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…

Success!

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…

Black Hills 100: My first 100-mile race

Friday, June 24 through Saturday, June 25, 2016  (Get comfy. It’s long.) Our son Aaron, who has run two 100+ mile races, told me that you can’t really comprehend what it is like to run a hundred miles until you have done it. He also said a 100 does not feel like two 50-mile races…

Practice What You Preach, or Feeling Invincible = Trouble!

I can’t believe it’s been six weeks since I have updated this blog, but training for a hundred takes a LOT of time! Every spare moment—and quite a few moments that were not spare—has been devoted to running or hiking or gym class or more running. Laundry, dishes, and vacuuming have been happening only on…

My Secret Weapon for Injury-free 100-Mile Training as an Older Runner

As I was hammering out the details of my training schedule for my 100-mile race, I did a lot of research on the Internet. I compared many training plans and read articles from irunfar.com, Ultrarunning Magazine, and other trustworthy sources about just what a 100-mile training plan needs to include. Also, Fellrnr has a useful…