Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New Hampshire in October is Pretty

i recently spent some time visiting family in new hampshire. i had dreams of running all three of these classics: 31 mile pemigewasset loop, 54 mile white mountains hut traverse and the 20 mile presidential traverse

the foliage was in perfect form, however i was not. i often suffer a solid day or two of being clobbered by allergies when i travel across the country to the shire. but this trip, for whatever reason i was basically sick with allergies for the entire two week visit. so i spent a lot of time trying to keep up with my mother the bibliophile.  i did make an attempt at the pemi loop, but with a bridge out on the return it ended up being an out and back on the amazing franconia ridge.

climbing mt whittier w/my nephew jackson

my little nephew jackson is the toughest lil' dood i've ever seen. he and i climbed "jack's mountain", or mount whittier. it's called jack's mountain because jack or jackson hiked it without help as a 3 year old. he's now 7 years old and we hiked the 1,200 feet of uphill in 45 minutes. that's cool. then he ran the steep downhill road with his uncle.. even cooler.

the closest real mtn run to my mother's house is mount chocorua. on one of my better days i ran up to the top of this. pretending at times that i was being chased as chief chicocrua had some years before.

my franconia ridge run started out being an attempt at running a fast pemi loop. however within 30 seconds of starting off i ran into the sign that told me a bridge on the later part of the loop was out.

and the rest...

Lake Ossipee New Hampshire

Everyone in New England is a Pats fan

Classic Pats Fan Cuisine

North Conway Train Station

A church in fall

New England Trail

These boys know where their eggs come from

Monday, October 4, 2010

Looking Forward

i just caught up on fellow montrail ultrarunning teammate geoff roess' blog and he's inspired me to write more. i might not be the most eloquent or interesting, but it helps my mind grapes to flush out these crazy ideas.

so a couple days ago i jumped off the red bull human express. pro patagonia ultrarunner krissy moehl has taken my place. karl was running strong and averaging 52+ miles per day and krissy will be awesome. i had an amazing time on the crew with lesli shooter. she is a physiologist / sports scientist hired on by red bull to monitor karl. it was a true pleasure to meet and work with her.

how am i feeling? not great, but so goes it. i have a knee that is missing 25% of it's meniscus. since the wasatch 100 miler it's been pretty achey. kind of a concern, but it's felt like this before. i've just ordered some hammer nutrition tissue rejuvenator, i believe this has helped in the past. we'll see.

next up for me is a two week trip to the shire to visit my mother. i'm very excited about this trip. i'm hoping the weather in the white mountains is condusive to running. i'd love love love to take a crack at the speed record on the presidential traverse, although the current record of 4h 59mins seems insanely fast. a 25 mile journey is not really in my wheel barrel, so for me this will be speed work... blinding anaerobic pain.

looking forward from there i'm still trying to get sponsorship together to try and ski all the colorado 14ers. i simply can't afford to go into debt to pull it off.  it's basically come down to one sponsor.  if they are in, it's on like donkey kong.  honestly the alternative is pretty exciting too.  which would be actually settling into a rhythm in salt lake city.  i just hope we have a normal winter and i'll be stoked.

i like to add photos and vids to blog posts.. so i through together some iphone shots from two days of following jared around the wasatch.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Pony Express Food Blog

i like food. on sept 15th karl meltzer started running from sacromento, ca to st. louis, mo on the old pony express trail. it's 2,200 "ish" miles and karl has averaged 52 miles a day for the first 16 days. just 29 days left. i was a crew person for the first 16 days and i took some shots of the food we ate on the road.