Wow, it's been 6 months since I last posted anything here. I suppose as I've been less and less into racing the past couple years I've become less and less into documenting my running in general. This isn't to say that I haven't been running. I had a very vibrant spring and summer of running. We did 3 more very successful sessions of Alaska Mountain Ultrarunning Camp this summer, and I just returned from a 2 week trip in which I attended 3 races: Wasatch 100 (as a pacer); UROC 100k (as an aid station volunteer); and The Rut 50k (as an organizational volunteer). I was also able to squeeze in some long exploratory runs in the mountains here in Juneau this summer, although maybe not quite as many as I would have liked if it had been a better summer of weather and/or I was feeling healthier. My health has continued to improve ever so gradually over this time, but it is still most definitely a limiting factor in how often and for how long I can get out and push myself in the mountains.
I am also in the midst of settling back into living full time here in Alaska. With Corle finishing her studies in Colorado in May we are now back here in Juneau year round. As summer is quickly fading into autumn here it's been weird to experience this place at a time of year that I haven't in 5 years. Each day when I'm out and about I see, hear, or smell things which remind me of being here in autumn, and it's strange and fascinating to notice how long faded in my mind these memories seem to be. I'm excited to see what memories, and new experiences unfold with being back here full time over the next several months.
At any rate, this is also the time of year that we start making plans for the following season of running camp. We have just finalized the dates for 2015, and all the info for that can be found on the camp website. We will be doing three sessions next summer: June 21-27; August 1-7; and August 10-16. If the early response is any indication I suspect we might fill up a bit quicker this year than the previous few years so be sure to jump on that as soon as possible if you are wanting to have choice of any session. I'm sure we will have space available in one or more sessions past the first of the year (as we typically do), but I wouldn't be surprised at all if the first session to fill does so before the end of the year.
I'll close with several pictures from my past 6 months of exploring the mountains and living life. More to follow soon: