“Meet me at the Pig Farm”

“Meet me at the Pig Farm – we will run there”.  Pig Farm?  We are running at a pig farm?  Sensing my initial resistance, the caller on the other end of the telephone conversation chimed in with further instructions; “don’t worry – I will explain.  Just meet me there.  We will run about seven miles.” Seven miles at a pig [...]

Cache Creek Fun

As I was leaving my last appointment for the day I quickly glanced at the sun’s position in the western Wyoming sky.  Looking at my watch brought confirmation to an idea.  “Just maybe – if I hurry I can get in a run before the sun sets over the Tetons” I whispered to myself.  Glad my running gear was within [...]

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 [...]

Rattlesnakin’ . . . and a Setback

The rattlesnakes near where I live are about to emerge given some consistent warm weather (currently an illusion).  Sage brush lined single track will be moving off of my trail list and hopefully be replaced with USDA Forest Service Trails.  The rattlesnake running I am referring to are the beautiful trails found in the Rattlesnake Recreation area near Missoula, MT.  [...]

Hardest Workout of 2010

This is an easy one.  Selection that is – not the workout. I travel a bit with my job so I like to keep a pair of running shoes and gear close in the event I come upon a time in my schedule (lunch break) and location conducive for a run.  Such was the case last October when business took [...]

Favorite Trail Run of 2010

s promised here is my favorite trail run of 2010; the Lake Trail found south of Red Lodge, Montana in the Custer National Forest.  Why?  No motorized vehicles, just wide single track trail meandering along a whitewater mountain stream, gentle grade, mix of lodge pole pine and fir trees, with sharp ascents to the mountain peaks above.  Warning! There are [...]