Where to Now?

My 2018 goal was to finish my 50 State Endurance Challenge (a full or half marathon in each of the 50 states). At the start of the year I only had four states remaining on my to-run list - Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, and New Mexico. I completed my challenge last September.  In true funatical … Continue reading Where to Now?

Just Say No to No

Recently my husband handed me an issue of Sports Illustrated, pointed to one article and said “read this.” The article was about Jeff Glasbrenner. When Jeff was 8 years old, he lost his right leg below the knee in a farming accident. He spent 47 grueling days in the hospital during which he had 14 … Continue reading Just Say No to No

My Marathon Monk

Three years ago I read a book titled “The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei” by John Stevens.  The book focuses on the Tendai Buddhist monks who complete Kaihōgyō, 1,000 days of long distance walking, meditation, and prayer over a 7-year period.  Kaihōgyō is by far more demanding than any modern-day athletic endurance event, so demanding … Continue reading My Marathon Monk

Setting Records in January

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

Preconceived Notions

Preconceived notions.  We all have them about something.  We form opinions without adequate knowledge.  The funny thing about life is something always comes along to shatter whatever preconceived notions we may have. I discovered this on my last trip. It was a long flight so I took advantage of the in-flight entertainment.  One program caught … Continue reading Preconceived Notions

Slow Down And Enjoy the Trail

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