Vacation Races is a terrific organization that puts on races near national parks. It is a wonderful way to combine running a race with a visit to a national park. In 2015 I ran their Rocky Mountain Half Marathon and in 2016 I ran their Zion Half Marathon. Both races were challenging but memorable. Last … Continue reading Running, Raptors, and a Rodeo
Recently while flying to a race, I thought about how silly this all seems - traveling to 50 states to run endurance events. Aren’t they all the same? How can any race be different? 26.2 or 13.1 miles is the same not matter where you run it, right? My most recent race in Fargo, North … Continue reading I Ran Far in Fargo
I have been struggling to write about my experience running the 2017 Boston Marathon. There are so many different emotions swirling around in my head that it has been difficult to distill it down into a post of under 1000 words. I could write a book about that race. Today I realized the theme that … Continue reading Boston Strong
Frequently people I meet will tell me about races they think I have never heard about, races they think I would want to run. Last fall someone told me about the Wings for Life World Run. When I heard how the race is organized, I knew immediately it is one I have to add to … Continue reading Running Away From the Finish Line
Winter is not the time of year I expect to hear about new running records. But that is exactly what happened in late January. First there is Ron Hill, a 78-year old former Olympian who lives in England. Ron was a running streaker who had run at least one mile every day. During a run … Continue reading Setting Records in January
It’s the end of the year - a time when people reflect on what they did in the last 12 months and look ahead to what they have planned for the new year. Many of us have a “bucket list”, a list of things we dream of doing someday. Someday is that magical time … Continue reading Enjoy Yourself!
When I am out on a training run, I have time to let my mind wander. This week I found myself thinking about this year and all the adventures I had. Looking back on 2016, I can say I had some very memorable running experiences and plenty of adventures. All in all, it was a … Continue reading A Year of Running Adventures
I remember when I first started running many people questioned why I wanted to do something they thought was a waste of time. From their perspective a marathoner runs for hours and hours and the only reward they receive at the end is a piece of medal on some ribbon, a banana or bagel, and … Continue reading Why We Run
Back in August I wrote about Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer’s attempt to break the speed record for a supported thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. I followed reports of Karl’s progress as he hiked/ran from AT’s north terminus at Mt. Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia. There were some nail biting moments when it looked … Continue reading Just Keep Hiking!
Last year I followed Scott Jurek as he ran the 2,160 mile Appalachian Trail (AT). He wanted to break the speed record for a supported thru-hike set by Jennifer Pharr Davis in 2011. She completed the entire trail in 46 days 11 hours and 20 minutes. (It normally takes hikers 5-7 months to complete the … Continue reading Slow Down And Enjoy the Trail