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

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

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

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

Sanity or Something Like it…

StefNews, Training

Trials and Tribulations of the Fiberglass Prison Episode #2 – Finding a New “Normal” The first week of my recovery was filled with pain, fatigue and lots of sleep. The thing (not quite, but almost) furthest from my mind was exercise. I just knew my body (and mind) needed a chance to heal a little… However, most of the pain … Read More