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Life, Travel, Racing and all else

Learning From Runners in Japan

March 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

I was in Tokyo a couple weeks ago doing my market research on runners. During my time there I did a fare bit of running and then I watched 35,000 runners run by at the Tokyo [...]

Tokyo Marathon 2017

February 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s been almost 3 years since I left the country. For 8 years I traveled the world almost monthly. I’m lucky to have been on every continent except Antarctica. [...]

Xterra 15K Race Report

February 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

My last race was a super hilly trail marathon on Catalina Island in November of last year. I took time off after that race to let my body rest and recharge. The rest felt [...]

Are You Motivated for 2017?

January 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

More than a few times in the last year I’ve heard the same thing. Motivation will get you out the door but once there, when it gets really tough, motivation won’t [...]


December 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

I wrote this 5 years ago. It still rings true. The stories are old but there are more stories (failures) from 2016 I could put in place of these.  I’m re-posting here [...]

Running Test

December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less – C.S. Lewis After a 3 week break from running I jumped back into it with a MAF run [...]

2017 Travel Schedule

December 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

My current 2017 Travel Schedule looks really fun. It goes like this:   February – Japan April – France, Boston, Central Illinois and England May – New [...]

Constant Improvement

December 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

“You Should Sit in Meditation for 20 Minutes a Day, Unless You are Too Busy, Then You Should Sit for an Hour” – Zen Adage Sitting quietly, breathing deeply, [...]

Starting Over

December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

If this is not your first time to Shoe Ranger you may be asking, what happened? It’s a long story but I’ll boil it down to this. There was a time when I wanted [...]