Alaska winter darkness

It’s dark up here in Alaska. Really dark. And getting darker. We’re down to about six hours of daylight and losing four minutes a day. By mid-December, we’ll end up with just over five hours of daylight. And trust me: Nineteen hours of darkness can take its toil. Which is why I run. And swim. […]

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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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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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18 not so glorious miles

So there I was, just past 14 miles of my 18 mile trail run, crouched down in the bushes, my shorts pushed around my ankles as I pretended to go to the bathroom; really I just wanted to get the hell off my feet. Don’t get me wrong. I had to go. I just didn’t […]

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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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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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Summer running update, Part I

This is how my summer went: I worked, for a bit. I ran, a lot. I wrote, a lot. I ate, a lot. And then suddenly and without warning, I stopped blogging. I got lazy. I put it off and put it off. Before I knew it, months had gone by and I hadn’t written a […]

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