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 →

Three years in…

Later this month we will celebrate three years. Three years since our wedding day, and four years since we first met. Two, almost three houses later. 3 countries. 6 national parks. 9 US states. Marriage is a strange thing. By strange I don’t mean bad – I just mean that it has changed my life. Actually, i’m safe in saying that it has changed both of our lives irrevocably. Sometimes, it is not the decisions you come to that is ultimately important, just that you Continue reading →

Digging Deep. The North Face 50K, California 2016, Part 3: Lessons Learned from My First Ultra.

When it comes to long-distance mountain and trail running, I have a lot of room for improvement and time for lessons learned. I am happy with finishing my first 50K in 5:19:32 at the North Face Endurance Challenge (NFECS) California, but I’m in place to reflect on what I’ve learned so far and (hopefully) make improvements over the coming year. My other objective is to share what I learn in the hope that the lessons I’ve learned can help assist readers like you, especially if 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 victories of a life hard earned; not taking anything for granted

The list of things I take for granted is very small, and growing smaller with each passing year. In fact, i’m not sure what’s on it anymore. By contrast, all of that which I don’t take for granted is growing ever longer. My health.  My ability to exercise or compete. It’s been difficult watching RM deal with his injury, but I feel like I have a little experience with this frustrated injured athlete thing. Time with Dwight. The future. Time in one location. Being able 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 →

Rocky Starts and PCS adventures

PCS Adventures: Our home, this home where we began our married life together, is empty. Well, almost empty. There’s a few plastic totes, some suitcases, an air mattress and a couple of folding camp chairs. The house echoes and every sound carries without our furniture to soak up the noise. Every PCS (acronym for “Permanent Change of Station” which is military speak for moving to a new location) is different and no matter how many times you’ve moved there are new challenges that crop up. Continue reading →

Expat or immigrant: being an inbetweener

The idea of home has been a reoccurring theme of my writing for almost 10 years. What makes a home? what does it mean to go home? What if home is a troubling idea? What does it mean to be an immigrant in contrast with being an expat? is being an expat a privileged status? Ziya Meral posed this question a few years ago: For those who leave their country of origin and venture far; do we ever return ‘home’? ; http://t.co/aKRWpPRp I don’t remember Continue reading →

The Greatest Gift You Can Give A Child (And Yourself)

If you want to give your children a gift that will help their imaginations and hearts soar, then teach them how to dream. I don’t mean the images we occasionally remember upon waking from a slumber. I mean those epic flights of fancy when we think about grand adventures we might have  or paths we might yet follow. Let them imagine what it would mean to follow a career path you might think out of your financial reach, or take a trip you couldn’t begin 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 →