Everything I know about Blizzards I learned from Little House on the Prairie

Ma makes it back to the house from doing the chores, Illustration by Garth Williams from On the Banks of Plum Creek.

With the winds howling and shaking the house and today’s blizzard looming large on everyone’s consciousness, I started thinking about winter storms and blizzards in particular and our human response to what nature can dish out. Like many children of the 70’s, I grew up reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House on the Prairie […]

2014 Recap, and a look ahead to 2015

Finishing up the Wildlands race.

2014 was a great year in running and getting grounded. I was fortunate to spend the year more or less fully engaged in my body, feeling alive and well and as uncrazy as possible in this crazy busy world. I’ve already written about many of these experiences, but its kind of fun to see them […]

10 things I learned in Utah


At the beginning of November I traveled to Moab Utah to run a half marathon on trails in the desert. This event was to be the culmination of my running season and was what I had been looking forward to all year. It was a four day jet setting trip that seemed totally rational and […]

Cadillac. Moonlight. Magic.

The moon, photo courtesy of Rob Thomas.

There’s nothing like kick starting your running habit by jumping off the couch and doing a nearly 10 mile run up and down the highest point on the North Atlantic seaboard. At night. In the winter. The last 6 weeks have been a rest period for me. Rest initiated by a taper for my last […]


We got our pie ratio (pie to adult) up to 0.47 this year. I call that progress.

This morning I woke up in bed next to my husband, the big dog stretched out on the far side of his body, the little dog curled in the hollow behind my knees, the young cat slotted into the narrow gap between our bodies, and the old cat in her position of choice on the […]

Running your course


Tomorrow will mark a week with this cold. It started last Thursday afternoon as I sat in that conference up at UMaine, got worse on Friday, so much worse that I actually tried the wearing wet socks bed thing Friday night. Saturday I met up with my girlfriends for a hike and dinner around the […]

Maine Huts and Trails #mainedreamy

Flaggstaff hut1

When you are married to a professional mountain climbing guide, sometimes you have to face difficult facts, like when it’s the end of March in Maine, and your colleagues at work ask you if your husband is home, knowing he travels frequently. And you have to respond that no, Dick isn’t home. He’s in Europe. […]

It’s not you, it’s me.

Big handle bars, banana seat, I loved that Huffy.

Dear Trail Running, It’s not you, it’s me. No, we’re not breaking up, nothing like that. You will always be my main squeeze but, it’s just, well, you know how I have a little thing with skiing every winter? When you aren’t around? I know this might be hard but I want an open relationship […]