"I don't want to sugarcoat it."

-Sawna Guadarrama

The sweat rolls down your back, the dust clouds and sticks to your skin, the sun beats down, and you hear the rhythmic flow of your steps. What is running, but an accumulation of beauty? At times painful, at times joyous, usually both simultaneously, running is a trail to our better selves. Sawna Guadarrama understands this deeply and it is one of the many topics that I examine with her today. Today I am graced by her zeal and honesty to explore her story.

How her father's leukemia brought her to running, how a vegan lifestyle fuels her adventures, the dichotomy of city life and the dirtbag life, how she endures when all she wants to do is stop and cry. The mind is a malleable creature and Sawna has learned this over countless miles, but she has also learned that life is so much deeper than only running. It is great food, friends, books, and more. It is a smile. A laugh. We delve into her relationship with her adventure dog Juniper, into the ancient art of storytelling, and how she throws her own spin on that art. She lays her story out for us and I hope that you enjoy!


Jarod Contreras

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