A Good Case of Summer Loving: Getting Cozy with the Trails of Shelby Forest

By late May 2020 we were going stir crazy on our little base in Millington, Tennessee after another month of the COVID-19 pandemic. We needed out. On a Sunday morning in mid-May we decided to check out Meeman-Shelby State Park (better known as Shelby Forest), a mere 20 min drive from our house. I looked … Continue reading A Good Case of Summer Loving: Getting Cozy with the Trails of Shelby Forest

Not so average after all: how time and space transformed one typical Thursday into a friend’s grateful memory

Often when I write these posts I seek to focus on an exceptional trail run or cycling adventure. This post is very different; it’s about what I first assumed to be a normal day  in Monterey. Sometimes in the midst of things you don’t realize how special a day is until time and space catch … Continue reading Not so average after all: how time and space transformed one typical Thursday into a friend’s grateful memory

Continued Tales of Self Isolation Part 1: Making the most out of COVID-19, social distancing, and plenty of time on my hands

As these days, weeks, and months rolled on I found solace in the repetitive nature each new day brought. While I enjoy new adventures, new discoveries, and new horizons to face, there is something to be said for Groundhog day: more or less repeating the same day over and over again. I lived through Groundhog … Continue reading Continued Tales of Self Isolation Part 1: Making the most out of COVID-19, social distancing, and plenty of time on my hands

Honoring Fallen Comrades this Memorial Day with a family run, old stories, the scent of magnolias, and of course good beer

On this Memorial Day 2020, I wanted to take a moment to recognize a few of the brave individuals I had the honor to serve with and paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. I have been in uniform since 1993 when I first arrived at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School in … Continue reading Honoring Fallen Comrades this Memorial Day with a family run, old stories, the scent of magnolias, and of course good beer

Time travel on the cheap: Stepping back 25 years with a bottle of Fat Tire, a few trails, and all the memories

            I believe in time travel. I’m not talking worm holes or Deloreans with flux capacitors or the infamous Bill & Ted phone booth, or even time traveling hot tubs.  I’m talking a lot cheaper than that, like the $9.49 (plus tax) variety. Of course I'm talking the price of a six pack of beer. … Continue reading Time travel on the cheap: Stepping back 25 years with a bottle of Fat Tire, a few trails, and all the memories

The Mother of all Mother’s Days Tales: The Woman, the Myth, the Legend that is my Grandma Gwen

This blog post isn't about running, but rather taking a moment to toast moms and how much they do for all of us. Clearly champagne is in order. First off, all moms are BAD ASSES—let’s get that out there right now. There’s no denying that. They come in all shapes and sizes and ages and … Continue reading The Mother of all Mother’s Days Tales: The Woman, the Myth, the Legend that is my Grandma Gwen