Farewell to Ashy August

Like many others, I moved to the mountains of NorCal for the wealth of outdoor opportunities the area has to offer. And like my friends and neighbors in this mountain community, I’ve sunken into a state of guilt-ridden depression over the persistent smoke from the nearby Carr Fire. Today, I’m a mixed bag of emotions. […]

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Baby, be good, do what you should

I’m experiencing mixed emotions right now. This header image was taken from the top of Mt. Eddy, where I was happy to run/hike today, bagging my first Eddy summit of 2018. I’m bummed because of all the smoke you see in the background. That smoke canceled SOB, a race I was really excited about. But, […]

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happy to be alive

Yesterday was my 35th birthday. I have to say, it was the best one yet. Maybe it was because I had so many other things to celebrate this time — like the fact that my partner’s property miraculously remained safe after a raging wildfire threatened to destroy everything he spent the past year and a […]

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How do you honor Mental Health Month?

First, did you even know that May is Mental Health Month? I’m admittedly a little late in acknowledging it here on my blog, but for me, every month is mental health month. I’ve spent the past 20 years of my life swaying between acceptance and denial on whether or not I have a mental illness. […]

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Running to the finish at Paiute Meadows 50k

Paiute Meadows 50k Race Report

After a rough start to my 2018 race season, Paiute Meadows 50k was a great success and excellent way to start the year. Like any ultra, there was nothing easy about this race. But there wasn’t anything particularly painful or tedious about it either, which kind of sets Paiute Meadows apart from some other ultras […]

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On hot days, howling wind, and coyotes

Last year, I celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a $3 bean burrito and Modelo Chelada (my drink of summer), relaxing in my Crazy Creek as I watched the desert sky melt into a tranquilizing melange of pinks and purples. It was the first day of my month spent roaming the southwest, camping out of my […]

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Turn and face the strange

Happy Good Friday and almost Easter. I’m just coming off a little break from blogging. Call it winter hibernation. Actually, I did intend to write sooner. Initially about my goals for this year. And then about how my main goal was to be less competitive. But then, time passed and I realized I’m already not […]

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