2016 Millican 25k

StefRace Reports, Recovery, Training

“Oh won’t you…show me the way, everyday?” Last year, while I was recovering from my broken ankle and still entrapped in my fiberglass prison, I headed up to College Station, TX to captain an aid station at the Millican Ultra and Trail Runs. College Station is a mere 90 minute drive from Houston, so a group of us from my … Read More

Embracing Grey

StefPhilosophy, Recovery, Training

 DFL > DNF > DNS Or is it? To race or not? It tends to be one of the most frequently asked questions on running/triathlon forums. Sometimes the answer is straight-forward. Can’t race with a broken bone, the flu or a funeral to attend. However, this is not the norm. Where does one draw the line? This year I had to explore … Read More

Hurts so Good…

StefPhilosophy, Recovery, Training

“Hurts so Good…” Come on baby, make it hurt so good… I love me some good ‘ol John “Cougar” Mellencamp! However, I somehow doubt he was referring to the topic of this post during my mental drafting. This post is dedicated to an unsung hero in my training and recovery, my bodywork/massage therapist, Walt. This year has been a whirlwind of … Read More

Thirty Days

StefNews, Recovery, Training

Thirty Days: How a Simple Challenge Turned into a Recovery Protocol… Note: I drafted this post in May. I waited until National Running Day to post about this incredible experience! In mid to late March, my friend, John Sharp issued a challenge. A challenge that turned into so much more than I could have anticipated at the time. The challenge? Walk … Read More

Release

StefNews, Recovery

Trials and Tribulations of the Fiberglass Prison Episode 8: Release! The Day of Reckoning was upon me. March 23rd, I had my second follow-up appointment with my ortho to x-ray my ankle. I felt ready, Ifelt “healed”, I felt it was time…I just needed the “data” (i.e. x-ray) to prove it. My appointment was straight-forward, cast removal, x-ray and consultation. Uneventful … Read More

Patience

StefNews, Philosophy, Recovery

Trials and Tribulations of the Fiberglass Prison Episode 7: Patience This is the 7th in my recovery series from the saga of my broken ankle. You can read the back story from my Rocky Raccoon 100M race report. As individuals, we each have our own gifts and talents to give to the World. Some of these come easy, others are much … Read More

Family Matters

StefNews, Recovery

Trials and Tribulations of the Fiberglass Prison Episode 6: Family Matters Note: I drafted this a few weeks ago, have not had the opportunity to publish until many weeks later To date, I haven’t really written much about my family. In part, it’s because the focus of this blog, but it’s also because I frankly I unfortunately live half a … Read More

Time

StefNews, Recovery

Trials and Tribulations of the Fiberglass Prison Episode 5: Parole and Re-incarceration I understand this update is long overdue. This is the hardest part of recovery, understanding whenever you take 2 steps forward, sometimes it’s accompanied with one step back. March 2nd, I had my first follow-up appointment for my ankle. This was 4 weeks to the day after I … Read More

Strength through Boredom

StefNews, Recovery

Trials and Tribulations of the Fiberglass Prison Episode 4: Boredom Comes a ‘Knockin Four weeks have gone by, four long weeks since I last stepped forth with two healthy legs. I think I’ve done quite well for myself. I keep myself as busy as possible to do what exercise I can to maintain the shred of sanity with which I … Read More

Frustrations and Blessings

StefNews, Philosophy, Recovery

Trials and Tribulations of the Fiberglass Prison Episode 3: Frustrations and Blessings Frustration (n): the feeling of being upset or annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something Frustrations: Inabilities have been pretty much dictated my life the past few weeks. I’m highly limited by what I can do and there is precious little I can do to change … Read More