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…

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…

Register Today: 35th Annual Mt Madonna Challenge – August 21

We are two weeks away from the 35th Annual Bill Flodberg Mt Madonna Challenge 6K Walk/Run, 12K & 18K Trail Run. Hosted by the South Valley Running Club, this terrific annual event takes place in the relentless and beautiful hills of Mt Madonna County Park, in Gilroy, CA. The scenic courses take participants through groves…

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,…

Javelina Jundred – Team JW is Coming Together

We are five months from Javelina Jundred and I am starting to get serious about my planning. Funny thing is, all this time I figured I would be doing the adventure alone. Turns out, I was wrong.  Apparently, my running family kicks even more ass than I realized. Coach? – Check.  Bryon Powell has been…

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,…

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…