Running in the Dark

With Fall in full swing, I spend most of my time running in the dark. It’ll be this way until mid to late April or even May depending on my schedule. Being a dad, a spouse of a grad student (who also works full time), having a full time job, working to start my own […]

It’s Cold… So WAKE UP AND RUN!!!

So. It’s here… My 9 months of winter running has showed up early and now that 3AM alarm looks even worse to me… 32 degrees (Fahrenheit) wasn’t the funnest and definitely not when it’s the first week of September! Someone asked me how I stay motivated to keep getting up early and running in the […]

Daddy! Did you sell a car today?

Daddy! Did you sell a car today? Talk about accountability! This is the first question my boys ask when I get home from work. What’s the worst answer I can give them? No… Why? Because their next question is “why’d you go to work then?”. What if you asked yourself the same question about your […]

“IF” is a little word with a BIG meaning

Don’t forget- We are all beginners at some point. “Every champion was once a beginner that refused to give up.” “If” is a little word with a BIG meaning! My dad used to tell me this. Growing up I always had an excuse about something. Why I didn’t get my homework done, or why I […]

Addiction- Food, Drugs and Running

It’s 3:30 pm and I’m having the same conversation with myself I have every day. Should I eat a piece of candy? Should I walk across the street to the convenience store and buy a can of chew? Or should I just sit here and suffer the mental headache that comes with the constant battle […]

50 miles- Just a long training run?…

I wish I could tell you my 50 was epic… Truthfully though, it felt more like a really long training run. I have known for a long time I wanted to do the Leadville 100. It was one reason I wanted to do Silver Rush as my 1st 50. I wanted to know what it […]

It’s only been a year but it’s here!!!

Let’s do this! As I sit here and take a look back at the last year, I can’t help but think, just one year ago I was gearing up for my 2nd marathon. I was still fairly new to running, but I knew something big was taking control of my life… I was watching a […]

Why is “Tapering” so hard?

As I move into the last 14 days of training, it’s time to kick it down a notch or two… It’s time to relax and recover, recoup and plan for Silver Rush. As time starts to stand still and my nerves begin to take hold, I can’t help but wonder… Why is tapering so hard? […]

What I learned pacing/crewing a 100 mile trail race

I had the opportunity to pace a 100 mile race last weekend and other than knowing how to run, knowing Brian had 2 rough and unsuccessful attempts at 100 mile races and needing to have a positive attitude all weekend, I didn’t have any clue what I had gotten myself in to. This is my […]

Runner’s High

Someone asked me yesterday- when do you get your “Runner’s High”? I think they were partly serious and partly making fun of me, but I swiftly answered, “at 3:15 when my alarm goes off”. This wasn’t exactly to the answer they were looking for, but it sure started a conversation. I can’t explain it. I […]