Things went wrong during this race. That’s to be expected. What did me in wasn’t the extortion discomfort. It was my own heart, both in the metaphorical… Read more “I Failed. Well, Kinda. | Ultra Trail Vipava Valley, Slovenia”
Eric Sense(less)man & His Cocodona 250 Journey by Dylan Harris | Friday Films
If there is only one ultrarunning documentary you’re gonna watch in your lifetime, this one by Dylan Harris would be a fine choice for that one-of.
Here is a story of human perserverance in one of its simplest forms. Keep going even when you think you can’t. Lose yourself to find your limits, then go beyond, senseless, to find a new, truer version of you.
“This film contains so much artistry, thoughtfulness and fine-tuned story-telling. It is exquisite. I can only imagine the amount of editing that went into this. Incredible job, Dylan Harris. And thank you to the one-of-a-kind Eric Senseman for allowing this journey to be shared. Beautiful,” wrote Jec Ballou. And he is right.
This is a story of Eric Senseman’s 2022 Cocodona 250 race. While Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy was the first to cross the finish line that year, Senseman embraced his own reasons for ever starting to run: “… I became engrossed with running, in part, because it made me feel like a kid,” he wrote in his piece for the rabbit blog. It’s beautiful to see him cover the miles with an attitude like no other—and it must have been even more inspiring to witness this in person.
“… what really stuck out to me was the relationship between Eric and his wife! I’ve seen so many other runners sort of blow off their partner at aid points, but even when he’s hurting so bad he always gives her a hug and a kiss before taking off again,” wrote Emma Happy.
Watch Senseman’s journey in this film by Dylan Harris.
Vipava Valley: Balm for the Homesick Soul
There are places on Earth that just feel right. For me, that was the Bay Area in California. It’s where I found my home. It’s where I… Read more “Vipava Valley: Balm for the Homesick Soul”
Beyond the Doubt: A Partner Race Across the Alps | Friday Films
The Transalpine Run is a partner race across the most gorgeous Alps. You have to cross the finish and checkpoint lines with your partner: if one of… Read more “Beyond the Doubt: A Partner Race Across the Alps | Friday Films”
Ostara in Šumava National Park | Video
My job gave us all a few days off to celebrate spring. I took my quiet celebrations to the nearest (and most beautiful) national park in Czechia. A few days spent walking silently among the trees and the meadows were a balm to my soul.
The Language I Speak
When I was growing up in my country of origin, I always heard that Finnish was the most difficult language to learn. As I later learned, that… Read more “The Language I Speak”
Grief, Memory, and a Random Road from Yosemite | Monday Musings
Grief is a strange thing. So is memory. There’s a place you pass on your way from Yosemite to the Bay. It’s not a particularly noticeable place.… Read more “Grief, Memory, and a Random Road from Yosemite | Monday Musings”
Can You Bike through the Australian Outback? Totally—and it’ll be a Gorgeous Ride!
Cycling through 3,000 kilometers of red-colored desert might sound intimidating. Then again, almost all things worth doing sound at least a bit intimidating, so it might be just the perfect indicator of “you should totally do it.” And if you aren’t in a place where you can just take off on such an adventure right this moment, you should take off at least virtually. (After all, we all have some experience with that thanks to the world shutting down for two years.)
We Biked 3,000km into the Australian Outback (Amazing Experience!) is just the perfect journey journal to watch. With minimal but incredibly insightful commentary and stunning shots of the Australian Outback, follow the bikes’ track from the Great Barrier Reef to Uluru. Alee is a great visual storyteller and will have you traveling through the landscape in no time!
Hawaii, the Land of Life; Lei, Shrimp, Pineapples, and Love
Should you hold a gun to my head and tell me to describe the Hawaiian Islands in one word, that word would be “vivid.” And yes, I’d… Read more “Hawaii, the Land of Life; Lei, Shrimp, Pineapples, and Love”
This Christmas, I Thought of Them. (The Three Kings Came, Bearing Their Gifts.) | This is not a happy post.
This Christmas, I thought of them. I thought of Hancho, the sure-footed Morgan who carried me across the beautiful Point Reyes Natural Seashore trails. I thought of… Read more “This Christmas, I Thought of Them. (The Three Kings Came, Bearing Their Gifts.) | This is not a happy post.”