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 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…

Canyonlands National Park

In Praise of the Desert: A Road Trip

I am not a desert person. I know some of these people—the “desert rats”—who feel at home, at peace, among the sand and stone and open sky. I am not, at least by nature, one of those people. I do…

Feet on a trail covered with fallen autumn leaves

Why I Quit My Job

I quit my job last Friday. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made, because I have the kind of job that I’ve spent my entire young life working to get. The kind of job that’s taken me…

Life: The Outtakes Reel

Life: The Outtakes Reel

This week, as I was reviewing photos from my recent “work” trip to run trails in Iceland and write about them, I couldn’t help but think, Damn, my life is awesome. … a sentiment which was immediately swallowed by my…

Sayonara, Seattle—and Other Exercises in Letting Go

Sayonara, Seattle—and Other Exercises in Letting Go

Six weeks ago, I wrote this on my blog: I think one of the great things about transitions, whether you’re initiating them yourself or struggling to adjust as they’re thrown your way, is that they offer the opportunity for radical…