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
    21: 20

  • 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
    Badwater 135 

  • 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
    24 days 

  • More than one hundred 100+-mile runs