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. I’ve split my life into seasons — the winter work season + the summer adventure season. I spend my winters in the Colorado Rockies working in an Emergency Room then head out to explore my backyard, state, country + the world during the summer months. My bank account keeps itself afloat thanks to a variety of paying freelance or short term gigs where I put my skills in customer service, creative writing + people pleasing to use.
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 for a handful of 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.
When it comes to running, 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 tiny village nestled in the Swiss Alps where I volunteered at Chalet Martin. 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 spend 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 moment. 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.