Stephen’s 54 Mile Run to Hell and Back (07/09/22)

Stephen, my wonderful husband of over a decade, completed the locally (Western Pennsylvania) known To Hell and Back run. He wanted to know if I'd like him to write about his day for my blog, and of course, I said, "yeah!" To Hell and Back - Solo Trail Run Report By Stephen Mick On Easter … Continue reading Stephen’s 54 Mile Run to Hell and Back (07/09/22)

Oil Creek 100 Race Report (2021)

2021 results for all three race distances because it was a record year for DNFs. 50k: 196 had bib numbers assigned. 170 started. 28 DNF'd. Normally a handful of DNF's at most. 100k: 117 had bib numbers assigned. 107 started. 42 DNF'd. 39% drop is a new record. 100 miler: 94 had bib numbers assigned. … Continue reading Oil Creek 100 Race Report (2021)

Run. Thrive. Survive. Podcast with Ciara Carter

Ciara Carter, Behavior Health and Fitness Coach, Marathoner, Podcaster Ciara Carter is a Behavior Health and fitness coach focusing on helping people understand their mind and body in action to overcome anxiety and depression while excelling in their lives. Her slogan Run Your Life is focused on being in the best physical and mental state … Continue reading Run. Thrive. Survive. Podcast with Ciara Carter

Badwater 267 VR Race Report (2022)

What is Badwater 267 VR? The Badwater 267 Virtual Race is a virtual combination of running Badwater Cape Fear, Salton Sea and 135. Learn about the experience, here. Here's my 267 Mile journey Badwater 267 VR, 01/01/2022, Day 1, Run 1 A perfect run in the rain, very therapeutic. 54° F. My husband got some … Continue reading Badwater 267 VR Race Report (2022)

Old Trees and Stories

Do you marvel at nature? I do, especially at old trees. Pausing to Admire the Complex Details of Older Trees As I was running up a hill, the trees that line the trail caught my eye. With no leaves, you can see all of the characteristics of the trees. The textured bark, the twisted branches, … Continue reading Old Trees and Stories

Baker Trail UltraChallenge 50 Miler Stories and Memories (2021)

Mahoning dam Before the race started, we were standing around and I happened to look down at my legs, a tick was crawling up my left leg. I pinched it, tossed it into the grass and checked myself for more nasty bloodsuckers. The rest of the time that we stood there, I examined my legs … Continue reading Baker Trail UltraChallenge 50 Miler Stories and Memories (2021)

What Inspired Me to Become an Endurance Athlete Mindset Coach?

"What inspired you to become an athlete mindset coach?" This is a question that I get a lot. The first dozen or so times I had to pause and think about it. "Why did I?" Background Family, friends, and social media friends and followers would ask questions about wanting to try something new in order … Continue reading What Inspired Me to Become an Endurance Athlete Mindset Coach?

Strava

Let's connect on Strava! I started my account in April of 2021 to participate in Badwater 267 VR Elite, which was a virtual race where we had 16 days to complete 267 miles. Strava helped with verifying everyone's stats. I really didn't need another running social media account, this is similar to not needing another … Continue reading Strava

To Hell & Back, Women’s Unsupported FKT

Stats 52.75 miles16:25:57Avg pace 18:42 min/miBest mi 13:13 min/miElevation gain 8442 ftElevation loss 8337 ft Watch the run on YouTube Gear • MS Force headlamp (became useless. The light dimmed by the time I finished even though it had fresh batteries. I did have backup batteries) • Kogalla light (best thing I packed) • 2 … Continue reading To Hell & Back, Women’s Unsupported FKT

Musical Camping: Ultramarathon Crewing

Oh, the things ultrarunners will do. Ultrarunning can seem like a selfish sport, where it's all about the runner. It kind of is, but we all take our turn being crew members and pacers at ultra races, giving back and supporting other people's dreams. It's truly an amazing community. I'm sure you've heard of the … Continue reading Musical Camping: Ultramarathon Crewing