Are you Strong? 12 Strong? 12 Strong giveaway!

This 12 Strong giveaway post is in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures. We were financially compensated for this post. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. ————————————— Have you seen 12 Strong? Do you want to? 2017 saw an increase in the number of military movies – and 2018 is no exception. But, not all of them have such a connection to us and Not A Pedestrian life! Thanks to Warner Bros. and 12 Strong, we have a giveaway for you. Chris Continue reading →

2017 in Review: Assessing Goals and Achievements

Being on a ferry is exciting, especially in those moments as you’re leaving the harbor. It’s really interesting to gain perspective on the shores you’re departing, and to appreciate the beautiful coast line as one embarks to open waters and the eventual destination. With just a bit more than 48 hours left in 2017, the ship has sailed. Perhaps I’m procrastinating. I’m already doing work for 2018 and I haven’t taken time to assess my achievements in the past year, nor yet write about my Continue reading →

Race Report | Kepler Track Challenge near Te Anau | New Zealand | The Glorious Loop

This time last year, the idea of racing in New Zealand seemed extremely far-fetched to me. Anna and I were planning to get to Australia this year, but we hadn’t discussed a NZ trip. But while waiting at the hospital with my brother Roger as his thumb was being stitched when a rogue knife got the better of him, I was surfing my iPhone and became intrigued by a race near Te Anau called the Kepler Challenge. The Kepler Challenge is a running race which Continue reading →

Exploring Lake Manapouri and Te Anau

While Te Anau is beautiful and is well set up for visitors with a range of hotels, motels, and B&B’s, we chose somewhere a little quieter but still close to the Kepler Challenge action. We found an AirBnB property in the town of Manapouri, by Lake Manapouri. This was our first AirBNB experience ever, and so we’ll talk a little about why we went that direction and our stay! One note before we continue: If you do decide to visit this area of New Zealand Continue reading →

Tapering and Thinking about Kepler

You might consider my running hobby insane, but this past year was a lot of fun! I’ve been able to stay healthy and race in six different states – two road marathons, a 50K ultra, and several other events. In total, I’ve raced 12 times. Capping the year, I have a dream race this weekend on the South Island of New Zealand which is a 60K ultra covering the epic Kepler Track near Te Anau. As a life-long runner, 2017 has been ground-breaking to some Continue reading →

We Bought Plane Tickets!!

We bought plane tickets! The last time I was in New Zealand, I was 13. I traveled with my brother and my Mom (Mum) from Hawaii on an Air Force space available flight, and we landed in Christchurch. Then we spanned the whole country between Queenstown and Auckland at least twice over three weeks. We also got amazingly ill and had to high tail out on a commercial flight back to Hawaii. Over 20 years later, Anna and I are going! The certainty of travel planning Continue reading →

Pace Report: Leadville Trail 100 Run

This past August marked a whole new running experience for me, specifically my first gig as a pacer in a 100-mile ultra-marathon. Earlier this year, my friend Juan Moran invited me to help him pull off the best race he could muster at one of the most iconic American 100 milers, the Leadville 100 in Colorado. Leadville is an interesting out/back course composed of a lot of beautiful single track trails, jeep road, some pavement, and two burly climbs over Hope Pass above 12,000 feet. Continue reading →

Race Report, Bryce Canyon 50K: When Things Fall Apart

When I figured out I was off course, I was at mile 24 with maybe 30 ounces of water left. My legs were on fire and the oppressive heat made the air feel like I was breathing fumes. At one point I found it peculiar that the distinctive pink course marking were gone. See, the big climb was just like the previous climbs, on a dirt road straight up a mountain. My mind lied to me and I was convinced that this was okay. Being in Continue reading →

Travel Philosophies and Going Beyond the Obvious

Yesterday I mentioned my travel philosophy is about mindfulness while exploring new cultures and places. Dwight is just as passionate about travel as I am, but has a different approach. His perfect day would begin before 6am and end after 8pm with food mixed in the day. He would see as much as possible – preferably on foot hiking through the bush. He is fun to travel with! Sometimes I have to ask him to reassess his plans for the day because I don’t want Continue reading →

Bryce Canyon Ultras 50k: Team Rabe Crew Race Report

Race Day. I slept until about 6:30am. It was a nice change not to have to be up at 4 or 5 to get to a race start. It was an almost an accident that we stayed so close to the start – we don’t usually like first come, first served campgrounds when we have to be somewhere. But, we figured out the afternoon before when race markers (like plastic strips tied into trees and on stakes by the side of the road) appeared on Continue reading →