Trail running is my mode of exploration and meditation. Give me a mountainous area and a topographic map and I will keep myself busy for days. While living in Seattle and working at Microsoft in the early aughts, I caught the endurance bug and quickly moved from triathlon to orienteering and then from adventure racing to ultrarunning. In 2005 I left the tech world behind to run and coach ultra-endurance athletes, and I’ve been writing about it ever since. My editorial efforts have covered a wide swath of my interests but have been generally focused on sports and specifically focused on running. My work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, National Geographic, and Outside magazine, among others. It has also been chosen for “The Best American Sports Writing” and optioned for film and television projects. A front page story in The New York Times led to the publication of my first book, “Win at All Costs,” about the rise and fall of the Nike Oregon Project, America’s premier running team that devolved into scandal and doping bans. After more than a decade since I got my start as a columnist with Trail Runner magazine I am excited to be back serving the community that has sent me on the adventure of a lifetime.
Being on the trails is my happy place. Joy, ease, and creativity spills out of me when moving outside, as it does for so many of us trail runners. A Washington state native, I currently live in rural Alaska where the trailheads are never crowded, but often snow covered. It’s a new challenge I’m trying to roll with as I train for my next big event, the 2022 Hardrock 100. When not running or crafting new stories for UltraSignupNews – I’m a wife, mom of a teenager, a toddler, and a Weimaraner, a yoga teacher, and grad school student. It’s a blessed and full plate, and I’m so grateful to now be sharing this trail journey with each of you.
Trails have always been a part of my life. I was fortunate to grow up in a state with plenty of them, Vermont, and a father who frequented them. My love for trail running is two pronged, it provides great memories with friends and has been one place where I can tire out my mind to the point of care free bliss. After graduating the University of Vermont I was lucky to call Carbondale, CO and the Elk Mountains home for 8 years while I was the Associate Publisher and eventual Publisher of Big Stone Publishing, which brought to life both Trail Runner Magazine and Rock and Ice. You will not see my name on any bylines, but I am busy on the back end working on all things business development and brand partnerships. While I secretly wish I was the one creating the content, I find great joy in supporting the talented people I work with by making sure their work is seen by the world and that they get paid! Trail running has given me so much and it’s my goal to help more and more people discover what it can do for them.