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Post Lake Sonoma

Before every race I think most runners come up with some sort of plan. Usually by the starting gun you forget your plan and get sucked up in the flurry of the hot early pace. This year at Sonoma I nearly let myself get sucked out again. But miraculously by mile 5 I’d let most…

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Pre Lake Sonoma 50

Where to begin? 2 months ago I was up in a hut far out of the realm of distance running. I was guiding a backcountry ski trip for Wallowa Huts in Eastern Oregon. And until that point that’s kinda what I figured I’d be doing for the rest of the winter. I was sure I…

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Chuckanut 50k and Mount Hoods’ South Side

A running season is full of choices. Countless races and mountains are calling all at the same time, and you gotta decide whose gonna get the love. Chuckanut is fairly stacked this year, at least pre race on paper. Usually it seems like when you finally get to the start line of one of these…

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American Wilderness Running

Most people I talk to hear the word wilderness and generally I get the impression that they think they know what it means. I suppose in a pejorative sense everyone does. Some place remote, away from society, tough to get to, things like that. But what I have found in my work and travels is…

Jumping Off the Fence

For the better part of the last two years I’ve been living in two seemingly similar but in reality very distinct worlds. While multi day alpine and backcountry ski guiding sound a lot like long distance trail/mountain racing, they are actually very different. During this time I have been trying to be both a “full…