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…

Mud, Rain, Rocks and Roots! The Maunawili Demonstration Trail.

* All photos were taken a few days after my rainy run* I was looking for a nice long run, nothing too hard.  I was on vacation. So I opened my handy-dandy Oahu book and read the entire Hiking section.  One trail stood out because it was 20 miles long, took me into the mountains,…

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,…

Hey – I’m Quoted!

So who cares if the column is written by my friend, our club president and a frequent running mate.  And who cares if it’s a small local magazine.  I’m still quoted! That’s never happened before!  (Can you tell that I get excited by all the little things in life?) I have now been in print…

Independence Trail, South Yuba State Park

I had the ideal summer vacation in my head.  My family and a place to swim, boat, run, hike, jump, splash, climb and explore.  I needed a lake or a river.  Maybe I needed both.  Then I saw an old issue of Sunset Magazine with this photo.  It looked perfect! The article was all about…

Running Henry Coe State Park and Corde Valle

Deep in training for Ohlone 50K, which means hills, hills and more hills.  About to take off for a 20-miler. But before I go, my friend Craig took some great photos during our last two big training runs.  Two weeks ago we ran Henry Coe State Park, starting at the Hunting Hollow entrance.  It is…

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….

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…