A First: Trail Running


Location: Catalina State Park

Elevation: 2,601 to 2,785

Temp: 39F at 8:45 a.m.

Last Sunday I did my first ever trail run – a short 2.3 miles in the Catalina State Park.

To be honest, “trail running” wasn’t even on my radar two months ago.

How it began.

I met and spoke with a long-distance trail runner in July while we were volunteering together at a triathlon. She, too, is an active member of TeamRWB, and she told me about her and her husband’s adventures in running these crazy-long races: 50Ks, 100K, team relay races that go on for 36 hours non-stop (or more).

While I fully admit that I was fascinated with the stories she was sharing, in the back of my mind I was thinking, “Why would anyone put their body through that?”  Continue reading “A First: Trail Running”

Cat Mountain


Location: Cat Mountain, Tucson Mountains

Elevation: 3,852 ft

Temp: 39F at 7:00 a.m. (start) / 65F at 12:05 p.m. (end)


On Black Friday, we elected to follow over 1.1 million others to #OptOutside – a movement by REI to take the day and be outside. Easy enough. I hate shopping!

We ventured out with TeamRWB to hike Cat Mountain – one of the standout peaks in the Tucson Mountains. When we met up with a few others at the trailhead at 7:00 a.m., the temperature was a crisp 39F, and the nearly full moon was still out greeting us while the sun was just starting to crest the Catalina Mountains to the east.

The TeamRWB group, minus Jason, our photographer.

There is no “official” trail to the top of Cat Mountain, and as such, the plan was to follow the trail in and then scramble to the top of the mountain. Sounded simple enough. As a group, we were trying to attack the rather tall peak from the northeast side, which would be less challenging. Continue reading “Cat Mountain”

Ready for a Fitness Change

People look at me and assume that I am fit. While I am the first to admit that I am much healthier than I was eight years ago (before I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at age 35), I still struggle with fitness.

I am ready for a fitness change.

I am not unlike many other people I know. I sit at my desk all day (I am a copywriter and content marketing strategist), and the activities I enjoy the most are sedentary: reading books, watching hockey on television and cross-stitching. All involve sitting my butt on the comfy chair in the living room.

But 8 years ago when I discovered I was diabetic, I had a choice: to manage this chronic illness with medication or to manage it with diet and exercise. Continue reading “Ready for a Fitness Change”