Hello, my name is Morgan and I have a good life. I have a husband, Casey, two little kids, Harry and Olivia, and I am a runner. There is nothing fancy about me or my story. I am by no means an elite or ultra runner. I have never won a race, and I probably never will. I am just a happy person who is lucky enough to live in Montana, and I run every chance I get. This past year, Casey and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary. Yes, that's right, one decade down, woo woo! Last month, we had the amazing fortune of getting away for a week without kids, with only my mother-in-law to thank.
Casey and I took off on a Monday morning to Whitefish, with no real plan except for knowing that we wouldn't have to change a diaper, fill up a sippy cup, or clean cereal off the floor of our car for 5 straight, glorious days! We both share a passion for running and we don't get to do it together often enough. So what did we do with our week off in Whitefish you ask, we ran.
We ran from our hotel into town every morning for coffee and muffins. We ran back. We ran to the top of Whitefish Mountain. We ran down. We ran as many trails we could find that weren't too bear friendly. We ran the neighborhoods of Whitefish and around the lake as much as we could navigate without getting lost. We found our favorite trail on Lion Mountain, which is part of The Whitefish Trail system. A super fun and fast track trail that winds up, down, and loops you in and out of mountain lakes. The conclusion here is that running in Whitefish is officially awesome.
Casey and I were able to just run together for a week with nothing to worry about. I assume that most parents can relate with the fact that any plan you make for yourself sans children, without fail, always results in watching the clock with endless worry and guilt. "We better head back," "we have to be back in an hour," "the babysitter expects us back at 6," etc. . . Maybe it's because my kids are 3 and 1, and I am a rookie. I have never done this parenting thing before. This is my first rodeo. Regardless, I am forever grateful for my running vacation with my husband. We ran endlessly for days without worry. It was, without a doubt, cleansing for our souls. Whitefish is a guaranteed great get-a-way for outdoor adventure, without having to go too far away. Our anniversary running vacation was the first time we had ever left our children, and it was a success. Montana is a magical place and we are lucky to be here. We want to make a point to plan trips like this every year. We all should. Now, back to parenting, work, diapers, sippy cups, and running every chance I get. My good life.
|Danny On Trail - Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer|
|Take your pick! - Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer|
The Lion Mountain Trailhead, accessing The Whitefish Trail system, is just 2.2 miles from downtown Whitefish. A favorite of runners and bikers alike, the trail provides miles and miles of rolling singletrack across private and public lands.
|Lion Mountain Trailhead, Whitefish. Yes, there are bears - Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer|
|A Lion Mountain cliffhanger - Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer|
|User contributions help build The Whitefish Trail - Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer|
|Keeping trail running tourists on the right path - Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer|
|Ian Hosek on Lion Mountain Trail - Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer|
|David Steele on the Danny On Trail- Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer|
|Emily Judd on the Danny On Trail - Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer|
|Danny On Trail in summer- Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer|