Category: races

Volunteering Ultra: Return to High Lonesome 100

Excuse me. Are you the one who wrote that blog about High Lonesome last year? It started with tacos. It always starts with tacos. These tacos happened to have spicy cabbage and Korean beef tips. The person asking the question about a blog, 1000…

Race Recap: Physical Failures, Mental Victories & the North Fork 50K

I have learned of a few sayings in the trail running community over the span of the past two years: The mountains are calling, I must go Not all who wander, are lost I am pleased to share that after studying each saying, reflecting…

Race Recap: Bad Omens, A Wall and “The Pot”

Welcome to 2018; my first race of the new year, and one thing really still hasn’t changed… I’ll still find ways to harm myself in the middle of the woods surrounded by darkness, death, and poor choices. Why change what works? Prior to adventures…

Race Recap: Hog Wild in Arkansas

…hehe…I’m getting crafty with my titles… True story; I delayed on writing this race recap simply because I am an extremely conceited individual. Translation; I read last year’s race recap for The Back 40 trail race, and I laughed so much reading it that…

Volunteering Ultra: High Lonesome 100

My car, a Mazda3, is currently moving at approximately two miles per hour. I have been on the same county road for just under twenty minutes. The temperature is 44 degrees, it is pouring rain, and I have not slept in 20 hours. I…

Race Recap: Barr Trail…Did Not Fail

You would think that after the fascinating run that was Bryce Canyon, that reality would have sobered up my punch-drunk drive of insanity in the woods. However, deaf to my own friends, family, and household cat telling me to stop, I swore to the…

Race Recap: Bryce Canyon & Satan’s Front Door

June 18, 2017 4:30 PM PST: I’m sitting at the Pei Wie bar at McCarren International Airport. I order a pineapple ginger rum drink. Primarily for the ginger to settle my stomach, secondary for the rum to help wipe away the previous day’s memories….

Race Recap: Gravel, GOATz, & The Headless Runner

There are road races. There are trail races. Then…in the awkward, isolated corner of society; where it is damp, dark and full of poor choices is the strange, step-child hybrid: the gravel road race. For the record I am going to make the claim…

Race Recap: Free State…Where Legends Are Made

Move aside Gilgamesh. Part ways from us Achilles. Yes, even you Dante have no place in this story: Dearest reader, adjust your seat and take a deep breath; I’m going to attempt to encapsulate you in honor, glory, dignity, grit, and a story that…

Race Recap: Banjos, Beards, and The Back 40

Resting my body on an idle Monday allows me to vaguely remember the nightmarish experience that I took part in, willingly, in the far northwest corner of Arkansas. The Back 40. After one sprained ankle, one sprained cuboid bone (that is a thing), and a…

Race Recap: GOATz 21 Mile (…and all the other races)

It has taken me a full week to collect my thoughts…many of which, along with my trail nectar (Tailwind), I spilled out along the dirt and trees in Omaha, Nebraska. I took on the GOATz challenge. GOATz (Greater Omaha Association of Trail Runnerz) is a…

They Call It…Tapering

Don’t forget to taper. Stay off of Ogg! In many wonderful ways the people I run with throughout the woods locally have quickly become the sisters that I never had (the world is a better place probably because of this). They ensure that I find…