Runner’s high is the feeling of euphoria induced by distance running. (Endorphins released by your body cause this feeling.) It is never too late to start running and experience it! I began running late in my life. Then, after two years of learning and training, it was time to run my first “official” race. My favorites are now half marathons and high mountain trails.


At the finish
At the finish line

Starting above 10,000 feet, Slacker is the highest downhill half marathon in the country. Consequently, don’t take the “slacker” part literally. The scenery is breathtaking! It is certainly worth it to participate. I have run it twice, in 2011 and 2012, and managed to finish the race within two hours (in the upper 25% of runners). Could be worse…

Pikes Peak Ascent

End of running - Pikes Peak Ascent is finished
Ascent finished…

The Pikes Peak Ascent is a half marathon, which I have run in 2012 and 2013. The race begins in the town of Manitou Springs and climbs over 7,800 feet to the top of the 14,115 foot Pikes Peak. My times were 3:56:51 and 4:02:10, respectively. The photo was taken right after crossing the finish line on the peak.

Running Across the Grand Canyon

View of Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon

The rim-to-rim-to-rim route spans two canyon rims. It is a distance of 46 miles. Additionally, you have two canyon rims to climb and descend (over 10,000 vertical feet). Moreover, the profile is that of “inverted” mountain, where you descend first. Finally, you have to carefully manage factors like energy, temperature, salt intake, and hydration. I have run it 2011, 2012, and 2013. It takes me about 15 hours to run it.

Equipment Corner: Garmin GPS

Garmin GPS
My GPS gizmo

My trusty GPS gizmo, which acts as a combined speedometer and odometer. (It is supposed to show the heart rate as well, but I never managed to make this work.) It is indispensable in training and crucial during the actual race. New versions of the device are available, with better receiver sensitivity and battery life, but my old Garmin is still going – why throw it away?