Ring…darrring…. At that sound I carefully moved my bike to the far right of the bike path, and moments later a 60 something woman who could have been my mom, gracefully passed me on her beautiful retro Schwinn, as if it were the Battlestar Galacticta gliding by an inferior cargo vessel. This was one of … More Being OK with being slow, and my “ah ha” moment continues to teach me.
Something always stands out as unique during my runs to Lake Superior and back, even though I’ve lately pursued the same route due to necessity. This evening there was a strong sewage smell near a manhole (possibly due to a sewer overflow as a result of heavy rains recently). Two minutes later a couple beautiful … More A Tale of Two Odors
I don’t do much for myself in the kitchen, and my ineptitude in this room has reached embarrassing proportions. Since my wife and daughter have gone gluten free, the ingredients in the cupboards have become even more baffling. Scott Jurek’s book, Eat and Run, is inspiring me to become a bit more adventurous and start … More Look Mom. I Can Feed Myself!
I just finished Adharanand Finn’s recent book, Running With The Kenyans, and enjoyed it very much. In it, he attempts to explore the secrets of Kenya’s tremendously disproportionate success in the world of distance running. Within Kenya, it is the Kalenjin ethnic group specifically that dominates, and it would be difficult to exaggerate their level of dominance. … More Running With The Kenyans
I started training for a 50K trail ultra-marathon nearly 3 weeks ago. As far as ultra’s go, this distance is sort of for the junior varsity at 31 miles (many races are 100k, 100 miles, or even farther), but for me this is a hugely satisfying undertaking and an attainable goal. I’m thinking of doing … More Ultramarathon Training With a Supportive Family, and Seizing Opportunities.
Today I ran on the Lakewalk on my most regular route, and the kids joined me on their bikes. The wind was up, and it was cold, but we needed to get out before the snow starts flying again. Surprisingly, the bear came out of his den today. He was groggy and indifferent to the … More The Bear is back. Bring your own carcass.
This morning I couldn’t sleep, and got ready for work a bit early. I was ready 15 minutes before I needed to be working (I’m a telecommuter for “The Man”). A storm was approaching, with powerful winds charging off the Lake that I could feel in my bones. When this happens I get more excited … More Tillie the Wonderdog, Angry Lake Superior, and Captain Underpants!
This bench is mine. I aspire to be a crazy runner that runs a couple marathons a year, and puts on serious miles and smiles while doing it. But, then there’s daily life. Since I’m a dad with real responsibilities that don’t let me delve happily for hours and hours into my own narcissism on … More Everybody Needs a Regular Destination
I’m gradually migrating some of my past columns from the paper over here. This one was from last summer, and is about one of my family’s favorite destinations on the planet. Here I am able to share with you just a portion of one day, the third, of my family’s recent vacation within the backcountry … More A Run in the Woods
Today is officially the first day of spring in Duluth. Yesterday I skied one last 10k loop at Korkki Nordic, and though the pack was deep, the 42 degree temperature made for a very soft trail. With warm temps through the weekend this is it. Today I hung the skis up in the rafters of … More The Bear, Melting Snow, and Unshackled Legs Agree. Today Was the First Day of Spring.