Last year I ran the Cape Elizabeth Mid Winter Classic for the first time and surprised myself by coming in almost a minute under my “reach” goal time. It was quite a race – and I look back on it with really fond memories because it was the first time that I gave a race my all from the moment that I started until the moment I crossed the finish line. Of course I remember the race being difficult (with quite a few hills – two of which are within the last mile and a half) but what I took away from it was how much I surprised myself.

This year, things were a little bit different. For almost a month, I had been “out of the game” due to a respiratory illness, so I hadn’t run more than 3.5 miles since early January. I had no goal pace in mind, I just wanted to have fun. In fact, I needed to have fun.


hiking report: glymur

08 21 2015.


On our fifth day in Iceland, we decided to venture out on a smaller hike. We’d done some research with the help of the Lonely Planet guide as well as the use of our laptops and found Glymur to be both close and interesting.

Less than an hour’s drive away, the Glymur hike boasts the second highest waterfall of the same name. Can you see a theme starting here? The hike’s is located in a small fjord named Hvalfjörður – often bypassed because of a nearby tunnel that allows drivers to travel underwater!



Hiking the Fimmvörðuháls Pass in Iceland was one of the greatest experiences and hikes of my adult life. Even after hiking my way through some of Maine and New Hampshire’s beautiful mountains, no hike has succeeded in humbling me quite like this one.

We had planned this hike well before arriving in Iceland. We knew that we wanted a large hike that both challenged us and gave us a scenic tour of Southern Iceland. For those who have researched Iceland or have been to the beautiful island already know that traveling around in a car can be tricky (unless you opted for a 4-wheel drive vehicle). Getting to Skógar from Reykjavík isn’t a problem in a small car, but the drive to/from Þórsmörk involves several river crossings.


For our first full day in Iceland, we decided to tour The Golden Circle. For those unfamiliar, The Golden Circle is a 300-kilometer loop around South Iceland that hits a few scenic locations – all most definitely worth seeing!

You can either choose to do the loop on your own or you can go by bus. The bus tends to take a bit longer, depending on how long you decide to stay at each location. We drove it, spent more time at each spot and took hundreds of photos – extending our Golden Circle day by a few hours.


Our three-peak (two 4,000-footer) hiking adventure began quite early in the morning. Darren and I left Portland around 6am, hoping to reach the trailhead around 8:30-9:00. After a bit of confusion (the highway in Franconia had a series of detours that really confused us and our lack of phone GPS connection), we reached the trailhead closer to 9:00.

The trailhead was well-equipped with a bathroom right near the parking lot. (Though beware – it smelled awful.) We checked and rechecked our bags and set out.




Let’s talk about the Beach to Beacon, shall we?

Back in March, I was one of those lucky thousands who managed to click and type away fast enough in order to secure a race spot. For many, the Beach to Beacon is the event of the summer – they train hard (and fast!) to be able to perform their best with the best. People anxiously await the event, meeting the elite athletes, and of course running along a beautiful stretch of road in Cape Elizabeth. For me, it was definitely a healthy combination of the three.