Category Archives: Trail Running

Thankful- Landen and Running

I know it is a day late but it was a crazy busy day on Thanksgiving. I also needed the time to really reflect on what I am thankful for…..

1) LANDEN! I have and will be thankful for him! He is my amazing crazy boy. I hope that we keep bonding and have a strong mother son relationship. Now that he is getting older we are starting to have a lot of great adventures. He is starting to show interested in things I love which brings me happiness that we can share it together. Today we went trail “running” together at South Mountain. Moments like those I will cherish forever. IT is so crazy to see him grow and get stronger. He even asked me to take a video of him running LOL.



2) Running and Running Friends

I am so thankful for running and I am thankful that I found running friends that push me. On thanksgiving I was suppose to meet up with running friends to run but sadly I overslept. I did go over to South Mountain and run 8 miles by myself. It was nice and relaxing. I was able to really reflect on life and thanksgiving. It makes me sad that people are so wrapped up in the holidays that they don’t take time to do something they LOVE. I have aches and pains but I am so thankful to be healthy. I have two feet that helps me take me where I want to be on some beautiful trails.

feet cac tree

I hope you all took time to really think about what you are thankful for. Really reach down and see what makes you happy and take time to do that!

About Me Monday: Ragnar Trail McDowell Mountains 2014

In October I had the pleasure of participating in Ragnar Trail McDowell Mountains here in Arizona. I did Ragnar Trail last year as well. Ragnar (road) was my dream race when I started running about two years ago well because there was not a trial option and when I started running I had NO IDEA that trail running existed. This past year I have been able to do the Road for the first time and the Trail for the second. I enjoy the TRAIL a lot more. I love that you are not stuck in a car and that you get to hang out with other running friends who are not on your team. This year was even better then last year! My friends from iRun who were the defending winners were there. Aravaipa Running was challenging iRun and actual won this year. Aravaipia is the running company that has made me fall in love with trail running and the trail running community.

My team as ALWAYS was amazing. I decided to make a video of what I took while I was out at Ragnar. I am already ready to do Ragnar Trail in 2015. I would also love to do other Ragnars in other states.

About Me Monday: LIFE IS CRAZY/ WEEK 8 Training

I didn’t get to my usually Sunday post about my training well because I have been so busy with running and life.I want to sit down and really reflect on a few things and write some blog posts.


. First of all two weekends ago I went to Javelina Jundred to cheer on some of my friends. For some of my friends this was their first 100K or 100 miler. It was amazing to go to the camp grounds at McDowell Mountains and see all these people enjoy and love something that I love. It was so inspiring and made me think hopefully that one day I might be able to be one of those people trying to do 100K or 100 miles. If you are at all interested in Javelina Jundred visiting Aravaipa’s website I am going to do a blog post coming up about my time at the camp and about my friends who completed it.

The other blog post I want to reflect and type up is Ragnar Trail McDowell Mountains. This past weekend I was on a team at Ragnar Trail Arizona at McDowell Mountains. Because I did this I had to move around some of my runs, You also have to remember I did a 1/2 last weekend and this was the first time I had big back to back races. So it was all a learning experience for me. The outcome was GREAT! Again I will reflect more on this in another post but I feel great today which makes me confident in my running ability and in my goal of completing a full marathon.


In general I feel like my training is coming along as I move into week 9! After I am done with this week I will be 1/2 way though my training. Overall I am happy with my progress and I am seeing results. The big thing I am seeing is my endurance level is up! I am hoping in the coming weeks I can be really stick with my training and complete my goal of the full! So even though life has been crazy I have been able to be involved in the race community over the past few weeks which makes the chaos fun!


Night Time Running

A few months ago Aravaipa Running made a post on their facebook ( asking their facebook friends to post a video or photo that shows what we like most about running at night during their Insomniac Night Trail Running Series (more information here

Lucky for me I love taking photos and videos at race. Only issue was I had never tried to make a video. So I decided why not learn how! So this is what I came up with!