May 18, 2018

Recovering from a major injury is a lot like a trail run. 

In the beginning you're gathering information, plotting your course, phsyching yourself up for what you know will be a challenge. You get yourself ready and you head into it with optimism and energy - You c...

March 5, 2018

It only lasted seconds, but the impact will last months. One minute I was running, embracing a warm-for-February afternoon, exploring a new trail at a local park. The next minute I was sprawled on the ground, leaves sticking in my hair and my running tights, clutching...

November 8, 2017

I was awake well before the 5:30 am alarm. I'd dreamed that I missed the race start, and in the dream I was inconsolable, frustrated that so much work had been for nothing. So I lay awake, letting the minutes slip by, before getting up to make a small pot of coffee in...

November 2, 2017

Why? It's a question I've been asking myself a lot lately. In fact, I ask myself "why?" each time I lace up my shoes to go for a run. I ask myself "why?" as my feet pound the street and the discomfort I get from running creeps up my legs. I ask myself "why?" when I che...

October 4, 2017

On July 9 I walked into base camp after a 10 hour push to the summit of the Grand Teton and back. Six guys, strangers to me just 3 days before, let out a cheer. "Way to go, Nicole!" they said. 

I'd met this group of guys, who I'd grow to think of as brothers, at the Lup...

September 19, 2017

Goals drive me. Goals push me forward, give me something to work towards. They make me feel committed to something and give me focus. I need to have goals. 

So what makes a goal? Is it just a resolution? Like saying on January 1 that I will lose 10 pounds, give up beer,...

August 29, 2017

What am I? It's a question that sits in my mind, like a a ghost in the shadows, teasing me to look straight at it and acknowledge that it's there.

I'm a woman, though I still think of myself as a girl. I'm a daughter and a sister, though I often wish I were better at th...

August 14, 2017

Day 3 in The Winds found us camped among the granite giants on the west side of the Cirque of the Towers. The plan for the day was to head up to Shadow Lake and scope out Texas Pass, our original intended route. After breakfast we knew we'd have to face the river cross...

August 6, 2017

The mud squishes underneath our boots. Snow capped granite mountains rise above the trees in the distance. Streams and creeks rush past, cold enough to turn your toes and shins red after just a few moments of wading across them. Wildflowers in a painter's box of color,...

July 30, 2017

Twenty minutes. That's how long I stood on top of The Grand Teton, a summit I'd been thinking and dreaming (ok, I admit - obsessing) about for 7 months. It was everything I'd hoped it would be yet it was also so much more than I ever imagined. 

And then we climbed...

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