UPCOMING EVENTS for 2016: Puerto Rico Marathon (March), Virginia/Pennsylvania Marathon Double (April), Cedro Peak Ultra 45k (April), Quicksilver 50k (May) NUT 50k (June) Lake Tahoe Trail 50K (July), Cloudsplitter 55K (October)

It's never too late to be what you might have been. --George Eliot

Athena is the Goddess of wisdom and war. In 2005, I declared war on my own bad tendencies: sloth, being fat, compacency, and being too old for adventure. This is the story of how I went from being someone who never stood when she could sit, to being an ultrarunner, marathoner, and triathlete. Along the way I've cried, laughed, fallen, gotten up, lost, won, hallucinated, been dehydrated, DNF'ed, and been DFL.
I also swear. Alot.
"You're never too old to be what you might have been" --George Eliot

Monday, April 27, 2009

Somebody to run for.

On May 2, I'm doing a walk for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. This organization is close to my heart, no, not because SOME people think I'm mentally ill for doing ultramarathons and Ironman races. Mental illness has become the focus of my career. I work full time in clinical research on treatments for mental illness, and I also work part-time as a licensed mental health counselor.

Everyone should try to do something to make world a better place; this is mine. If you're interested in donating, click here: http://www.nami.org/namiwalks09/NMX/athenamisty. My goals are modest, but if the goal is met, feel free to donate anyway.

That's it. I won't be sending out any emails or calling.


  1. I have been (rather silently) following you for awhile, but I love it when you talk about work. I'm getting my masters in rehabiliation counseling/psychology and we're constantly talking about NAMI. One of my classmates is actually the former president of NAMI in my area. I'll be at the walk, too, but in North Carolina! Have fun!

  2. Gee, thanks! I'd love to talk about work more often, but there's those pesky ethical and confidentiality rules and such...suffice to say, it is very, very, very interesting.

  3. Ok, you've inspired me (also a plus sized triahtlete, with some health issues)to do an Xterra off-road race. Thank you.

    Can you tell me which watch is giving you the elevation maps? Is it the evil garmin genie or tech4o? I live in AZ, and would like to see what some of my current hike elevations compare to the courses I'm looking at.

    Keep blogging. You inspire people every day!

  4. ;-) It's the evil Garmin. Forerunner 305.


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