Smiling in the mountains…oh and soon to be guiding!

Ashley and Kristine running the Ossippes with me!
Running in the Ossippes! An old ancient volcano, so cool!!!

Ever since I have gotten back in the mountains I have felt so happy being back where I belong!  I am spending more time with my friends, my pups and my Ryan!  We have had some pretty incredible adventures and are anxiously waiting for the snow to be gone up high!

Jack puppy, the mountain pup!
Jack Puppy and Bennett love the mountains!
Running mountains with my Ryan!

Something that is extremely exciting is that Ryan and I will be doing guided trail runs in the White Mountains!  We both will be working with Redline Guiding to help others enjoy trail running in the White Mountains!  From obscure routes to the classics there is something for everyone to enjoy!  Ryan has received his certifications and I am working on mine so he is currently booking trail runs and I will be joining as soon as mine are complete!

As we help pilot this new addition to Redline Guidings already extensive choices of adventure and opportunities to learn essential skills for playing in the mountains take some time to check out their site!  If you scroll down on the menu trail running is an option!  Please help us spread the word on the guided trail runs in the White Mountains by sharing this link: http://redlineguiding.com/book-now/

My mountain!
Bennett loves mountains too!
Beautiful rainbow after a run!
Ryan showing me how to descend on scree

I also recently ran the Joe English 30k Trail Challenge for the first time.  It was a fabulous course that is worth putting on your calendar!  The courses were marked phenomenally, the race director and volunteers were very caring and the post race food was wonderful!  I was thrilled to pull off my first overall win at a race and it was pretty wild!  It was not a huge or stacked race but I showed up and ran!  The course is fun with runnable terrain at the beginning and end of the course.  The meat and potatoes were in the middle and it contains relentless rocks, roots and hills!  It was so much fun to run on trails again and so nice to see my friends Mindy, Eric and Brandon and to make new friends and see familiar faces!

Mountain biking!
Kristin and I got on the cover of this magazine!
Ready to try out the Akyra!
Postholing on the Tripyramids

The transition from road to mountains has been wild and not easy, but also not as bad as I thought it would be.  I have been enjoying some really challenging runs on the steepest terrain I can find!  I even got to take out a pair of the new La Sportiva Akyra shoes for a test run and they are a really nice shoe for the mountains!  If you are a huge fan of the Wildcat then you will absolutely love the Akyra!!  I found the shoe felt similar to the Wildcat but with better traction and better performance when running.

Bennett on the Trypyramids
New shoes-akira on North Slide!
Ryan on North Slide
Ryan and the pups!
Spring is finally here!

I still love the Akasha best for my mountain running but was very impressed by the performance of the Akyra.  The La Sportiva clothing is absolutely phenomenal and I have been really enjoying the running apparel!  The Snap shorts are so comfortable and the Andromeda skirts are super soft!  The tops breath and wick very well and the sports bras and socks are super soft and don’t chafe or cause blisters.

Fell on my face…ooopppss!
The turnaround on the squad ridge traverse
Ryan going up onto the ridge
Squam ridge traverse
Squam ridge traverse
View from Squam range

As for life, it is slowly getting better each day!  I am very happy with where I am in my life.  I have a wonderful husband and pups, incredibly fun friends, I am able to run happy and I have the best job in the world!  This summer is going to be intense, I will be spending a lot of time adventuring and really enjoying my life!

Up the North slide!

 

I want to thank my sponsors La Sportiva, JULBO USA, Choucas Hats and Boom Nutrition for their support.  (Get a discount at Boom Nutrition with code FOLCIKSHARE5).  Be on the lookout for a La Sportiva shoe demo/group run this summer in the White Mountains!  Thank you to my Ryan and pups for being such great friends, adventure buddies and snuggle buddies!  Thank you to my friends for taking time out of your life to do fun stuff with me!  Thank you to my boss for allowing me to live my life outside of work, you only live once and it is so important to enjoy every breath you take.  When you are treated with so much respect at work it really makes you want to work hard when you are there.  Thank you to my coach Andy for dealing with my ridiculously wacky schedule.  I am a very lucky girl!  I am still not using Facebook for anything other than blog posts.  Feel free to reach out through Facebook messenger or email kfolcik2@gmail.com

On the slide together! We love the mountains and each other!

It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts. ~ Adlai Stevenson

My beautiful mountain that keeps me strong, happy and gives me so much joy!

 

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