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Winter12/11/2009

Although the calendar may claim otherwise, winter has arrived. In the past I’ve been pretty vocal about my lack of love for the things winter involves–copious snow, plummeting temperatures, treacherous ice, a disappearing sun–but for whatever reason I’ve really been enjoying it here in Boulder…

50,000 miles11/01/2009

Today, Halloween 2009, my personal lifetime odometer flipped over to the 50,000 mile figure.  It took me 14 years, six months, and 19 days of recorded running (since April 12th, 1995) to reach that mark.  Over my lifetime of running thus far I have achieved…

Backside Loop (sort of)10/25/2009

Heading out the door this morning I wasn’t really sure what I was going to run, only that I wanted to be out for a long time (four to six hours) and I wanted a couple of good climbs.  With that in mind, I tucked…

Snowy Morning10/21/2009

Lying in bed this morning I could already hear the rain falling outside my slightly open window. I have a bit of a head cold, so the sleeping hasn’t been the best, and I was awake before my 6:00am alarm. Full tights and rain jacket…

Skyline Traverse10/18/2009

(Boulder’s mountain backdrop…missing Flagstaff and Sanitas to the north, however.) Driving into Boulder from the East, five peaks (well, more than that, but all of these have connected trails) provide the meat of the backdrop of town: 8549′ South Boulder Peak, 8461′ Bear Peak, 8144′…

Boulder10/09/2009

Boulder is a city. Most of us live in cities. I’m finally becoming reaccustomed to doing so. Boulder, in many ways, however, is not a lot like other cities. It is the meeting point of the mountains and the plains, so its mountains–the iconic Flatirons,…

Leadville 100 2009–DNF08/23/2009

Well. The short of it, for those with better things to do than read about my failures: I roughly stuck to my pre-race plan of tritely Going Big Or Going Home and I came down on the rather more tarnished, grimy side of that coin-flip…

Ready08/20/2009

(Heading up Hagerman Pass into an impending storm, for the final time this summer. Photo: Rob O’dea Photography) This morning, on the heavily traveled Boulder Creek Path, a person called out to me, “Dude, you need to eat more!” I was mostly happy to get…

Fourteeners Fest08/09/2009

(Mt. Belford on the left, Mt. Oxford on the right, as seen from the south.) . My running this past week was defined by a zipper. When one is forcing existence out to the edge of its usual parameters, usually insignificant details are brought sharply…

Leadville to Winfield08/03/2009

Three years ago I did not yet really know what going running in the mountains all day was about. All I knew was that I’d been sufficiently cajoled into giving the Leadville 100 a shot, so I’d better go see what I was considering getting…