March 31 2019!!! So apparently this has been sitting in my "draft" file for many many MANY months. I can't carry on and proceed with 2019 race write ups and adventure/life lesson posts without getting this out of my draft box and into the universe. So here it is: A "summer" of races all leading up … Continue reading A Summary of Summer Races
In the world of ultra running, there's a lot of talk about suffering and struggling, but mostly suffering. We all talk about it, we hate it, we love it, we glorify it. The challenge. The rawness of it. We suject ourselves to suffering time and time again. The strugglebus. The sufferfest. But what really is suffering? What does it mean to suffer? Can we legitimately call what we experience out there on the trails, running and racing, suffering??
Most men either compromise or drop their greatest talents and start running after, what they perceive to be, a more reasonable success, and somwhere in between they end up with a discontented settlement. Safety is indeed stability, but it is not progression. - Chriss Jami, Killosophy Chuckanut 50K, the official start of my 2018 race … Continue reading Chuckanut 50K
12:24:19 My official finish time. It's taken me months to process it and I don't even know what emotion I was feeling as I crossed that finish line. I want to say it was overwhelming joy and gratitude and thankfulness to have finished the race so successfully for my first ultra... but the primary emotion was mostly gratefulness to not have to run a single step further? Relief?!!! I want to say that I was ecstatic. And I was. But it took a few minutes to sink in... months actually. And now when I look back, it's an overwhelming mix of gratitude, joy, pride, thankfulness, humility...
August 4, 2017 (2ish weeks to Squamish!!!) "It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination. … Continue reading Needle Peak & Flatiron
August 2, 2017 For the last several weeks... many parts of our beautiful country were smothered in a thick blanket of smoke and ash as forest fires devastated many beautiful forests across the province... We were advised to stay indoors as much as possible and to definitely not participate in heavily physical outdoor activity. However, … Continue reading Picture Perfect Panorama Ridge
July 21, 2017 What is better than a relay race where your portion of the race is all the downhill?! Well maybe the post race beer with all your friends is better than the running... maybe. Buckin' Hell would be my 2nd Coast Mountain Trail Series Race... the first one being my very first trail … Continue reading Buckin Hell 50K relay