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…