Last year Steve Taylor, founder of the Collegiate Running Association and head coach of the Richmond Spiders track and cross-country team, invited me to race a 10k that his organization was helping to put on. Sounds simple enough, right? Six point two miles ain’t no thang.
Then he told me the important part: the 10k is a mountain 10k, which means you have to run that six point two miles straight up a mountain. I think I nodded and smiled politely but the dialogue in my head went something like:
HAHA, it’ll be a cold day in hell before these legs run up a mountain!!
Six months later and there I was with my goal to race 10k straight up a mountain … and I was excited about it! What convinced me was that the race was the USATF Mountain Running Championship, and the top four women in the race would make team USA and compete at the world mountain running championships in Bulgaria in September, 2016. Read more >>