Who am I?

grindstone pic

Hugging the totem pole at the finish of Grindstone 100 – October 2012

Hi, I’m Katie, a runner who loves to play in the woods, climb mountains and delight in the beauty of nature. Thanks for checking out my blog!

I’m a trail runner who enjoys all the sights on the trail. I try to capture what I’m seeing with my camera – nothing fancy, usually just my iPhone.

Take only photographs & memories and leave only footprints. I hope you’ll enjoy seeing the trails through my eyes. Happy running!

Katie (@ISeeTrails)

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”  -John Muir

At the finish line of TWOT 100 - October 2013

At the finish line of TWOT 100 with my fourth loop pacer, Brett – October 2013

4 responses

  1. I came across your blog at the Whole30 forum. I’m reading the book and working up to giving the Whole30 a try. Thanks for sharing your experience and your running food plan. I was especially interested in what you drink. I’m used to drinking all kinds of sport drinks and powdered additives on runs over 8 miles. All with a lot of sugar and salt. When you run a marathon distance, would be only drink the water, or go with the gatorade? Wayne

    April 4, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    • I don’t drink anything besides water – and unsweetened iced tea for the caffeine – in runs over 50K. I used to be a big Nuun and other electrolytes fan but now just water. I don’t take salt tabs anymore either. I find that I just don’t need them.

      April 16, 2014 at 4:31 pm

  2. Brandon Erickson

    Katie,
    I was moved to read your ‘Eating Paleo and Running 100+ miles’ post. I ran my first marathon (Chicago) last October. Hours before that race kicked off my friend suggest that I wear a pair of those compression calf sleeves. I broke one of the golden rules of running, try nothing new on race day. I believe those sleeves helped during the race and afterwards in reducing recovery time. I am now planning on running the North Face Challenge 50 miler at Kettle Moraine State Park in September. What initially caught my attention was your nutrition advice. I have always used Cliff Blocks because Gu makes my stomach cramp and I feel nauseous. I was searching the internet for organic options, so foods that are better absorbed/used by the body. I think that your sweet potato gu recipe will be wonderful. If you have a few minutes could I get the prep directions for making that gu? I also plan on using those Peter Rabbit Fruit pouches. I don’t currently train with anybody but I think it would be fun to join a group. The experiences we go through in life can often times be more rewarding when we have others to face them with us. Running is obviously a huge part of who you are and I am the same way. At 33 I’m just starting to turn up the milage. Do you listen to music on on shorter runs? Do you even run short distance anymore? :) I picked up the Bose SIE2i this afternoon and they have quickly become my favorite headphones.
    Take care,
    Brandon

    April 12, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    • Hi Brandon – I also use the calf compression sleeves (both during and after long runs). They are helpful for sure! My sweet potato gu concoction is 2 small jars of organic sweet potato baby food (make sure no sugar or other added chemicals – Earth’s Best 4oz jars are what I use), about 1/2 cup coconut milk, about 1/2 cup applesauce – mix together in blender or food processor, carry in Gu flasks. I’ve recently found Ella’s Kitchen brand sweet potato/blueberry/apple baby food that I keep on hand in case I don’t have time or the ingredients for the sweet potato gu.
      I feel very fortunate to have the running group I do. It’s wonderful to spend so much time in the mountains with good friends. Those friendships are unlike any others I have. The only time I listen to music is during 100 mile races when I find myself alone and either tired or the miles are dragging by. I just put my phone in my vest and play it softly – turning it off if I’m around anyone that it may disturb. I don’t like to wear headphones. Good luck at TNF50 and happy running!

      April 16, 2014 at 4:42 pm

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