Many people think being a runner is unnatural, even dangerous. They probably have this perception after hearing stories about runners developing knee problems or back problems, even dying prematurely. They argue that cars were invented so there is no need to run. There is no way that a human could run as fast as a … Continue reading Man versus Beast
A couple weeks ago I was looking for an interesting film to watch on the long flight to Utah for the Zion Half Marathon. I found a documentary called “The Five Elements of Adventure.” Given that my goal is to have more adventure in my life, I was curious to learn what Matt Walker, a mountaineer … Continue reading How Do You Define Adventure?
I am always on the lookout for a new way to add adventure and exercise to my life. Don’t get me wrong - I enjoy running but sometimes I wonder if there isn’t something else that I could be doing. My husband likes to bike so cycling adventures frequently catch my eye. Recently I came … Continue reading Uphill or Down?
The other day I started wondering about some of the people I have written about in my blog posts. I decided to find out what they had done since I wrote about them. It was interesting to learn who was still swimming, running, cycling or whatever. I continue to find their stories interesting and inspiring. … Continue reading Where Are They Now?
“One thing about racing is that it hurts. You better accept that from the beginning or you’re not going anywhere.” – Robert ("Blazin' Bob") Owen Kennedy Jr, American distance runner On Saturday I ran a half marathon at the Summit Point Motor Sports Park in West Virginia. I expected a flat course; all the race … Continue reading Pain and Inspiration
It has been over 7 weeks since I broke my arm on a training run. While I know that my arm is healing, it still seems like it is taking a long time. In addition to the physical discomfort from my broken arm, I had the disappointment of missing races for which I had … Continue reading Week 7 of Recovery
I know a lot of people who have done a Tough Mudder race and rave about how much fun they are. An obstacle race that involves water, mud, and live electrical wires is not high on my to-do list. In fact, I don’t think it even makes my list. I am happy running in marathon … Continue reading Trains and Volcanoes
When you have a lot of time on your hands like I do right now as I recover from my broken arm, you end up reading all sorts of crazy things on the Internet. Last Wednesday I found an article about a man, Reza Baluchi, who was trying to “run” from Florida to Bermuda inside … Continue reading Bubble Running
When I was growing up, “Take a Hike” was a rude way of telling someone to leave. But I have found that taking a hike is a great way to exercise - or if you are training for a marathon, a great way to cross train. It can get boring when all you do is … Continue reading Take a Hike!
I love documentaries. Documentaries tell the stories of real people living out their dreams or in some cases, just crazy freaking ideas. There are some incredible stories out there. Here is my list of favorite running/biking documentaries plus two that I am anxious to see. Spirit of the Marathon - I saw the “Spirit of the Marathon” … Continue reading Running/Biking Documentaries