62 Miles: Grateful Suffering

I get these ideas.  You do too, I’m sure, but when it sits there banging around in my head the only thing I can do is go for it.  Yeah, it probably drives my wife crazy occasionally but she is kind of the same way so it usually works.  So, when I told her I had to run 62 miles on my dad’s first birthday after passing, she just said “of course.”   She knew it would be therapeutic, and it was.
The course was made up by mapping a few of my dad’s favorite spots in the state of West Virginia, pretty close to where he and my mom retired.  Spruce Knob, the highest point in the state is where we would begin running 13 miles down a newly paved road at 3 am.  It used to be a dirt road which our quads would have appreciated. We dropped about 3000 feet on that first half marathon.


Then we would climb up a country road behind Seneca Rocks on the North Fork Mountain trail.  To get to the trail was a 1800′ climb over 5 miles.  We would fuel up and head to the 26 ish mile, zero access trail for the toughest part of the run.  It was slow going but really pretty, minus the roots and rocks of course!
We got to the end around mile 45 and met some family, got some water from the spring, and hopped in the river to clean up a bit.  Then for the last 17.  3 flat, 7 straight up, 7 flat (ish).  We finished in the Dolly Sods wilderness under the stars late at night with friends and family to celebrate his birthday.  Shannon, my sis made this video to capture parts of the experience.
Have an idea that is personal and physical?  Let me know and I’d be happy to give some advice on how to make it happen. It’s what I do!

Moving into the great unknown of 2018, one thing is certain.

I started Athlete On Fire fours year ago.  Holy crap, that seems amazing.  Often, I had no idea what I was doing. Other times, no idea why I was doing.  The effort for creating media and content to try and help strangers from who knows where is a real thing.  It’s redundant.  Reach out, record, edit, post, write copy, post, repeat….blah.  That junk is boring as hell the second I hang up with a guest after a call.

Then, dangit, one of you well meaning people from some small village outside of London, or on the southern coast of Australia, or in the middle of Kansas gets the gumption, the nerve, to send an email telling me how the show made a difference.  You were injured and the stories kept you motivated.  You didn’t think you could do the “thing” but you went out and did the thing anyway.  That junk is fuel. Big time.  And though I could add up the hours and the dollar bills I spend on this to make a case for my sanity, or insanity, I won’t.  I love this.

I love moving and getting you to move with the purest and strongest intention on being a better version of yourself.  That is the one certain thing of 2018.

Oh, there is another.  I am turning 40 years old this year.  What?  You for real?


They used to call being over 40 “over the hill.”  That’s freakin dumb man. I have some crazy physical goals this year.

I’ll share the ones I remember right now:

  • Dunk on a regulation hoop.  I’ve had this goal for my 40th birthday for as long as I can remember. I am coming off training for and running my first 100k so my fast twitch efforts are freaking brutal right now.  But, I have to make this happen.  Just a simple little dunk.
  • I want to run 50 miles in a foreign country.  More to come on this.  Planning July.
  • Float the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.  Booked. With my uncle, my dad’s brother.  We float then hike out!!!
  • Throw a football 50 yards.  Same thing as the dunk. I’ve always had this goal.
  • Bodyfat under 10% . This is the only metric I will even check this year.  I don’t care what my weight is or any other BS. I want to move well, be strong, and feel great.
  • Hit a baseball over a regular sized field.  This is a weird one because I haven’t hit a ball in years.
  • Run a sub 6:00 mile.
  • Run a sub 20 5k.
  • Do 100 push ups straight through.
  • Do 20 pull ups without stopping.

Those are some of the main ones.  Also, I want to make fitness and training as fun as you can imagine.  Challenges and new training ideas coming to you early and often and with a little trash talk. Come hang here.  You’ll either step up or curl up and start rolling over your own hill.

Leggo 2018!

Cover Photo by: Shannon Gray

AOF: 216 Nike trail runner Chris Mocko.

Chris Mocko is a Boulder, Colorado based runner. We talk about his transition to Colorado from the Bay Area, his favorite trails, his training, and lots about real life stuff.


This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates.  Go to healthiq.com/aof to support the show and learn more.  If you end up calling instead, let them know the code “aof” as a referral!

AOF:215 Kriste Peoples, Outdoor Afro, and her mission to get more people outdoors!

Man, what a gift. To meet someone multiple times, our guest is a good friend of my wife, but not get to know her much better until recording the show! She has much more to say but if you think it is important to get people from every corner of society into the outdoors, you’ll love this chat.


Kriste Peoples is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to share her love of trails, whether she’s running, hiking, snowshoeing, or thinking about it. She’s a Ragnar ambassador, a couch-to-5k coach, an Outdoor Afro leader, and a proud coach for L2S Fitness–all of which means she can often be found pointing excitedly at park maps and cheering adventurous souls around the next bend. By day, she’s a producer at a New Age media company that shares in another of her passions: honoring the best that’s in us.


This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates. Go to healthiq.com/aof to support the show and learn more. If you end up calling instead, let them know the code “aof” as a referral!