Writing about my life from injury to ultra marathon…

I’m a Mom of 2 Boys

Hi! My name is Nikki and I’m the mom of 2 boys. At first the notion of all boys in the house terrified me but now that they’ve been around for awhile, I’m pretty proud to say that I’m a boy mom.  My oldest is 5 and has just started kindergarten while my youngest is almost 4 and is tearing his way through his second year of preschool. They keep me busy, entertained, focused and of course, slightly frazzled.

I’m a Runner

In 2005, I was seriously injured in a car accident that left me with a partly crushed spine, countless broken bones and a physical future that nobody could predict. I was told I’d forever be in pain and never able to be active or run again. 2.5 years of full-time physical therapy later I decided to give it a shot anyway and began my journey of learning to run again.

6 years later I’ve completed 20+ half marathons, 5 full marathons and 4 ultra marathons. Every step was a struggle but learning to run ultimately strengthened my body, gave me my confidence back and healed my soul at a time when everything was about what I’d lost in that car accident. I continue to run because it keeps me in shape, helps me manage my back pain and feel successful and strong when life sometimes suggests otherwise.

I’m a Blogger

My running journey began in 2007 and this blog began as a means to stay accountable. Slow is the New Fast seemed like the perfect blog name because it so accurately described my philosophy and spirit amidst such a competitive sport. Through my blog I have discovered an incredible community of runners, athletes, mothers and women who have inspired me beyond measure. I continue to blog because I love to write but mostly because I love connecting with others and sharing and learning.

I write mostly about my running but also like to share my experiences recovering from and living with the lasting effects of a catastrophic back injury. I like to share recipes, review gear, discuss training and talk about balancing it all while raising a young family. Above all, I try to be honest and try to share as many of the embarrassing stories as I do the triumphant ones. 

I’m a Lover of Fries

I love a good piece of cake like the next girl but for my money, give me a big plate of salty, golden fries and I’m happy. I do my best to stay fit, make good choices and try to be an example for my family but I also try not to take it all too seriously. Let’s be honest, we all have our vices and I truly believe that allowing yourself to indulge is part of living a sustainable, healthy lifestyle. French fries may not exactly be a health food but they sure taste good after running a marathon!


  1. Chris    

    This is amazing. I am training for my first ironman and am experiencing a ton of pain in my legs. No docs can figure out what it is. A lot of symptoms of nerve pain, but it isn’t nerves. Maybe myofascial adhesions. Neither way, no one can figure it out and it doesn’t really get better!

  2. AmberLynn Pappas    

    Nikki those mountain and lake shots are beautiful! What state are they in? I used to live in Colorado and now am stuck at the beach in NC and I miss real outdoorsy places like that.
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    1. slowfastnik    

      I’ve got so many on here but some of them are from Buntzen Lake and Diez Vistas up here in British Columbia, Canada! We have so many beautiful places to run around here, we’re very lucky!

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