Monday, December 9, 2013

Maui Love

Just a weekend can seem like a month. Maui is full of life!

-Immersed in lavender
-Watched Amy dance Swing
-Laughed the entire time running Haleakala crater
-Swam through the ocean blue
-Lahaina ridge trail is HOT!
-Bloody Marys and Mimosas

It was interesting to experience something I love in a new way. Running in Luna sandals creates a different rhythm. Kind of like a skip compared to a glide! I met up with friends Matt and Alex and we laughed our way up and down the trails:

Luna Oso from Barefoot Alex on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 1, 2013


Fuel for the fun: Quinoa carrot muffins with figs and goat cheese. I have been experimenting and this has been the winning recipe! Perfect for long runs, hikes, or explorations!

1 cup white or whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
Honey: To preference
Cinnamon: To preference
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs(Can substitute with yogurt)
1 cup grated carrot (1 large carrot)
1/2 cup mashed overripe banana (1 medium banana)
3/4 cup applesauce
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped nuts: Cashews or almonds work great!
1/4 cup dried figs
Goat cheese(optional)

INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Liberally spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour through salt). In a medium bowl, combine wet ingredients (eggs through vanilla). Pour wet into dry and stir until smooth. Fold in raisins,nuts and figs. Once batter is in the muffin pan, make balls with the cheese and push halfway down. Cheese should be covered with batter. Bake for about 25 minutes or so!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Santiago, Valparaiso, Maitencillo. It was cool to spend some time in big cities as well as see some of the Chilean coast. The words of Pablo Neruda have been a huge inspiration for me, it also felt like a pilgrimage to visit his house in Valparaiso. His house is now a unique museum high on a hill overlooking the colorful city and providing a unique experience full of wonder.

"The Stolen Branch"

In the night we shall go in
to steal
a flowering branch.

We shall climb over the wall
in the darkness of the alien garden,
two shadows in the shadow.

Winter is not yet gone,
and the apple tree appears
suddenly changed
into a cascade of fragrant stars.

In the night we shall go in
up to its trembling firmament,
and your little hands and mine
will steal the stars.

And silently,
to our house,
in the night and the shadow,
with your steps will enter
perfume's silent step
and with starry feet
the clear body of spring.

One of my favorite things about Chile was the doors. No matter the city or small town, everywhere had extravagant doors and door knobs to provide endless amusement and fascination.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Going to Chilean Patagonia was more a pilgrimage than a trip. I have dreamed of visiting the land where apparitions hang over mountain peaks and green mist floats through forrests in Springtime.

The prospect of running in a wild and wondrously beautiful place drew me to the bottom of the Southern Hemisphere. It had been years since I ran in a race off of the Big Island and I was manically excited. For me the race was more of a celebration run than a race and that’s why I wanted to be a part of the 63k event in Torres del Paine national park. It was a celebration of running, Patagonia, dreams, Chile, magic,love and so much more! I did all that I could to contain my excitement and not expend all my energy in the first mile freaking out at how stunning and dramatic the landscape was.

I was mesmerized as the miles melted away, only thinking of dissolving into mountainside to be blown up high to mingle with the swirling snow atop the peaks. Around mile 30 I came out of my daydream and realized that I went out at a pretty hard pace and tried to ignore my legs telling me to slow down.

After 10 years of running I think I finally figured out the whole nutrition thing and thus was able to avoid crashing and burning. In the end we all won!! The Patagonian International Marathon is a great event full of great people!


The real highlight was hiking the “W” circuit with Amy. After the race, we spent three days on the trail and in the heart of a truly majestical land.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Above the Sea

"And one day we will die
And our ashes will fly from the aeroplane over the sea
But for now we are young
Let us lay in the sun
And count every beautiful thing we can see"

Shaped by Hand from Elias K. on Vimeo.

Monday, August 19, 2013

On the Go!

Long runs, slow evenings and salty water
All that summer should be.

School has started and life is moving at 1,000 mph. This year I am excited to be doing two things I love;teaching poetry and coaching cross country. I think of running and writing as expansive and limitless, the essence of freedom. I have found that teaching is not the hard part, it’s the un- teaching that is….. Poetry should be analyzed and dissected until it becomes sterile and running should be structured, limited, and timed until it becomes drudgery…. That seems to be popular opinion. Sometimes it’s easy to feel discouraged but patience is a friend of mine. The little stresses can be dissolved from a high trail, ocean plunge, or a look from my beloved. In the end beauty wins!