8 Reasons All Runners Should Volunteer At A Race

volunteers at a race setting up an aid station

A few weeks ago, a meme was making the rounds on running Instagram. It was a bingo board with various statements about runners (‘I’ve lost a toenail,’ “I’ve run in the dark,’ ‘I’ve run on a trail,’ etc.). It was […]

Why Your Running Story Matters

Runner running by a lake

The focus so often falls on the champions There is no shortage of stories about the elites. The winners of this race or that. About how they train and what they think about when they run. I enjoy reading these […]

6 F-Words That Will Change Your Running

foot in a running shoe

There are many ways to categorize the things you should know about running. There are things you need to know as a beginner, things to know when you are trying to PR. Things to know when you begin training for […]

6 Ways To Make Running A Routine

day planner and pencil

During a recent recap post for my Oregon Coast 50k training, I noticed that while I run my scheduled run nearly every time (skipping maybe 2 runs every 4-5 month training cycle), my success rate, that very same week, in […]

Oregon Coast 50k Training Recap: Week 12

Oregon Coast 50k Training Recap

This is the first of three race weekends in a row. First up, my fourth outing at the Bear Creek Trail Half Marathon. Read Prior Recaps Oregon Coast 50k Training Recap My Training Goals Run one new route every week […]

Puffin Picks 8.10

My picks this week largely reflect how often I’m hitting the trails. There are dangers on the trail: poison oak, darkness, and parking lot fees! Read prior Puffin Picks posts. Note: Some of these links are Amazon affiliate links where I […]

The 7 Deadly Sins As Told By Runners

7 deadly sins as told by runners

After a recent re-watch of Hannibal (the NBC show based on the Thomas Harris books, not the terrible movie) I got thinking about the 7 deadly sins since, in the third season, Hannibal talks a lot about Dante, The Devine Comedy, and […]

Oregon Coast 50k Training Recap: Week 11

Oregon Coast 50k training recap week 11

This was a week of solid (but uneventful) runs. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, while this may not make for the most exciting reading or recapping in the world (I do know how to sell my […]

Porta Potty 101: The Unwritten Rules

Line of porta potties

Some runners gauge when they became a ‘real runner’ on finishing a goal race. For others, it’s all about hitting a specific pace. For me, one of the signifiers that I was a ‘real runner’ was that I no longer […]