Monday, June 30, 2014

Video: Bighorn 100 "Redemption"

In 2012, I ran in the Bighorn 100 Mile Endurance Run... and dropped out of the race at Mile 66. The decision to quit that day, was the right decision, but is a decision that has weighed heavy on me ever since. My big goal for 2014, was to train for and return to the Bighorn 100 in search of redemption.

I made a documentary film in 2012 titled "90 Percent." Today, it is my most watched video on YouTube by quite a gap. I also wanted to document my stab at redemption... and thankfully it has a happy ending. While I continue to write my Bighorn 100 Race report, I hope you'll enjoy the video below.

Monday, June 2, 2014

RR: 2014 Miwok 100K

Saturday, May 3, 2014
Miwok 100K Ultra Run
62 Miles - Marin Headlands, CA
The Miwok 100K has been one of my bucket-list races since 2007. In early 2008, I started talking to an ultra-runner that I’d met through the Ultra List Serv. Her name was Alyssa Skye and she lived in the San Francisco Bay area and regularly ran on Mount Tam and the surrounding Miwok course. Alyssa knew of my struggles and ongoing battle with depression and resolved to give me a vacation. She surprised me with a plane ticket to San Francisco where she picked me up and we spent the next four days running the trails on and around the Marin Headlands.

In December 2010, Alyssa unexpectedly passed away in a tragic car accident. I was pretty devastated by her passing, a stranger who opened her heart and her life to me, to simply make me smile and give me hope. After her passing, I knew that I would one day run Miwok and I deliberately saved the 100K distance for this race in particular. I flew to San Fran alone this weekend. No Pacer, no crew. Just myself and a course I’ve always wanted to run… for Alyssa. Turns out that all these years later, she’s still giving me surprises.