In exactly one week I'll be on day one of my female fastest known time (FKT) attempt on the 223- mile Ouachita Trail that starts in Oklahoma at Talimena State Park and ends in Arkansas at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. You can read my original announcement HERE. I have a team of 12 people and [...]
Calling My Shot: Taking on The Big OUaCH Run
Picture courtesy of https://relishhikes.com/ouachita-trail In April 2019, I was able to cheer on my friend's Tara and Don as they tackled an ultra on the Arkansas portion of the Ouachita Trail. Conditions were not ideal- wet & cold- but they both dug deep and crossed the finish line. As a crew, we were able to [...]
Make Training Fun Again!
5 years ago I started running in preparation to complete my first half marathon for my 27th birthday. At the time I sincerely didn't know if I would be able to go the distance. Running 13.1 miles at once seemed nearly impossible and would require a deep belief in myself, a dedication to training and [...]
Chicot Eats Her Young
The effects of Eagle Rock Loop stayed with me through the first few days of this week. When I expend a large amount of physical energy my body feels it but so does my emotional/ mental self. I felt down, melancholic, most of the week so I tried to honor that with extra rest and [...]
Running Eagle Rock Loop
Eagle Rock Loop is a nearly 27 mile trail loop located in the Ouachita National Forest in central Arkansas located about an hour southeast of Mena. The loop consist of three trails: Little Missouri, Athens-Big Fork and the Viles Branch Equestrian Trails and is often deemed the most challenging loop in Arkansas. Interestingly, the trail [...]
Why Ultra Trail Running?
The still waters of a lake reflect the beauty around it. B.K.S. Iyengar Many people outside of ultra distance running (anything over 26.2) are a bit perplexed about why people want to run that many miles and for that amount of time. For many, including myself, ultra distance trail running is a training ground for [...]
What’s in a name?
At the end of last year the idea of starting a blog had been rattling around in my brain for a while so I decided to take hold of it and see what would happen. Nothing happened...at least for a few months. At the time and without much forethought I snagged the blog title "Rising [...]