A  few years ago I had traveled to eastern Idaho on a visit over the July Fourth Holiday.  In jeopardy was my plan for a 90 minute trail run at a steady pace.  The subdivision sprawl with its miles of concrete made my legs ache just thinking about running on this surface!  There had to be an alternative.  Searching through [...]

Got a Favorite?

Move over Lake Fork Trail.  There is a new kid in town.  Favorite trail that is.  Discovered during a recent adventure to Glacier National Park.  Specific location listed as classified! This new trail?  Nothing short of a breathtaking surreal trail running experience. Picture this – a dense forest canopy high overhead created by ancient cedar trees – where little sunlight [...]

“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 [...]