Kim Bessler is Embarking on the Running Trip of a Lifetime


Kim Bessler is embarking on a pretty amazing adventure this summer, and I’m glad I was able to catch up with her before she takes off.

When it comes to racing, Kim hasn’t done much of it (yet), but she’s a beast when it comes to exploring trails and climbing mountains.

Kim Bessler in the Mountains She Loves

Kim Bessler in the Mountains She Loves

This summer, Kim is doing something that I would love to be able to do, and I’m assuming many others would as well. She transformed her car into a make shift RV (see the process unfold phase I and phase II), and is heading west from Colorado to visit California, Oregon, Idaho, Yellowstone, and Utah over the next several weeks. And along the way, she will be climbing mountains, hiking some great trails, and just seeing some of the most beautiful nature that our country has.

We obviously talked about her upcoming trip, but we also talked about her “trial trip”, her recent trip to New England, and some of the dynamics of doing all of this on her own. Here are some of the highlights from our chat:

  • Dealing with an ankle injury that has put her race plans on hold
  • Her process of rehabbing and coming back from a pretty serious ankle injury
  • Her “test run” trip, and the lessons she learned from spending 16 days living out of her car
  • A trip east to visit family before the big adventure begins
  • The itinerary for her summer trip (I’m super jealous, BTW!)
  • Doing what it takes to make a dream come true

Kim has a great blog and posts loads of pictures there and on her Instagram feed as well. I can’t encourage you enough to follow her and live vicariously through her this summer!


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