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Rachel Adamson – Transforming her life with Running – Conquering the Crown at the Rough Creek Trail Run

“If you really want it, you just have to go for it.” – Rachel Adamson

In 2010 Rachel Adamson of Texas was inactive and 272 pounds. After an emotional conversation with her son, she was determined to make a change in her lifestyle.


After a short period of taking weight loss pills suggested by her doctor, Rachel would quickly determine it “wasn’t a good situation.”

She felt she had to be more involved with this desired change.

Running became the pill of choice.

Over the next couple years Rachel progressively worked on her running, often secretly, before running her first race in 2012.

“It was the most glorious feeling in the world.”

Since then she has raced on both the road and trail with her most recent and longest race finish to date, the 40 miler at the Rough Creek Trail Run in north Texas.


Enjoy as we chat about Rachel’s journey to start running, the strong community vibe at her first trail race, and the 40 mile adventure at Rough Creek.

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Chat Notes

Running background

  • Rachel shares the conversation her son that eventually led to her enjoyment of running.
  • Memories after finishing her first road race, a 15km in Dallas.
  • What led Rachel to explore the trails.
  • The most memorable moments from her first trail race at Hog’s Hunt 50k.
  • Rachel shares how she integrates running into her life with two children and a husband that works long hours.


Rough Creek

  • What did Rachel’s peak training look like?
  • The global ultra race she has her sights on.
  • The motivational chat she had with her husband midway through the second loop that lit a fire inside.
  • The physical, mental, and emotional moments to get through the final loop with encouraging support of the course sweeper.
  • The enjoyable 2.5 miles to the finish.
  • Rachel’s favorite food for 13+ hours.
  • A couple tips to help someone looking to start running.
  • Rachel’s upcoming races.


Buzzin’ Quote

“If you really want it, you just have to go for it.” – Rachel Adamson

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Special thanks to Rachel for sharing with us!

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About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

2 Responses to “Rachel Adamson – Transforming her life with Running – Conquering the Crown at the Rough Creek Trail Run”

  1. on 04 Oct 2014 at 7:41 am Steven

    I loved listening to your report. Way to persevere! I am grateful to have shared the trail with you out at Rough Creek.

  2. on 06 Oct 2014 at 5:09 pm Olga King

    Great story, way to find your own pill!!!