I Ran in Awe

I ran alone through the woods yesterday. Alone? But no! As I drifted down the trail, an awareness burgeoned of a mighty Presence in the breathtaking beauty of every thicket.

Relentlessly Rugged, Breathtakingly Beautiful–Superior 100

I have a love-hate relationship with tough ultras. That is probably why I was screaming and jumping up and down with excitement last January when I found out my name was drawn in the lottery to run the Superior 100 trail race. Actually 103.3 miles with 21,000 feet of climbing (and an equal amount of decent), the race motto is “Rugged-Relentless-Remote.” And is it ever!

Glorious and Brutal: FlatRock 101K

It’s hard to find time to write for my blog, especially with 100-mile race training going on, so even though it’s now August, let’s flash back to April. April 28, 2018 to be exact. That was the day of the FlatRock 101K in Independence, Kansas. FR 101K is a double out-and-back course on the Elk…

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes! —A review of a few minimal trail shoes

Disclaimer:  I am don’t pretend to be a professional shoe reviewer, and these reviews are just my opinions. I have to buy these shoes and send back the ones I don’t want to keep for a refund, so I don’t get to trail test them, only run on the treadmill. But I have fun shoe…

“Would you like to be UltraRunner of the Month?”

I was surprised and honored to be asked to be Epic Ultra’s Featured Runner of the Month in January 2018! I had a blast writing the interview and I hope you will enjoy getting to know me a bit better. You can find the original article here. Please drop by Epic Ultra’s website for more…

Running with Gratitude: Sander’s Saunter 50K

Sander’s Saunter 50K Saturday, November 11, 2017, 7:00 a.m. There are many reasons why I love this race! First of all, they have TailWind at the aid stations and not Heed! (My apologies to Heed fans, but I cannot stomach it!) Secondly, Mile 90 Photography is there to record our race story with spectacular photographs….

Eclipsed on the Trail

Did anyone else run through the eclipse? It was not a hard decision for me to choose heading for the trails during the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. I live in Missouri. Yep, like in the path of totality for the eclipse. I ordered eclipse glasses online for our family and payed for…


A solid training cycle combined with cooler race temperatures were a winning combination for me!

Take Two at Black Hills 100: Learning from Last Year’s Mistakes

Having birthed three children through long labors the natural, unmedicated way, I have to say that I can see a few resemblances between birthing and running a 100-mile race.  For one thing, in both events you are likely to have prolonged suffering, and at some point you want to quit. When you are deep into…

Maybe Next September . . . Fall 2016 Races: FlatRock 50K

This past fall, I ran two 50K trail races: FlatRock 50K and Sanders Saunter 50K. In September, it has become our family tradition to run FlatRock 50K on the beautiful Elk River Hiking Trail near Independence, Kansas.  It is a deceptively hard 50K for the Midwest because of the relentless rocky terrain. If one finishes…

Run the Race of Life, Part 5. Diligence and Endurance

The trail grew rougher with larger rocks and potholes. My stomach was churning. My attitude was crashing. I started feeling like I was stuck in a nightmare of darkness, rocks, and nausea that would go on forever. My race was unraveling, and I seemed powerless to stop it.