Thanksgiving Break…

StefNews, Philosophy, Race Reports

Giving Thanks for: A Clean Break; Old friends; and a Marathon! Historically, one of my least favorite holiday’s has been Thanksgiving. I don’t know why, but even when I did eat meat, I didn’t care for turkey and Thanksgiving always seemed like a long drive broken up with a couple of meals that I never really got into included. Yes, … 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

Javelina 100M

StefRace Reports

2015 Javelina 100 Race Report “Pressing my Luck…”   Come on, No Whammies, No Whammies, No Whammies, STOP! Game show aficionados may remember this game quite well. Press Your Luck was a game show, of well, luck back in the 80’s. I remember it fondly of keeping me company during sick and teacher in service days as a child. There … Read More

Waldo 100k

StefRace Reports

My legs are burning, back is barking and my left ankle has just started to lock up on me. I’m climbing the final stretch of the Twins entering into mile 44. My mind told me I couldn’t possibly go on to Maiden Peak. I had been warned Maiden Peak (7819’) was the toughest of the climbs of the 100k by … 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


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

SKORA Tempo – Release

StefGear Reviews, News

SKORA Tempo Early Thoughts and Musings… Last year, as I laced on my first pair of SKORA shoes, I fell in love. They were light, gave me fantastic groundfeel and were designed with highly reflective details to keep me safe(r) while running in the dark. I’ve since gone on to set many PRs, including my first BQ(-5) at Indianapolis and a … Read More


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


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