Thursday, December 19, 2013

Running at Night
Last night I was admiring the moonlit landscape from my backyard. The moon wasn't quite full, maybe just a day or two past, but nonetheless, the illumination was impressive.

Over the last few days we experienced two winter storms leaving us with about 8 or 9 inches of fresh snow on the ground. Last night the sky was clear and the reflecting lunar light was bright like an early  morning dawn.

I couldn't help but wish that I was out running the local trails under the stars and radiant moon. It's not often when the moon is full, the skies are clear and there's snow on the ground to light the way.

If I'm feel inspired tonight, I'll see if the trail head is clear. Otherwise I'll see if the skies stay clear through the weekend to give it a shot.

In the meantime, here's a nice bit of nighttime trail porn.

RUNNING at NIGHT - with Kilian Jornet, Seb Chaigneau, Fernanda Maciel and Jared Campbell

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

IS JFK Responsible for the 50 Mile Ultra?

I recently went to a mixer for the Rock the Ridge 50 Mile Endurance Challenge. It was held at Newburgh Brewing Company and I thought it would be a good chance to have some good beer and get a good dose of inspiration from the Race Director and last year's finishers.

Not only did I succeed in achieving my first two goals of inspiration and good beer, I learned a little bit about America's history with the 50 Mile Challenge.

Did you know?

John F. Kennedy came into the Presidential office with a goal of improving the health of the nation as part of his New Frontier.

As President-elect, he wrote and published an article for Sports Illustrated (December 26, 1960), called The Soft American which warned against becoming an unfit nation in a world where leisure replaced exercise and hard work.

Official US Physical Fitness Brochure
JFK Library Image
Kennedy addressed physical fitness topic frequently in his public addresses and The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (previously established by Eisenhower).


Kennedy's most famous intervention in the area of fitness was The Fifty-Mile March.

The concept of the march developed from Kennedy's discovery iof an executive order from Theodore Roosevelt challenging U.S. Marine officers to be able to finish 50 miles in twenty hours.

Kennedy too challenged his military officers to meet the requirements that Teddy Roosevelt had set for his own officers

When word got out about the "Kennedy Challenge", non-commissioned military personnel also wanted to take the test themselves as did certain parts of the public population.

The President's brother (then the U.S. Attorney General) had undertaken the march (from Great Falls, Maryland to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia) on an impulse, and although only wearing leather oxford shoes, had slogged the distance through snow and slush proving it was indeed an achievable distance.

But the real impact of the fifty mile march was with the public at large, which took it as a personal request and a challenge from their President.

Click here for a complete history of the 50-Mile Hike Phenomenon that swept the country in 1963.

Unfortunately,since JFK's assassination these marches have diminished in popularity and existence. Although several still remain in the U.S and Europe, the most famous of the the enduring event bears his name, The JFK 50 Mile an annual ultra marathon held in Washington DC. Rock The Ridge is the latest event to celebrate those days of the early 1960s when America first heeded their president’s call to action.

You can help me to meet my commitment to action by considering a donation to to my effort. Donations are easily made through the crowdrise website link below.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Who's Ready for Winter?

Winter is just hitting a large portion of the country this week and as the snow falls outside my window I thought I'd share a little inspirational snowy trailporn. Enjoy!

Monday, December 09, 2013

Angels Staircase 35/60k Video

Here's a beautiful and inspiring video of trail and ultra running at the Angels Staircase 35/60k from Project Talaria

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Sunday, December 08, 2013

50 Miles to Support Mohonk Preserve

In May I will be attempting my first 50 mile run at the 2nd Annual Rock the Ridge

The run is a fundraiser for Mohonk Preserve, one of America's last great places with beautiful ridges and views of the Hudson Valley.

As part of my commitment to run the 50 miles I will be training many hours and logging many trail miles, but I need your help. The event requires that I raise $250, a modest sum considering the grandeur of the effort and the place I'm supporting.

Please help me to meet my commitment by considering a donation to my effort. Donations are easily made through the crowdrise website link below.

Thanks in advance, your generosity will go along way to support me in achieving my first 50mile run and securing and supporting the Mohonk ridge.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Demon Brew

It's been a while since I've taken the time to actually write a post. I'm not sure if it's because there wasn't anything particularly noteworthy to write about or that the things I had to write about weren't making me terribly happy. I imagine this is something many amateur bloggers go through from time to time.

Sometimes you need something to get yourself out of that rut or-else the blog withers and dies. For me writing about something that I'm proud of has gotten me out of that rut.

I've registered for my first 50 mile run and I'm planning of creating my first batch of home brew.

More on the 50 miler later, but in the meantime I've designed some labels for my home-brew.

I think they came out pretty nice, what do you think? I hope the beer is as good as the label.