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 →

The longest flight in the world and sleeping on long haul flights

How are you with sleeping on long haul flights? Does it put you off international travel or do you sail through without a care? Within the past 10 years, the new capability to directly fly from Dallas, TX to Australia has changed the travel game. Previously you had to go to the west coast (either LA or San Francisco) to fly towards Australia. Is it still a major journey? Yes, no question. But it can’t be overstated how much easier this direct flight makes such 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 →

Packing for New Zealand and Australia

New Zealand and Australia in late November and December awaits. I am using the packing list I created for my Adventure around America as the basis for this packing list, but with some important differences. Although we will be catching trains on a couple of sectors, and a ferry on another, most of this journey will be traveled by flight. I haven’t brought myself to count exactly how many – something above a dozen… So let’s talk details….   Bags (Luggage) Samsonite Rolling Backpack This Continue reading →

Not a Pedestrian Life’s Antipodean Adventure 2017

After being in the Northern hemisphere for the last few years, Team Rabe is heading down South. The Southern Hemisphere and the antipodes awaits. It’s time for an antipodean adventure. As we head out on our next adventure together we are reminded of the risk of high expectations. We are open minded about what we will see and experience. This trip will be focused on exploring parts of New Zealand together for the first time and spending time with family, and then heading to Australia 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 →

A New Not a Pedestrian Life Adventure! Time to go down under!

This summer was an absolute blast – so much traveling around and in the US, for both of us – although obviously I traveled even more than Dwight, with the Not a Pedestrian Life American Identity Tour taking me to 29 states in 29 days! We’ve also been waiting for my permanent Green Card to arrive – which was what prevented us from heading to South Africa for the Two Oceans Marathon earlier this year. But, we’re almost there! And we are hoping that the Continue reading →