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I'm a father - husband - runner - CEO. I took up running after college...to keep it real and.. take the edge off of daily life. Follow my blog about my journey running ultra marathons and other.. mind altering events.

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  • Riding Life's Waves
    on Dec 11, 2016
    They rise up. Sometimes it seems from nowhere. They are hard to see, until they are right upon you. Rising higher. Looming over you, making you feel so small. Then comes the decision. Do you turn to catch one? Do you take the risk of getting pummeled...
  • Western States Lottery - I'm not Bitter
    on Dec 3, 2016
      Western States Lottery Stats:4,246 applicants 369 runners “permitted” by US Forest Serviceless 119 “automatic” entries “granted” by WS board of trustees=          250 slots available=  &...
  • Life Would Be So Simple
    on Aug 21, 2016
    If only we were all just inanimate objects. Life would be so simple. Oh, yea, I forgot. Life wouldn't exist. Hence in-an-i-mate. There are times, though, when I feel a lot like an inanimate object. One that has been in motion for a very long time, un...
  • But I Still Have All My Toenails...
    on Aug 14, 2016
    “Oh, I think it’s time for my pedicure,” she uttered as we reclined on the grassy knoll waiting for our girls water polo team to play. Unfortunately, it wasn’t more than an hour earlier when I was noticing my own toes, probing them with my fi...
  • How Your Body Uses Energy
    on Aug 3, 2016
    Interesting summary of the basics on how we burn energy at every distance. How Your Body Uses Energy...
  • Top 10 Running Shoe Lacing Techniques
    on Jul 27, 2016
    Problems getting those shoes to fit perfectly? Try one of these out for size.Cool display of varying methods to lace your shoes. How many times have you tied your shoes the exact same way? Time to mix it up folks!
  • Grand Slam Drop Rates
    on Jul 23, 2016
    It seems a bit counter intuitive, but it makes sense if you really think about it. That Wasatch Front has the lowest drop rate for GS runners of all the Grand Slam races is really about survival, fitness and cut offs.If you are running the Grand Slam...
  • Tahoe Rim Trail - There Are Moments
    on Jul 21, 2016
    Mona G, Will C, Yours T, Al C. He took the scalpel from the package and held it, hesitantly, over my left foot. As a new volunteer, he was unsure of himself, worried about the pain it might cause. But there was no pain, just a quick lance, lots...
  • Altitude is Everything
    on Jul 7, 2016
    Greetings from Big Bear, California where flies in the summer buzz like WW2 Spitfires in combat mode and are kind enough to take the time to have a conversation with you when you're most vulnerable to hearing voices that exist only in your head somew...
  • That Which Emerges from the Sky
    on Jun 21, 2016
    If I were a superstitious person, I would be wondering about some pretty strange things that emerged from the sky this last weekend.Its all about the journey.KIRR...
  • Road Tripping
    on Jun 15, 2016
    17 hours of driving, 40 miles on trail in Lake Tahoe, full night's sleep at 8'900', hail storm, speeding ticket, and lots of music. Not a bad way to spend a weekend!Keep it real runners!  ...
  • Trail Work Somewhere on the PCT
    on May 23, 2016
    Hiking Up to PCT from Fobes Ranch"You mean you didn't volunteer just because you wanted to?"I had a feeling this question would find its way into a conversation last weekend. And sure enough it did, when some of the other volunteers learned that I wa...
  • Harding - Joplin - Santiago Loop
    on May 15, 2016
    Today’s run came to me after waking up and drinking my first cup of coffee. It’s been like this for me this year. I don’t know why. Planning training runs – something I used to obsess over – is like so not interesting for me now. Hell, do I...
  • New Balance 860 - A Review
    on May 14, 2016
    The Boston Marathon.  Starting line. Sacrifice made. Promise kept. A runner’s dream. No excuses now. No quitting now. Adrenaline. Endorphin. Emotion. Then elation. It can’t be explained. Don’t try. You’re there. So run. Simply. Run.If I...
  • The Passion Owl
    on Apr 22, 2016
    The Passion Owl from Will C on Vimeo.
  • Fear as a Motivator
    on Apr 9, 2016
    The world fears a new experience more than it fears anything. Because a new experience displaces so many old experiences. And it is like trying to use muscles that have perhaps never been used, or that have been going stiff for ages. It hurts horribl...
  • Idiocy Becomes Me
    on Mar 20, 2016
    In trail running there are moments of grandeur and then there are, well, moments of idiocy. I feel one must keep these in balance to call themselves a real trail runner.I’ve decided I’m not going to bore you with “grandeur” in this post. Ther...
  • Interview with Tom Schwartz - Coach of HS Phenom Drew HunterDrew Hunter (left) and Coach Tom SchwartzWhat do you get when you mix a young runner that has unusual talent with a patient coach that understands the need for hard work and recovery? Answer: break-through performances and national records.Young and...
  • "Twas Always Thus"
    on Feb 26, 2016
    OK, let's get this out on the table. This is a running blog. And many of you, I'm sure, are wondering how some of the material that shows up here is even remotely related to running. It's a fair question. So I ask you to use your imagination. Follow...
  • What's Your Age Again?
    on Feb 15, 2016
    Today I stumbled upon this quote:“Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again.”Think you’re getting old? Or are you just forgetting about how young you really are? One word on this. Run. Toe the line and go the d...