Originally posted December 2014 on RunPrettyFar.com
Everything was changing. A new apartment, a new life, a new beginning. But it wasn’t free. The price tag was shame, guilt, alienation. I had walked away from my perfect past in the most explosive, painful way a woman can, Continue reading “Dear RPF, It’s Time to Say Goodbye”→
Originally posted January 2014 on RunPrettyFar.com
Twice this winter Seattle has been hit by ‘Fogmageddon’ – a thick layer of gloomy moisture that sits heavily on our city. The first time, in late October, I was able to make it slightly romantic Continue reading “Above The Clouds”→
Originally posted September 2014 on RunPrettyFar.com
“Didn’t you learn anything from that last blog you wrote?” she asked as we hiked up Squak Mountain, both mellow about our recovery & relax pace. Caught off guard by her sensible reasoning, I started to argue. “Yah, well, sure, Continue reading “8 steps to my first DNS”→
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”→
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’.