• Whisky notes

    Seattle Whisky Jewbilee 2018

    March 19, 2018 admin

    The Seattle Whisky Jewbilee is a whisky tasting event with over 40 distilleries represented at exhibition tables, and this is its third year here. The event also includes a kosher buffet and complimentary tasting glass. We attended last year’s event with our whisky friends Ali and Alison (of advent calendar fun), and enjoyed the experience so much…

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  • Chuckanut Bay

    Chuckanut Training Run 2018

    March 5, 2018 admin

    This weekend was the annual Chuckanut Training Run (thanks for hosting Balanced Athlete and Aspire Adventure Running!) I’ve run the Chuckanut 50K twice now (2016 race report and 2017 race report), so I knew what to expect on the course. However, I was grateful to have this opportunity to get reacquainted with it’s challenges and charms, and have…

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  • PCT

    Desert Runcation Part 2: PCT & the Kelso Dunes

    March 2, 2018 admin

    Let the sun-seeking continue! The first part of our desert runcation was at Joshua Tree National Park (read about it here.) The second part was all about visiting areas relatively nearby in order to see new landscapes and explore new trails. The Pacific Crest Trail displayed a beautiful valley as well as stunning ridgeline views…

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  • runner and Joshua Tree

    Desert Runcation Part 1: Joshua Tree National Park

    February 24, 2018 admin

    We have a tradition (does two times make a tradition?) of taking a desert runcation in late winter/spring to combat the dark and rainy Seattle days. Last year we spent time in Zion National Park (part 1 and part 2.) This year we went to Southern California with the goal of exploring Joshua Tree National…

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  • Sun Mountain 100K

    Taking the Leap: From Half Marathons to Ultramarathons

    February 14, 2018 admin

    I’ve often been asked, why (and how) did I make the leap from half marathons to ultramarathons? After I respond, the person’s follow up comment usually is, “I could never do that.” Guess what? You totally can! I’m an average runner (with occasional delusions of grandeur), so if I can do it, you can too. If…

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  • How I Fueled My Runs on Whole30

    February 2, 2018 admin

    After the holidays were over (and the excuses for gorging on cookies evaporated), I felt sluggish and… ugh. I needed a nutritional reset. I wanted to jump start the year so I would be ready for all of the awesome trail running adventures I have planned in the future. So Adam and I decided to do…

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  • 2017 in Review – 2018 in Preview

    December 31, 2017 admin

    What. A. Year. Let’s do the numbers. <cue Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal music> 1,910 miles run (a new PR!) One 100 miler completed (Javelina Jundred race report) One 100 miler DNF’d (Mountain Lakes 100 report) One 100K completed (Sun Mountain race report) Two self-supported runs completed (UPWC 36 mile Owyhigh Lakes Loop, Image Lake to Miner’s…

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  • Impressions of a Whisky Advent – Scotch versus World Whiskies

    December 28, 2017 admin

    It’s been months since I’ve done a post on whisky because I’ve been so focused on my running this year! However, wintery weather and the coming of the holidays create the perfect atmosphere for appreciating my favorite beverage. For the past two years, we’ve enjoyed Whisky Advent Calendars from Drinks by the Dram. The first…

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  • A Lovely Little Run at Deception Pass State Park

    December 12, 2017 admin

    It’s been a few weeks since my last post, and like many people, I’ve been swept up in all of the insanity extra things that the holiday season brings. More fun social events, more obligations, more excuses to eat cookies, less daylight, and the slightly dazed feeling that you’re on a sparkly, carol-blasting, cookie-driven ride…

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  • Reflections and What’s Next?

    November 26, 2017 admin

    Typically, my blog posts have been race/trip reports with lots of pictures, and a smattering of posts are about tasting whisky. Today I’m mixing it up with a more personal narrative. It’s been just about a month (!) since my Javelina Jundred, and I’ve had some time to reflect on my experience. I wanted to…

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