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…

Training, coaching and training some more

Hi Everyone I haven’t posted in a while because I haven’t done anything but train since the turn of the decade. However, my 2010 schedule is finally coming together.  After much hemming and hawing, I have decided to focus on my first 100 and work back from there.  Doing just that — working backward that…

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,…

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…

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,…

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…

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 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….

I am running… just not AR50… in a skirt

Part One: I Am Running I am getting back in shape.  Yesterday I truly ran for the first time in a month.  Not limp-run.  Not hobble-run.  But actual run-run.  A nice 8:30 pace.  Today I ran again. And tomorrow I will do the same. (Non-sequitur: Today was the second time I have run from my…

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…