Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy, Book I; part 7 The light becomes the afternoon, and we are still snugly swaddled in the chrysaline furze of late September's gloaming-fall—the month always ever perched at the end of one thing and the start of something else, dappled first in flecks of stil de grain and draped in ever … Continue reading Emergent
"The more deeply we are our true selves, the less self is in us." - Meister Eckhart The sun was still high when I sat atop our cooler in the shade of beech and maple trees in the gravel parking lot at the base of the Bamforth Ridge, road dust settling over all. Here, at … Continue reading It takes all of us
It was getting warm. We were running a little low on water, and the slope was unrelentingly down and down and down -- from the top of one of Vermont's highest peaks to a mere 350 ft above sea level on the banks of the Winooski River. This past Tuesday, the 7th day of this … Continue reading Limits
With the transition from the spring to summer semesters here at Sterling College, the trails have dried out, the sun rises earlier, and it's been easier to find a few more hours in the week to focus on training. The Sterling running team has started 5:00 am summer practices three times each week, which has helped … Continue reading Goals
There are just under 3,000 hours left before I set out on my 500-mile run on the Arctic Trail in northern Scandinavia in August. I like thinking about the time in hours: I can visualize and wrap my mind around an hour pretty easily, whereas 4 months can seem a lifetime away. If I think … Continue reading 3,000 hours
It has been one week since I completed my run across Iceland to bring attention to climate resilience, and I've spent much of that time recovering, replenishing calories with seafood, lamb, and skyr, and taking some tentative and recuperative steps on the trails, snowfields, and beaches around Isafjordur and Flateyri here in the Westfjords. The Climate Run was easily the … Continue reading Dispatches for Iceland #6: Wesfjords Reflections & Recovery
We spent much of this week searching out trailheads and routes along the Climate Run route through Þhingvellir National Park and farther south to the Atlantic coast. Over the past few weeks, it has become increasingly clear that the Kjölur Road across which I had originally planned to run remains too snowy for a successful trans-Iceland … Continue reading Dispatches from Iceland #2: Range finding
I am not a pro runner. I've never made my living as an athlete. I've never entered a race as an elite runner. I have been running for many years and racing for at least the last twenty. Apart from that, my wife and long-time adventure-life-partner, Jen, and I have climbed, skied, biked, and hiked all over the … Continue reading why run?