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 

Hope Island Circumnavigation

Hope Island Circumnavigation

The Puget Sound is often divided into five sections: Whidbey Basin, Admiralty Inlet, Central Puget Sound, Hood Canal, and South Puget Sound. For further context, the Puget Sound is a region of the Salish Sea which I subdivide into four distinct regions: north Salish Sea 

Best of Squak Mountain Half Marathon

Best of Squak Mountain Half Marathon

On a partly sunny 32-degree morning on December 12th I headed up to the Bullitt Fireplace Trailhead on Squak Mountain to participate in Chris Gregory‚Äôs Best of Squak Mountain Half Marathon. This was the first race style event that I had participated in since the 

2020 STATISTICS AND SOME LIFETIME STATISTICS

2020 STATISTICS AND SOME LIFETIME STATISTICS

Yearly Totals In 2020 I ran 3652 miles, which is actually 30 more miles than I ran in 2019 and brings my lifetime mileage total to 52273.63. I also biked 138 miles theis year, which is the farthest I have biked since 2014 when I 

The Deer Family: Cervidae

The Deer Family: Cervidae

After a recent trip to Teanaway with Apryle, we stumbled upon a herd of Elk on Bullfrog Road outside of Cle Elum and this sparked a debate over ungulate classification. As a result I turned to the research in order to learn more about family 

Herps of the Issy Alps Part I: Amphibians

Herps of the Issy Alps Part I: Amphibians

This post is intended to highlight the reptiles and amphibians of my beloved Issy Alps, however, I feel I must first dive into herpetofauna more generally. The study of these two classes is referred to as Herpetology. Herpetology as a term is anomalous because 17th