An Ode to Taco Cabana Bean Tacos

My body is depleted after running under God's broiler, set on high. Texas' July sun has no friends - only weak underlings it enjoys frying like ants under a plastic magnifying lens from a $5 science kit. I am overcooked, only not-burnt thanks to my blankie of spf 80, the chosen armour of the gingers. … Continue reading An Ode to Taco Cabana Bean Tacos

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Am I a real runner?

What makes a real runner? We tell new runners that simply running makes one a runner. We tell them that pace and distance don't matter, that once they've gone left foot, right foot, repeat, that they are runners. Simultaneously, however, seasoned runners start making checklists for themselves on what is required to be a real … Continue reading Am I a real runner?

Rocky Mountain High – a family vacation

For the first time since our honeymoon (2009), we took a real vacation. Thanks to the Miller Family, we were able to spend SEVEN DAYS in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. For four flatlanders, this was a huge deal. I like to consider us a family of runners, including the 4 yr old, so a week … Continue reading Rocky Mountain High – a family vacation

Because Jenn told me to… Vol 2 The Hill of Life

Hey, remember that time I convinced Jenn Shelton to be my running coach, even though I'm a midpack runner (at best) and have no clue what I'm doing? Yeah, it's pretty rad. What I forgot was that she used to stay in Austin, for a brief moment, so when I told her I would be … Continue reading Because Jenn told me to… Vol 2 The Hill of Life

Western States 2017 – a story of arrogance and humility

Did you like that super click-baity title? Damn, I'm good. But now that you're here, I have to admit, I'm not going to Walmsley bash. I'm also not going to fall on my knees at the Walmsley alter. I'll preface this the same way I prefaced the Barkley piece: I know nothing about any of … Continue reading Western States 2017 – a story of arrogance and humility

Because Jenn told me to… Vol. 1 Barre Class

The training log for the week included some easy runs, a long run, some strides, then, at the end, hidden in the grey-area of a cross training day, these words, "i am still lobbying for at least one of my athletes to take a Barre Class. I feel like you, as my favorite ding dong, … Continue reading Because Jenn told me to… Vol. 1 Barre Class

Summer Runnin’ – had me a blast…

Just kidding; it sucks. I was hoping that singing along to Grease would make it better, but no. Humidity is way up, and my pace is way down, but I still have lots to be grateful for this summer training season. I actually am getting stronger. While the heat and humidity may be crushing my … Continue reading Summer Runnin’ – had me a blast…

Unogwaja – Comrades Day

Day 11 - Chris's Story Comrades Day.  Most of you know the importance of Comrades Marathon.  It is the oldest, and largest, ultra-marathon in the world.  Comrades has an energy that I can only try to describe.  Every year since the start, in 1921, the race has switched directions; one year runs from Durban to Pietermaritzburg … Continue reading Unogwaja – Comrades Day