Running for me has never been only about fitness or speed, racing or results. I run as a way to move through wild places, to feel strong and confident in my body and awake in my mind. I run to be more present in my life. I run to write, to feel ideas move through me as I move. I run to find perspective, high in the mountains, above the tree line, with long sight lines. Running teaches me to meet myself where I am, to love the world as it is. I run to be free.
Unlike many elite ultra runners. I don’t have a coach or follow a rigid training plan. Many days I don’t time myself or keep track of my mileage. I wake up each morning and decide where I want to run, and how far. I go by feel and intuition, by what my body and spirit are telling me. In this way, my approach to running is very simple: When I run happy, I run healthy.
I believe anybody can be a runner. If it’s in you, if you want it, you can do it. You don’t have to be fast or look like a runner. Any body can run. You don’t have to be good. You just have to keep going.
In 2018, two years after I broke my leg in a traumatic whitewater rafting accident, I entered the Leadville Trail 100 Run. It was my first attempt at 100 miles, and I was just grateful to be there, healthy and in one piece. Winning was not part of the plan. But that’s exactly what happened.
Listen to my interview on Ultrarunner Podcast
Read the story about my win in the Santa Fe New Mexican
Hear my talk “The Zen of Running” on Upaya Dharma Podcast.
Every race and long run teaches me something, and I’m grateful for every mile.
2019 RACES + RUNS
February 15 - Moab Red Hot 55K, Moab, UT
March 9 - Marin Ultra Challenge 50 Mile, Sausalito, CA
April 20 - Sinister Night Runs 54K, Queen Creek, AZ
May 11 - Ultra Race of Champions 100K, Skylark, VA
June 21-24 - Leadville 100 Training Camp, Leadville, CO
August 30 - CCC 100K Courmayer to Chamonix, Italy/France
October 26 - Javelina 100 M, Fountain Hills, AZ
4th place female 2019 Moab Red Hot 55K
1st place female 2018 Leadville 100
1st place overall 2018 Angel Fire 100K
1st place female 2018 Jemez Mountains Trail Run 50 Mile
1st place overall and women’s course record 2017 Valle Caldera Trail Marathon
3rd place female 2016 Miwok 100k
1st place female 2014 TransRockies 3-day Trail Run
1st place overall and course record 2014 Angel Fire 100K
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