Body Composition

A couple weeks or so ago, I did a body composition analysis at our local YMCA. I found it slightly remarkable. 1) It was free 2) It took about 2 minutes 3) It provided tons of fun data 4) All I had to do was stand on a scale, grab some electrodes, and hang tight The…

Girl writes blog. Boy reads blog.

Last night I was clicking through old comments on my blog, encouraged by the reception my Sugar Free post received, and I stumbled upon this quick exchange from six years ago. The question was posed by my now partner-in-running and life, Scott, when he first moved to Morgan Hill from Pennsylvania. As you can see from my…

Giving Up On Sugar

On February 10th, I gave up sugar.* (In case you just want the conclusion – It’s been remarkable, not that hard to do, and I highly recommend it to everyone) *I defined giving up sugar as eliminating foods that had added sugar of more than 1g (1 gram of sugar = 4 calories). This obviously means…

Knowledge is Power.

When I was in college, I gained the freshman 15. Then I lost it. And more. In fact, at one point I was a size 0. I’m 5′ 6″ so a size 0 really shouldn’t be the goal. I would forgo food all day so I could drink beer at a fraternity party. When I did…

Pine to Palm 100 Mile Endurance Run

We did something cool this weekend. We headed up to Oregon to try and conquer the Pine to Palm 100 miler. Continuing our transformation to dirtbag trail runners, we tossed a tent, comforter, couple of pillows and a cooler in the back of my car (and our running stuff of course), and headed up North….

Dirtbag Trail Runners: The Bryce Canyon 50 Miler

We arrived in Las Vegas on Thursday, backpacks and duffle bags in tow.  We were there to pick up a camping van that would be our home for the next four nights, taking us through Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. Ultimately landing at Bryce Canyon to run one of the most beautiful races in North America. For…

Born to Run (BTR) 2015

Born to Run (the multi-day extravaganza, not the book) is really special. There is no better word to describe it. It’s a celebration of running, trails, happiness, music, dancing, friends, family, support, good burritos and fun. The event was started in 2011 by it’s Godfather, spiritual and literal leader, Luis Escobar.  As he tells the…

And so it began

This is awesome for several reason. First, my mom mailed this to me. Yes, mailed. She mailed USPS style an email. Second, it’s almost exactly ten years old. My first race. Third, I define 10K, which made me laugh out loud.  I don’t even know what race this was but I am thankful my mom…

How to have a great long weekend running in Sonoma wine country

Step one: Rent a place off AirBnB at a private vineyard. How many times in your life will you be able to stay at someone’s private wine heaven? Step two: Stop by the Windsor Tasting Room in downtown Healdsburg for wine tasting. Talk to Paul. He pours wine, has silver (by choice, not age) hair…

Eastern States 100 – I will be coming back next year

It never occurred to me that I wouldn’t finish. Ever.  But that’s exactly what happened 23 hours 66.7 miles after I started running the first annual Eastern States 100, which took place August 15-16 in central Pennsylvania. It’s so disappointing. Depressing even.  I came home today and unpacked.  Looked at the training plan on my…

Tahoe Rim Trail 50M 2014

Ultra running is like childbirth. You prepare for months. When you’re in the middle of it you think it’s painful and never to be done again. But as soon as it’s over, you only remember the good. You start to think maybe there will be a next time. The 2014 Tahoe Rim Trail 50-miler had…