Race Report: Rocky Raccoon 100 (Thunder, Rain, Mud, and Dogs)

We woke up to POURING rain.  Not just rain, but sheets and sheets and sheets of rain. It was 4:00AM, two hours before go-time. The day before, at the pre-race meeting, we watched the clouds roll in and heard the distant thunder.  It rained briefly while we ate dinner at the local Chilis, but then…

Olympic Marathon Trials and Houston Marathon

Desiree Davila, Ryan Hall, Abdi Abdirahman, Shalane Flanagan, Meb Keflezighi, Kara Goucher Kim, LaRene and I were in Houston to watch them all run to victory and earn a spot on the 2012 USA Olympic Marathon Team. The course ran through downtown and then made an 8-mile loop, which the athletes ran three times.  This…

Race Report: Coastal Trail Runs Crystal Springs 50K

After a relaxing summer with my family, I started to get a bee-in-my-bonnet this week for a nice race.  I pinged my friend Kevin, but no dice.  He is traveling.  Carrie? Nope, she is injured.  Lynn? Nope, he just doesn’t feel like it.  So, knowing I was on my own, I decided to head to…

Race Report: Born to Run 100K

“I understand that doing this run with Luis and Caballo might not be a good idea.  If I get bitten by a rattle snake, lost, injured, or die, it is my own f’ing fault. Amen.” And so began the Born to Run 100K. The day was outstanding thanks to the attitude, atmosphere and efforts of…

Race Report: Napa Valley Marathon

Ran the fabulous Napa Valley Marathon today.  It is fabulous for three reasons: the course (rolling), the organizers (very well done), the location (one of the world’s most beautiful wine regions).  In addition, my running club was out in force today, which meant I ran into friends (pun intended) from start to finish.  I highly recommend this…

Race Report: 6/12/24 Hour Dirty Legs

This weekend I ran my first night run.  I participated in a 12-hour relay that took place from 10PM on Saturday night until 10AM on Sunday morning around a 2.01-mile loop in Morgan Hill, CA.  It was quite an adventure that I’d like to share. Getting the race put together was in-and-of itself a journey. …

2010: Boston, Tahoe, a DNF, a DNS, and a 50K win

I loved this year!  I’ve been on a blogging hiatus since August. However, for my own edification, I really want to capture 2010 because it was terrific. I started the year wanting to become a “strong” (for me) 50K runner, coach, enjoy Boston, and tackle the 100.  I had a fabulous coach in place, an…

Race Report: Tahoe Rim 50M

The Tahoe Rim 50M was freakin’ fabulous.  Loved it. Loved it. Loved it.  It was pretty much perfect and I have already decided to do it again next year. It was all about location, running partners, patience, and some solid training. Location –   There is not a moment of this run that isn’t breathtakingly…

Race Report: San Lorenzo River 50K

I recently read a blog by Max King claiming that, “Ultra running is HARD.”  He is right. In the running club I belong to, we often tell prospective ultra-freaks (as we call ourselves), “Anyone who has done a marathon can do an ultra.  You run slower.  You train differently. Trails don’t hurt.  It’s beautiful.  Yada,…

Race Report: QuickSilver 50K

The QuickSilver trail race includes a 50M, 50K, and 25K distance. The course is tough, but fair.  I estimate 80% of it is on fire road, with almost no technical track.  I think anyone interested in running trails at this distance would enjoy this race. My experience started off odd because I switched distances for…

Race Report: Way Too Cool 50K

Mud, mud, mud, water, and then some more mud. That pretty much sums up the 2010 Way Too Cool 50K.  Arguably the most sought after 50K in the country, 2010 WTC lived up to it’s reputation for a beautiful, technical course tackled by elites, first timers, and everyone in between. The week leading up to the…

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,…