Sophie Speidel

Sophie Speidel

I live in Charlottesville, Virginia in the shadow of the AT and Shenandoah National Park, with my husband, Rusty, our Australian Shepherd, Jack, and our three adult children who have lives of their own but (thankfully!) visit often. I am a school counselor and lacrosse coach, and I share my passion for the trails with my students. A highlight of our lacrosse season is our own version of the Barkley, when my athletes team up and look for hidden books on the trails behind our school. I like to believe that I’m inspiring a new generation of trail lovers and stewards!

Chasing Down Time

Women are taking to the trails in large numbers and later in life, so it makes sense that we want practical information on how to stay injury-free, how to balance training with a full-time job and/or raising kids, and to hear from other women who are successfully navigating these challenges.

Running Your Best After Menopause

One thing I love about trail running, and especially ultrarunning, is the chance to talk in depth about a variety of topics for hours on the trail. On any given day these might include parenting issues, the next race on the calendar, training pitfalls, injury prevention, and female body systems.

A Trail Runner’s Companion – Review

A Trail Runner’s Companion Review Back in January, our local trail running store, Crozet Running, partnered with the Charlottesville Area Trail Runners to provide a 16-week

Where to Run in Charlottesville, Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia I live with my family in Charlottesville, Virginia, home of the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Charlottesville is located in the central part of

2017: What’s Your Word?

Last week I managed to persuade a group of new running friends to try the “12 Days of Christmas” track workout, which Pam Smith posted


This is 53.

Last December, I spent my 53rd birthday finishing my tenth Hellgate 100K. That race, which starts at midnight in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia