I really geek out about running shoes. I tend to get a bit fussy about mine. Because of this flaw, trait, or whatever you would label it, I tend to usually have a pretty good understanding about the current offerings out there for us runners. One part of running shoes I have neglected to research though is the laces. Considering… Read more →
When I first heard about a birthday run, I thought it was some kind of urban legend. Do people – grown adults – really run a mile for each year of their age? At the very least it must have been a tongue-in-cheek poke at the propensity of endurance athletes to push things to the extreme (and a little beyond).
Finally, I have taken the time to sit down and examine my motives for taking on such a challenge. I share them here for anyone who is thinking about running Marathon des Sables, for those who are just interested in knowing why some of us do what we do and for those who have signed up for next year’s event and just can’t read enough about it. But most importantly I wrote this for myself, as a reminder of what an awesome adventure Marathon des Sables is.
My wife and I were on the bike trainer watching the DVD of the 1995 Hawaii Ironman as Paula Newby Fraser set out on her last Ironman. She had declared this would be her last Ironman. She had won six and on this day she had a ten minute lead on the run on her way to her seventh. But… Read more →
When I’m spending time on 1BandID, processing customers’ orders comes first. I know people want and need their IDs as quickly as possible. Flying solo, sometimes I have to sacrifice spending more time engaging on social media or “fun” activities to make sure every aspect of the business gets attention.
If you have run one of the bigger marathons around the world in the past ten years, you have probably seen charity runners. You may have run one of these marathons for a charity that is important to you. But there is more than one way to help a cause that is near and dear to your heart. The folks… Read more →
I’ve made a promise and a commitment to people who are supporting me with words, thoughts and donations of their hard-earned money. Many of them know me: family, friends, classmates, coworkers, running buddies, fellow volunteers. But others, I’ve never met. We may have exchanged tweets or comments on Facebook or DailyMile, or they may have read a blog post I wrote. Others still fall into the “unknown angels” category. Nearly every year, a donation comes from some connection that I simply cannot identify. I’m touched and motivated by every donation, tweet, wall post and email, but these from the “unknown angels” move me most.