Light at night: headlamp on the trail

I’m trying to buy a headlamp as a gift for Dwight.  I will inherit his old one as he is starting to need something more high powered for night running. The old one is an Energizer LED headlamp which still works but just doesn’t have the oomph necessary for dark nights and lonely trails. Brightness: I’m looking for something that is between 120 and 140 lumens, preferably with adjustable brightness and a focusable beam. For trail running you need much more light than a regular Continue reading →

Beyond Marathons: Going Ultra, Part 2

Going Ultra: Part 2! Here is Part 1. Recapping, I did not sleep well the night before the AF 1/2, the day was very humid and windy, and I was sporting my Mizuno Hitogami racing flats which I had never run anything longer than 2 consecutive miles. Ready to race 13.1 miles! Two miles in, I was shocked at how slow I felt in relation to what I was actually running. My average pace was about 5:40 min/mile for the first three miles, and then Continue reading →

Beyond Marathons: Going Ultra, Part 1

I’m a life long runner. I’ve run one marathon, multiple ½ marathons, 10Ks, trail runs, and 5Ks. But now I feel like it’s time to go ultra. To go beyond marathons. What is an ultra? According to elite ultramarathoner Hal Koerner, ultra means “extreme.” Ultramarathoners run monstrously long races-50Ks, 50 milers, 100Ks, and 100 milers. These are races where you are on your feet anywhere from 5, 15, 25, even 35 hours. At the age of 31, I feel like I’ve sufficiently caught the bug. Continue reading →

Gear Reviews: Why being thoughtfully critical is what the rest of us need

Holy Gear Reviews, Batman! As Dwight and I have been narrowing down gear, preparing to upgrade his GPS watch, and buy a new headlamp, we’ve read and watched hundreds of reviews. And we’ve found a problem. Reviewing is big in every industry where the major producers are looking for athletes, purveyors, or consumers to endorse their products. The recommendation economy is alive and well in the world of running, and in particular marathon training, racing, and ultrarunning. But, on the whole, many of the gear Continue reading →

Stepping Up: the first 90 days

I survived the first 90 days! On 1 August, 90 days ago, I officially took over at the Executive Director of a small, but impactful, non profit.It has been an eventful 3 months both in an out of the office. I followed some good advice to seek out ways to hit the ground running and to build momentum to take the organisation from putting out fires to seeking positive growth and expansion. Ninth Judicial District Family & Children’s Court Services was founded in 1992 and Continue reading →

Planning to succeed

We are planners. We value planning to succeed. So why would our adventuring be any different? For the last year, Dwight was planning training and racing about 4-5 months ahead at most. With his changing goals in terms of racing and moving to longer distances, planning further out is becoming more important. Like most people, our work lives are pretty hectic. There are some additional complicating factors which we work around, but all in all, we plan because everything else can then be built around Continue reading →

Cabin Life

This cabin essay is a part of an application I’m using to become part of the Roots Rated team, based out of Chattanooga, TN, which is a forum for people to discover new places for awesome outdoors adventures.  The writing prompt was to describe my greatest outdoors experience, and I’m publishing this essay to provide an intro into my own experiences and hopefully this will be the first piece of more material to come.  My intent for “in extremis” is to be a running blog, but Continue reading →

The road to the Boston Marathon begins in Oklahoma City

When Dwight ran his first marathon in Virginia Beach in 2007 he qualified for the Boston Marathon, but being the humble (and relatively inexperienced) competitive runner that he is he didn’t realise the achievement that this was. When developing his bucket list, the big American races, Boston, Chicago, and New York made the list. So, as with all races that require qualification, the road to the Boston Marathon will require a qualifying race. We looked at a few different races seeking out one with a Continue reading →

2015 Race Results

Dwight’s race results for 2015. See this page of bucket list races for where we’ll be heading from here. April Albuquerque 1/2 Marathon – 1:27:33. 19th Overall. 3rd in Age group. May Catch me if you Can 5k – 18:20. 2nd  Overall. 1st in Age group. June Lickety Split 5k – 20:32. 7th overall. 1st Age group. July Grindstone Lake Trail Run, Ruidoso 8.5 mile – 1:03:38. 7th Overall. 3rd Age Group. August Rails & Trails 8 mile, Cloudcroft – 1:02:43.  3rd Overall, 1st Age Continue reading →

These are the days…

These are the days. To see the world in all its hues and variations has attracted my attention for a dozen years or more. To seek out beauty becomes an end in itself when part of life is lived in the valleys and foggy greyness of pain. These past few weeks have me back to the memory of years of living with a thorn in my side; three weeks ago, I ended up with a severe infection from a simple bug going around town and Continue reading →