The Day The Mountains Almost Took My Mom

The Day The Mountains Almost Took My Mom

Lives change in an instant. Our instant came deep in the woods, two and a half weeks ago, on an otherwise ordinary Monday afternoon. Though it has taken me time to do so, I’m writing about this in great detail…

These Are Our Hearts: Plain 100+ Run Report

These Are Our Hearts: Plain 100+ Run Report

(Note: This is a fairly blow-by-blow personal account. Only read it if the detailed minutiae of ultrarunning race reports interest you. For less navel-gazing and more details/history about Plain itself, stay tuned for a future article in print-magazine land.) In…

The Merits of Obsession

The Merits of Obsession

After Fat Dog, I enjoyed getting interviewed by Eric Schranz on Ultrarunnerpodcast. It was fun to be on the other side of interview questions for a change. But, as is the case anytime I’ve shared something personal in a non-written,…

Friends Who Are Mourning, Take Heart

Friends Who Are Mourning, Take Heart

Photo by Jamie Street | CC 0.0 On Tuesday night, I joined some friends in Seattle to watch the election returns. We met up at a neighborhood pub packed to the gills with left-leaning folks ready to pop bottles of…

My 99-Mile DNF: Running the Issy Alps 100

My 99-Mile DNF: Running the Issy Alps 100

Two weeks ago, on a total lark, I hopped on a plane to Seattle. Mission: visit friends, enjoy legit Thai food (sorely lacking in western Colorado), and take a stab at completing a relatively under-the-radar route through the Cascade Mountains…

Beautiful, Cruel Patagonia—My Ultra Fiord Race Experience

Beautiful, Cruel Patagonia—My Ultra Fiord Race Experience

(Warning: This is a “long read.” Grab a cup of coffee and settle in.) Two months have passed since I traveled to Patagonia to run the Ultra Fiord 100. Until today, despite ample previous attempts, I haven’t felt able to sit…

My Wonderful Life™ (On Instagram)

My Wonderful Life™ (On Instagram)

I’ve come across a number of articles in the media lately criticizing Instagram for giving us all distorted, unrealistically perfect impressions of one another’s lives. In ESPN’s heart-breaking story about Penn student Madison Holleran’s suicide, the author wrote, “Checking Instagram…

Existentialist Crisis 2015, aka San Juan Solstice 50 Race Report

Existentialist Crisis 2015, aka San Juan Solstice 50 Race Report

“It’s a waste to chase the pipe dream of a magical tiny theory that allows us to make quick and detailed calculations about the future. We can’t predict and we can’t control. To accept this can be a source of…

Only Small Things: Reflections on Excess

Only Small Things: Reflections on Excess

“You think you have to want more than you need. Until you have it all, you won’t be free.” – Jerry Hannan, “Society” This week, I’ll be moving. Again. My ninth move in the past seven years. In the weeks…