This blog isn’t just about running. Lately it’s not about much at all: sorry for the silence! I’m handling a stress reaction/fracture in my foot. This means: wearing a big plastic boot, most of the time, which also means: not running. Since May 21! Not walking much, either. But I’ve gotten the go-ahead to do some hiking in stiff, tall boots, which I’ll do in … Continue reading Afton Trail Run 2016: A Booted Paparazza
I know what we can do, to make it harder. Convince the legislature to shut down the state, which will shut down the state park, forcing the 25 and 50k trail races to be held at the nearest ski hill. Yeah, that would do it. Beautifully brilliant! Well, it was a solution – a great one, truly. Let me first say that I was in … Continue reading Zesty!
Over the long holiday weekend I finally made it out to Afton State Park for a run with some friends. The weather was fabulous, as was the companionship and food: this was a gathering of Minnesota trail runners, complete with potluck after the romp through the woods, wetlands and prairie. A good number of these people will be running in one of the fall Superior … Continue reading my answer
I heard the above words at the check-in area for the Afton Trail Run, this past Saturday. I was there as a volunteer; the speaker was there as a runner. I’ve run this run (the 25k version) once before. I didn’t agree with him: I’ve found that preparing properly for races is the hard part. Showing up for the race is easy, in comparison – … Continue reading “If it were easy we wouldn’t be here…”
Granny’s Best, originally uploaded by arahbahn. I got a particularly enjoyable run in, this weekend, out at Afton. The temperature was excellent for running: 60s, sunny, and a light breeze. The scenery, at times was downright bewitching: my decision to take a spin through the short prairie wildflower loop transported me into a rolling sea of purple and copper grasses, accented with loud sparkles of … Continue reading Feeling foody
Fiddleheads!, originally uploaded by arahbahn. I really have to start using one of my real cameras more often: the portrait orientation from the iPhone just doesn’t work on this blog. But hey! Here’s a great chance to post a lovely picture taken earlier this year at Afton! And now, the abridged version of my race report, for the Afton 25K, my first ever race of … Continue reading Post-post race report