Desert Running

Phoenix, Arizona is located in the Sonoran Desert.  This desert is home to a lot of interesting creatures: scorpions, rattlesnakes, gila monsters, brown recluse spiders and around 4.5 million people in the Phoenix metro area.  I am one of those people.  I live in Goodyear, a western suburban city of the metro area.   In Phoenix you can expect regular high temperatures over 110 in … Continue reading Desert Running

“In Training”

Truth be told, I haven’t been “in training” for quite some time.  I’ve been out there running, even done a few races, but training for me has really consisted of piling on the miles to reach the desired distance then slacking back to comfortable.  There have been no tempo runs, no hills, no mile repeats… until now.  In January I started following a half-marathon training … Continue reading “In Training”

The things you learn when your first trail run is the McDowell Mountain Trail Ragnar

I knew I was a little under-trained for the mileage in the McDowell Mountain Trail Ragnar.  This is a relay event where each runner goes in turn, rotating through the three loops for an individual total of 15.4 miles, making it 123.2 for the team over the course of the race. Now, with a name like McDowell MOUNTAIN Trail Ragnar, you would think that I … Continue reading The things you learn when your first trail run is the McDowell Mountain Trail Ragnar

Brutal

I just ran at 2:00 in the afternoon; it was 95 degrees out with full sun and absolutely brutal.  If you recall, I live in the desert, and while desert plants are beautiful, shade isn’t really their thing.  Those that are big enough to cast some shade in a yard certianly aren’t big enough for that shade to reach runners on the sidewalk.  So, while … Continue reading Brutal