About Mandy Farrar

Mandy is a marathon runner, a triathlete, and white water raft guide. She works as a forester and spends 99% of her time outside doing something. Bailey the dog is her trusty side kick on all adventures that include the couch or the truck. Caratunk, the small town in northwestern Maine where Mandy lives, boasts a population of 60 in the Winter & 120 in the Summer.

Read Mandy's full bio here, and read more about her adventures on her blog "Caratunk Girl"

Courage

courage

I spent yesterday at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center with my grandfather. Soon after entering the building, we were directed to the front desk to check my grandfather in. After filling out piles of paperwork, the receptionist handed him this 1/2 inch thick plastic black half-circle shaped tag to clip to his shirt. It wasn’t […]

Slushy Repeats

Slushy Repeats

Why do I do this? That is what I was thinking today, as I willed myself outside while slivers of ice fell from the sky and splatted the ground at my feet. I didn’t want to be here. I wanted to be inside my warm dry house. I wanted to be anywhere but shivering alone […]

Hey, I’m Running Here!

Hey I'm Running Here

Unless someone is bleeding, don’t stop me to talk when I am running. I am not sure how I draw people to me when I am bundled up like the kid in Christmas Story waddling out a 6 mile run, but it happens. Here is the latest example…

2010 Lessons, According to Caratunk Girl

2010 lessons learned

We just loved a recent post from Caratunk Girl, reviewing her “2010 Lessons”, and thought it was an excellent post for this Valentine’s Day as well, so she has kindly agreed to cross post it here for IceSpike readers to enjoy! Of course, if you’d like to add YOUR 2010 lessons in the comments below, […]

Smashing The Excuse Demon

excuse demon icicles

Every now and then when I am training, this small imaginary guy pops up on my shoulder and whispers, “You don’t have time for that…” or “Oh man, you have tons of time before your next race, take a day off..” Today he was whispering, “It is way to freaking cold to go for a run.”

Stop It! I Am Embarrassing Me!

embarrassing-me

Not that I am really looking to win the crown or anything, but really, I may have some of the most embarrassing moments ever.