I recently backpacked my way deep into the Olympic National Rainforest with some of my friends. It was the first time I’ve actually backpacked and lived off the supplies I carried in my bag. Needless to say I’m hooked and can’t wait to find another adventure! In the meantime, here’s a video I shot and posted up on my second YouTube channel. I also created the music. Me likey.
I recently got the chance to camp out along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for the first time. I had been to the Grand Canyon when I was much younger (maybe 8 or 9) but that was at the more touristy South Rim and I don’t remember much of anything. Despite being a few hours additional drive from Las Vegas and 1000ft higher in elevation than the South Rim, the North Rim offers amazing tranquility away from lame tourists, long rewarding hiking trails, and some spectacular views of the 6000ft deep canyon.
I was worried that the elevation would get to me (8200ft) seeing as the 5000ft Yosemite Valley trip I recently took during snowy times caused me a good night of grief. As it turns out, I dealt with it just fine. I kept well hydrated and fed, exerted myself no more than I had to or felt comfortable for the first 2 days, and just relaxed. The trip was awesome and I cannot wait to go back. We only dropped down into the canyon briefly along the Kaibob Trail towards the Supai Tunnel (2 miles down) as it was late in the day, we hadn’t acclimated yet, and it was frakkin’ HOT. Regardless, that trail was spectacular (and stinky thanks to the mules!). The next day we explored the 10 mile Widfross Trail. Simply Glorious.
Here are just a couple shots that I took that I like. Again, like Yosemite, none of these pics do the National Park any justice.
So I recently signed up for the Vancouver full marathon. I also noticed that the marathon committee was holding a T-Shirt design contest which allowed anybody to come up with the design that would be worn by 10s of thousands of runners on race day. I had to jump at the chance. The above design is one of the final 3 designs that they have chosen. If you could click the design and vote for me, that would be fantastic! Then, send it on to your friends and family and have THEM vote too! It is Design #3 on the BMO website and I would be humbly greatful for your support!
As extra credit, here are the other two designs I submitted to the contest but weren’t deemed worthy. (I personally favor Design #1 below, myself). Thanks again for your support!
Tomorrow morning at 6am, I will be running the Disneyland Half Marathon for the first time. It has been just over a year since my last race (The Seattle RnR Marathon) and I’m a lil nervous. My training hasn’t been going as smoothly as I’d hoped, my shoes are beginning to break down but I can’t afford to buy a new pair, It’s going to be hot, etc etc. But I’m also excited because I will get to run through not only Disneyland and California Adventures but also Angels Stadium! At the end of the race I get a big medallion, a macaroon, and a hand job from Minnie Mouse. Can’t WAIT!
If you’d like to track me while I run (creeper) you can do so HERE.
I’ll be running with Kim, who got me my entrance into this race for my birthday last year. Kim, you will finish faster than you can possibly imagine! Also this weekend, my sister and nephew are running a half marathon up north back at home. I wish both of them the best of luck. This is my sister’s first and she’s going to kick it’s ass. My nephew took up distance running recently and is hoping to finish in under an hour. You read that right: 13.1 miles in UNDER A FUCKIN HOUR. I hate him. Good luck you two!
So a few posts ago (here), I talked about my struggle to find a decent shoe to run in and form a long distance relationship with (hehe, get it?) Well, I’m happy to report that after judicious use the Nike Vomero+ 5 has proven itself to be a fairly good shoe. I only have a couple of qualms and points of interest before you go and purchase your pair. (continue reading…)