Thursday, August 14, 2014

Action photography of trail runners crossing a stream at the French River Trail Run (XTERRA Trail Series MA #2) in Oxford, MA. Sports Photography from Inside the Pack by Ken Skier, the Running Photographer. (RunwithKen.com)
Stream Crossing at the French River Trail RUn (XTERRA Trail Series MA #2) in Oxford, MA (June 28, 2014)


We think of trail running and of course we think of trails.
And running.

(Maybe flying!
Leaping over rocks...
roots...
and fallen trees.)

Sometimes we do leap.
We float.
We fly like a bird!

But then nature throws a curve.

Suddenly there's no trail at all:
just a flowing stream.

And we're not running!

Barely walking.

Just trying to cross the wet barrier
without falling!

These runners were right behind me
at the French River Trail Run
 in Oxford, MA.

(Yes, I was running as I took this photo.
I didn't stop or slow my pace.
After all--I was in a race!)

If you love trail running, you're in luck!

The next race in the XTERRA series 
is Saturday, August 16
in Oxford, MA:

Hodges Hoedown!

You can run a Half-Marathon or a 10K course.
On trails, of course.
(With the occasional stream crossing!)


Thanks, MRA MultiSport and XTERRAPlanet
for putting on this great race series!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Up-close action photo of triathlete, open water swimming at the Mad River Endurafest Triathlon in Waterville Valley, NH. Photography from Inside the Pack by Ken Skier, the Swimming Photographer. (RunwithKen.com) The Mad River Endurafest is produced by Sun Multisport Events (SunMultisportEvents.com)
Open Water Swimming at  the Mad River Endurafest in Waterville Valley, NH (August 2, 2014)

Scream as loud as you can!
(Go ahead.  I'll wait.)

You won't exhale air more powerfully
than an open water swimmer.

And an open water swimmer does this
with every stroke.

Primal?

You'd better believe it!

I took this photo as I was swimming in the
Mad River Endurafest Triathlon in Waterville Valley, NH.

This swimmer was right next to me.

(Yes, I was swimming as I took the photo.
I did not stop or slow my stroke.
After all--I was in a race!)

After swimming .4 mile in the blue water of Corcoran Pond,
these triathletes biked 20 miles on mountain roads
(or 5 miles on mountain trails)...
then ran about 4 miles on roads or trails to the finish line.

A great day for road and off-road triathletes!

Thanks, Sun Multisport Events, for putting on
this scenic triathlon in the White Mountains!


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Photo of hand-made finisher medal for David's Old Silver Swim in North Falmouth MA, an open water swimming race that benefits Compassionate Care ALS. Photography by Ken Skier, the Swimming Photographer. (RunwithKen.com)
Hand-made Finisher Medal for David's Old Silver Swim in North Falmouth, MA (August 9, 2014)


This medal in my hand represents more
 than the fact that I finished a race.

As you can see, it was made by hand.

With love.

And it tells a story.

The caring people of North Falmouth, MA
decided to raise money for Compassionate Care ALS.

They got together and created an open water swimming race:

It's a half-mile loop in the salty Atlantic.
You swim the loop once for a half-mile, or twice for a mile.

When you run up onto the beach,
 the crowd cheers like you just made
 the winning touchdown at the homecoming game.

A volunteer peels the timing chip from your ankle
and another volunteer drapes this medal around your neck.

You feel like a champion!

I've finished dozens of triathlons
 and open water swims.

It always feels good to get a finisher's medal!

Usually a medal is professionally designed.
Cast in metal.  
Painted without a flaw.

I cherish every one of those medals!

But this this simple seashell--
 marked with a Sharpie
and hanging from a length of twine
--this one is special.

It was made by hand by someone
who was moved by his (or her) heart.

I won't put it in a drawer with my other medals.

I think I'll get a hammer and a nail,
and hang it from the wall.

for putting on this great race!

And congratulations on raising more than $25,000

So now I'm wondering:
who's going to give YOU a medal?

Photo of hand-made finisher medal for David's Old Silver Swim in North Falmouth MA, an open water swimming race that benefits Compassionate Care ALS. Photography by Ken Skier, the Swimming Photographer. (RunwithKen.com)
(The other side of the medal.)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Up-close action photo of triathlete, open water swimming at the Mad River Endurafest Triathlon in Waterville Valley, NH. Photography from Inside the Pack by Ken Skier, the Swimming Photographer. (RunwithKen.com)
Open Water Swimming at  the Mad River Endurafest in Waterville Valley, NH (August 2, 2014)


Open water swimming is a feast for all of the senses.

You feel the water--
 with every square inch of your skin.

You taste it.

You smell the crisp mountain air!

You hear the explosion underwater 
each time you clear your lungs...

...and you see streams of water--
patches of blue sky--
and the arms of other swimmers swirl
like a kaleidoscope before your eyes!


I took this photo as I was swimming in the
Mad River Endurafest Triathlon in Waterville Valley, NH.

This swimmer was right next to me.

(Yes, I was swimming as I took the photo.
I did not stop or slow my stroke.
After all--I was in a race!)

I hope it gives you some sense 
of what it feels like to be in the blender!


After swimming .4 mile in the blue water of Corcoran Pond,
these triathletes biked 20 miles on mountain roads
(or 5 miles on mountain trails)...
then ran about 4 miles on roads or trails to the finish line.

A great day for road and off-road triathletes!

Thanks, Sun Multisport Events, for putting on
this scenic triathlon in the White Mountains!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Up-close action photo of a barefoot runner (not in minimalist shoes, but actually barefoot) running--no, FLYING!--six inches above the track in Lexington, MA. Sports Photography by Ken Skier, The Running Photographer. (RunwithKen.com)
Barefoot running in Lexington, MA (August 6, 2014)

We all know the feeling.

We're lighter than air!
FLOATING above the earth.

Sometimes it's true!

__________


Oh.  
You're wondering about the black
tape on the runner's calf.

It's duct tape.
Plain old duct tape.

The runner is recovering from a calf strain.
Wrapping the calf in duct tape allows him to run...
and fly!

__________


What?  
You're wondering about the shoes?
(or lack of shoes!)

I'm a barefoot runner.

Not always...but often.
And especially when I want to run
with minimal impact.

Barefoot running is a very gentle form of running.
Very easy on the knee.
(I have a bad knee.)

I'm not suggesting that you run without shoes.
But it sure works for me!




Friday, August 1, 2014

Up-close action photo of triathlete beaching like a whale while open water swimming at the Marshfield-Duxbury Triathlon. Photography from Inside the Pack by Ken Skier, the Swimming Photographer. (RunwithKen.com)
Open water swimmer at  the Marshfield-Duxbury Triathlon in Duxbury, MA (July 27, 2014)


What is more damatic than an open water swimmer?

An open water swimmer leaping for the sky!

Like a whale breaching:

Humpback whale breaching.  (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.)

I took the top photo as I was swimming in the
   Marshfield-Duxbury Triathlon in Duxbury, MA.

(Yes, I was swimming as I took the photo.
I did not stop or slow my stroke.
After all--I was in a race!)

After swimming 1/4 mile in the cold waters of the Atlantic,
these triathletes biked 11 miles of seaside roads
and then ran 3 miles on the beach.

Thanks, Streamline Events, for putting on
this scenic triathlon by the sea!


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