Mourning My Father With Ultra-Long-Distance Running

A million steps along a crooked path led me here

The author in 2014. Credit: Raven Eye Photography
The author crawling over the finish line of her first race in 1982; her mother in 1965; and her father in 1978. Credit: David L. Arnold
The author and her sister in 1973. Credit: David L. Arnold
The author’s father and her daughter Maisy in 2010. Credit: Katie Arnold

I tried to run free of ego and competitive zeal.

South Kaibab Trail, inner gorge of the Grand Canyon; New Mexico. Credit: Katie Arnold

I’d always hoped that running would make me a better mother, but now I know that being a mother makes me a better runner.

The author in 2013; her daughters in 2011; and her husband and daughter Maisy in 2011. Credit: Steve Barrett; Katie Arnold.
From the book Running Home by Katie Arnold. Copyright © 2019 by Paper Sky LLC. Published by arrangement with Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

Contributing editor + “Raising Rippers” columnist @outsidemagazine. Ultra runner & 2018 Leadville 100 champion. Author of Running Home: A Memoir.

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