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[Yellowstone National Park] Today’s plan was to sleep in, then go for a horseback ride at 1 pm. We’d been getting up early all throughout this trip, so it was about time we didn’t wake up to an alarm – we are on vacation, after all! We had a late breakfast at our hotel, where I had the best pancakes ever – huckleberry pancakes. They were crispy on the outside, nice and… Read More

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[Great Falls, MT / Gardiner, MT / Yellowstone National Park, WY] Never ever have I been so happy to spend the night in a hotel room! We were all happy when we woke up on Monday morning and could make coffee, catch up on social media and just chill in our hotel room! The rest of the girls got ready for their flights, while Laura and I researched brunch. This turned out… Read More

[Kiowa, MT / East Glacier Park Village, MT / Whitefish, MT] Every time we have to get up super early in the cold to do a race, we ask ourselves, “Why do we keep doing this?” The answer we always arrive at is that we must be, in fact, crazy. šŸ™‚ Today’s race started at 6 am in upper 30s/low 40s temperatures (that’s just a few degrees above freezing). Because there was… Read More

[Kanab, UT] One of the most memorable things about last year’s Zion Half Marathon was the rainy, muddy race morning. The rain itself wasn’t so bad, but then we got to the starting line, where a row of porta potties and a warming tent were placed on the outskirts of a grassy field. Due to all the rain overnight, the grassy field had turned into a muddy treacherous mess. This year’s weather… Read More

[Rochester, NY] I’ve been here for 4 days already, but between the day trips to Toronto and Niagara Falls and being in the conference hotel the rest of the time, I hadn’t really seen much of Rochester yet. The Tuesday fun run, which has been on the conference schedule for a few years now, allowed a few of us to get out and get some fresh air. The route had us leave… Read More