When I first fell in love with ultra running, I was doing laps around Kandahar Air Field behind a chain link fence, through clouds of dust kicked up convoys going to and coming from hell.
There were no bears, rattlesnakes, mountain lions or skunks to run from. Instead I broke protocol and ran through the darkness along a stretch of road called snipers alley – a place where only a long passage of chain link fence separates you from the outside world and a sniper could pick you off with little effort.
There was no finish line for my first ultra. I ran through the night, under the blanket of darkness over the war-zone until I ran over 30 miles after the sun rose again. There was no beer, no burritos, no celebration; only a tent with dodgy air conditioning and work the next day. Continue reading
…It had been 12 years since the last time I been up there, long before I was who I am now, and certainly before I was a runner. The mixed memories of my youth left me with a view that was grander than what lay before me. It was a sublime moment of reflection. Our memories of the past are often minimal when seen through the eyes our future selves…. Continue reading
Policy changes, cultural shifts, laws and regulations, financial costs…..These are things most runners cannot agree on….and things most politicians don’t understand.
As we move towards the future, we must ask ourselves:
How can we improve the sport of Mountain Ultra Trail Running? Continue reading
A Western States qualifier forged in a crucible of mud and elevation, starting with the flu and a fever on Monday, and ending with The Canyons 100k only 5 days later. Continue reading
The weekend before the Canyons, there is a nice, low key race series held just south of San Jose. There are 5K, 10K, 13.1, 18 mile, and 50K events. I plan on doing the 13.1 as that is a 10 mile day for me.
It looks beautiful. There is even a guided nature walk going on the same time that my wife and daughter will be going to while I stretch my legs on the course….
…Since we’re camping at the Canyons 100K, it’s also time to break out the gear from it’s winter hibernation and shake it out. I would rather make sure everything is where it is supposed to be during a trial run, rather than the weekend of a big event…. Continue reading
Fast, challenging, scenic, and fantastic. The Lake Sonoma 50 is a popular race, attracting some of the best in the sport. One of the wonderful things about the LS50 is the course allows you to see the leaders as they loop back. Watching them run is staggering. The power they exhibit is intense. Commentators will often use the term “raw power”, but I feel “honed, calibrated, and expertly crafted” best describes the level of performance on display…. Continue reading
With the Lake Sonoma 50, Gorge Waterfalls, Leona Divide 50, North Face Challenge, Brazos Bend, and so many other races in the coming days and weeks; I would like to turn back the clock to Jan 30, 2016. The days flew by on the calendar, closer and closer to the big day. Until, … Continue reading
This is a short entry, but one I felt was due. Life brings changes, hardships, obstacles, and changes of direction to everyone. Continue reading
I love to run at night – it’s peaceful.
My wife worries when I do though, and prefers me to run in the day light hours or with bright colored clothing.
Despite the best intentions, people can still make bad choices. One time, I was at a cross walk, just blocks from home late one evening. The roads were almost empty, but I waited at the cross walk all the same. When the “Walk” signal illuminated, beckoning me across 5 lanes of two way traffic lanes, I heard an engine race. Continue reading
The Trail Ahead.
Big things for 2016!
I am proud to announce I was selected for the Honey Stinger 2016 Hive Sponsorship program. I’m a Honey Stinger Athlete!
Race calendar updates, and Continue reading