The first big snowstorm of 2018 (really the winter)! Around a foot of snow in Golden. I went for a four mile trail run while it was still coming down. Running in the snow is hard.
We got out for almost 10 miles around Golden during his tour stop in Denver. If he's passing through your town make sure to get out and listen to his friendly grumble and powerful lyrics. You will find something that touches you.
My friend and host of the Like a Bigfoot Podcast Chris Ward decided he wanted to see if he could complete all the half Ironman stages in one day. That is a 1.2 mile swim which he did in the pool in the early morning, a 56 mile bike ride he did on the trainer in the late morning and a 13.1 mile run with me at 2pm.
We ran the distance at Van Bibber Park in Aurora, CO in 18 degree weather in 2-3 inches of snow.
Why? Watch the video to find out.
Take Chris' lead:
- Challenge yourself
- Do something just because
- Get other people to join you and
- Have fun!
I decided not to listen to the radio. The drive was about an hour from where I was staying in Moab, Utah to the trailhead in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park where I was going to run my marathon. The 6am air was in the 20s. Will make for a cold run I thought. I turned right and started on the two-lane highway leading into the park. I have only seen a handful of cars this morning and in none in the last half-hour.
I’m motoring along around 50 miles per hour admiring the rocky terrain. Some movement catches my eye on the right. There are three deer off the shoulder but heading for the road. I’m up on them too fast to stop completely before they are on the blacktop. I slow down and swerve into the oncoming lane.
The front of my car is past the lead buck when he decides to leap forward instead standing still or backing away. He throws a perfect shoulder block into the right front of my car.
The impact sounds like a single bass note from a blown speaker at high-volume.
I pull over and look back. Dumb ass deer and his buddies are gone. I get out and inspect the damage.
The right front of the car between the headlight and the passenger door is smashed in. I look under the car for leaks. None. I look for bent steering linkages for damage to the wheel. All seems okay. There’s no impact to the front door which opens and closes fine. No broken lights. This shot is later after pushing a few of the dents out.
I don’t remember seeing any repair shops for gas stations for over 20 miles. I’m only a few miles from the trailhead so I continue on slowly, listening for signs I’m scraping metal or plastic. I figure if I do have a problem there should be a few people at the trailhead or the campground who may be able to help.
So far, no scraping. I zig-zag act back and forth on the road checking to see if the steering is okay. Seems fine. I get up to 40, then 50 and 55. All still seems good.
I park at the trailhead and take another look under the car. No visible damage other than sheet metal. I decide well, I’m here. I might as well run.
Canyonlands was one of my favorite parks. It is truly a runner’s playground. I enjoyed every single park I went to up to that point but this was one of the first parks where I had the active thought that I need to come back here with a group of runners and explore.
This post is about luck. Many would say I was unlucky to have been hit by the deer. I say no. It was very lucky. I was happy that the deer hit me. Seems a strange thing to say since my car got all bent up. Why?
Had the deer been faster I would have hit it head on damaging the front of the car and possibly having the deer slide up and crash against the windshield. Had the deer been larger it could have damaged my steering or front wheel. Had the deer been slower it would have crashed into my passenger front door possibly impacting its ability to open and close and maybe even breaking the window. Any one of these scenarios would have put damper on my project as well as potentially caused me injury. If you are going to have a deer hit you, that was the way to do it.
So, it was lucky. None of the car’s systems were damaged. I was able to continue my travels uninterrupted and I learned a new perspective on luck. I try to see the good aspects of what might seem to be an unlucky event. I try to feel fortunate even when bad things happen. I try to feel a sense of gratitude that it wasn’t worse.
How do you look at events that happen around you? Do you see them straight up as lucky or unlucky?
Try to take a moment the next time something negative happens. See what part of that was lucky. Luck is there. Good fortune is there. Feelings of gratitude are there. Finding those feelings, even for a moment, makes that unlucky situation seem just a little bit brighter.
#runningtheparks is not just about National Parks. It is about getting outside and enjoying any of our public lands. It is about getting outside and feeling what nature can do for you. It is about getting outside! My friend Jack and I went out for a run on New Years Eve 2017 into New Years Eve 2018. When I told him I was going to do it he said "why not". Why not? It was 10 degrees in Golden, Colorado! But it is so much better than a packed bar or standard issue party. We were investing in our health and well-being rather than doing what everyone else was doing.
Get out in 2018 and do something new, something that excites you, something unexpected. Welcome to 2018! May this year be the best of your life and may they only get better.
One of my favorite parks is Lassen Volcanic. This was the park where I sustained the worst injury of my trip. This video shows you what it is like to run in the park plus how hard it can be on the body. I am so tired and sore that it shows during the monologue at the end. Hope you enjoy!
I was honored to be one of the first guests on my friends Stephanie and Juan Pena's podcast The Pena Show. It was recorded a little while ago when I was about halfway through the parks in the lower 48 states. It was originally going to be audio only but they held on to the recording until they were ready to include it on their TV show. Yes, TV show! The Pena Show is broadcast every week on local TV in Brooklyn. They created a really nice montage of photos from the National Parks to accompany our discussion. We talked about the project, making a change, minimalism and running. It is fun to know that the discussion was broadcast on TV for all of NYC to see. Thanks Stephanie and Juan for the opportunity and good luck on building the show and your multimedia empire.
You can watch The Pena Show Saturdays at 1:30pm in NYC on Verizon Fios channel 42 or live online on the Brooklyn Free Speech Channel 1.
There is also an audio only podcast version. You can listen via iTunes here. Be sure to subscribe. They get fascinating guests with wide ranging wellness related topics.
Here is the video version. Thanks for watching!
Short video of my time running a marathon at Crater Lake National Park on September 17, 2016. It happened to be Ride the Rim weekend. This is an annual event where they close 25 miles of the rim road to cars and open it to walkers, runners and mostly cyclists. I didn't plan it that way but it surely worked out. It was about 98% on the road with a short trail section just for fun. It was cloudy, windy, hilly and full of friendly cyclists. I even sing a bit. I just wish I knew all the words.
Video captured during my run at North Cascades National Park in Washington on August 27, 2016. I did a 13.1 mile out and back on the Cascade Pass Trail and Stehekin Valley Trail. This was one of my favorite parks. Angular mountains, dense forest, pumping waterfalls, quiet.
Video mash up of my marathon run at Badlands National Park back on July 26, 2017. I was joined for half of the run my "America's Marathon Man" Jerry Dunn. In addition to being in such a stunning place I had running royalty with me. Jerry set several running endurance records in his life and he was training for a fundraising event to run 70 kilometers for his 70th birthday (which he did). He's a wonderful example of the power of positivity.
I also tell a rattlesnake story and sing a bit. Please sing along.
Watch a video about Jerry. He was running long before running long was cool.
On my second day (July 24, 2016) at Badlands National Park I met up with my new friend Nick Cross. Nick and I connected on Instagram and he and his family just happened to be camping in the park the same time I was there. I'm glad he reached out as we got in a really awesome trail run on the rock formations at the park. This is what my project is about - people getting together and experiencing our National Parks on foot. Whether you run, hike or walk our feet are the best way to get up close to nature and feel like you are part of it. I'm grateful to have met Nick and thankful he reached out to run.
I had the opportunity to stick my GoPro Hero4 Silver out the window as I was driven through Badlands National Park back on July 27, 2016. The scenery seems drastic but it is so much more inviting and interesting once you get out of the car. Consider this your driving tour. Now get out on foot and see our National Parks!
On my first day at Badlands National Park I couldn't resist going out for a short joy run on the rock formations. It is like nature's parkour. I can see how you could become lost very, very easily. There are not many established trails and no water. Be careful. Back on July 23, 2016.
I got a chance to do a little #runningtheparks at Rocky Mountain National Park on September 20th. I was experimenting with my new GoPro Hero5 Black on an out-and-back eight mile run on the Ute Trail. I started and ended at the Alpine Visitor Center. This entire run was at just under 11,000 feet and higher. This is my second video with my new Hero5 Black. This time I used my handheld which I still think works better for me. I will continue to experiment.
The scenery was stunning and despite running in the late afternoon I was gifted with perfect weather. This was the first time I got the chance to drive Trail Ridge Road. It is a must see!
p.s. I now know my Buff was upside down. Sorry Subaru.
Final episode of What's in My Car! Here I cover how I kept everything charged while driving 45,000 miles over one year and staying a lot in campgrounds. You'll see my power inverter set up, USB charger, car electronics and other tips and tricks to make a long trip organized.
First quick video at the Arapaho National Recreation Area and Rocky Mountain National Park with my new GoPro Hero5 Black. GoPro was very kind to send me this great camera. The built-in image stabilization will really improve the quality of the shots I take when running. This is also the first model to be waterproof without a separate case! That makes accessories much easier to handle. It also recognizes voice command so I can shoot without having to break stride. Thanks to GoPro and watch for videos from American Samoa, Hawaii and Alaska to come!
In episode number VI I cover the gear in the front passenger seat. There are a few good tips for how to make things work when they don't fit exactly.
In Part V of What's in My Car I go through how I packed and stored my clothing for four seasons including all my running clothing. Tip: roll it up. I hope you find this useful. Cheers!