Following high school and college cross country and track, I spent years riding trails on horseback. When I retired my last horse, I rediscovered the joys of hitting the dirt on my own two feet, becoming an avid trail runner. I also enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, solo backpacking and particularly love difficult, high altitude terrain. Over the past few years, I’ve worked on acquiring skills in wilderness medicine, mountaineering, high elevation running and have competed in trail races up to the 50k distance. A self professed geek, I have a passion for applying my education as an RN and massage therapist to exercise science and am a UESCA Certified Running Coach. Email me at mercedes.usafitabq@gmail.com