Announcing Stratus: A Steampunk Novel (Part One)!

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First of all, this isn’t a fitness related post, but it’s about the other side of my geekery, so I thought you all may want to know about it just the same. Stratus, my newest novel, is coming out on November 14, 2015, and it’s available for pre-order on Amazon right now!

Austin and I are working at making the sequel to Nimbus even better and more awesome than the first one. We had some great luck with the serial format with Nimbus, and we didn’t want to fix what wasn’t broken. Except for one thing: Stratus will be a three-part serial novel instead of four.

So head on over to Amazon and snag your pre-order for Stratus: A Steampunk Novel (remember, it’s still steampunk for people who don’t know they like steampunk yet. Shh!).

And if you haven’t read Nimbus yet–and just why not?–you can give Part One of it a read for free and get ready for the awesomeness that Stratus!

Race Recap: Sandia Mountain Shadows Trail 10K in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sandia Mountain Shadows Trail Run

Last week, I went to Albuquerque, New Mexico for a conference. I figured that since I had never been to New Mexico before, I should take full advantage of my trip and see what I could see. Given my penchant for running, I figured the best way I could sight-see would be on foot, about 6 miles at a time.

After doing a search for races that fell during my trip, and I found the Sandia Mountain Shadows Trail Run 10K.I had never done a trail run, nor a 10K race (though I am currently running 4x a week, 3 being 10K and 1 being a longer run).

Since I figured I may never get the chance to run in New Mexico again, I signed right up. Continue reading

Running is…

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Running is a lot of things to a lot of people. Over the past couple of days, this is the list of things that came to mind when I thought about what running is to me.  Continue reading

Motivation for Faster Running

If I look excited in this picture to you, I was. It’s because I took it last week, immediately after I ran the fastest 10k I’ve run since 2012. It wasn’t anything terribly impressive (58 minutes, and my best is 54 minutes), but I was really excited about it. I was coming off a hip injury, getting ready for a half-marathon, and fighting humidity and asthma. I felt fantastic.

When I started the run for the morning, though, I didn’t expect to do any speed work. I hadn’t anticipated a fast run. I was planning on a slow, easy run that pushed probably 70 minutes, give or take a few.

Instead, I got outside, put in my headphones, and ran like the wind–or at least what felt like the wind. Want to know why? Because I didn’t want to be late for work.

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Running Shoes and Gender Roles

I’m a lot of things, but I am not a stereotypical guy. I mean, the only oil I want on my hands is for my cuticles. When people buy my wife lotion and candles as gifts, guess who ends up using them?

With that in mind, you can probably guess how I react to brightly colored running clothes–especially shoes.

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Unfortunately, men’s running shoes tend to be plain and subdued (read: dull and boring). Women’s shoes, on the other hand are brightly colored and fluorescent (read: awesome and wonderful).

After reading a few reviews online for running shoes, I got pretty irritated at what I read. I hope they’re the vocal minority, but from the current state of men’s activewear, I think there’s a lot of stereotyping going on about what men want to buy and wear.

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