“March on. Do not tarry. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.”   ― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet I love this cute & humble finish line!  Despite the fact that I appear to be barely moving, I am, in reality, about to burst a lung here.  It doesn’t seem to matter … More motion


And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anais Nin Since my introduction to ultrarunning in 2011, I have been fortunate enough to be able to run trails in some amazingly beautiful places with some equally beautiful people.  Some of my trailrunning experiences … More courage


“You do not have to sit outside in the dark. If, however, you want to look at the stars, you will find that darkness is necessary. But the stars neither require nor demand it.”  – Annie Dillard When I became a single mom in 2004, my son was 4 and balance was something I was … More balance


“You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.” – Mary Oliver Being whimsical is not exactly my strong suit. I’m working on it. I’ve come to learn that beautiful things can happen when we leave room in our lives for the unexpected and … More fuel


Oh my, how to start a blog?? I’ll start by sharing a bit about my blog title. Why sakura? Sakura is Japanese for cherry blossom. One of my favorite things about living in Japan during my 20s was the strange beauty of cherry blossom season & the cultural importance of this flower. It was other-worldly … More sakura