Probably one of the biggest choices I have to make in preparing for the GORUCK Challenge is which backpack to use. One of the conditions of the event is that you must carry 4 bricks with you for the entire challenge, among other requisite and recommended gear. Oh wait, make that 6 bricks if you … More Pick a Pack
Good livin’. That’s apparently what they call it. No matter what you call it, it looks interesting to a bonehead like me. The GORUCK Challenge is either a ‘team building’, ‘leadership training’, or ‘gear test gone haywire’ event. Possibly, all of the above. I’m pee-my-pants excited. And the preparation for it is all part of the … More Fresh Endeavor: GORUCK Challenge
This winter has been a good one. We’re barely getting started and it’s been the snowiest in recent years. And just for fun, last week it warmed up enough to rain for a day, followed by a quick, hard freeze. If footing on the roads and sidewalks was rough before, it’s downright craptastic now. I … More Icy Roads, Meet Screw Shoes
A few years ago, I purchased a set of Yaktrax Pro traction devices. It was after a painful bounce on an ice cover sidewalk that I decided to break down and do something about my lack of friction on frozen running surfaces. I’m no noob to running on ice and snow. I had run year-round … More Yaktrax, for Runners?
I have had a pair of Nike Storm Pegasus for years. I think I purchased them in 1999 and have used them as a trail and winter training shoe. The water resistant fabric has made them a great choice for cold and snowy conditions, but the breathablity makes them less than optimal for temperatures above 50 degrees. I … More Winter Running Shoe – Nike Storm Pegasus
I’m not sure what possessed me to agree to run a 50K, but it seemed like a good idea when my friend suggested it. So last weekend I headed back to KC for the Trail Nerds’ Psycho Wyco Trail Run. I rolled up to Brad’s house around 6:30 on Friday night. We decided it … More Race Report: Psycho Wyco 50K
It was a perfect Minnesota fall morning for trail running. A light rain the previous night had dampend the ground and all of the leaves have left the trees. The trails in Theo Wirth Park are fairly well used, so they are mostly hard pack dirt. The mountain bike single-track trails are a blast and … More Trail Test: New Balance MT100 – REI Trail Running Gaiters
As part of my efforts to move towards the minimalist running style, I am moving to simpler, lower heeled running shoes. In need of a new set of trail shoes, the New Balance MT 100 trail shoes were perfectly in line. These were actually developed for minimalist ultramarathoners. I found the best price and free … More New Balance MT100, SWEET!
If I’m anything, it’s timely. That was sarcasm. On Halloween morning my wife and I participated in the Team Ortho Monster Dash in Minneapolis. It was a cool morning, perfect for racing. We left the house a little late for the 10:30am start, but made it there at about 10:20. With no time for a … More Race Report: Monster Dash
I’m running my first marathon this weekend. I was duped into running my first mary at altitude by a good friend who casualy suggested that we do a marathon in Denver. I haven’t run over 12 miles in at least a few years, but I’ve always wanted to do one. I decided to train in … More Marathon: Lite