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The good the bad and the ugly; Most memorable Long Runs/Hikes

The good the bad and the ugly; Most memorable Long Runs/Hikes

Highschool 3200m in Fostoria, OH I have been running since March 2005, when my basketball coach convinced me to run track. It did not take long until I was hooked, running everyday and pushing my body to the limit. However, it was not until August […]

West Seattle Beach 50K & January Training

West Seattle Beach 50K & January Training

West Seattle Beach 50K Contrary to my high school and college competitive running days, when I raced two or three times a week; my ultra distance schedule has been characterized by five or six races a year. Which makes this three week turn around between […]

Peru Part 3: Machu Picchu

Peru Part 3: Machu Picchu

By: Apryle Craig Machu Picchu To get to Machu Picchu, we could either take a tour bus (costs $) or hike (free). The tour buses drive a switchback road and the hiker route cuts the switchbacks, following a steep and relentless staircase built by the […]

Bridle Trails 50K and the move back to the Westside

Bridle Trails 50K and the move back to the Westside

January Lead Up Rainier from Union Bay Loop Apryle and I rang in the new year unpacking our moving truck at our new home in Newcastle, WA. Newcastle is a small town situated between Bellevue to the north and Renton to the south and is […]

2016 Review

2016 Review

Illaca Lake, Peru This post highlights the statistics of 2016; not necessarily the most riveting read, but if you are into numbers you might find it interesting. I have included my main areas of record keeping – running mileage, time, and vertical gain. Furthermore these […]

An Industrious December

An Industrious December

Moose in study area After a month hiatus from serious work of any kind, December has been the exact opposite. I returned to my post as a Physical Therapist at North Valley Hospital and resumed my role as a field technician for Apryle’s PhD project. […]

Ohio Bird Sanctuary & Mohican State Park

Ohio Bird Sanctuary & Mohican State Park

Blue Jay Perching Ohio Bird Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that rehabilitates Ohio’s native birds. The 90 acre sanctuary is situated just southwest of Mansfield and includes hiking trails, birds of prey and a walk-through songbird aviary. It appeared that most of the birds of […]

Bill’s Badass 50K

Bill’s Badass 50K

Bill’s Badass 50K Background I made the decision to travel back home to visit my family in the latter part of November this year. While sifting through races on ultrasignup I came across Bill’s Badass 50K. This race was not only taking place in the […]

Peru Part 2: Ollantaytambo & Pumamarka

Peru Part 2: Ollantaytambo & Pumamarka

View from Pinkuylluna Following the long bus ride from Nazca to Cusco, we found ourselves disoriented in a bustling city. Our objective was to find a colectivo that would transport us to the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley 73 kilometers away. Essentially a […]

Hawaii Trip

Hawaii Trip

View from the Hotel Window Hawaii is a destination that has never been at the top of my list of places to visit, possibly due to its cliché popularity, perhaps because I prefer mountains to beaches or perhaps because I never considered what the island […]