Episode 10 – Vanessa Runs – Author and Modern Nomad



This week on the podcast we have a special guest to mark the 10th episode of the show, Vanessa Runs. Vanessa and I have been friends for years and in 2012 she was one of the people who helped me to gather the courage to quit my day job and jump into Dirt in Your Skirt and Obstacle Racing full time, so it was special to have her on the podcast, to say the least!

Photo Credit: Patrick Sweeney

Photo Credit: Patrick Sweeney

Vanessa is a modern day nomad living in a small RV with her husband and pets. In 2012, she and her now husband sold all their belongings, got rid of the house, car, and everything else to move into an RV. Here they are 4 years later still on the road. They have traveled North America exploring the world. In the process, Vanessa has written two books, The Summit Seeker and Daughters of Distance. She is currently working on her third book as they spend the summer in Leadville, Colorado.


Vanessa joined us via skype through her phone this week to talk about her books, life on the road and the future. Listen in to this special episode.

Vanessa Runs – Author and Modern Nomad

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Show Notes:

Introduction and Sponsor Notes

It’s the 10th Episode!

Vanessa Runs – Author, Runner, and Modern Nomad

Vanessa talks about growing up in Toronto then moving to San Diego for work at

Talks about writing The Summit Seeker

Currently working on her third book about life on the road and living within a budget of $1,500 a month

Vanessa talks about outfitting their RV with solar panels from a guy in Slab City, USA

She talks about her inspiration to get on the road.

Offers her tips for life on the road.

Finally tells us about

Find Vanessa on:

Her Website:


Twitter: @vanessaruns

Instagram: @vanessaruns

Get her books on Amazon:

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Margaret Schlachter

About Margaret Schlachter

Margaret Schlachter is Founder of She has been part of the OCR Community since 2010. When not working on the next article she can be found running from race-to-race. She is Editor-in-Chief of She authored the book Obstacle Race Training.
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