This next weekend is the Women on the Trail race (January 16th, 2016), and we are STOKED <doing my best dance moves>. Actually, that adjective is an understatement. I, and by 'I,' I mean anyone who has ever run one of these races, looks forward to this race series all year long, and it gives the holidays that extra boost of 'hurry up and end already.' I mean, what's better than panting your way up 'Holy Hill' and dodging skull rocks as you descend into a field of fluffy pine needles? My answer to that: nothing. It is a stroller-free race, which is sort of against what we promote, but this one deserves a spot on the blog none-the-less.
The Women on the Trail series consists of 3 races: Dirt Trails and Ponytails (which took place in November in Bee Caves), Bandages and Bruises (the one coming up next weekend in Georgetown) and the final race, Creepy Crawlies and Critters (happening in February in Buda)--all of which accept 100 entries, women only. Each race has its own unique challenge, varying terrain, and amazing scenery, but I can promise that the ending is always consistent--a complete sense of accomplishment with a side of smirk to boot. They are not easy races, but all makes and models are welcome. Walking sticks are encouraged for those that want to take it easy, and an extra set of balls is needed for those wanting to set a goal of actually running up Holy Hill. Whatever pace and whatever mode of transportation you choose, when you complete this race, you will feel like Trailhead Running family and you will feel GOOOOOD.
And no, I do not work for the co-creators (but I'm not saying I wouldn't beg for an open spot), I just adore what they've created--and their sarcasm certainly helps me like them that much more. If you're interested in learning anything additional, or want to sign up to become a Runner of Badassery, get the deets here:
We hope to see you on the trails!
LISA W: ex Arizonian hockey player (does Arizona even have ice?), psychs herself out every time she gets close to breaking a 9 min mile, Mom to 2 curly-headed squirts + a non-bias food-loving dog, Tonks... wifey to her college love, Timothy, Lego fanatic. And can't put up any guests in her spare bedroom since it has turned into JoAnn fabrics.
IRADIS J Native Floridian, plays the flute like a champ (she is the beauty behind our National Anthem on race day), Mom to THREE kiddos under 4 years of age (and she does it with ease, people), met her hubs in a coffee shop in the Sunshine state, avid reader and has the most gentle soul of anyone you'll ever meet.
DANIELLE D Midwesterner at heart (Go Royals!), lover of all things pink and green (you should see her daughter's rooms), eats sweet peppers like they're candy, had two completely natural childbirths (hint: she has superhuman powers), breastfeeding advocate, Mizzou grad (she and Loren actually attended the exact same years, but did not know one another), loves to quilt and does not own an inside voice.
LOREN M Central IL born and raised attempting every sport possible. Mom to 2 polar opposite kiddos and wife to a man she met on an airplane, her magic Mike. Throw in a white lab with too many allergies to count and you have yourself a fine fam. Loves pickles, green olives and is a (temporary?) vegan. Took up running in order to eat french fries on a regular basis (they're vegan, right?). Mizzou grad. Skincare junkie and waxing Nazi. The Queen of random encounters. To all the TWT members: Don't hate, just Belieb ;)