Hiking In Scorched Wildfire Country

March 15, 2018

Wildfires have in the news recently, thanks to multiple fires all over southern California. There are wildfires in and around Los Angeles almost every year, and I’m always riveted by the news coverage of how they spread and how firefighters battle them. I recently went hiking in an area ravaged by wildfire, and… Wow. Just wow. Read the rest of this entry »

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My First VOLCANO Workout!

February 15, 2018

The title doesn’t refer to some hot, trendy new workout. It refers to an actual volcano – a real-life mountain forged from magma that oozed through the earth’s crust, violently altering the landscape of our planet.

I wasn’t in any danger, though. This particular volcano has been extinct for 300,000 years. But it’s a volcano nonetheless. And I worked out there. ON A VOLCANO! I was geeking out. I still am! Read the rest of this entry »


This Balance Trainer Makes Your Whole Workout a Big Game!

December 13, 2017

I got a fun new toy in the mail!

How telling that I call a piece of fitness equipment a toy. That never would’ve happened a few years back! It’s the Modern Movement M-Pad Balance and Strength Trainer. The folks at Read the rest of this entry »


December Weigh-In Results and Workout Progress Report

December 7, 2017

This post has been delayed a few days, due to the cold that I’ve been fighting, but better late than never! (I’m feeling much better, by the way!) And I’m starting this post with a picture of my scale, because it shows a number I haven’t seen in a while.

Under 250 pounds! Whoa! Time to update my weight loss chart: Read the rest of this entry »


These Songs Helped Me Power Through My Races – They’ll Help You Smash Your Workouts Too!

November 29, 2017

About two months ago, I added a bunch of new songs to my iPod. And I started getting huge PRs at my races: I shaved seven minutes off my time in Palm Springs, and nearly four minutes off my times in Chicago. Coincidence? Maybe! (I’ve also been training like a madman.)

I know for sure that the songs keep me moving, keep my spirits up, and keep me motivated, and those are three things I need during a long and challenging race. Maybe these songs will help pump you up during your workouts, too! Read the rest of this entry »


A Cardio Challenge Three Years in the Making

October 16, 2017

Three years ago this month my Bowflex Max Trainer M5 showed up at my door. I’ve blogged about many times, and it really is a remarkable, challenging machine. It’s kinda like if an elliptical and stepmill had a baby… that was much better than both of its parents.

The Max Trainer is the cornerstone of my at-home workouts, and I’ve used it every week since I got it. So, in honor of the anniversary, I’ve come up with a challenge designed to see how far I’ve come on this machine, and then push me further. Read the rest of this entry »


Running to New Heights… Across a Suspension Bridge! (Conquer the Bridge Race Recap)

September 4, 2017

You know it’s going to be a good day when you’re pinning a race bib to your shirt at 5:30 am!

I’ve done a few running races this year (like the 10K Pride Run and the 10K Coaster Run), but I was much more excited for this race – because it was in a location that, the rest of the year, is completely closed to pedestrians: Read the rest of this entry »