Trail Sisters *

Every Wednesday night for as long as I can remember (and since some time in the very early eighties in any case), my Mom and about ten other women have gathered weekly from 7 to 10pm. Growing up, I remember falling asleep to the sounds of cups clanking, women chatting and Dorothy H’s raucous laughter... Continue Reading →

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Forty over Thirty

There are races you dream about, races you plan for…and races that pop into your life relatively unexpectedly. And, of course, each one is special in its own way. My thirtieth birthday present consisted of a weekend in Paris. I guess it was logical then that, a decade later, my fortieth birthday present also involved... Continue Reading →

The icing on the cake

My run last Saturday morning began like most of my runs that week: in the cold, in the dark and in the rain. I donned my amazing (pink and black) Uglow waterproof running pants and jacket and headed out, “Même pas peur”, as the French like to say. My goal was to limit the run... Continue Reading →

Back in business

The hiatus is officially over. Truth be told, there was never meant to be a hiatus. But sometimes life gets in the way of plans. And work. And running. Or maybe it was work and running that got in the way of other plans… Regardless, here I am, back after an extended end-of-year break –... Continue Reading →

The 40km Smile

Let me take a minute to hop off my cloud and tell you about the time I wore a smile for 40km straight. Those who follow this blog will know that I was running one of my two “A” races of the season on Sunday, the 39km Trail des Passerelles du Monteynard. My race was... Continue Reading →

Firgun

As I’ve mentioned before, I like to read. A lot. When I’m not running, I even earn my living wielding the written word. So, I always love it when I get the chance to add a new word to my lexicon – and it’s even better when it comes in some trail-related form. That’s why... Continue Reading →

Joc on the Box

Every once in a while, something unexpected happens to all of us. For me, this moment came mid-May when I found myself standing on the podium after winning 3rd place for women in my age category (23-39 year olds) at the 44km / 1500m of vertical Maratrail race during the Challenge Vallée de la Drôme.... Continue Reading →

A Training Plan of Sorts

Since becoming relatively serious about this trail running thing, I’ve added a whole new array of terms and jargon to my lexicon and spend endless minutes each month (okay, possibly hours) reading about specific types of training, training plans, the dangers of over-training, and the whole gamut in between. While I would certainly benefit from... Continue Reading →

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