The Go!bbler Friendsgiving

As the Thanksgiving holiday approached, the AO house was prepared to welcome home one of our offspring for a long awaited visit along with dinner with grandparents and possibly a niece or two. By Thanksgiving-eve, those plans had all but fallen apart. One plan that did not fail was to take part in the annual Go!bbler Turkey Trot and food drive on Thanksgiving morning. I may have been missing my … [Read more...]

The Heart of the Race

Each year the weeks leading up to Race the Base tend to be hard on my heart. I get anxious, there is a seemingly continuous revolution of reasons to freak out. There's the email about something that is not quite right with the shirts that pops up right in the middle of an out of state trip. There are arrangements with vendors, racers, and volunteers to be made. The day before the race there are … [Read more...]

New Traditions, the end of Black Friday

After gorging ourselves on Thanksgiving meals, watching football, drinking, tip-toeing around family issues, etc., the American tradition is to get up incredibly early the next morning and go stand in line at a local big box store in preparation of participating in a stampede leading to a credit card shredding frenzy of holiday spending. In fact, many actually look forward to this celebration of … [Read more...]

The Skullcrusher Legend: Cossatot River Half Marathon

The planning began during the heat of a summer afternoon while looking forward to the cool mornings of autumn. A group of runner friends, anticipating the arrival of fall trail runs, planned a weekend long trip to run the half marathon at Cossatot River State Park and Natural Area in southwest Arkansas. Cabins were rented, menus were planned, carpools were formed, and on the Friday before the race … [Read more...]

There’s a New Species of Badger in the Canyon:  Blow Outs, Big Rocks, and Mojo Nixon

There are road trips and then there are Epic road trips.  In my 48 years on Earth, I’ve never experienced an Epic road trip until the past weekend.  Months in planning, a group of six Team Honey Badger Irregulars set out in a wagon train of two to the great plains of the Texas Panhandle. Destination: Palo Duro Canyon State Park.  The reason: run trails.The trip started out smoothly enough … [Read more...]

Arkansas Trail Runs are Legen-waitforit-dary

The Arkansas Traveller 100 Mile Trail Run is over for this  year. This epic run, arguably the highpoint of many an Arkansas runner's year, is the culmination of months if not years of training, nutrition and gear experiments and hard work.  A good trail run doesn't have to be 100 miles long to be legendary. Here's a list of favorite trail runs Arkansas Outside has participated in and a list of … [Read more...]

Arkansas Traveller – Whatever Gets You Through The Night

The night was young, the dark of the woods was new as music blared from the speaker and laser lights strobed up into the trees leading runners on the Arkansas Traveller 100 Miler to the aid station at mile 87.2. Most of the food had been put away for safe keeping after the morning shift when runners passed the station at mile 28.6 of the course. We knew the first place runner would be coming in … [Read more...]

No Bull! El Encierro of Little Rock

My friend Lacey is one of the Girls Rollin' In The South (G.R.I.T.S.), a Central Arkansas flat track roller derby team. The team often donates entry fees to local charities and they regularly lend their talents to help raise money for  various charities. When she asked me if I'd like to participate in an event imitating the famous De La Pequena Roca- the running of the bulls, where derby girls … [Read more...]

Mount Nebo Trail “Fun” Run – We ate it for breakfast and kicked its ass

Mount Nebo is one of those places in Arkansas that I haven't explored as much as I would have liked; however, the only two times I've been there in the past have been pretty epic adventures, and this past weekend was no exception.  Mount Nebo State Park is located just west of the city of Dardanelle, Arkansas and was designated as a state park in 1927.  The majority of the amenities found in the … [Read more...]

Pikes Peak Marathon

On Saturday, my day was peppered with people along the trail, some of whom were long time friends, some new acquaintances and some complete strangers who cheered, rallied, cajoled and pushed me throughout my journey to the top. On Sunday, it was my turn to get to do that for others. As we walked down the street toward the starting line, I remembered Susy's words to me the day before- no need to … [Read more...]