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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Prepping for Utah

In three days we head to Utah for the Bryce Canyon ultra marathons. As he mentioned yesterday, Dwight is running the 50 Kilometer race at Bryce. What is a little different about this trip is that we will be camping before and after the race. We have camped as volunteers for an ultramarathon, but never when Dwight is running. This could either be a fabulous idea or a spectacular failure! As I write, Dwight is running in the Sacramento mountains – his final long run 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 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 →

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 →

Learning how to crew for an ultra

So, now i’m learning how to crew for an ultra. The story goes that I entered him a half marathon without talking to him first, and then he won the race. These days, we talk through the schedule of races and training together. I can’t always be with him for every race, but part of the adventure of Running Man’s foray into longer trail and road races is my own learning curve in understanding what it means to be an effective support crew. As Geri Continue reading →