Articles by Amy Rusiecki

A State of Adventure

One of the random facts about the East Coast is that many of the states are smaller so you can run across an entire state in one fell-swoop. That has an awesome sound of badassery to it, which can be the icing on adventu...

Seven Sisters – A Special Trail

There’s a joke between me and Brian about his training habits. If it’s a Saturday, he’s probably running the Seven Sisters. If it’s a Sunday, he’s probably running the Seven Sisters. If it’s a holiday, day off from work...

Oh, the Humidity!

As I stand on the starting line of the Massanutten 100 (in VA), I am slightly chilled, wanting to keep my puffy jacket on until the last minute. I start the race with a long sleeve shirt…and immediately regret that decis...

Run Like an Animal

A few years ago, I stood at the starting line of the TARC To Hale and Back 6-Hour Race. There was about a foot of snow on the ground and unbroken trail along the three-mile loop. As instructed in my pre-race email (becau...

What Is the Beast Coast?

Over the last few years, the term Beast Coast has popped up to describe East Coast trail running. Some runners have even sported Beast Coast temporary tattoos to show their pride in where they live and train. Being a tra...

Braving the Beast Coast Winter

I grew up in New England and I was a cross-country ski racer in my youth. I’ve always played outside in the winter – no matter the weather and no matter the temperatures. I am in my happy place when outside on the snow....

Beast Coast Bucket List

When I think of racing on the East Coast, I think of dancing through rocky technical trails, I think of power hiking up and cruising downhills with only rare flat terrain to test the leg speed, and I think of low-key but...

Ultra Couples

Folks often comment on how wonderful it must be to be married to a fellow ultrarunner. I’ll admit, it’s a pretty sweet deal – beyond being married to an amazingly kind and sweet guy (Brian Rusiecki), we also share this t...