City running, and Valley Forge

I’m not a pavement runner. Back in Anchorage, I rarely run on the road except to reach the Coastal Trail, which is exactly 1.6 miles from our house. In fact, I rarely run on the paved Coastal. I prefer “real” trails and rough footing and no one around but the trees and the wind and […]

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Running through sadness

I started this post when I was in Tucson last week. It was a light-beat, slightly sardonic–you know, the usual writing blog stuff. I never finished it, though. For years I worked as editor and sole writer of small Alaska newspapers and one of my tasks was taking enough photos to fill a weekly paper. […]

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A moose-less miracle

Well, it finally happened. A small miracle occurred in the woods of the west part of Anchorage. Yeah, those woods. For we ran (and brace yourself, now) on the Kincaid Park trails and saw no (no!) moose. Gasp! I didn’t blog much this past summer so you’re probably not aware of the frequently of moose […]

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Turnagain Arm Trail, in the sunshine

No time for words but you get the drift, eh? This week’s stats: Monday: Rest Tuesday: 10.20 miles; weights; 30 minutes bike Wednesday: 6 miles; 40 laps swim Thursday: 4 miles (hilly) Friday: Rest; 4 mile hike Saturday: 15.5 miles (lots ‘o hills) Sunday: 6.2 miles; 50 laps swim P.S. Dreaming about this race: Rocky […]

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Autumn running with dogs

Well, it’s fall up here in Alaska, one of my favorite times of year though, unfortunately, I don’t exactly enjoy what follows: the long and cold and very dark winter.┬áStill, what a joy to get out and run on the trails with whisper-flutter of autumn leaves. Last Thursday we picked up Peka, a beautiful blue-eyed […]

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RunFest 49K race report

Okay, I’ve had a few weeks to reflect on the Anchorage RunFest 49k Ultra Race and I feel the same way I did when I crossed the finish line, like cheering and bawling at the same time (which is exactly what I did when I crossed the finish line. I raised my arm in cheer […]

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Another Seriously great run

Another great trail run. Sooner or later my luck is going to run out and I’m totally going to bonk (like, probably during my upcoming 18-miler, lol). Until then, I’m going with the flow, as the New Agers say. I’m staying totally zen. I’m, like, chilling out. This was an easy-paced 5.5 mile run in […]

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What’s wrong with this picture?

Okay, quick: What’s wrong with this picture? No, it’s not the dog mushing sign. Or even that Seriously has her backside to the camera (which she seems to enjoy showing off). It’s not what’s there. It’s what’s missing. Namely, this. Yes, my favorite port-o-potty! You probably can’t tell from the picture but this port-o-potty is […]

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Running doggy style

Saturday, I got a call from a friend asking if I could run her dog, Peka, that afternoon. She was caught in a work bind and wouldn’t be able to take her out herself. Of course, I agreed. There’s nothing like running trails with a dog except, maybe, running trails with two dogs. So we […]

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Spring runs

Oh spring, how I love thee. Especially when thee arrives early. I’ve been hitting the trails lately. They’re clear of snow and muddy in places (how I love me some mud!), and the air smells damp and sharp, with that particular fragrance of leaves waiting to unfold. Having spent a good part of the winter […]

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