Mt. Madonna, TransRockies, Top of Utah…Oh My!!!

So much going on!  It’s exhausting!  But in a great way.  I have been so busy these past few weeks that my husband and in-laws allowed me the gift of staying home today to do, well, nothing. THANK YOU!  They are off enjoying a day at the pool with our three boys.  I am hanging…

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…

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…

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…

Review – “Spirit of the Marathon”

“I think we are made to run.  We have these long legs for a reason.” Joe Henderson, Runner’s World “At some point in the marathon, the distance is greater than the human ability to transcend it.”  Amby Burfoot, Boston Marathon Champion   I watched Spirit of the Marathon last night.  The movie follows six runners training…

Signs of progress

On occasion, I realize how far I have progressed. Looking back on 2008 this morning, I noticed I didn’t achieve a single PR.  Not one.  I’m only 36, come on!  How can this be and why did I not realize this until now? Well, I may not be getting faster, but I am getting better. …

Silicon Valley Marathon

I ran the Silicon Valley Marathon today.  You’d think I’d have a lot to say. I don’t.  It is a great little race.  I have done it twice now and I recommend it to anyone in the Bay Area.  I ran fine, paced fine, placed a nice sixth in my age group and 34th female,…

When injury strikes

My good friend has been training for her first marathon, the Nike Women’s in San Francisco. Five weeks ago, after a 22 mile run, she developed such an extreme case of plantar pain that she couldn’t walk. After that, she had to stop running completely.  One week ago, five days before the marathon, she came…

When the exciting becomes the expected

I recently ran the Rock N Roll Half Marathon in San Jose.  Rock N Roll events are always well run, always fun.  Yet, for me, this experience was totally ho-hum, anticlimactic. I have realized that what used to be exciting is now just expected.  I don’t want to say that what used to be hard…

Run with meaning

In the Spring of 2007, running the London marathon, I raised $6000 for a charity that supports emerging Afrian nations.  I did it because my neighbor asked and I worked in the emerging markets.  The charity meant something to me.  In fact, raising this money meant so much to me that I ran the marathon…