Riddle Me This

“Waitress – check please?”.  The quizzical look on her face as I asked the question began a review of cascading events experienced in the previous 45 minutes.  The answer to this riddle continues to perplex me.  I can only smile at the answer.  Something very special happened the other day on the way to the “Park”.  Locals refer to Yellowstone [...]

Heavy Metal Runner

“Picture a locomotive pulling a train with a caboose at the end.  In between are a series of box cars, each with an assignment of transporting oxygen.  For endurance athletes, the more box cars, the better your oxygen transportation system.  Fewer box cars – a poorer (compromised) system of delivering oxygen to your working muscles”.  This simple word picture created [...]

Fall Runs and Races

It could be the crunching of newly fallen leaves beneath your shoes.  Or the crisp air that demands a long sleeve t-shirt and lightweight gloves.  But for me – the surest sign of fall is a cross country race.  Gotta love the sport. Nothing left on the course. Character and guts fully exposed to the public and competitors. Hills, grass, [...]

Long runs followed by pancakes are a sweet combination.  Particularly if someone else is doing the cooking! Can’t be beat any combination of fruit, nuts, syrup, and whip cream covering a stack of hot cakes! Unbeknownst to select restaurants there was a contest combining a morning long run with an order of their best short stack.  Here are the four [...]

Trails Trails Trails

“Today is your day!  Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.” – Dr. Suess.  I take this quote from Dr. Suess as a personal challenge. Running single track mountain trails here in the Northern Rockies is nothing short of an absolute hoot. Up, down, dirt, rocks, streams, trees, wildlife – trails deliver training that no road, track or [...]

Cuts and Hucks

Blame it on my PT.  I caught more cutthroat trout and picked more huckleberries then I logged miles in August and early September.  Guess I heeded his advice about recovery from a painful injury.  “Go fishing” were his exact words.  So once I could hobble down the trail I did just that.  Incorporating 4 hikes into high mountain lakes proved [...]

Starting Over

Call it a love - hate relationship.  I really enjoy running a trail south of Bozeman.  South Cottonwood trail is a rolling single track trail that crosses the stream numerous times by a series of wooden bridges as you progress up the valley.  I have had dozens of high quality training runs while running this trail.  To say I love this [...]

Goodbye Bobcats

It is never easy saying goodbye.  All of us would prefer to say hello.  I remember the first time I met Pat. As he strode across the lobby of the MSU Brick Breeden Fieldhouse –he had a skip in his step and a smile that exuded energy.  With his rancher strength handshake and strong “hello – my name is Pat [...]