Training

Products for Running in Extreme Heat: Review

Products for Running in Extreme Heat: Review

Running in the heat can take a lot of additional energy to cool off your body. For the Western States 100, I’ll be testing out Polar Products. Their products are designed for hot-weather activities like construction and they offer everything from neck wraps, cool ties, […]

Enchanted Valley Olympic Peninsula 27-Mile Training Run

Enchanted Valley Olympic Peninsula 27-Mile Training Run

by: Apryle Craig I searched for hikes that would be snow free, that we could spend the majority of time running and not battling obstacles. I wanted a destination within a day’s drive of Seattle so we would not have to camp. After kicking around […]

Oregon Coast Puffin Adventure

Oregon Coast Puffin Adventure

Each year between April and July the Tufted Puffins descend upon Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach in Oregon. This is a spectacle that Apryle and I did not want to miss this year, so we packed up the Versa, booked a hotel and made our […]

Birthday, Bonsai, and Beaches

Birthday, Bonsai, and Beaches

A Post and Photographic Journey by Apryle Craig Zach & I at Rhododendron Garden This weekend, Zach and I set out for an easy 8-mile run out our back door on Cougar Mountain. It was a nice morning and the miles rolled off easily and […]

Peru Part 5: Miraflores & Los Pantanos de Villa

Peru Part 5: Miraflores & Los Pantanos de Villa

Inca Tern To finish out our great Peru adventure, Apryle and I decided to relax in the ocean-front capital city. After a 600 kilometer overnight bus ride we arrived at the bus stop rested and ready to take a taxi to Miraflores. Based on advice […]

Peru Part 4: Cordillera Huayhuash & Cordillera Blanca

Peru Part 4: Cordillera Huayhuash & Cordillera Blanca

Hiking near Rondoy Pass The decision to honeymoon in Peru was due in large part to Machu Picchu; however, after reading into the various mountain treks in the country, Apryle and I quickly became engrossed in planning other adventures. After ample research by Apryle, we […]

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 […]