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Pops and Buckles: What Happens to My Knee

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I was running down the Kestrel trail in the foothills near Boise last night and it happened: my knee popped. Then a minute later it did it again. Then three minutes later, it half buckled. Well, I can handle the occasional pop (even though I haven’t had one in weeks), but the half buckle is almost as scary as the full one. Pops…. Buckles….. what’s this guy talking about? Pops… Read More »Pops and Buckles: What Happens to My Knee

Market Peek August 2020

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The usually “hot” summer has seen August numbers keeping the Corona trends in tact. Buyers are busy with closed listing up a tick, but pending listings way up at 25.2%. There is a ton of competition for most any listing and that is shown in the SP:LP ratio (the percentage of the listing price at which the average property is selling) hitting 100.1% That means that the AVERAGE home is… Read More »Market Peek August 2020

Today I Ran 6 miles…

Today I ran 6 Miles. No big deal. I do that often. Today, however, followed a 58 mile week and put me over 1200 miles year to date. Now, THAT, is another story. In all of 2019, I logged 1106 miles. It was my worst mileage year since high school (back when we just didn’t run much in the off season). Most of it was about this knee replacement saga.… Read More »Today I Ran 6 miles…

Got Grass? Maybe You Should…

Realizing that I live in Colorado AND am a child of the 60’s, let’s begin by making one thing clear here, grass in this headline means the green stuff on many sections of ground/lawn, not marijuana. That said …. well, never mind. In his book, Bowerman and the Men of Oregon, there are a few paragraphs where author Kenny Moore describes sitting on the stadium or track infield (grass) with Frank… Read More »Got Grass? Maybe You Should…

Market Peek July 2020

The trends of June have held for July. Closed listings up from last year again, except this time a big 20.7%. New listings are up as well. Inventory is down 36% from last year and down about 6% from last month. This big lack of inventory, however, is creating an even more competitive market driving the average closed price up to $530,918 for the month. Looking year over year, things… Read More »Market Peek July 2020

54 Years Down…

So, It’s August 12th, my 54th Runnerversary is today. 54 years, that’s 115,410 miles as of right this second. Today was a trail run. Why a trail run? Well, Trails are better. I love trail runs for a multitude of reasons. I love them because of the scenery. I love them because of the challenge, I love them because they’re less crowded. I mostly love them because of the Earth.… Read More »54 Years Down…

My First Races OR How I Became a Runner

Was listening to a podcast the other day and the runner being interviewed was talking about his first races in school. It got me thinking about my introduction to running and racing before I ever put a uniform on my body. FIVE races in five years. And I remember WAAAAY too much about each. It was fifth grade and the culminating activity of the national physical fitness test: the 600… Read More »My First Races OR How I Became a Runner

Corona Crabby? How to Get Along During the Pandemic….

People are crabby. While this Corona Virus thing has been tough on everyone, it seems to have made some people REALLY crabby: Corona Crabby (new terminology – might catch on). Back in about, oh 2002 or so, Glen Campbell had a hit song called Try a Little Kindness. Twenty-five years prior to that, James Taylor wrote (melodically, of course), “The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.” I think the… Read More »Corona Crabby? How to Get Along During the Pandemic….

Market Peek June 2020

With Safer at Home clearly changing the way people think about being out and about, we’ve seen some positive steps for the Denver Metro market. With some of the restrictions loosened, and with real estate agent guideline for dealing with the virus doing the same, we’re seeing more activity. While new listings only dropped 2.9%, active listings are DOWN almost 32% from last year. So, what’s the good news? Pending… Read More »Market Peek June 2020

Running in the Pandemic: The Success of the Infinite Game

In his book The Infinite Game, Simon Sinek, pontificates about the differences between the finite game (one which has set rules and a scoreboard), and the Infinite Game (which is flexible and looks at the big picture). During this pandemic, there is a great many runners/racers/people in general who are extremely frustrated with the lack of competitive opportunities at this time. Without the chance to compete, without the chance to… Read More »Running in the Pandemic: The Success of the Infinite Game