Trail Failing

I sent an email to a friend of mine today explaining why I’m embarking on this 11 state, 7 park running/camping trip. She’s become rather important in my life recently, and I find myself sharing not only the events of life but also the reasons behind those events. That’s not easy to do. It’s hard […]

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Brad’s US Trails Adventure: The Itinerary

After weeks of kicking around itineraries, I’ve finally settled upon the course for the southern part of Brad’s US Trail Adventure. (You can see the whole map here, including the places I won’t be going). Many of these trails are in Runner’s World’s “25 Best Trail Runs in America” series that I stumbled upon several […]

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The Trails and Gear

For years, I prided myself on my ability to pick up and leave without a second’s thought. My life was set up in such a way that I could be out the door and gone without leaving a trace in about an hour. There were many reasons for it —  youth, drinking, the exploration bug […]

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I Ran in Denver, or A Lesson in Failure

5280 feet above sea level. One mile high, according to the football stadium. Everyone warned me that running in Denver was going to be challenging. “Drink lots of water,” I was told. “Expect to run 1-2 minutes slower,” I was told. “Make sure you let me know how you feel after,” one person asked, laughing. […]

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The Running Road to Appalachia

In 67 days, I shall line up on the track at Appalachian State University with several hundred runners and begin a grueling 26.2 mile run through the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina as part of the Grandfather Mountain Marathon. I’m anxious about this race. We only have 5 1/2 hours to finish as our […]

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The Wilbur Wright Shooting Range

My former student – and The Invictus Writer – David Ake finally got me out to the shooting range today. It was a cold, dreary day but that hardly dampened our spirits. He’s an excellent teacher and an honor to his country. (He’s a veteran of the second Gulf War.) Here’s my first attempt to […]

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A Valentine’s Day Treatise

If you’ve followed my blog at all, you know that I have a deep and meaningful relationship with Mr. Hank Moody (and Charles Bukowski, the writer the show Californication is based upon). At his highest, Moody is a sharp, witty writer examining the human condition while balancing his on-again/off-again relationship with girlfriend Karen and his […]

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If you don’t know who Steve Prefontaine is now is the time to find out. One of greatest runners of all, he is also the the standard bearer for all American runners. But he is far more than that. His attitude about competition – about life – are a road map for success. Maybe not […]

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