Chocoloco 10k

StefRace Reports, Training

Capitalizing on Taper Madness + Rock’n Onward to RR100!  The Houston Marathon marked the last long effort before my goal race, Rocky Raccoon 100. With that, the past 2 weeks, I’ve been tapering back my mileage. Lately, I’ve taken to the strategy of tapering back mileage while keeping bursts of intensity to keep my brain satisfied and legs happy. For … Read More

2016 Houston Marathon

StefRace Reports, Training

Picking up the Pace…or not… I always have a hard time racing marathons. At first, it was because I was inexperienced and was happy for whatever time I felt like running that particular day. More recently, it’s because I never taper properly because there is always “something” around the corner that makes it a “training run”. This year’s Houston Marathon was … Read More

7th “Runiversary”

StefPhilosophy, Training

Celebrating another “Runiversary” It seems like just yesterday on one hand, but ages away on the other. Next weekend at the Houston Marathon will mark my 7th “Runiversary”. Most who know me today don’t remember or didn’t know me in my “pre-runner” classification. In those days, I was pursuing my academic passion, geology. Throughout my academic career, the extent of … Read More

2016 Texas Marathon

StefRace Reports, Training

2016 Texas Marathon: Lessons in Racing, Pacing and Timing… For the 5th consecutive year, I’ve started my New Year by running the Texas (full) Marathon (I did the half version 6 years ago). It’s one of the longer-lived marathons in Texas, put on by Steve and Paula Boone, 50-States Marathon Club legends. Logistically, it’s a very simple race for me to … Read More

Christmas 2015 + Kris Kringle 5M

StefNews, Race Reports

Christmas Happenings and Kris Kringle 5M After the excitement of the Thanksgiving Holiday, we decided to do something as a family for the first time in at least 5 years. I booked my sister a ticket home for Christmas from Jackson Hole so we could have a good old fashioned family Christmas together. As our family has scattered and “grown … Read More

Year in Review – 2015

StefNews, Philosophy

2015 Reflections and 2016 Goals…  This year can’t simply be summed up in a single word or phrase. It’s been one with dizzying ups and downs (a similar theme from 2014). My year began with some fun races with friends, I secured a new speedy 5k PR (21:34) and ran the Texas and Houston Marathons in January. All of that … Read More

Texas Trails Endurance 50M

StefRace Reports, Training

Practicing Patience and Pacing With my DNS at Cajun Coyote, I decided to fill the gap with a race the following weekend. There were a couple of local options. The first would be at Brazos Bend State Park and the other at Huntsville State Park. Both are really nice Texas State Parks and both are approximately the same driving distance … 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

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