Gulch Countdown (Third Edition)

Gulch Countdown (Third Edition)

The Gulch Countdown was one of my last additions to this year’s race calendar because of COVID restrictions. Although the race typically takes place in January, it was moved to June 19th this year. Because I signed up in May, my race calendar already included 

Run for Shoes 50K

Run for Shoes 50K

I signed up for the Run for Shoes 50K for the second year in a row. When I ran it in September of 2020, it was shortly after my failed Washington PCT attempt and my legs were fairly tired. Also the air quality was quite 

Vashon Island 50K

Vashon Island 50K

Early morning on June 5th, Paul Young and I boarded the ferry from West Seattle to Vashon Island. We were both registered for the Vashon Island 50k. This was only the second time I had been on Vashon Island with the first time being an 

Cougar Mountain 10.8 Miler

Cougar Mountain 10.8 Miler

Following the Badger Mountain 50 miler I took a lengthy hiatus from racing, and by lengthy I mean one month… I thought I would try a shorter trail race for once, and the Cougar Mountain 10.8 miler was a logical choice. This is a Seattle Classic hosted 

Whistler Canyon FKT

Whistler Canyon FKT

Shortly after the springtails and isopods arrived for Chester the Crested Gecko’s bioactive vivarium, I loaded up Bella the Blue Headed Pionus and Darwin the Green Cheek Conure and we drove up to the small town of Ellisforde midway between Tonasket and Oroville, where Apryle 

Badger Mountain 50 Miler

Badger Mountain 50 Miler

I signed up for Badger Mountain shortly before registration closed and was at the bottom of the waitlist, but by the final week leading up to the race, I was offered a spot at the start line. Apryle reserved us a cabin in Kennewick where 

STRIVE 20×400 Challenge

STRIVE 20×400 Challenge

On Sunday March 7th, I participated in the STRIVE challenge, which consisted of running 20 400s in 80 seconds with about 70 seconds rest. While running these 400s I wore compression shorts designed by STRIVE which housed EMG sensors to track my muscle activation while 

Arctic Terns: Greatest Endurance Athletes on Earth

Arctic Terns: Greatest Endurance Athletes on Earth

The arctic tern or Sterna paradisaea is one of the most impressive animals on Earth and since I began running long distance, I have always looked upon it as my power animal, whatever that means. The arctic tern belongs to Order charadriiformes, and family Laridae, 

Herps of the Issy Alps Part II: Reptiles

Herps of the Issy Alps Part II: Reptiles

In part I of this series: Herps of the Issy Alps, I covered amphibians; therefore in this post I will describe the reptiles of the area. Reptiles are ectothermic animals that have dry cornified skin containing spiky epidermal scales. They reproduce with internal fertilization and 

Small Park Mini Adventures

Small Park Mini Adventures

I enjoy big adventures in the National Forest, National Park, and even in my own neighborhood Issy Alps, however, sometimes big adventures are in your own neighborhood… That is why I have been visiting smaller, lesser known parks for the past few months and taking