18 November 2014


At the end of July, Annie was offered a job in Utah that we couldn't pass up. So, two short weeks after our trip to Greece, we scrambled all of our belongings together and moved from our beloved Pullman, WA to Salt Lake City. 

It was a tough move. We loved the Palouse, and we always said we'd only ever move for the right opportunity in the right place. In fact, I had a list of only five places that I'd seriously consider moving to if Annie was offered the right job. Well, Annie was offered the right job in Salt Lake City, and Salt Lake City was one of those places that I was willing to move to.

We moved down, I quickly found a job (thankfully!), and after three months it finally feels like we're settling in.

As always with a big move like this there are some moving pains and a lot of changes we're adapting to. Our proximity to the mountains has made the move easier to deal with.

Here's a few photos of the mountains I've been exploring these past three months.

I've participated in three races since I moved, but I'm guessing I won't get around to writing a race report on any of them.

XTERRA 2014 Trail Run National Championships (half marathon)
The North Face Endurance Challenge Park City (50k)
Silver Falls 50k (Oregon)

Next big race will be the Rocky Raccoon 50 in February. And I plan to get back into the blog groove now that we're settled into our new place.

Keep running!


22 August 2014

Mount Olympus Marathon (Photo Report)

Our life has been a whirlwind since we returned from Greece in early July. Annie accepted a job at the University of Utah, and we packed up everything we own and moved to Salt Lake City on July 29th. Things have finally settled down enough for me to post some photos from the Mount Olympus Marathon in Greece.

It was an amazing race and near the top of the list of the most difficult mile-for-mile races I've ever done. Run to the top (just below the summit) of Greece's highest mountain, and then run down. And throw in some gnarly, technical, high-mountain rock-trail.

Loved the race, loved the atmosphere, loved the mountain. Didn't love that at a couple of the aid stations I wasn't allowed any coke or sports drink because I wasn't carrying my own cup. The website made no mention that this was a cupless race and even went as far as saying specifically that there were absolutely no gear requirements. Some aid station volunteers let me borrow their own cup or poured sports drink into my cupped hands; so many thanks to them!  Anyway, I had a pretty bad bonk around mile 22 after two consecutive aid stations wouldn't give me anything to drink besides water for my hydration pack. In retrospect, I should have asked to put sports drink in my hydration pack instead of water when I was really, really needing it...but I wasn't thinking that clearly. Ugh. Lesson learned. The important thing is that I finished, and then we went on to have a wonderful vacation in Greece.

Deep into my bonk.

(photo from Mount Olympus Race Facebook page)