Sunday, May 1, 2011

My Husband the Adventurist

This is my husband...

He likes the outdoors.

He would blog about his many adventures, but he's too busy, uh, adventuring to do that.

And in fact, I would blog about his many adventures, but I find myself getting way behind on them - as they are quite frequent.

It is true, that Will has attempted to blog about his outings, and has several blog drafts started, but the dates on the drafts are about 2 years old.

What can I say? He's better at some things more than blogging. :) But we still love him.

And since he's not so much a blogger, I am here to tell you that he does adventures. Lots of them. I can't tell you the elevation he climbed, or how many wild animals he saw, or how many sprained ankles he's gotten (a lot)...

But I can tell you that he is a happy man when he gets the wifey-green-light to head out into the wilderness. He has fun. And he comes home very refreshed and excited to see us again. Wait, not that he wasn't excited to see us before :)

In the last 6 months, Will has run at least one big race per month as part of his training for the Western States 100 Mile race at the end of June.

Yesterday, he had to do 8 hours of volunteer work at a race. He said he just stood there in 6 inches of mud manning an aide station while runners came through. No running. Just manning. That would be like someone sitting me at a 9 foot Steinway piano and telling "Just babysit the piano. Don't play. Now people will be coming by to play it a little bit and you just help them. But don't play."

If you are wondering how the heck Will got into his little hobby...

When I first met him (in 2003), he was into running road marathons and had run about 5 of them. He'd also ran Hood-to-Coast twice (a 200+ relay race in Portland). Then he decided in October of 2007 that he'd try a trail 50K race. I remember he was so tired and barely came in before the cut-off time for the race (which was 9 hours). He had never been more sore in his life.

But he seemed to like the trails much better, as they were easier on his knees and joints and just all around more scenic. He started doing more races here and there. And now, 4 years later and 2 kids later, he is what I would call a dedicated hobbyist runner. He's run more than I can count. His weekend jaunt is 20 miles just for a training run. He owns more shoes than me. This June he's been accepted into one of the biggest and oldest 100 trail running race - The Western States 100 - which is held in the Sierras near Lake Tahoe.

It's a big deal.

He's amazing, that is for sure.

And that's my blog about my husband the adventurist.

Post Edit by Will: Thanks babe! Yes, I'm a slacker when it comes to blogging. My weaknesses are your strengths, that's why we are so good together. Maybe some day I'll jump back on the blogging bandwagon, but in the meantime, if people want to know what I have been up to, I'm usually disciplined enough to post a few pics of my adventures on facebook:

Until the next adventure (or blog)!


Sandy said...

Wow! Jenni, thanks for blogging about Will's adventures! I really enjoy reading about what he does. He really is amazing and I just love that he does it. Thanks for supporting and encouraging him. We're looking forward to being there in June!!

Dan Thomas said...

We are looking forward to June! That aide station sounds right up my isle. We don't know yet if we will be driving over to the race or if we have flight benefits with Southwest we might just fly into Reno and renting a car. See you there!

Rachel DeFreese said...

Sounds like my husband's long lost twin! Seriously!

Chelle said...

Thanks for sharing the stories and pictures of Will's adventures - looks like he is one busy guy! And, it's nice to know that I'm not the only outdoors-widow around. Best wishes to him in for many miles of open road, beautiful vistas and very few twisted ankles as he trains for the 100 miles.

NelsonFam said...

Well my 3 mile run this morning doesn't seem so impressive but everybody has to start somewhere - right. Way to go Will!

Kristi said...

wow. I would say someday I might get there but honestly I don't think so. You are amazing and CA-ARAZY at the same time. I'm just glad Jenny takes the time to post it otherwise we would never know how crazy you really are. :) congrats