About Magdalena

I am an author, geologist, former elite runner, coach, and, most importantly, a mom to three children. This blog, which started out solely talking about motherhood and elite running, is evolving as my life is evolving.

That first daughter I carried in the Olympic Trials marathon is now leading me up mountains. My life is growing, and so are the topics I talk about. You can expect to hear about weekend family trips, practical hiking information, running, geology, and the occasional gear round up.


I wrote Colorado Rocks: A Guide to Geologic Sites in the Centennial State and am working on the second edition of the Roadside Geology of New Mexico. I love thinking about landscapes, which took me to study geology; I earned my MS and PhD from the University of New Mexico.

Sometimes I find it hard to believe I wrote a whole book!

Runner & Coach

I am a two-time Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier (2012, 2016). I ran the 2012 Trials while 12 weeks pregnant, and  ran the 2016 Marathon Trials 16 weeks after the birth of my second daughter. I ran for the University of Oregon, specializing in the 5000m.

Running through Houston, TX at the 2012 Olympic marathon trials 12 weeks pregnant.

I coach athletes of all ages and abilities, online and in person. Please check out the Coaching page for more information.

Bun on the Run Blog

I started Bun on the Run to document my journey through pregnancy and elite running in 2012. I felt there was a lot to share about working to blend high-level athletics with life. At the time I was working on my PhD in geology at the University of New Mexico and running my hardest. My second Olympic Trials came in 2016. I ran the marathon in Los Angeles, loving every moment of the race, watched by my husband, two daughters, and my parents.

A few months postpartum at the 2016 US Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles.

Writing, Art & Science

I love to share the geologic information I have learned with people. Pretty much anyone who has hiked with me knows I have trouble keeping quiet about the rocks and landscape features! I also have a lot of fun applying my science background to textiles and other fun items: I run an Etsy shop that uses nature-inspired imagery to make scarves, shirts, bags, and more.

Seriously, you rock!

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Thanks, and happy adventuring!