Well, hello. Welcome to my little corner of the internet. I used to spend all my time oversharing at runaroundaroo.com but have migrated here in early 2016. If you’re here for stories about running, adventurous recaps from the trails + my version of ultra marathon training then you’ve come to the right place. If you’re looking for healthy recipes, financial security or insight on the best way to organize your home then you’re out of luck, I have mastered none of those skills!
What is Heidi all about?
In my non-blog life I work a mix of jobs — anything from social marketing to hospitality to customer service to freelance contractor. I used to work full time in an office telling the world about adventures I didn’t have time to take. Last year I changed that; I left my office job for EMT training followed by a healthy dose of travel. At the moment I’m living a rather nomadic life with a lot of exploring + not so much structure. It works; for now.
I call Wisconsin “back home” but I’ve been living primarily in Colorado the last few years. The majority of my free time is spent outside + on the trails – either running, hiking, backpacking or snowboarding. I grew up in a tiny Central Wisconsin town + found a whole new world when I moved to Colorado in 2011. My life changed…both positively + negatively…these changes got me to where I am today.
I have no exciting, inspiring story of how I went from 5K to 100+ miles. I just said yes to one opportunity + then another + then another to get out, run further + meet new people. When I started as a road runner — tracking every minute + stressing about the pace of my 6 mile run — I would have rolled my eyes if you even suggested I’d spend double-digit hours on the trails running + hiking with no regard to the time on my watch. But that’s where I am today + I regret none of it. I like this version of me, this weird version of an ultra runner who isn’t out to impress anyone but myself. It’s chill, it’s easy + it’s fun. Things may change + I will probably evolve again…but until then, bring on the trails, the rice krispie treats, the bacon + the endless hours in the mountains!
Beyond running I have been spending a lot of time traveling. I spent three months living in a tiny mountain town in Switzerland in late 2015 + learned a thing or two about letting the details go + just living life. I hope to spent the next year or four doing just that — exploring, living, being, learning. There are no big ambitions or check lists but my nomadic ways have helped me downsize my life, become more open minded + put so much more value on a simple experience. I like it. A lot.
For a quick synopsis of the types of stories you’ll see around here take a peek at a few of these blog posts…
Happy Miles at Horsetooth || When Running Isn’t Easy || Snow Tubing in the Backcountry || Backpacking Canyonlands Natl Park
ExplOregon: We Could Have Died || My First 100M Ultra || From Blonde to Bald || My Some Day List || Running the 4-Pass Loop
Starting the TMB Trail || Moab Miles [Whole Enchilada] || Decalibron Done Right || Sunday Summits [Bear, South Boulder, Green]
What’s #runabler about?
The entire premise of the hashtag #runabler started as a joke among friends about how persuasive people can be when they want someone to go running with them! No matter how miserable the final miles may be a runabler is there to encourage, enable + push their runablee to the finish, the trailhead or the next stop sign!
It’s actually a ton of fun being a runabler. You get to encourage friends to do make insane goals + then you get to watch them do amazing things! You can’t just convince them sign up for a race + then abandon them to do all the training alone…you get to train with them, suffer with them, learn with them. That’s my favorite part. It’s like a built in run buddy you get to play on the trails with! Life is more fun!
If you’re on Instagram use the #runabler hashtag on your photos to show off where your feet have taken you! If you’re a blogger check out the runabler.com website + get your recaps included. If you’re a crazy runner without a blog you should still head over to runabler.com – we’ll give you a place to share your story!