Race Report: Austin Marathon 2017

I think the prestige of Boston has made the road marathon the ultimate running event for non-elite runners. I’ve long had mixed feelings about this phenomenon. I don’t believe the marathon is the best goal for people who run to stay healthy. Not only is running 26.2 miles extremely difficult, it’s incredibly hard to train at volume, focus on speed, and still get to the starting line uninjured. In order to prepare for marathons, many coaches will encourage at least a five to six month Continue reading →

Witnessing Grit: A Volunteer Report of Lone Star 100

Our very first runner was a Tarahumara. He was dressed in a T-shirt, a traditional thigh-length skirt, and was running in huaraches – thin sandals that are made from tires. When he rolled up to our aid station, he immediately took out a water bottle and I asked, “water? agua?” “Si.” As I was filling up his bottle he started to ask for something specific. “Yellow?” Unfortunately I couldn’t understand his request. We thought perhaps he wanted Gatorade, but it became clear this wasn’t want he Continue reading →

Choices and Sacrifice

Having jobs which require your attention, energy, and the vast bulk of your time can make it difficult to train at the level and volume you want to. It can be hard for your family too! It’s all about choices and Sacrifice! As Dwight has been increasing his mileage so far this year to over 50 miles a week, I have started to notice just how much time it takes to train at this level. Oh, and I know it could be much worse – Continue reading →

Reflections on 2016. Goals for 2017.

Last year, 2016, is the year I started blogging. It was the year I started using Instagram and Twitter more consistently, primarily to track obscure running events with little coverage, to interact more with other runners and dreamers, and to make strides in developing my own content. I had some great opportunities with work which allowed me valuable professional growth. My wife and I moved from one community to another in New Mexico. Annie and I also did some wonderful traveling in 2016, highlighted by Continue reading →

101 things in 1001 days

When we were married almost 3 years ago, we decided to be intentional about having fun together! One way that we did this was to brainstorm a 101 things in 1001 days list. The deadline for the first one was up in early 2016 and we spent the rest of that year trying to chase up a few extras. We ended up completing 77.2% of version 1.0 of 101 things in 1001 days.     Some of the things on that list included: Kiss under Continue reading →

The North Face Endurance Challenge 50K, California 2016. Part 2: The Race Report

On a very crisp and dark Saturday morning, I stood at the start of the North Face Endurance Challenge 50K, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. As the light rose we were able to take in the stunning Marin Headlands. Dean Karnazes was our race host, the ultra marathon man (his Instagram handle is seriously @ultramarathon). Mr. Karnazes hosts almost all of the North Face Endurance Challenge races throughout North America, so I don’t know how routine every race feels for him. But for Continue reading →

The North Face Endurance Challenge 50K, California 2016. Part 1: The Build Up to 50k

Looking back on November, things seem blurry. Having an actual month of no presidential campaigning seemed like a new and fresh concept, but the exhaustion of paying attention to the process over the past two years left Annie and I exhausted. The day after the election, I went on a cathartic road run with no plan for distance or pace, just to run what felt right to me and to clear my head. Specifically, to run and not think about the world; and take a Continue reading →

Waiting and Healing: Why I’m not running this spring

Whenever I’m asked where I hail from, I stumble a little bit. After living in one foreign country and 10 U.S. states, including a few on multiple occasions, I can reasonably answer all over the place. But if I had to pick one place I’m actually from, even though I only lived there for three brief years, it would be Washington State. This is where my parents still live, I graduated high school there, and I’ve consistently traveled to Washington since the late ‘9os. But Continue reading →

Accept the Hiccups: A Marathon Training Update

Can you recall what it’s like in those minutes right before a physical activity (or training) you’re pumped about? Maybe you’re about to hike the Appalachian Trail or start a multi-day bike trip across New Zealand or you’re waiting to start the Boston Marathon. Your gear is all together, the music is pumping, and you start to loosen up. Those few minutes are peculiar. The adrenaline starts to flow and you’re ready to go. Once you begin, it’s exhilarating. Because you feel good, and you Continue reading →

I want to be a Running Generalist: Race Schedule Logic

 Life’s about choices, and choices have consequences. -Lt Col Parko, USAFA Professor In any profession, being a generalist can be a blessing and a curse. In the Air Force pilot community, we’re expected to maintain expertise in a primary aircraft alongside the responsibilities inherent to being an officer, such as managing people or overseeing the unit’s administrative work load. Not surprisingly, doing both things well at the same time is extremely challenging, especially when consistently changing aircraft and administrative jobs is the norm. Thus officers Continue reading →