Welcome, come on in, feel free to leave your Hokas on.  You have stumbled upon LeadFeet.com where together we will share the wonders of long distance running, Squirrel’s Nut Butter and the occasional endorphin-induced epiphany.

My journey as a relatively untalented, midpack distance runner started on June 17, 2000 in Two Harbors, MN, at the start of Grandma’s Marathon.  A few hours later, I crossed the finish line in Duluth.  I may have been a bit misty.  Informed that three 70-year olds had crossed before me, I cried again.

Running Epiphany #1: This is something you and I can do for a long, long time.

Over 50,000 miles and 80+ marathons/ultras later, including 11 Boston finishes and 8 Leadville 100 Trail Run Hello Kitty buckles, what started as a bucket-list promise has turned into a realization that I was made to do this.


Now, just because I was born to run doesn’t mean I am all that good at it.  My ancestors do not hail from the Rift Valley of Kenya.  No, they were a seafaring people . . . Vikings exploring the dangerous, exotic fringes of the Old World.

I like to think they were just looking for a decent trail.

And aren’t we all, my friends, aren’t we all.

Boston 2015 Eric

Duluth News coverage of the 2012 Grandma’s Marathon Double

Vision magazine article

Marathon Training Academy podcast

RunRunLive podcast – Leadville 2017 Father & Son

RunRunLive podcast – Boston 2018: Wicked Pissah

RunRunLive podcast – Leadville 2019 with Pacer Chris

  1. Hey Eric, I just wanted to let you know I found a lot of inspiration and drive in your Grandmas Double videos. I have finished Grandmas myself a half dozen or so times and love Duluth. This year I am heading up to Grandmas and I’m doing it as 100K. Starting at the finish line > running a 10 or so mile loop back to the finish line > out to the start line and back. Everybody keeps saying “how’d you come up with that?” I tell em, well I found these videos of a guy from Missouri! Again man, I just wanted to tell you that the videos and your story gave me a ton of drive and inspiration. Maybe I’ll see you on the road that day, it’d be awesome to get a picture with ya!


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