Before I was an ultrarunner, I was a drug addict. I was a hair stylist. a go-go dancer, a daughter, and a friend to many. But mainly I was a drug addict, doing crazy shit to get more drugs. The drugs led me to drop out of high school, develop an eating disorder, and damage my relationship with my family. I eventually found myself in jail. That was the start of my turn-around — my rock bottom that shook me into deciding I no longer wanted to be an addict.
In 1996, two years after being clean and sober, I started to dig myself out of a pretty dark hole — moving my body by lifting weights and walking. I never liked running when I was a kid, but my dad (who died unexpectedly when I was seventeen) had planted a seed in my head about how long distance runners can work through all kinds of pain and accomplish truly remarkable things. One day I just started running.
Decades later, I’m one of the few humans who has completed more than one hundred 100-mile races. I run every single day, and it has completely transformed my life. Many people would probably call my running an addiction. I can see their point. The thing is, running is not an addiction in the same way I was addicted to meth. I don’t feel trapped in a life of running the way I felt trapped by drugs. I don’t have to run. I choose to run. And that choice makes all the difference.
FKT John Muir Trail Double
424 miles in 12 days, 4 hours, and 57 minutes
FKT Muir Ramble Route
320 miles 7 days, 9 hours, and 49 minutes
OKT Fremont to Yosemite Valley
200 miles in 83 hours 15 minutes
1st Place Overall Razorback 100
Oldest female finisher of the triple crown of 200s
Bigfoot in Washington
Tahoe in California
Moab 240 in Utah
50 ultra marathon podium finishes
Finisher of the Badwater ultra cup
Cape fear 50-miler
Salton Sea 81-miler
Fastpacked the 212 mile John Muir trail twelve times
Fastest time: 5 days, 5 hours, and 53 minutes
2017 Run Across the US (6-per team Icebreaker) for addiction and mental health awareness
More than one hundred 100+-mile runs