JJ and I Have Hiked A 47-Mile Route Over the Past Few Months!

May 31, 2020

There’s some old railroads in my area that have been converted into hiking trails, and JJ and I have been hitting portions of these trails during many of our weekends over the past few months. It occurred to me recently that if JJ and I targeted a couple specific areas, than we will have cumulatively covered a continuous stretch of trail that’s 47 miles long! That became a new goal… and I reached that goal on Sunday.

Check it out: We’ve covered this entire 23.5-mile trail, twice! (There and back.) 

(Click on the map to see it bigger.)

Most of the trail is called Read the rest of this entry »


Can You Help Me With My Final Few #40Years40Races Events?

October 21, 2019

The finish line is in sight, folks. I recently competed in my 36th race of the year, which means… I only have four to go! I’m already registered for three of them, and those three are all stair races in skyscrapers. That alone is exciting, because I haven’t raced in a skyscraper since my Cleveland race in June.

These three races are also all fundraisers, and that’s also exciting, because who doesn’t love helping worthy causes? I wish I Read the rest of this entry »


Racing Up The Tallest* Outdoor Stairway in Michigan! (Pine Mountain 500 Race Recap)

August 7, 2019

*probably

Last weekend I competed in my 29th race of the year, and my second in Michigan’s gorgeous – and incredibly remote – Upper Peninsula. I earned the biggest, heaviest finisher’s medal I’ve ever seen!

The race was called the Pine Mountain 500, and it was held at the Pine Mountain Ski Resort in Iron Mountain. There’s a ski jump there, and alongside the jump is a 500-step stairway. Read the rest of this entry »


My Holiday Week On The West Coast (But Maybe Not The Coast You’re Thinking Of)

July 7, 2019

My family’s July 4th tradition is to meet up in St. Joseph, our favorite spot on the west coast… of Michigan. That’s the Lake Michigan coast, for the geographically challenged!

That pic was taken on a morning walk with JJ and my aunt Annie, who took the photo. We may or may not have been trespassing on Read the rest of this entry »


Too Many Photos From My First Weekend in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

May 16, 2019

I took a lot of photos during my long weekend in the Upper Peninsula to go to the Red Bull 400. I wanted to remember this trip. Despite growing up in Michigan, I’ve barely spent any time there before!

Did I take too many photos? You be the judge. Read the rest of this entry »


Many Races Are Challenging, But None of Them Measure Up To The Red Bull 400

May 15, 2019

I love getting high. And before any of you jump to conclusions, I’m talking about stair races. I’ve raced the stairwells in all sorts of tall (and very tall) skyscrapers, but this past weekend I got to experience a whole new way to get high – by racing up a ski jump at the Red Bull 400.

This is an absolutely bat-crap crazy event, and it had my stomach in all sorts of knots. Read the rest of this entry »


Some Michigan Food Photos… Because I Haven’t Talked About Food in a While!

April 17, 2019

Long story short: I’ve been making good healthy food choices since I arrived in Michigan.

Short story long: I’ve taken some, but not many, photos of my meals since arriving in town. I’m gonna share them! Read the rest of this entry »


Exciting News: I’m Moving to Michigan!

February 19, 2019

After nearly 17 years in Los Angeles, I’ve decided to move to the Detroit area. I haven’t set a timeline in stone yet, but I’ll probably start driving cross-country with JJ towards the end of March.

I’ve been thinking about moving for a long time now – at least six months. The gears started turning in my head when I realized that Read the rest of this entry »


My Christmas in Pictures

December 31, 2018

I’m back from a week in Michigan for Christmas, and spent lots of great quality time with family. I was determined to stay focused on my health and fitness all week, and made lots of wonderful choices, and some not-so-wonderful ones, too. I’ll get into all of that, but first… SANTA!

That’s Lynn on the right. Our families have been Read the rest of this entry »


A Super Cool and Successful Motivational Speaking Event!

July 16, 2018

Last week, I had the pleasure of giving a motivational talk at Birmingham Next, a nonprofit community center in Birmingham, Michigan, down the street from the high school I graduated from. It was a packed house!

About 70 folks filled the room, and I hate to toot my own horn, but… wait, what am I talking about? Sometimes it’s great to toot my own horn! It was freakin’ awesome!
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