The long walk home; 120miles for a hug

Three generations prepare; Grandma smoothing Colin’s hair & Colin adjusting my pack strings.

Originally posted August 2014 on RunPrettyFar.com

100 milers are like a vacuum-packed ziplock. Once the gun goes off you enter the bubble. Empty gas tanks, unanswered emails, dirty laundry, and the electric bill…they begin to fade in the protected confines of the race. The noise grows quiet and your to-do list becomes succinct. Food, feet, what hurts, big hill, Continue reading “The long walk home; 120miles for a hug”

Ladies, We Are The Forest

Originally posted May 2014 on RunPrettyFar.com

Last week we launched a new tank of vintage crochet in a pale aqua hue. The design is delicate, not fussy. I love it so much the first thing I did in mine was run a 100miler with 40,000ft of elevation gain. For just shy of 38 hours I wore our pretty new tank matched with a pretty tough spirit, pun intended.

Back at my desk I received the following email from a retailer considering the new design: “I like them but I think most of our trail running crowd (80% of our customers) will find them too feminine.”  

My response? WTF.

I respect that store owners know their customers. So, this being true, do lady trail runners really feel that they cannot / should not dress overly feminine? Is there a conception that to be taken seriously as a hardcore mountain climber we must fit in with hipster approved shades of eggplant or olive? That hot pink belongs only to frivolous road runners? Perhaps this store owner is on to something as I recently read a blog where a well-known female trail runner stated that she wears pink, but assured readers it was only ‘worn ironically’.

Let me tell you how I feel about that. Continue reading “Ladies, We Are The Forest”