Animal Instinct

Bombing the downhill on a crisp fall day, enjoying the smell and the sound of the leaves crunching under my feet. I round the corner of a switchback almost in flight, and then stop dead in my [...]

Assaulted on the Run

A few months ago, I was put in a dangerous situation that rocked my sense of security to the core. I was outside by myself when a car drove by and a man yelled at me as it whizzed by. As a woman, [...]

The Change We Cannot See

I’ve long said that a change in perspective can do more for my mood and gratitude than any material object. I go to the woods to shift perspective often. Sometimes, I’m feeling bogged down by [...]

Return to the Mountains

I understand now that I am not a mess, but a deeply feeling person in a messy world. I explain that now, when someone asks me why I cry so often, I say “for the same reason I laugh so often [...]

Kicking Up Dirt

Trail running for me will be like guacamole for my son. Once he finally gives in and tries it, he’ll love it and never understand why it took him so long to give in.  I’ve had a lot of friends [...]

Failure is Success

To what extent does our past define us? Do our memories tell a story with a consistent plot line, or are there inexplicable leaps, twists and turns? How do we spin the narrative of our past so [...]