These past few months have been incredible, as I have been exploring the southern California region trail system; ranging from the areas surrounding the Pacific Crest Trail from the border, all the way north to Big Bear Lake. I was also lucky enough to spend 62-miles exploring the Tahoe Rim Trail in northern California.
There are just a mind-blowing amount of trails in the region to get to know, as well as the many ultra-runners who have been a part of the journey. I have been knocking out 40-50 mile training runs at least once per month, as well as an average of 60-90 weekly miles as best as possible, but like us all, life does at times get in the way!
The racing season kicked off with the Trail Trashed Ultra 50-miler in late March outside of Las Vegas, where a 2nd place finish felt great. It was a long day of chasing each other through the course! The San Diego 100 was cancelled, so now I am knee-deep in training for the Ouray 100M in late July, the Castle Rock 100K in mid-August and a few other TBDs I will confirm in the coming months.
It will be a busy summer! Like you, I am sure you are just as energized to be out and exploring more of the world since the pandemic. Wishing you all the best for a great summer of running.
Endurance Athletics: Challenges
As we all move forward in our lives, let us pray for the opportunities to grow in strength and love. Not only for mental and physical strength to get through the day and whatever challenges we are up against, but also never forgetting to love the incredible journey we are all traveling, and being thankful for the OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE!
“Darren exudes a passion for life and enthusiasm for challenge that is undeniably inspiring. We were extremely fortunate to have him visit Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and share his strategies for overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds. We are often told in our medical training that the road to becoming a physician is a series of marathons and it can appear daunting at times. The tools Darren shared for finding passion in the face of such challenge will not only serve our residents during their training, but continue to benefit them throughout their medical practice.”
– Rocco Addante, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center