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Race Report, Bryce Canyon 50K: When Things Fall Apart

When I figured out I was off course, I was at mile 24 with maybe 30 ounces of water left. My legs were on fire and the oppressive heat made the air feel like I was breathing fumes. At one point I found it peculiar that the distinctive pink course marking were gone. See, the big climb was just like the previous climbs, on a dirt road straight up a mountain. My mind lied to me and I was convinced that this was okay. Being in Continue reading →

We admit it, we are food people

We’ve never talked about it here before, but we have a bit of a confession. We love good food – interesting, well thought out, beautifully delicious food. We love to cook, but we also enjoy fine dining and a good “hole in the wall” local hangout. As someone with celiac disease, eating out isn’t always easy, so when we do hit up the restaurant scene we want it to be a wonderful experience that leaves me happy and not unwell. We thought it was about Continue reading →

A Las Vegas option outside the hustle and bustle: Aliante Hotel and Casino

About 6 miles north of the Las Vegas strip you will find an oasis in the desert, Alliante Hotel and Casino. The hotel offers complimentary valet service. We chose to self-park anyway because the self-park lot was about 100ft from the front door of the hotel, so it didn’t take any effort to walk to our car ourselves whenever we needed it. The valet staff were the friendliest of all the staff we encountered at Aliante. The ground floor on the hotel side is a Continue reading →

Reflections on 2016. Goals for 2017.

Last year, 2016, is the year I started blogging. It was the year I started using Instagram and Twitter more consistently, primarily to track obscure running events with little coverage, to interact more with other runners and dreamers, and to make strides in developing my own content. I had some great opportunities with work which allowed me valuable professional growth. My wife and I moved from one community to another in New Mexico. Annie and I also did some wonderful traveling in 2016, highlighted by 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 →

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 →

illness while traveling: a taboo topic

It’s a taboo: illness while traveling. Waking up feeling ill while traveling is no fun. Even apart from being away from the creature comforts of home, your supply of comfy clothes, favourite pillow, and your perfect wifi connection to ensure day long Netflix binges, it can really harsh your mellow. Especially when you have plans! I guess it is the season to be tackling topics related to living a nomadic life and living “not a pedestrian life.” But, these are the things that will help Continue reading →

The Romance of Rail

The romance of rail. Rhythmic clack, clack, clacking as the train rumbles over tracks in the midst of the landscape. Feeling every gust of cold air or heat on the platform but being removed from it on the train. “The locomotive changed the face of America, both inside and out!”  Inquiry method. (p 37) The destination and route are set, so the detours require more effort and more planning. Though the agency is curtailed, there is a true traveler’s opportunity on a train – that Continue reading →

New Dreams. New Adventures

New Dreams. New Adventures. It began on a rare long weekend. One where we enjoyed sleeping extra. And ate home cooked meals. And wine tasted at our kitchen table. And dreamed. Together. Before we even met I had dreamed about an adventure that would take me from Scotland to Australia. I dreamed and planned, and explored, and read. It then became a plan for a trip from Australia to Scotland when I ended up back living in Australia. And international events caused some of the Continue reading →