Ultra-Trail Harricana 65K: The Preparation

Meticulously. I planned for my 65K meticulously. It is race day. On the drive to the starting line, I recite the mileage between aid stations. “4.1 miles to Water Station Geai Bleu,” I recall to Matt and my friend A, “There I will fill my pack with two liters of water and grab chips.” TheyContinue reading Ultra-Trail Harricana 65K: The Preparation

Joy’s Birthday Party: Sept. 10

Hello, welcome to my birthday party! I turn 37 on September 8; to celebrate, I am running the Ultra Trail Harricana 65K on September 10. This race is my birthday party! I invite you to attend my birthday party digitally, or in person if you would like to travel to Quebec. To attend my virtualContinue reading “Joy’s Birthday Party: Sept. 10”

Vegan Power 25K Race Report

The race really begins with the preparation. Berkshire Botanical Garden The day before the race, Matt and I arrived at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA to stretch our legs. We drank in the quaking aspens, the pond full of water lilies, and the blooming big leaf magnolia. This magnolia has leaves bigger thanContinue reading “Vegan Power 25K Race Report”

Made It to the PA Appalachian Trail! 

At 3:30 p.m. on Friday, I crossed over the Delaware Water Gap on the Appalachian Trail (AT) and made it to the Pennsylvania AT! On November 23, 2018, I first began hiking the New Jersey Appalachian Trail. Composed of 72 miles, it took only five hikes to finish it. My NJ AT finale began overContinue reading “Made It to the PA Appalachian Trail! “

Glimpses of the Presidential Traverse

3:05 a.m. My alarm sounds. Groggily, I open my eyes to the darkness. 3:45 a.m. Packs on, we stream out the door. 4:31 a.m. Other hikers linger at the lot. We step out, turn our headlamps on, and plow up the Valley Way. 4:31 a.m. – 7 a.m. Silently, we step upthe well-set stonesas nightContinue reading “Glimpses of the Presidential Traverse”

The Heart of Endurance: The Ice Cliffs of Cliff Mountain

Every year, I receive a star word that helps me making meaning out of my year. [1]  This year, my star word was endurance.  On what turned out to be a terrible hike up Cliff Mountain, life-saving endurance came in the form of love. On January 20, the night before Matthew and I hiked CliffContinue reading “The Heart of Endurance: The Ice Cliffs of Cliff Mountain”