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I never intended to start running.  I began doing long-distance hikes and solo backpacking trips shortly after high school.  In college, after leading a 3-week backpacking “orientation” course, I ran my first and only trail race.  Six miles through Granite Mountain Wilderness.  I ran it in Tevas and won the women’s division.  Throughout college, I biked a little, walked/hiked a lot, and ran every now and then.  The exhilaration is what hooked me.  The times I ran were few and far between, but powerful.  I have run in moccasins, Tevas, Chacos, flip-flops and bare feet.  I ran when the feeling arose and walked again when I got out of breath.  I never ran on roads; only trails; only wild; always alone.

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