“And into the forest I go, to love my mind and find my soul.”
You all know how passionate I am about running and being outdoors whether it's hiking, swimming, running, snowshoeing, or mountain biking! I believe everyone should have the chance to experience and appreciate the outdoors regardless of ability and Vermont Adaptive makes that happen. That is why I am excited once again to be part of the 2022 Team Run 2 Empower for the Vermont 100 Endurance Race. This means that I can help empower everyone to live life to the fullest so that everyone can be CHASING BADASS!!!!
Family and friends often ask me "what are you training for?" To which, I usually laugh and respond, "I'm training for life." Well, that answer was certainly accurate in 2020 and begrudgingly, 2021 as well. Anyone who has run 100 miles can tell you that you need to be prepared for everything and anything. You need to have a Plan A, Plan B, Plan C and sometimes Plan WTF. Well, guess what plan was executed during COVID? This ultra mindset is valuable not only in endurance events but life too.
And so I will continue to train for life and to train for pushing my body and mind through the journey of 100 miles. Universe willing, I'll be toeing the line for the 4th time (would have been 6th) at the VT100 in 2022.
Competing in the VT100 is a challenge that I look forward to, and yes, that includes all the pain and struggle but also the beauty of the journey. While I have spent hours, days, months and even years training for this event, it is something that I have been passionate about. There are people out there for whom just getting out to walk can be a challenge. People who need a little extra assistance to meet the challenge that brings health, fun and passion to their lives. Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports provides sports and recreational programs as well as wellness and environmental retreats to people with disabilities. Their programs are offered to people of all ages, with a variety of disabilities. Programs include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and Nordic in the winter; and sailing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, cycling, rock climbing, horseback riding, and more in the warmer months.
Please consider donating what you can to help me reach my goal and help Vermont Adaptive meet their goal too!
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that empowers people of all disabilities through inclusive sports and recreational programming regardless of ability to pay. In addition to sports, year round programming options integrate environmental, holistic wellness, and competitive training philosophies for people of all ages with cognitive, developmental, physical and emotional/behavioral disabilities. The organization believes sports and recreation provide a physical, mental and social experience that is immeasurable in promoting self-confidence and independence in an individual.
With nearly 400 active volunteer instructors, plus generous partners and sponsors, and an amazing base of clients and friends, Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports has been at the forefront of sports and recreation for those with disabilities in New England for over 30 years. Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports is committed to empowering individuals with disabilities. We promote independence and further equality through access and instruction to sports and recreational activities.
The VT 100 is one of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports biggest fund raisers every year. For more information about Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports: www.vermontadaptive.org.