Birthday trail running road trip adventure part tres: The Jersey Devil

Because they can issue citations. Don't worry! I worked my way out of this pickle with nothing more than a firm talking-to and a ripped dress. After returning from my wonderful early-morning frolic along the Yakima Skyline, I decided to chillax along the river before heading back down to Oregon. If you haven't already, you…

Love Hurts: Headwaters Ultra 50K Race Review

My day started out as usual. Woke up at 6, ate my typical pre-long run breakfast of toast, almond butter, honey and banana and washed it down with some strong espresso. I was really pleased to look out the window and see that my prayers had been answered. The hazy smoke from nearby wildfires that…

I don’t know much, but I do know this: with a golden heart comes a rebel fist

... I can't help agreeing with those that would not quit. In less than two days, I will run my first ultramarathon. The past several weeks have been intense, fun, hellish, painful, liberating, terrifying and astoundingly transformative. I've observed my body and mind undergo drastic changes throughout the three months I've spent training for the Headwaters Ultra 50K.…

Learned to let go of the things we can’t control…

Left em behind, and followed rock & roll. This morning I saw a man dressed in a button down & tie for the first time since moving to Northern California. I think I love it here. After that unusual spotting, I had breakfast in the café attached to my favorite locally owned health food store (there's…

What danger is there if you don’t think of any?

I have a truly horrible sense of direction, but I hear that getting lost helps you find yourself. One sunshiny day last week, I woke up feeling hungry for adventure. About twenty minutes of internet research had me set on hiking the Castle Crags Dome Trail. I remember reading about Castle Crags in Cheryl Strayed’s…

YES! I aM Crazy! It’s LiBerating, you should Try it!”

When I first started this blog, it was primarily about running. It’s my true love, the thing that saved my life and keeps me going. That’s kind of why I chose the name “irunintotrees.”* Trail running is way better than road running (obviously) and sometimes, when I’m not paying attention (often) or when I run…