your daily stresses and obtain a feeling of accomplishment is a […]

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Working at a conference this spring, I said to the man in the elevator at the swanky Vegas hotel, “You’ve got quite a physique.” He was so exquisitely sculpted and muscled in his skinny tank top, I felt compelled to comment. As one athlete to another, he replied without hesitation “it comes with a price”… […]

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The weather outside mirrored my mood, it was grey, gloomy and miserable, spring was no where in sight. I had just recently returned home from a multi stage race in Vietnam. Last week I had been running up and down mountains in Vietnam, feeling happy, strong and full of determination. Now less than seven days […]

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I commented to a friend, “You know those residential street signs that say ‘thickly settled’ ? That’s pretty much a statement of how I feel about my body on some days.” I am a bit “thickly settled” in the middle. Some of that has to do with what I eat: sugar and wheat bloat me […]

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I have no inherent talent for most of the things I do. I am a slow runner, a mediocre mountain biker, my skiing technique is average at the very best and, admittedly being afraid of falling and exposure, I get gripped way too easily. All in all, progressing quickly in any of these sports doesn’t […]

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Imagine running a race along a stunning stretch of singletrack. Imagine this race without course markings or aid stations. There’s no banner across the start line, and no party awaits you at the finish line. You’re not wearing a bid number, no computer is timing you, and no one else is in the race. But […]

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My steady progression into ultra trail running is fairly consistent with the steady progression into ultra trail running reported by many of my peers. I ran cross-country in my teens, moved up to the marathon distance in my early twenties, dipped my toe in the water during my first 50K in my late twenties, and […]

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I’m 58 and still learning what my feet have to tell me. And they’ve had a lot more to say since I stopped wearing shoes on the trail back in 2010. Other people make comments, too: “Wow, that’s badass/hardcore/awesome/way to go!” What younger-sister-to-a-beauty-queen doesn’t trot just a little quicker at that kind of muttered admiration […]

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I have one week to go before the start of the Old Dominion 100. Here in central Virginia, May is blooming all around us with the sweet scents of peonies and lilacs, and the temperatures are finally rising into the 80s. “Heat training” pops into my head every time I consider these final weeks of […]

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Once we get out onto the trails we tend to have a ‘ugh, must I?’ feeling about running on the paved roads. Sure, that’s a generalization, but I feel like I can make it because I’m one of those people. I ran on paved ground rather religiously for many years. From the track in high […]

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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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Depression is an illness I have lived with for more than 20 years.  It is an illness that has kept me from becoming who I wanted to become.  It feels like chains constricting me, holding me back from my dreams and aspirations.  It isolates me and at times creates a cage that prevents me from […]

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When I became pregnant, I believed I’d fall into one of two categories with regards to running. Either I’d be the fittest pregnant woman to ever live, or I would be medically unable to run at all. There would be no grey area. Only this is real life, and so of course there was fucking […]

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I hate the term: “comeback.” It implies returning to something that you left – purposefully or unintentionally. The comeback has a stigma of judgement associated with it, that the whole world is watching – waiting even – for you to return from: an injury, a vacation, an illness or missed training run, or a subpar […]

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This winter, like many, I spent way too many hours in front of the television cheering on our winter Olympians, celebrating in particular the incredible accomplishments of the women of the US team. The grit, the sacrifice, the determination, the strength, the passion, the sheer awe at what the human body can do. I felt […]

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I smacked the snooze on my phone and tugged my sleeping bag over my head. When the snooze sung a second time, I crept from the warmth of my down shell like a tentative turtle as the sun illuminated my tent’s orange hues. The rays pried at my eyelids, but I resisted. I was exhausted. […]

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Today is a special day for us, as it is officially Trail Sisters 2 year anniversary! The online journal has made leaps and bounds in bringing you various types of content and from over 100 different contributors. Last summer we did a 7 month road tour that included 30 retail visits to hear your thoughts […]

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Let’s be honest: although we see progress, women live in a world where the odds are stacked against us. It’s one thing that women earn less on average due to the tendency toward generally lower-paying industries. And another that so many women endure economic and professional consequences for the gift of bearing children. It’s not […]

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Community Editors' Picks Camaraderie Empowerment

Trail Run Adventure Grant: Presented by Trail Sisters, Under Armour and CamelBak Opportunity and acceptance have always been an uphill battle for women in outdoor sports. Without opportunity, there is limited participation, and without participation, there is limited information and encouragement.  Ironically, to grow participation, which would result in more opportunity…we need to produce more […]

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A few years ago, my legs and I were flying along an amazing trail next to the Deschutes River, and we were all having a blast! I felt like a 10 year old on a roller coaster. My whole body was just giddy and I felt completely alive. Then all of the sudden, the party […]

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Community Editors' Picks Empowerment Fear

The trail running + ultra running scene is growing at an exponential rate. There are hundreds of trail +/or ultra races to choose from each year, meaning you have more choices than ever before. We’ve already chatted about what to consider in your own personal life before picking a race…but what if you have narrowed […]

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Community Editors' Picks How to Race Day Race Prep

Racing: it’s the big reward at the end of a rigorous training schedule.  It’s that date on the calendar, the countdown, the anticipation, the “seeing what we’re made of.” While there are countless articles about race day, getting your game face on, and prepping for the variables we encounter on race day, I want to […]

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