Wednesday, June 19, 2013


It's been just over a week now since I ran the San Diego 100-mile Endurance Run. (Race report to follow) I was looking forward to finishing the race so I could get back to living a "normal" life. I haven't really been in to the whole racing scene lately, but I still enjoyed being outdoors, on the trails and hanging out with like minded folk.

I wanted to get back to running trails with no structure. Just figure out an estimated distance or time, grab a pack, some food and maybe a water filter and go. There are several trails that I've backpacked that I want to go back out to and run them in a day or as an overnight trip. Other than running for "fun" again, I'd like to just spend some time camping and relaxing this summer. I was lucky and got started with that this past weekend at Zephyr Cove in South Lake Tahoe. Tyler and HK were up there for the weekend for the TRT training runs and reserved a campsite that I was able to set up a tent and hammock and crash at. I was able to convince Nellie, who was still exhausted from the prior weekend with San Diego 100, to come up at the last minute so we were able to take both Tahoe and Sophie up to enjoy some sun and fresh mountain air.  

But last night, I was looking at more places to go camping on my weekends when I'm actually off on the weekend and asked where Nellie wants to go, and she said, "Can't we just spend a weekend where we're not doing something?" Traveling to get away from the rough city life is completely exhausting and spending that time sleeping on the ground isn't exactly restful, so I understand where she's coming from. I don't mind spending some time at home, but I need to be outside. I feel like I'm a better person when I'm free to just be but I feel like I'm restricted from doing that when there's so much "structure" here. Luckily, my work schedule allows for the balance, but it's also nice to have someone to hang out with when I'm outdoors. 
Sophie enjoys running when she's not leashed
Another funny thing happened last night. I dreamt I was running another 100 miler. I don't know where or what race it was. It was just as hot as San Diego. But this time, I actually felt great and knew what I was doing. I exchanged smiles with Jeff Browning (SD100 winner 2012, 2013) as we crossed paths on an out and back section. I felt free…


  1. You had a dream you were running another 100? They're overrated. Come do some camping and endurance mtb races with me!

    1. Dream, nightmare. Same, same. All ultra distance races are overrated...all races are overrated for that matter. If you told me we were going camping and mountain biking while we were there, I'd be all for it. "Hey, Tim, why are there hundreds of other mountain bikers here? What? This is a race? Whatever, let's do it."