Race Report: Bizz Johnson Marathon

Apparently, I have become one of those psychos who complete marathons as training. With no pressure and no time goal, yesterday’s Bizz Johnson trail marathon was one of the most peaceful experiences I have had running. The setting is absolutely serene.  The course is inaccessible by car, making it incredibly quiet.  It starts in the…

Race Report: Top of Utah Marathon

It’s my proudest running moment.  I crossed the finish line of the 2009 Top of Utah Marathon in 3:44:55, qualifying for the Boston Marathon and achieving my goal with a whopping five seconds to spare. I am proud of the moment because I had to dig deep.  I had to convince myself to keep running…

Congratulations SVRC Ladies at Dirt Inspires Women Half Marathon

Congratulations to the South Valley Running Club participants in last weekend’s inaugural Dirt Inspires Women trail half marathon, which took place in the Redwoods of Nisene Marks State Park, Aptos, CA.  Club finishers were Kim, Allison, Kathy and Raina. The course was not easy, scaling 2425′ over its 13.1 miles, including a big ol’ climb…

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…

Race Report: Skyline 50K, Lake Chabot

Let’s first get on the same page. There are two Skyline 50K races in our area.  This is the one that takes place on Lake Chabot in the Castro Valley.  It is the first Sunday of August every year. Here’s what happened. I had in my head “Ultra Season” and “Marathon Season”. Ultra Season would…

Race Report: Livestrong Challenge 5K, San Jose

I met Lance Armstrong once, about three years ago. Our conversation went exactly like this… Lance: “Hi.  I am Lance Armstrong.” JW: “I know. (Awkward pause) It’s nice to meet you.” I am such a smooth talker.  But I wasn’t there to talk.  A new marathoner, I was there to listen to arguably the greatest…

AR50 Interview – 15 Hours Later

My husband interviewed me the morning after AR50 in our hotel room.  Funny to listen to his non-running perspective.  Not sure this will interest anyone but my son, Morgan, who helped me post it, and my mom.  Anyway, here you go. Click the “HQ” button for better quality. .

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….

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…

Muir Beach 33K Race Report: I ran. I walked. I crawled.

I completed the PCTR Muir Beach 33K yesterday.  As the title implies, it became more brutal over time. I ran the first half beautifully, coming in well under two hours.  It was probably the most gorgeous run I have ever done.   Around every curve you could see the Golden Gate Bridge, or the Bay…

Race Report: PCTR Stinson Beach 30K

This is the third race in a row I am experiencing ‘blogger’s block’.  I want to write something meaningful and profound. Sadly, I don’t have much meaningful and profound to say. Perhaps it is because I talk a lot. By the time I get to the computer, I have talked during the race, after the…