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…

Rocky Raccoon: Five Weeks to the 100 Miler

Kim, Kevin and I have five weeks until the 100-miler.  For me at least, it is getting kind of scary,  or maybe it is just getting real. We decided to attempt the Rocky Raccoon 100, a first for all three of us, back in the early summer.  It seemed so far away.  In late August,…

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…

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…

Why I love Daily Mile

My endurance athlete friend has been mentioning Daily Mile for about a year now. It is billed as a social training log for runners, triathletes, and cyclists. DailyMile claims it is the easiest way to share your training with friends and stay motivated. I didn’t understand why anyone needed another social networking site for athletes.  I…

Product Review: Nike LunarGlide Road Shoes

I have been running in my brand new Nike LunarGlide road shoes all week and I love them! This is saying a lot.  I have worn only Mizuno on the road for the past 5 years and I have never liked a single pair of Nike. Here’s what Nike says: The shoe’s entire design is…

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…

Why the South Valley Running Club is Great

I have been a member of the South Valley Running Club for almost two years.  I was thinking this weekend how lucky I am to have met all these great people. On Saturday, I had to do a 22-miler starting at 5:45AM.  Did I go it alone?  Of course not!  Kim called the night before…

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…

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,…

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…