Chasing Another Ultra

Pause My Garmin

I don’t spend all my time reading and watching and listening to shit. I actually do other things. And one of those things is running.  Back in 2006, after ten years of smoking, I gave up the habit (I’ll admit I occasionally indulge) and laced up my running shoes. Now I had been captain of the cross country team in high school, I was sure I this had running thing down. I mean, it’s running. Who forgets how to run? I was excited as I laced up my shows and ran out my front door. I made it one block (if I’m being generous) before my lungs produced picket signs in protest. Then I walked for 30 minutes, realizing the road to health was going to be long in between gasps for air.

But I stuck with it and soon enough I was up to three miles a day. Then five. Soon I was running 25 miles a week. Eventually I wanted more, and I decided to train for the inaugural Rock the Parkway half-marathon. I remember the sense of accomplishment after I finished my first double digit training run. Which I soon learned was nothing compared to the exhilaration of crossing the finish line. The race was rainy and my arms were numb from the cold. I immediately went home and signed up to conquer Hospital Hill.

Then came my first marathon, and it was around that time that I got introduced to the trail running community and it would change my life.

Trail runners are a hard bunch to describe. Fun loving, hard training, beer drinking and tough as nails. All those things to be sure. But if I only had one word, it would be camaraderie. The depths of support and encouragement are impossible to describe if you’re not a part of it. It doesn’t matter how fast you are, or if you’re training for a 5K, 50K or you’re a 100 Mile veteran. When you’re one of us you’re one of us. We support and cheer each other because we are all the same in spirit. Some of my closest friendships are a result of being a member in this community. And I’ve been fortunate to be able to cheer them on through some amazing races. I wouldn’t give them up for all the whiskey in Ireland, although I would gladly drink it with them.

Then the bastards convinced me to train for a 50K. I may never forgive them for that 🙂

I did my first ultramarathon (any distance over a marathon, 26.2 miles) a couple years back. Trail Nerd friends of mine live in Pensacola and I joined them there for the Blackwater 50K, and once again there was no feeling like crossing that finish line. It feels a lot like hunger, and soreness.

Two months later, I did a second one in Little Rock and had a great road trip with friends. Due to injuries, time and budget constraints, I haven’t added a medal to my collection since then. It’s time to change that.

I’m training for the Run Toto Run 50K early next year. It was my first trail race ever (10 Mile) and the summer version was my first 20 miler. It will be good to get back on solid ground by running on familiar terrain.

A Blog About Everything and Nothing


“Go maximalist with it,” was the advice from my friend Matty when I was trying to decide what to blog about. Just write about everything. This advice runs counter to every article I have read about starting a blog. They all said I needed to find a niche, a focus, a specialty to blog about in order to make it relevant. To make it something that people would want to read. My problem is that’s not me. My problem is I am not an expert in anything. Good at a thing or two maybe, but hardly and expert worthy of providing insight and advice to others.

I’ve always had an eclectic set of interests. Life has so much to offer when you open yourself up to all of it. Chief among my interests is the unfolding of story in all of its forms. It truly is a passion for me, and in fact I am an aspiring author. My love of all things creative will certainly have a prominent place here. But I don’t want to limit it, not in its infancy. Not until I learn more about what I want out of this experience. And what entertains you as the reader.

I am calling this blog Typos of Life because my life has been a combination of unique experiences, unexpected successes and predictable failures. And at 38 years old I am still figuring it all out. I never bought in on the concept of the cookie cutter lifestyle. I know those that have, and some of them even seem happy. It would drive me absolutely insane. I don’t mind the failures, I don’t mind the stories in my life where my friends say: “You know this shit only happens to you, right?” My biggest fear is an ordinary life. Chuck Palahniuk once said: “I don’t want to die without any scars.” I feel the same way.

Although I’m not limiting the focus of the site, I can tell you a few things certain to be included. As I have mentioned, creative content, in all of its forms is a driving passion of mine. I will be writing reviews of some of the content I consume and my thoughts on creativity in general. I also plan to subject you to some of my own fiction as a way of getting it out there. I love exploring my city and plan to write about my experiences with all the wonderful things that Kansas City has to offer. I am also an avid runner and my journey back to an ultramarathon will be part of this experience.

I can also tell something this blog won’t be about. It is not going to be about hate and negativity. There is too much of that in the world at the moment, and I want no part of it. So despite the fact that I am a life-long liberal who spent over a decade as a political consultant, political discussions will be kept to a minimum.

I don’t expect to be good at this, at least not at first. But I am certain to get better as time goes on. And I am happy to have you along for the journey.