New newsletter before the new year!

Hey friends! Hope you're staying safe and merry (as possible) during this very, erm... different holiday season. I started a self-love newsletter at actpot.substack.com and would love it if you continued to follow me there. I wrote my first post about why I started a new thing at this time. I'm planning a weekly or…

Why I bought pet insurance (because you never know when your dog may try to poison themselves)

Taking care of four dogs can be costly (if chewy.com had a rewards program, I'd be VIP-status). That's part of the reason I put off buying pet health insurance for so long. But last week, I took the plunge. I felt like The Universe was nudging me to purchase a pet insurance plan before it…

2018 review v2- now even closer to the end of the year!

I know. I KNOW! I just wrote a year-end review last week. It may seem odd that I'm posting another review, but let me explain... Initially, I meant to write about how great I feel after not drinking for a month. Yesterday marked a full month since I've had a sip of anything stronger than…

How to keep runnin’ when you’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’

I know I’m not the only one who goes through periods where running feels like a chore. It’s almost May, and I’m wondering where the passion I finished my 2017 ultra race season with has been hiding. This year’s been off to a weird start. So far, I’ve skipped the only two races I was…

Mt. Shasta trail running

Cheers to crazy friends, crushing PRs, and living to see another year

It's the day before the winter solstice. My garlic is planted and I got my first snowy run this morning. There's something totally magical about frolicking (because that's how I run) among fatty flakes floating gently toward the ground. Until your jacket starts to soak through. Then it's time to go home. Yesterday I moved…

Weed Run For Food 2017 First Female Steinheimer

Weed Run for Food Thanksgiving 5k Race Review

This year's Thanksgiving was amazing. So much better than last year, when I spent my entire Thanksgiving driving alone (with my dog, of course) across the most desolate corners of Oregon and Nevada on my way back home to New Jersey, resting briefly at a truck stop for a depressing dinner of greasy pizza. Thinking…

Much love and little black hearts to you all on World Mental Health Day

Today, October 10 is World Mental Health Day, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to stray from the topic of running to write about another major theme in my life. Maybe it is slightly related to running because maybe my passion for the sport started as a relief from stress or an escape from…

Headwaters Trail Runs 30k and 50k start

Quadruple the pain, quadruple the fun: Headwaters 50k Race Report

Four years is a big deal in the mind of a restless wanderer. There aren't many people, places, or races that can keep this girl around for that length of time. But last Saturday I successfully suffered through my fourth running of Headwaters Trail Runs 50k. That's some major commitment. I didn't even go to the same…