The Longest Night Run 2019: Recap

What a beautiful night. Thank you so much for being part of it. From sunset Saturday until Sunday’s breath-taking sunrise, about 160 of us ran or walked to show solidarity for Ashleigh and Jordan and their kids. Some walked with their families. Others completed incredible feats of endurance, running full… 

Inside the Darkness

Lately I’ve been acutely aware of a certain dissonance that hangs in the air during the Advent season. If you (bravely) visit malls or grocery stores, you’ll hear songs about this “most wonderful time of the year.” And it’s true, isn’t it? Lights and glitter, food and gifts, it really… 

To Know a Place, Run It: Reflections from the 2019 Polar Bear Marathon

As a runner, I believe that the best way to get to know a place is on foot. Sure, you can cover ground more quickly in a car or plane, but to really know a place, you need to get out of your vehicle, plant your feet on the land,… 

The Longest Night Run 2019

One year ago, our dear friend Ashleigh was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, and she and her family have spent the past year navigating a long and exhausting journey of chemo treatments. Saturday, December 21 is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, with 16 hours of darkness…. 

Pouring Milk

VermeerSo long as that woman from the Rijksmuseum  in painted quiet and concentration keeps pouring milk day after day from the pitcher to the bowl the World hasn’t earned the world’s end. Wisława Szymborska trans. Clare Cavanagh & Stanisław Barańczak Most of life, as you’ve probably also learned by now, is… 

Prayers and Blessings

The North Face recently released a documentary called The Invisible Wall, featuring ultrarunners Mike Foote (American), Mauricio Carvajal (Mexican), Mario Mendoza Jr. (Mexican-American) as they run along the Mexico-US border. You should check it out (here). Ever since learning about the running traditions of the Tarahumara people of Mexico and… 

On a bike with one wheel

This week I gave my first Toastmasters speech in several years, as part of a new club. I spoke about being weird, and how being different attracts attention. I learned this when I learned how to ride the unicycle as a kid. Unicycling isn’t a normal activity (shocker!), and when… 

Your Mountain

I’ve been on a steady diet of endurance sports stories and documentaries the past year or so. I’ve been fascinated and challenged by athletes who battle great landscapes and extreme conditions to perform great feats, testing the limits of their own strength and resolve. The latest of these epic stories… 

Adventure Awaits

Our desire for adventure and our desire to be safe and comfy are often at odds. Of all the adventure stories that we hold dear, most of them only really start once something fails to go according to plan. Yvon Chouinard probably put it best: It’s not an adventure until… 

Loaves and Fishes

I was introduced to the work of David Whyte recently. In reading his poetry, I came across a beautiful little poem called Loaves and Fishes. This is not the age of information. This is not the age of information. Forget the news, and the radio, and the blurred screen. This…