Training, coaching and training some more

Hi Everyone I haven’t posted in a while because I haven’t done anything but train since the turn of the decade. However, my 2010 schedule is finally coming together.  After much hemming and hawing, I have decided to focus on my first 100 and work back from there.  Doing just that — working backward that…

Why I love Daily Mile

My endurance athlete friend has been mentioning Daily Mile for about a year now. It is billed as a social training log for runners, triathletes, and cyclists. DailyMile claims it is the easiest way to share your training with friends and stay motivated. I didn’t understand why anyone needed another social networking site for athletes.  I…

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Muir Beach 50K Race Report

The Muir Beach trail run, which is put on by the fine PCTR team, is all about views and climbs.  It’s an absolute must if you live anywhere near San Francisco. With the exception of tight parking and long walk to the start, the event is flawless.  You have the option of running the 11K,…

What’s Next?

Well, this weekend my friend Carrie and I are running the Skyline 50K.  A last minute addition to my calendar, I had the jones for another ultra before the end of summer.  Luckily Carrie is known for saying, “I’m in!” Total elevation gain/loss is 4758, which isn’t bad at all.  It should be fun. Next…

Running Yosemite – Chilnualna Falls and Beyond

Went to Yosemite National Park yesterday with three of the best runners I know. Ran 16 miles. Climbed 4000 feet. Started at 4200′.  Peaked at 8200′. Took us five hours and 23 freakin’ minutes total, of which we ran four ten.  The other one hour and thirteen minutes were spent walking, looking at the map,…

Here we go again… marathon season

I am excited, intimidated, and anxious all at once.  I feel very different about marathon training than I do about ultratraining and trail running. The trails are like home.  I feel like I can run them forever, like Forrest Gump. I want to run them all day for my 37th birthday.  I want to just…

What Am I Thinking? Ohlone 50K

My next race, May 31, 2009.  All I can say is, “What am I thinking?” I am running it with two very accomplished ultra-marathon athletes.  One is an IronMan who ran Boston just this morning.  The other is a Half IronMan and the most dedicated athlete I know.   Both are running this year’s Transrockies 125-mile…

AR50 Finish Time 10:59:30

I did it!  After lots of indecision brought on by an injury, I ran the AR50 yesterday, April 4, 2009. It was a great experience, one that I will never forget.  I am so glad I went. In fact, my leg didn’t give me any trouble, except once when I slipped. Here is my story….

I am running… just not AR50… in a skirt

Part One: I Am Running I am getting back in shape.  Yesterday I truly ran for the first time in a month.  Not limp-run.  Not hobble-run.  But actual run-run.  A nice 8:30 pace.  Today I ran again. And tomorrow I will do the same. (Non-sequitur: Today was the second time I have run from my…

Race report: PCTR Sequoia 50K

  Just the Facts, Ma’am: Elevation Gain: 5030′ Course Description: The course travels through the Oakland Hills by way of Joaquin Miller Park and Redwood Regional Park.  It is a fairly technical course (at least based on my experience) that wanders primarily through forest, with an abundance of canopy, a smattering of creeks, and a…

My First AR50

  I have officially signed up for the American River 50, which is a 50-mile ultra-marathon from Sacramento to Auburn, California.  It is one of the most well-known 50-milers in the West. AR’s reputation is for being a great “first” and a feeder into the Western States 100, the holy grail of the 100.  The race…

Back-to-back long runs

I believe back-to-back long runs are the heart and soul of endurance training.  They can be grueling or fun, it’s all in the art of preparation. I have been running back-to-back long runs for about a year now and they work something like this. Saturday 3.0 hours.  Sunday 2.0 hours. Saturday 3.5 hours.  Sunday half-marathon…