I am a writer and runner living in Portland, ME. In high school, during a harsh Maine winter, I bought a gym pass, proceeded to fall off the treadmill three days in a row, and decided to never train indoors again. In 2011, I ran across the US, becoming the first female to do so without a support vehicle. I covered 2,800 miles, averaged 30 miles a day, and raised $17K for the Boys & Girls Clubs. To celebrate my finish, I ran my first 50 mile trail race, survived, and found no reason not to sign up for another one. A couple years later I ran the entire Tour de France route, which was really, really hard. I get muddy as often as I can, break pace for one-woman dance parties on the trails, and slather myself in Bengay on the regular. You can find my sometimes-poetic musings in Marathon & Beyond, www.zoe-romano.com, or on this very blog you’re now visiting.