Upcoming Ultra

Saturday: My second ever ultra marathon. Trepidation? Not so much. Actually, excited about it. Helps a lot to have gotten in my July challenge in Guiyang. Longest ever run of mine—54.23km (33.69 miles). Feeling confident now. Solo, most likely. Qing Pu district of Shanghai. Goal: Dice Challenge 48km. Earning 140 points for the monthly Dice…

Saturday in the Final Frontier

Saturday in Shanghai’s Final Frontier: New park stretching all around canals—boardwalks, various pathways, marshland, and only about 20 people seen within nearly two miles of running. This is what makes “countryside” living so worth it.

Li River, Guangxi, China

Guangxi Province, southern China: In this surreal landscape, how could I not go run after our boat ride down the Li River? Even if the heat index is 110F. There was no option after I saw a few folks wandering about on a pathway alongside this stunning river valley between legions of uniquely pointed karst…

Million Step Challenge for Children

Million Step Challenge for children’s heart surgeries. Please ask how you can help make a difference! At 12 day mark, I’m working ahead of schedule. Today, began running up this mountain road into a truly magical land…

Fengjing Town

Ran to the border of Zhejiang province this morning. It’s fenced off to prevent us scary Shanghai folk from bringing in disease. Last time I ran to this point two weeks ago, a man in red vest filmed me, assuming I was about to scale the fence. No red vest today! Best of all was…

Day 43 Tension Rising Story

Shanghai Lockdown Day 43 ”Tension Rising” story: Warning: Mom, you may not want to read this. Ignore language. So, that man—168-201 Roy—sent out this pic of me. He’s telling a community group of 374 people how my—“a male foreigner”—mask was only over my mouth. In his post just below photo, he adds an “@,” addressing…

Into The Underground

Shanghai Lockdown ‘22, Day 35: “Runners Find a Way” Note: Thank you for reading! 0548am and I was out the door, running. Shanghai Lockdown Day 35. The security apparatus in these past few days especially required me to try an early run on for size. The rules have tightened after three Covid cases were found…

Day 27

Day 27 Pretty much sums up my feelings about it today.But I did run my .29 mile short loop nearby for 1 hour 31 minutes 17 seconds. 2 minutes after, announcements to stay inside started up again. Didn’t hear those at all yesterday or this morning.

Not So Fun Anymore

NOW, uncensored blogging: Fuck this. I’m going running later. Back into the shadows. We live in a huge apartment complex, chock full o’ people. You’re tellin’ me we can’t go outside, with sun-wind-tons of open spaces, masks on mind you, because of 2 new infections on other side of the canal? Fuck that. We’ve all…

A Question

Running down a country road today, past the strawberry farm, a pretty 30-something year old lady stopped her car and invited me in for a ride. Dressed fully in black—from my black BRONX beanie, to my all black Hokas, I was trotting along in the rain. I thanked her and told her this was my…