Tag Archives: trail running

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 →

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 →

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 →

A Spring of Trail Running, 2017

Next week Annie and I are heading to southern Utah where I’m going to compete in one of my biggest races of the year, the Bryce Canyon 50K. This will be my second ultra since I ran the North Face 50K in San Francisco last December. This post isn’t so much a reflection of my race goals going into Bryce, but more of a recap of the past four months since I raced the Austin Marathon in February. Since February, I did have a couple Continue reading →

Choices and Sacrifice

Having jobs which require your attention, energy, and the vast bulk of your time can make it difficult to train at the level and volume you want to. It can be hard for your family too! It’s all about choices and Sacrifice! As Dwight has been increasing his mileage so far this year to over 50 miles a week, I have started to notice just how much time it takes to train at this level. Oh, and I know it could be much worse – 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 →