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,…

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: 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,…

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…

Why I think I thrive on Ultrarunning

I took a 4 hour solo run this weekend, which gave me plenty of time to think about plenty of topics. Around hour 3, I started to wonder why I like ultrarunning.  What does it say about me as a person? Why do I run so far? Why do I run so often?  This is…