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United we race

UPDATE – I did make it onto the US Trail team after all! A second athlete withdrew and USATF gave me another look. Portugal on June 8! If you haven’t seen me in the last few days or refreshed the US Mountain and Trail Running twitter feed, you might not know that this has been one of the most trying weeks […]

From Garden to Start Line – in Crocs

I get this question a lot – “Are you sponsored by Crocs?”  No, and that’s probably the right choice by the company. I also don’t wear them THAT often. I did stop by their booth at last year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Show in Denver (for work, sort of) and enthusiastically explain that I’m the world’s fastest combination Dandelion Weeder/Recycling Taker-outer/Half-marathoner […]

Country Cat and Big City Cat – Horse Butte 10 mile

In the Denim Division of the 2019 Horse Butte 10 Miler, “Big City Cat” Joe Creighton rolled all but two people (Max King and Thomas Morgan). He did it while rocking Guns & Roses daisy dukes, which earned him rounds of free beer all over Bend, which actually just allowed me to pay off my gas money debt for the 700 miles […]

Roctane, Oreos, and Race Calorie Mathematics

I was once known for taking a breakfast sandwich to the start line of long races. I thought, if I could eat at the last possible moment, then I wouldn’t have to eat while running. Brilliant! I would also be forced to not start too fast while my stomach was trying to settle food. In reality, the biggest benefit was psyching-out the competition […]

Mercer Island Half Marathon

I haven’t raced on roads in 4 months. I haven’t raced on roads in not-Crocs in 5 months. But, in my first race for West Seattle Runner (my neighborhood’s shoe store!), it was a good one – 1:09:11. I melted rubber, kicked dust, gave slanty eyes to the competition, and had a real good time looping the hills around Mercer Island for […]

A fast pack full of air

My coworkers over at Thermarest (a few feet away) have started talking about where they are going to fastpack this spring/summer/fall. In the picture above, you’ll see two of their best new inventions – a NeoAir UberLite pad and a Hyperion 20F bag prototype that I got to test a while back. They are crushable, like a can of Rainier, and toasty, like Hillary Gerardi’s pace […]

Sandwich Days

Sometimes, when a shakeout run feels like a slow march, a nap turns into falling asleep at 6 pm, and another cup of coffee does nothing to dent the fatigue, what you need is a Sandwich Day. I have to give the credit for that name to Rob Bond, but the two of us reached a similar conclusion sometime last fall. […]

PNW Short list for long trail races

The best trail runs are the ones where you head out into the mountains with a good friend and maybe a light fast-pack for hours of smiles, but when your office-mate challenges your fitness in a beer-mile, you 1) do the beer mile and 2) invite her/him to join you for one of the following adventures with niceties known as […]

Takumi Sen 5 – Adidas

This might be the best first-impression of a shoe I’ve ever had. Takumi Sen 5 Wide. They fit like slippers. They are very light. They do what my foot does. They can’t be purchased (easily) in the U.S.  I’ve spent a fair amount of time getting away from big heel-drop shoes (note: the minimal footwear fad doesn’t quite do it […]

The Mountaineers Patrol Race

The Mountaineers (a Pacific Northwest outdoor safety and enthusiast nonprofit) put on a ski traverse event called The Patrol Race. You can read about the history of the race here, but you can only really get a sense of it by donning your fastest touring gear and grabbing two of your craziest friends for 20 mi of classic Cascadian trudgery. A […]