Slowest 16-miler ever

Sunday I ran the slowest 16 miles ever. I bonked at mile five. Yea, mile five. Of a 16-miler. Who does that? Well, apparently me. I ran 10 trail miles, followed by a 32 lap swim, the day before and my legs, while not horribly heavy, weren’t exactly fresh. But that wasn’t the problem. My […]

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Running through Christmas in May

It’s almost summer, people. The trees are bursting with buds. Soon everything will be green, green, green. Until then, the trails still look a bit drab, a bit brown, a bit bleak. But still, there is so much beauty. Sometimes when I’m running I almost can’t stand it, the birch trees leaning with the wind, the […]

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Mesquite Canyon 30K race report

When the Mesquite Canyon 30K race began last month (okay, okay I’m a bit late with this recap), I was crouched in desert brush, my shorts around my ankles as I got ready to take care of business because, you see, there were only like four port-a-potties and the line was ridiculously long. Then I […]

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Ouch: Back-to-back 20 milers

Last weekend I ran back-to-back 20 milers. It wasn’t as dreadful as I expected, at least not the beginning. In fact, I very much enjoyed the first 20 miler, most of which was run over the Tucson Mountain Park trails. The sun was shining, I felt strong, my legs felt strong; it was one of […]

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Just not feeling it

Okay, so we are now in Tucson. Which is my happy place. Which is where I’ve been dreaming of returning to for months. And you know what? I’m just not feeling the runs this year. Yeah, I’m happy to be out of the cold and the snow, happy to be in the sunshine, happy to […]

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Close to death, during a run

I’ve been racking up the winter miles, logging back-to-back doubles most weekends and really, it has been going well. Until last night, when something happened that made me re-examine my love for running, my writing and just about every other damned thing in my life. I was running the Coastal Trail in the late afternoon […]

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C-c-cold running

Yeah, we had a bit of a cold run tonight. The temp was 14 out where we live and colder still along the water, which of course is where we chose to run. Probably if we’d get our asses out the door earlier and run in the daylight we’d be warmer. But we can’t seem […]

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