Life for runners has been different lately. Instead of running in groups and carpooling to races, we’re running alone in places we might’ve previously considered boring. The other day, I ran circles around an office park because it was the only place I could find where there weren’t many people.
Natalie is a third-generation Coloradan and a resident of Arvada, CO, where she grew up. Her love of running began in 2013 when she ran her first 5k. She has since completed many road races, including two half marathons and several solo-virtual races during the pandemic. She discovered trail running in 2017 as a way to manage her chronic anxiety and to overcome her fear of being alone in the outdoors. When she’s not training for her next race, she is proud to serve her community as a librarian and enjoys hiking, biking, baking, gardening, and spending time with her family.