Becoming a zombie? Here’s what to do

Week 2: Zombie Apocalypse Training Well, we just finished up Week 2 of 2017. And I may say, maintaining the training has been easier now that I set a benchmark. In late February, I’ll be running a 7-mile trail race called the Hillraiser Challenge. I’m scared and excited at the same time. The first offering…

The feel of comfort

I feel it in my dreams like it is right in front of me. The memories of my past etched in granite survive drunken nights, talks to kids about why the sky is blue and plans for retirement. I used to spin it in my hand, and let my fingers roll its hard rubber, sometimes…

Surviving another decade

Yesterday was my birthday. It was a day of mourning and celebration.  I survived another decade on this planet. Yeah! If I make it another 20 years, I’ll surpass my father’s age when he died. If I can make it another 54, I’ll beat Bob. Uncle Bob, mentioned in this post, died as I was getting…

The card

My mom knows how to read minds. I needed some sign of encouragement this week, and it came in the Mother’s Day card pictured above. I think I’ve said this before, but the past few weeks have been rough. There were days where everything ran smoothly. There were days when the kids seemed to fight…

Darkness my old friend

It’s good to talk with you again … DARK O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING — I haven’t been myself since my dad’s death. For the most part, it’s a good thing. On the good side, his death opened up some things that I thought I purged my life of long ago. These memories come and go…

Reblog: I Didn’t Take A Picture

This is a wonderful blog and a great post of the importance of putting the technology down and enjoying life.  —— This past Friday, my son, Jax, and I went to the park. It was early, around 9am, and we were the only ones there. It was quiet and calm, a complete contrast to our typical…

Hello 2017

As part of the Resolution Rally, hosted by Run the Edge, a company that offers training programs for runners, I’m supposed to writes letter to myself in 2017. So I thought I’d post it here. Dear 2017 me, Wow, you survived another year. This was a tough year but you wanted it that way, you…

Race recaps: Grand Prix weekend

  Race 1: Auggie’s 5K Run and Walk When: The second weekend in October Where: Registration at Warwood Middle School (Warwood, W.Va.), Race starts on the rail-trail behind the school and goes toward the Pike Island Lock and Dam. In 2015, the race went south toward Wheeling, as construction blocked off the trail toward Pike Island….

Race recap: Pumpkin Festival 5K

Name of race: Barnesville Pumpkin Festival 5K Location: Barnesville, Ohio When: Last weekend in September, during the Pumpkin Festival Number of runners and walkers: 700 (at 2015 race) Course: Asphalt on blocked off roads with about 20 feet of gravel at the end Hills: Several. One at mile 1 that is steep and short; mile…

Race recap: Ragnar Trail Appalachians

Song of the post: “Home,” by Phillip Phillips BRUCETON MILLS, W.Va. — It’s dark. Too dark. My headlamp … it sucks so bad right now. Now is 11 p.m. on a Friday night, in the middle of a West Virginian forest. “Runner 3.” A faux British accent from the app “Zombies, Run” pops into my…

Contingency plans

Today, I bring you two race recaps: The Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic and the Girls on the Run of North Central West Virginia 5K. They were both hard races, but for different reasons. They were races that we planned and planned for, but when things fell apart, we were at a loss as how…

Team RWB: The fun runs

The wind chimes on my iPhone go off. It’s four hours since I got off work and I’m up, struggling to put on my running clothes. I’m doing it because it’s Friday, and in an hour I’ll be at the starting point of Team Red, White and Blue’s weekly group run.    I wish the…