HEC Recap Part 3: Matter over mind

The last time I did a night run, it was 2015. I did the 4-mile loop at Ragnar Appalachians with a few Team Red, White and Blue members. It would be my last activity with the Morgantown chapter, as I moved the week prior.  My headlamp went out, there were rocks you had to climb…

HEC Race Recap: Course description

Name of race: Hoorah 2 Heroes Law Enforcement Hill Raiser Endurance Challenge When held: Last weekend in February. In 2017, there were Saturday night and Sunday morning races. Plans in 2018 include these races, a mountain bike course and a high school race. Where held: The Highlands in Ohio County, W.Va. Course description: Looping 6-mile course…

Finding the hero within

This is the first of a three part race recap of the Hoorah 2 Heroes Hill Raiser Endurance Challenge. Parts two and three will deal with each part of the two-day race.   The first time Mike and I meet to form our local Team Red, White and Blue chapter, we brainstormed on which groups…

The after-glow of GORUCK: Setting goals

THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE MIDDLE OF NO WHERE — As I stood for the team photo, I double-checked myself. Keeping warm as not optional. My ruck was covered with half-frozen water after  my Camelback bottle leaked. It was heavy and I didn’t want to carry it.  But the letters DFQ rang in my head…

Race recap: Barnesville Pumpkin Festival 2016

Often when I go to a race I’ve been in before, I have expectations. I know the course, so I know whether I should take it easy early in the race. I know I need to stay hydrated because it’s always hot when I do a certain race. It’s a redemption run: A chance to…

Training for life: Week 1

I stopped marathon training, because … well, I don’t have time to train for it this year.  I’ve switched gears and plan to do one of the GORUCK challenges. It’s the same length of time as a marathon, 4-7 hours, but the training takes less time out of my day, usually an hour or two….

Race recap: Wellsburg 5K

WELLSBURG, W.Va. — In 2013, my mountain family embarked on an amazing adventure to the northern panhandle of West Virginia. You can read the recap here. This race was the same, except I was guiding Mountain Kid 3 through his first 5k. The race, held July 2, was attended by members of Team Red, White and…

Civilians, veterans belong together

   Every Saturday for the past two months, I have stood outside a church on National Road, waiting. With an American flag neatly curled around its pole, I adjust my shoelaces, trying for dear life not to let the flag touch the ground as the pole rests against me. A man who serves in the…

Race and Book review

What had I really lost? A race. That’s all. Nothing was stopping me from going back out and trying again. Nothing but my own fears and insecurities. — Bill Rogers, “Marathon Man” In 2013, I meet this wonderful runner named Jim Bailey. We were running a 10K in Coopers Rock State Forest, a hilly course…

Race recap: My first marathon

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “You got this. You got this. You, you, you got this,” said a enthusiastic woman in Georgetown like a grown-up cheerleader. “You have run 24 miles. Today, you are the heroes,” a muscle-bound Marine said as we entered Crystal City. “Who said you can walk? I see walkers in my running course,”…

Training recap: One month left

Recommended reading: “Born to Run,” by Christopher McDougall    First off, let me get serious for a minute before we get into my marathon training recap. As you may know, I’m raising money for Team RWB, a great nonprofit that helps veterans readjust to civilian life. Right now, my home state of West Virginia has…

Marathon training update

In 10 weeks, I will be running my first marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon. Training has been unlike anything I’ve ever done. Unlike organized sports, there’s no one to tell me what to do, how to better myself or when to take a break. I have to do me, as in trust in my training…