Katie Arnold is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine, where she worked on staff for twelve years. Her Raising Rippers column about bringing up adventurous, outdoor children appears monthly on Outside Online. She has written for The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Sunset, Runner's World, ESPN: The Magazine, Elle, and many others, and her narrative nonfiction has been recognized by Best American Sportswriting. Arnold is the Leadville Trail 100 Run women's champion. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and two daughters.
In her debut memoir, Running Home, Katie Arnold does an admirable job of trusting the everyday material of her life. . . . She writes a story exploring how her growing preoccupation with running has been intertwined with loving and losing her father. She takes the risk of being ordinary, and therefore human. . . . We want to know how other people live, and Arnold shows us. -The New York Times Book Review Running Home is, as the name implies, a memoir about the sport. But it's also an inspiring story about overcoming grief and discovering yourself. -Real Simple Poignant and ultimately uplifting . . . will resonate with . . . just about everyone. -The Washington Post This book is a gift. -Oliver Payne, Articles Editor, National Geographic A contemplative, soul-searching account of the death of [Katie Arnold's] beloved father and how she used long-distance running as a way to heal from the grief. -Kirkus Reviews Far more than a book about running, this touching memoir takes readers on a compelling and emotional journey as Arnold finds relief from her sorrow. -Library Journal Arnold masterfully captures the vulnerability of wading through grief with each step she takes towards self-discovery. This remarkable memoir will undoubtedly resonate with runners but equally so with children of divorce, new mothers, and those who have suffered the loss of a parent. An eloquent tribute to the complexity and vibrancy of a parent-child relationship. -Booklist (starred review) Katie Arnold is a gifted athlete and equally talented writer. In Running Home she speaks candidly about her relationship with her father and a family dynamic that verged on dysfunctional, yet was also empowering. Her story drew me in from the first line and I couldn't stop turning the pages. A must-read for anyone looking for a deeper glimpse into the mindset of a fearless individual. -Dean Karnazes, ultramarathoner and author of Ultramarathon Man [Running Home] invites comparisons with Cheryl Strayed's Wild. . . . Gorgeous. -Anna Leahy, LitHub Profound on every page . . . What Elizabeth Gilbert has done for travel, Katie Arnold has done here for running. I was breathless by the end, murmuring thanks. Running Home is an instant classic, one that will be read for years to come. -Michael Paterniti, author of Love and Other Ways of Dying Running Home is a lovely, big-hearted, and inspiring memoir that looks life's challenges right in the eye. Katie Arnold writes about the curveballs and heartbreaks-as well as the joys-with a pure emotional courage that matches her physical feats on the ultramarathon trails. This is a book with soul. -Susan Casey, author of Voices in the Ocean and The Wave