About

My writing combines my passion for athletics, communication, travel, and connecting with people. A few of the places I have been published include The New York Times, The Washington Post, Glamour, Elle, ESPN, AARP, Huffington Post, Outside, Men's Journal, Runner's World, Triathlete, and Women's Running. Pieces I wrote have landed me interviews with Katie Couric, Huffington Post radio, and BBC World News.

While I'm heavily involved in the outdoor industry, I also write about tech, medical research, and travel. I’ve written stories on a boat chasing an adventure swimmer across the Caribbean and from a London hotel room on deadline at the 2012 Olympics. I am comfortable interviewing people in their own homes about their fight against cancer, on a run with a two-time Olympian, in a Tokyo restaurant on the 25th floor with the Tokyo Marathon race director, or on a Quebec mountainside speaking with a downhill mountain bike world champion. Ask me to describe the décor of a luxurious Aspen hotel or the complex impact a female runner’s menstrual cycle has on her running. I can write in an impersonal tone for a research article on oxytocin or make you cry in an essay about my grandmother. I make mundane academia sound interesting and find the relatable aspects of running blind for the seeing.

In addition to freelance writing, I’m a part-time university instructor, massage therapist, triathlon coach, and competitive athlete. I love eating peanut butter by the spoonful, traveling on a train through France, running trails in the mountains, and swapping stories with my grandmas. I was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, but, after a trip around the world aboard the Peace Boat, I found my rhythm in Boulder, Colorado. 

Latest

women rowing

In Tahiti, women are rocking the boat
National Geographic, September 2021

 

women staring into the distance in a blue cloud

How the pandemic got us addicted to longing – and why it’s bad for us
The Guardian, June 2021

drawing of hands under a glowing floating crystal

‘Healing’ crystals are having a pandemic moment. But science says they’re just pretty stones.
The Washington Post, March 2021

 

aliphine running

When the Olympics were postponed, marathoner Aliphine Tuliamuk decided to get pregnant. She’s still competing in 2021.
The Lily, December 2020

amanda in wedding dress with grandma in bed at hospital

Finally, a Wedding. It Was About Time.
The New York Times, June 2020

drawing of massaging back of head while lying down

Knead those knots away
The Washington Post, June 2020

 

 

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