Category: Cheaper Than Therapy

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A Beginner’s Guide To Trail Running

Written by someone who is probably still technically a beginner. Who is MOST DEFINITELY not fast. Who falls a lot. And sometimes gets lost. I help lead a “No Runner Left Behind” trail running group on Sundays and periodically I participate in a different one on Monday nights. These two experiences have reminded me how terrifying trail running is to a beginner and how brave people are for just showing up to begin with. I still VERY vividly remember my first trail run. It just felt SO very strange to be SO focused on the ground at my feet and...

As always - thanks to Gregg Gelmis of We Run Huntsville for the photos. (This one doesn't have the logo because I purchased it! I love it so much!) 4

McKay Hollow Madness 25K Race Report: The Cost Of Speed

Before I ran my first trail marathon in 2012 I looked up and read as many race reports from that race as humanly possible. I just assumed everyone writing those reports I found were badass superstars because…who else writes race reports? But here I sit, writing yet another race report, wearing fuzzy brown house shoes and doing a load of laundry and writing my grocery list and I think…if someone finds this race report will they mistakingly think I am a badass? Should I add a disclaimer? PLEASE NOTE: WRITER IS A BORING ASS, DO NOT MISTAKE HER FOR A...

As always - thanks to Gregg Gelmis of We Run Huntsville for the photos! 2

Trail Running! And Sharpies!

Tomorrow is my third go at the McKay Hollow Madness 25K. I’ve been helping with Sunday trail runs doing most of the course so – FINALLY – I know the course pretty much by heart. Which – you know – guaranteed they’d be making a course change. We had been hearing rumors about a change for a few weeks. There’s a portion of the course that is called A) The Washout or B) Son of a Bitch Ditch depending on who you ask. Basically? Part of the mountains is – well – falling off the mountain. There are two ways...

As always - thanks to Gregg Gelmis of We Run Huntsville for the photos! 1

The Perfect Remedy For A Running Burnout

I’ve been doing these Sunday morning “No Runner Left Behind” trail runs lately, it’s a group I started with a couple of friends and we do 4-10 miles every Sunday. If we’re doing closer to 10, we usually try to end up back at the cars in the middle so people wanting shorter distances can bail. It’s a fun group, and I’m happy to be a part of it. But I did NOT want to go yesterday. I woke up and it was a little under 50 and POURING DOWN RAIN. The hourly breakdown? Rain, Rain, and more rain. 100%...

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Running Anger

Oh, man. I am NOT doing well. It feels like I ran for 12 hours this weekend. Weird, huh? Saturday night after the race I could not sleep well. I couldn’t get comfortable because everything hurt. My blisters were killing me. My legs were sore. My weird spots of sunburn where I misapplied were messing with my internal thermostat. I was just tossing and turning relentlessly. Eventually I got up, tended to some of my blisters, took a bunch of ibuprofen, broke out the heating pad, and tried to get some sleep. I woke up Sunday morning and was all…I...