Ashland Hill Climb

So back in early spring, fueled by running on trails for the first time since the summer I signed up for a half marathon with a mile of vertical gain.  I also coerced my good buddy Ben Carr to come join me. I first visited Ashland back in Fall of 2014 on my weeklong road…

I’m only sort of Bitter

Ok I know I’m supposed to move on with my life and stuff. I know that I should be grateful for everything and that not running for almost a whole year reignited other interests. But I would really love it if my foot / ankle / Achilles area stopped aching on the daily. I’d love…

Summer 2016

It’s kind of stupid writing your summer plans a month into the season. I suppose out here in NorCal summer goes through end of October. So its become painfully obvious I should not make any running plans until the darn foot/Achilles recovery is done with. Also, its become clear to me that it is unwise…

Ultrarunning and Chill: Common mistakes over hyped trail runners make

Over the past several months watching the world of ultra and trail running from the side-lines, has offered a unique insight into this trail / ultra scene. Powered by social media hype and exponential growth of the sport I see common trends and mistakes that many newbies/ and road runner converts make in this sport. NO BASE…

Weak Calves

So… May is almost upon us. I enjoyed another glamorous month of not running… Punctuated by my climbing trip to Bishop and cheering Ben B. in his 2nd ultra at Folsom lake its been a pretty damn great month. I am now finally climbing V6s again at the gym and driving up to Shasta tomorrow for…

The New Plan

Ok, so on this injury thing again and making lemonade. So in the absence of running I’ve started to get back into climbing, gradually. I’m now at a point where I don’t suck – I am almost ready to start sending V6 indoors (old baseline). But yeah I’m getting the climbing itch back. Over past…

To run? Or not to run? that is the question.

So more thoughts on the whole foot and Achilles healing thing. One of the dilemmas I’m facing is that I am doing several things concurrently that might be contributing to the next day soreness of the foot. Currently the Achilles pain is pretty manageable it shows up but dissipates after the running activity. This leads me to…

April – The Rebirth

I just read Joe Uhan’s article on the Economics of Injury Recovery – I highly recommend it to anyone battling a nagging injury. I’m going to be deliberate in what I do this month to get myself to running by end of April. Its happening, my main goal is to start feeling good and strong….

Altering Expectations

So its still early March and I find myself in this predicament. My lower leg issues seem to be gradually improving, but I’m far from being out of the woods. The light at the end of the tunnel is faintly visible. One thing I learned the last couple of weeks, is that in order to…

Finding the Groove

Last few months have been somewhat meh – I was not my old self and I hated it. I was in a funk – blaming things like my long commute, blah project I’m on, noisy neighbors, and friends who haven’t really been there. Oh and there was/is that whole foot thing. Anyways, I’m ready to…

Highs and Lows

This was a rough weekend. Some of the biggest lows of the year, maybe even a couple of years. In a way I believe that hitting such lows is a form of a cleanse. You really gotta get it out of your system. Your body is recovering, trying to figure out what it means to…

Taking a break

Sometimes the things you learn are things that you already knew. After 2 months of fits and starts with running – it became obvious its time for an early off-season. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit disappointed. I was really looking forward to redeeming myself at the TNF 50 in December….