Thursday, December 18, 2014

Deception Pass 50K Sweeping Report 2014 and THE PORCH

Sweeping: the act of clearing a course of all course ribbons marking the trail, signage, and any trash (hopefully mistakenly) left behind by runners. It's best performed while strapping on a backpacking pack, carrying some water and food, and preparing for a very long day on your feet.

Sunday was nothing but non-stop smiles, high-fives, and good people doing good people things.

This was my second year sweeping the event, and both years I have had the pleasure of enjoying the wonderful accommodations at 'The Porch' on Cornet Bay. The Porch' is a particular house that has a outdoor porch prepared for all Seahawks games. They have ample seating, hot food, plenty of beer, and have invited us to their party every year. We had the pleasure of catching the prime moments of the 'Hawks game, enjoying beers and good company before we had to get back to the finish before it got too dark.  PICTURES OF THE PORCH ARE NOT INCLUDED. IT'S SPECIAL. IT NEED NOT BE DOCUMENTED IN PHOTO.

All in all, a wonderful and special day with the community and friends.


Kayak Race in Background

Litter and it will HURT

Rocks you find in random places when moving slowly along the trails.

Mile 10 break for hydration

Pep talk and weird selfie for Mr. Abel

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Recovery/Training Update

Currently I am the midst of recovering from a nagging injury. Since early September, my right foot has not allowed me to really run.  I tested it out about a week ago, my foot started to feel funky again, and so I decided it was best to take another couple weeks off.

The most annoying part of not running, is being unable to hang out with running friends. The other most annoying part about not running, is the full realization of how much you miss the pure joy of the activity.

I recently read a blog post by another injured runner. The author talked about potentially coming back 'stronger' than before. For me, it's not just the prolonged healing that comes in resting running muscles, or even the added benefits of extensive cross training. It's the mental strength. Every day, I am constantly focusing on the future, and reminding myself that the patience I am learning through this, will serve me well in the years to come.

Training Log (September - Current):

Miles Run: 18
Miles Swam: A lot.
Chaturangas: Also, a lot.
Lifting and Core: Enough to look good with my shirt off.
Pool Miles Run: It doesn't matter. It's the most boring activity imaginable. For more insight into pool running, see below.

Trail Running > Road Running > Treadmill Running > Dreaming of Running > Reading about Running > Watching Running >  Pool Running


Monday, October 20, 2014


"Time interval is a strange and contradictory matter in the mind. It would be reasonable to suppose that a routine time or an eventless time would seem interminable. It should be so, but it is not. It is the dull eventless times that have no duration whatever. A time splashed with interest, wounded with tragedy, crevassed with joy- that's the time that seems long in memory."

-Steinbeck, East of Eden