My name is Vanessa.
I’m a trail runner, mountain lover, endurance athlete, and author.
I studied journalism and worked for magazines and other media companies as an Assistant Editor, and then an Online Editor. But it was office work, and all I saw in my future was advancement, more money, and more office work. I lived for the weekends and my dog was bored.
It wasn’t what I wanted.
In 2012, I quit my job, bought a small Rialta RV with my boyfriend, gave away all my possessions, and hit the trails to run and write books full-time. My first book, The Summit Seeker, hit Amazon’s list of Best Sellers and Hot New Releases in the Sports & Outdoors category. You can check it out HERE.
We aim to live day-to-day, bartering or trading for things that we need, sometimes doing freelance or contract work, and following our whims wherever they take us.
Our goal is to be as self-sufficient as possible, living off solar panels and parking at remote trailheads. Free wi-fi connections allow us to upload our stories, adventures, and books. Everyday is an adventure.
I have written for UltraRunning Magazine, Trail Running Magazine, and Active.com, among other publications. You can view some of my previously published articles and interviews here.
Running for me was something that was born in the midst of my worst hardships and continues to carry me through life. I started running trail ultras in 2011 and never looked back.
Ultrarunning has taught me that there is nothing broken that cannot be made strong. It has healed all my wounds and forced me to reclaim my body, mind, and spirit.
I started this blog in 2007 when I was still trying to finish 5Ks. I am now a four-time 100-mile finisher, training to run longer and faster on the trails. The blog has changed over the years, as have I. The focus now is on trail and mountain running, living simply, traveling, and racing ultras.
I have run several ultra distance races as well as a Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim crossing of the Grand Canyon. In 2012, I covered 2053 miles. Come share in my journey and run some miles with me.
My Book: The Summit Seeker
Amazon Author Page: Vanessa Runs
Daily paper: Ultra Running’s Top Stories
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” – Edward Abbey