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. In 2015 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. My life changed when I took a leap of faith + pooled my entire PTO time into a two week trip to Chile + Torres del Paine in early 2015. By the fall of 2015 I was taking on three months of mountain living in a in tiny town nestled in the Swiss Alps. I learned a thing or two about letting the details go + just living life.
Since I let life happen + threw caution [+ most standard adult expectations] to the wind I have lived in Switzerland, Mexico + a van along the highways of the Western US. The basic need to pay off bills + put food in my mouth has pushed me to maintain a full time job or two during the winter mountains while exploring the world as soon as the winter season shuts down.
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.
Sharing Logo Love
We all have logos stamped on our gear…some logos we love, others we pay little attention to. My gear closet is a mess of gear touting brand names I love + random gear that was on sale at the right now. Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to build up some great relationships with a variety of brands. Their logos are important because they let me show off what works for me…but for me, the truly important part of these relationships is the people I work with.
Of course, the products + communities created by these logos is also pretty great, in my humble opinion. Zensah makes some colorful, yet incredibly function compression socks. Nite Ize has some impressively powerful head lamps + nifty gear ties. Ultimate Direction‘s packs are so versatile they are literally the only backpacks I own for nearly everything, including grocery shopping!
Trail Sisters is a strong, empowering community built around getting women outside + on the trails, with confidence…but without any “girls only” pretension. Teton Sports creates some great camping gear + has an innovative + entertaining product/marketing team. The teamEMS group let’s me put my EMS training to use at all sorts of outdoor events while supporting my own urges to get out on the trails. Twisted Trails Running Company, Point 6 + Honey Stinger fully support teamEMS, because you always need gear + snacks!
Each of the logos flaunted above are supported by myself as well as their marketing, social media + promotional staff. I know the people I social media team I give my stories to, the product development team I give feedback to + the marketing team I chat with to help promote events + sales with.
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!