A lot of ultrarunners are introverts. Long hours running alone in the mountains suits us. The quiet is good for the mind the same way the exercise is good for the body, and the combination is energizing. We live in a world designed for and by the loud, and cities are full of noise and aggression. The mountains are an escape that brings sanity, and allows us to stay gentle. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” – Gandhi


Salton Sea Stop
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Running with Aspergers, Pt 2

A few weeks before Black Canyon 100K, race director Jamil Coury let me know that they'd extended the cut-off to 18 hours, from 16. I was relieved by this. Sixteen hours had proven to be just out of reach on past attempts, and I liked knowing…
Above the clouds

Quiet, Please

It's beautiful and sunny up here at 7,000 feet. Meanwhile, in the city, it's cold and dark.I can't see you. I can't hear you.Nature is working with me today, as it often does. It's created a barrier between you and me. It's symbolic only,…
Bear Canyon


Wednesday Morning.My people skills are not great. It doesn't take much for me to feel like I am under assault. People do extraordinary and often very short sighted things. People are always hustling to do less and get paid more and often…
LA River, 2010

Stormy Wednesday, LA River

Wednesday morning 8am, April 28, 2010. In between storms, along the LA River. 6.56 miles. The storm clouds, the concrete and the grey gave everything a very cold, urban look. There's a certain alone-ness to these morning runs. The traffic…