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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Cross-Training? I've Got Something For You.

I just spent the last several weeks with the Connecticut Wildland Fire Crew working on the Pagami Creek Fire in Northern Minnesota. I was part of a twenty person team that worked with various federal and other state resources to help contain this large fire involving some 95,000+ acres of forest.

I didn't get a chance to run, but we had to carry in canoes and paddle through three lakes to get to our spike-out camp. Then we had to canoe in each day to the fire to work. The terrain, although not hilly like out west, presented many challenges with slippery rocks, bogs, moss-hidden holes and the usual roots, rocks, and fallen and leaning trees. Fortunately, no one got injured despite a few close calls.

I lost about 8 pounds while out there. We had to cook and clean each and every day, while we received supplies via a plane drop-off system. 

I'm still somewhat sore, especially my legs, but hope to resume my running tomorrow.
I hope everyone has been well during my absence.



  1. Sounds like quite the adventure! Are you noticing an increase in your speed after losing 8lbs?

  2. It really was. I haven't run since returning on Monday afternoon. My legs are still sore. I'm going to try to run tomorrow despite developing a cold last weekend. The trick is to not fall into my usual night snack eating habits-easier said than done. Thanks for stopping by. Hope all is going well with you.

  3. Hi Ken! My toe has healed nicely. I've changed my running shoes to Asics Kayano 17 and stopped wearing the old Nike one which caused the pain. Looks like you really did have an adventure out there! Hope your legs are feeling better today. Cheers. :-)

  4. Hey ken, that look like a lot of fun, I am glad to hear that you were able to get back out there. I hope that you can get back running soon.

  5. Hi I Run! Glad to hear your feet are feeling better.

    Hey Jared,I'm glad I was able to get back out too. How's work going?

    I'm starting to feel better. I ran today and although it was a slow run, I feel like the legs are finally starting to recover.




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