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Donald Patient Expert

California
I'm an ultrarunner/triathlete in Monterey County, CA. My website features gear reviews, photo tours, race reports, training advice, and lessons on finding the proper balance in life.
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Farewell and Amen by Donald Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running “Sometimes the light's all shining on me – Other times I can barely see – Lately it occurs to me – What a long, strange trip it’s been.” ... Read on »
Soft Star Rogue Review; Soft Star Metro Review by Donald Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running *Admin note: we’re in the homestretch!  One final product review here, and a farewell post before 2012 expires.  Thanks to everyone who has been sending well-w ... Read on »
Random Shots of Christmas by Donald Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running A truck full of toys … All laid out on a stage … Plus a joyful (if somewhat weary-looking) ... Read on »
GoLite Black Mountain Thermal Wind Pants Review; GoLite Cross Timbers Zonal Tights Review by Donald Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running It’s not exactly a coincidence that I’ve talked about GoLite a few times in the past month or so, and today’s review is a perfect example of why I’m such a big ... Read on »
Random Shots of Christmas; Injinji Sock Contest Winners by Donald Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Apologies for another late weekend post … and let’s get right into things.  In honor of the season, I’m converting the customary weekend fare into a Random Sho ... Read on »
Injinji Performance 2.0 Sock Review; Injinji Sock Giveaway Contest by Donald Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Before today’s official review, a cool sale offer to pass along: GoLite is in the midst of a 12 Days of Savings campaign, featuring a killer deal on at least on ... Read on »
Christmas Time's A-Coming by Donald Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running “Christmas time’s a-coming – and I know I’m going home” -      -  Patty Loveless, “Christmas Time’s A-Coming” (video after post) Even though we ... Read on »
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon Review by Donald Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running At the rate Vibram is going, it’s almost hard to remember a time when runners complained about the company’s lack of options.  Like, you know … all the way back to three ... Read on »
Run For Power (In a Hamster Wheel!) by Donald Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Would you run in a hamster wheel to save the Earth?  That was the question posed by Outside Magazine in response to a proposal by a Lebanese industrial enginee ... Read on »
Merrell Big Sky Jacket Review by Donald Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Hey, guess what?  It’s Vendemmia season!  One of the sweetest events of the fall, and I feel kind of bad that it’s taken me this long to acknowledge it. ... Read on »
Random Shots of Beauty; Last Month of the Year by Donald Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running With only a few weekends left to post Random Shots of Beauty, I figured it was time to go back into the photo folders and find some of the pics I decided to put away for ... Read on »
Rambling On by Donald Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running “Leaves are falling all around, it's time I was on my way – Thanks to you I'm much obliged, for such a pleasant stay … “ -     -   Led Zeppelin, “Ramble On” ( ... Read on »
Soft Star Youth Dash Shoe Review by Donald Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Here’s how you know you’ve got a versatile shoe: when you can wear it for a 100-mile trail run through the mountains in the summer, and your daughter can wear ... Read on »
Cyber Monday Shopping Roundup; Random Shots of Beauty by Donald Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I’ve been blitzed with Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions over the past week – and since it’s been a while since I’ve done any serious affiliate promotion ... Read on »
A Charlie Brown (And Milo and Binkley) Thanksgiving by Donald Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running It’s tradition around Running and Rambling HQ that when the holidays roll around, we break out the Charlie Brown videos – and more often than not, I embed a clip from on ... Read on »
VIVOBAREFOOT Legacy Review by Donald Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running It’s worth noting that when I first started reviewing VIVOBAREFOOT footwear more than three years ago, they were at that time exclusively a dress shoe company ... Read on »
Random Shots of Fall Beauty by Donald Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Traditional fall colors are somewhat difficult to find in Monterey County, but if you do enough running around, eventually some of them will cross your path.  Accordingl ... Read on »
GoLite Vista Ridge Shirt Review: GoLite Vermilion Thermal Jacket Review by Donald Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I’ve mentioned a few times lately how our coastal California autumn frequently blesses us with 75-degree days when the rest of the country is in the midst of i ... Read on »
Merrell Bare Access 2 (and Arc 2) Shoe Review by Donald Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Perhaps more than any other company, Merrell is an ideal example of how an established shoe manufacturer can evolve in response to changing times.  ... Read on »
Barefoot Movie Giveaway Winner; Random Shots of Beauty (Extended Audience Participation Edition!) by Donald Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Our main order of business is to give a barefoot video away – but first we’ll get through some end-of-weekend randomness. For our Random Shot of ... Read on »