Almost a year after an accident took Iditarod veteran Karin Hendrickson off the trail, the Willow musher is ready to get back on the runners.
Hendrickson said in a phone interview Thursday she doesn't want to consider what it would be like to sit out for another year.
"I'm not sure if I can do it, but I'm going to give it everything I've got," she said.
The four-time finisher of the 1,000-mile race said she's getting better every day, training with her team on short runs of up to five miles at a time. Every month she notices improvement, but she admits it's slow going.
"I can be up and on my feet for a couple of hours before I'm too tired and too sore," she said. "I've got to basically improve until I can be up on my feet and going for, like, 10 days."
Hendrickson said she has at least been able to ditch the torso brace she wore for four and a half months. Known for her spunky, upbeat attitude along the trail, Hendrickson is working to turn the bodice-like cast into a Halloween costume.
"It's going be Xena (Warrior Princess)," she said. "I mean, what else could it be?"