Jenny Sheets

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Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 2:37pm Jenny Sheets

Exploring Montana’s small towns.

For over 200 years, explorers, dreamers, and entrepreneurs have been drawn to the serenity of Montana and its promise of adventure. As they settled, they longed for the amenities and support of a community, and eventually founded towns on hillsides, along rivers, and in valleys. As resources dwindled and dreams faded, communities shrank. In their wake, they left behind skeletal remains that can still be explored today. This summer, pack up the car with tents, sleeping bags, bikes, boats, and fishing rods and head off in the spirit of the Treasure State's founders. Here are some destinations to check out. 

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Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 7:28pm Jenny Sheets

Using imagery to influence growth in Gallatin County.

We see chain stores expanding down North 19th and housing developments named "Quail’s Egg" and "Fantasia" creeping west across the valley, and it's easy to become distressed and lost in Gallatin County’s whirlwind development. With a political system where representatives are elected to speak for us, it’s also easy to believe in the demise of the individual voice.

But here in southwest Montana, there are plenty of individuals with voices waiting to be heard, and plenty of things to speak up about. We're lucky to have Gallatin Growth Solutions (GGS), a local organization designed to listen to the people. GGS works to actively engage community members in a “constructive dialogue” with local leaders, encouraging citizens to be honest about the values and resources they deem most important in our county.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 2:41pm Jenny Sheets

Adrenaline pumped through my body as I took my first step on the infamous Bridger Ridge Run. The runners in the front set the pace for a long climb up the narrow path up Sacajawea Peak. I blew past the aid station and onto the loose shale field, trying to remember to stay low and confident as I stumbled and surfed down the jagged rocks. I reached the descent to the Bridger Foothills Trail before Ross Pass, leaning forward yelling, “I can’t stop!” After taking a two-week sick-break, my legs felt fresh and ready to tackle the trail. I reached the halfway point at Bridger Bowl after a long blackout climb, thrilled to see friends cheering me on.

Ridge Run at Bridger                                                       

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Monday, August 5, 2013 - 5:41pm Jenny Sheets

Running The Bangtail 38k 

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Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 9:43pm Jenny Sheets

The dark clouds gathered in the sky as runners lined up in single file, taking off in 10-second intervals. I looked up as the raindrops fell more quickly (Ten…nine…eight…), the nervous excitement running through the line (seven…six…five…), up and over those steep hills (four…three…), the rain turned to hail (two…one…), here we go! My frigid legs took me up the first set of switchbacks on the Continental Divide Trail for the Wulfman Race.

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Monday, June 24, 2013 - 8:59pm Jenny Sheets

The dust on the trail whipped around the weathered trees and the sun beat down with uncompromising force as I began yet another consecutive lap up the ‘M’ Trail. Cognitive abilities fell by the wayside as I continued to trudge upwards. Beads of sweat dripped over my brow, while each breath became dryer and shallower. Suddenly my toe caught a rock, bringing me crashing down to the dry, hot earth. I could barely pick up my body—skin broken from the jagged rocks, psyche broken from physical and mental fatigue. Nothing could push me onward right now; the trail had beaten me. And then I heard it: the whomp, whomp, whomp of helicopter blades overhead. I looked up in panic, hands still hugging the earth, and felt my heart rate quicken. How had they found me?!

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Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 8:54pm Jenny Sheets

A scientific comparison of the Fargo Marathon to the Bridger Ridge Run

"Bonk" —verb. to run out of energy mid-run, to deplete the body's glycogen stores, to "hit the wall."

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 10:18pm Jenny Sheets

As a whole, athletes are a superstitious bunch, and runners are no exception. Watch a runner as she stands at the starting line—stretch the neck to the left, then right; check the watch three times; double knot the laces, undo them, and double knot them again; a quick glance to the sky, wiggle the toes, and off she goes!

I have my own superstitious (compulsive) quirks during a race, but I also have a laundry list of routines and strange behaviors in the weeks leading up to the race for a solid mental workout. Many of the techniques I am employing for my marathon this Saturday I will also use in August as I (hopefully) prepare for the Ridge Run.

Keep Calm and Carry On

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 10:21pm Jenny Sheets

When I was in third grade, innocently running around the playground at recess, Justin Newman hauled off and kicked me in the shins as hard as he possibly could. If you have ever been kicked in the shins or stumbled into a coffee table, you too will remember the stabbing pain in your muscles and bone, causing you to bellow and keel over in pain. As a result of that incident, I have been carefully protecting my shins for the last twenty years, praying I would never again have to feel the pain induced by Justin Newman…but then I started running.

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Monday, April 8, 2013 - 4:04pm Jenny Sheets

After a weeklong vacation, in which I may or may not have over-indulged on food-truck cuisine, fresh seafood, and mouth-watering maple-bacon doughnuts, my pants were feeling a little tight on the ride back to Bozeman from the coast. Despite my love for deep-fried pastries with meat, the date for the Bridger Ridge Run is looming nearer, and my training has reached a very low plateau. After my return to Bozeman/reality, I knew I needed something to kickstart my spring training. What better way to reignite the motivation than purchasing some new running shoes? I convinced myself that marathon training included retail therapy and I headed over to the trusty crew at Bozeman Running Company.

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