I chose this (Christmas 2014) picture because it takes me back to the sleepless days & nights of babies in the house...sure we could smile & things look cute, but holy crap were we at our end & tired. I think I was recovering from appendix surgery. Is this how Christmas is? We smile, mix … Continue reading Advent & Waiting
Youth athletics ... so much to say, but I'll try to keep it short. I get asked from time to time, "how should we *train* our kid(s)?". I'll be honest, when it comes to kids & sports, don't train them. At Blue Ox Running, we don't coach athletes under age 18. Encourage them. Motivate them. Show … Continue reading Youth Sports & The Games We Play
I feel like I've been posting "the hard stuff" lately and wanted to share how carefree and fun my morning was ... Running is getting better - I'm up to ~55 minutes of running every other day, but have been cross training a lot too! Today was the first time on a road bike in … Continue reading My First Road Ride in 25+ Years!
Such an inspiring post title, I know. But it's true. Don't believe me? See me documenting sweet baggy clinic shorts ... this was last November. X-rays, much time off, strength training, eventually MRI, more time off, much cross training, the whole nine yards. It's been a season of injury and rehab longer than expected, but … Continue reading Fragile and Broken
Don’t let my finish line pics, race reports, and job title fool you … running is really really hard for me right now. I feel out of whack and in a slump. Injuries don’t help. I cancelled my November and January races and have been working through physical therapy, x-rays, MRI, and more since November … Continue reading My first taste of “real” injury …
16 short years ago I bought my college girlfriend a pair of shoes for her first #Marathon (Grandmas!) ... she didn't make it to the start due to injury. Since then we've married, had three babies, and changed our life more than we've kept it the same. These 16 short years she's gone back and … Continue reading 2021 Whistlestop Marathon – Alicia!
This is a plea for normalcy. Yes I know things aren’t normal, but we need normalcy. Yes I know our daily and weekly lives are irregular, but we need to fight for regularity. It feels as though each day, something’s new. New article here, new data there, new rumors about school scheduling here, new banter … Continue reading A Plea For Normalcy
Do blogs & articles still even exist? The last two years, I've essentially copied & pasted my social media "recap" posts after some big races and fun adventures, but at the end of this year especially, I still try to put it all together. My thoughts seem disjointed and often frail when I'm down in … Continue reading 2019 Recap Reflection Recovery
I've started writing this post probably a dozen times. I've had so much in my head, but to get it on the keyboard and on the site takes ....... time. Time is very strange in life & on the run. Our third child just turned four ..... FOUR!!! Just yesterday (figuratively), she was squealing her … Continue reading The Last Year and the Ultra I Never Planned On
My second of three "hard effort" days of 2016 came today and it helped me remember something - I am not a runner. I'm not. You might infer things went horrible and all of this "not a runner" talk is from discouragement and/or frustration. Just the opposite. Things went great. Better than expected in fact. 15:15 … Continue reading I Am Not A Runner
So ... I haven't really blogged, or run the Western States Trail, in ~18 months. First off, my race report was waaayyyy too long and I thought I'd let "it" (running, blogging, pictures, etc) just breathe for a long while. There have been other reasons for time away. Good reasons. I knew heading into the epic … Continue reading 18 months later …
Yep, gross and awesome at the same time - dead toenails. A badge of honor in the running community and quite possibly the mark of record miles or vertical change. Toenails are often lost for a number of reasons because of how your toes and feet are jammed up in your running shoes. In my … Continue reading 5 Steps to Safely Remove Dead Toenails
It was my first up close and personal look at the Western States Endurance Run - the grand-daddy 100 mile trail race of them all. I was on board to pace last year's M9 Joe Uhan (Olive Oil Joe - OOJ) from the Forrest Hill aid station to the river - miles 62 to 78. … Continue reading 2013 Western States 100 – Raw Human Emotion
I hesitate to even write anything ... I'm just a guy that likes to run, enjoys chatting about running with others, and writes about running on this dumb blog. I've never run The Boston Marathon ... I've never even been to Boston, MA. But today I woke up feeling even more sick than when I … Continue reading Boston 2013