Competition with Compassion

When interviewed before starting the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Race last year, Kaci Lickteig was asked about the deep women’s field that she was facing. “I’m competitive with myself,” she responded in the documentary Life in a Day.  “I love to have competition ’cause that brings out everybody’s best.  So having this enormous group of […]

Spring is Here! Time to Plant

I consider myself a serial obsessionist.  Before I fell madly in love with running, there was gardening. Not just let’s-grow-a-tomato-plant-on-the-porch gardening, but let’s-turn-a-half-acre-of-jungly-invasives-into-a-lush-landscaped-paradise-of-food-and-flowers gardening. By hand. But I grew weary of waging the constant battle with groundhogs and drought, especially after having kids.  Each year the veggie garden grew smaller and smaller, until one day […]

Finding My Happy Pace

There is such joy in helping others achieve their goals.  Even if it’s a stranger you’ve never met before.  Even if you don’t feel like you are doing much. Pacing for a race feels like that. When I got asked to pace the 2 hour group for the Asheville Half Marathon at the Biltmore Estate, […]