I first started really running during law school. I say really running, because that is when it started to mean something to me. I had run before, doing cross-country and track and field in high school, and training for triathlons in undergrad. I enjoyed it, but from a distance.
Trail Sisters Journal
Everyone remembers their freshman year of high school. There was excitement, nerves, and everything in between. My freshman year of high school was a fuzzy blur of doctor’s visits, social isolation, and battling the country’s deadliest mental illness. I can still remember the moment that my doctor told me, “You have anorexia.”
I put away my phone and lace up my sneakers. The sun is streaming in from the windows even though it is early in the morning. Spring is here. It is a beautiful mid-March day. Nothing in the moment speaks to the panic and chaos the world is in.
It’s so helpful to set intentions, make commitments, and look ahead towards the things you want to do! However, I’ve learned it’s also key to have a plan (but not to fall in love with the plan). What do I mean by this?
It’s two and a half months since I ran 800 miles and set the supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) for women on the Arizona Trail (AZT) and today is the day that I completed my first long-ish run since then. It’s been a long and tortuous road to get to this point.
I have gone into detail on the shorts then talked about the best parts, what I would change if I could and how they feel on my body. I also did some measuring as well — both for the shorts inseam and the overall length of the shorts.
The first run after my son was born was the most liberating and downright ridiculous run of my adult life. I was barely able to run a mile and was delirious from the sleep deprivation, but with the green light from my midwife, I was not going to miss out on this opportunity.
Growing up I was an incredibly active child. I spent my summers hiking and my winters skiing. When I wasn’t in the mountains, I was either running, playing soccer, basketball, or really any sport I could find. Up until the time I was 18 I never thought much about fitness or its relationship with food, it all just came naturally.
In an effort to create a more complete and sound outdoor community Trail Sisters will be including hiking and backpacking in our future coverage!
We want women to feel included and encouraged to play on the trails, no matter their pace or mode of foot-to-dirt powered activity.