It’s the journey…

Felt like blogging for the first time in over two years.  I am halfway through training for the Eastern States 100 and about 9 weeks from the Tahoe Rim 50M.  And it occurred to me over the weekend that part of why I like ultrarunning is because of the journey it takes us on.  ES100….

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…

Olympic Marathon Trials and Houston Marathon

Desiree Davila, Ryan Hall, Abdi Abdirahman, Shalane Flanagan, Meb Keflezighi, Kara Goucher Kim, LaRene and I were in Houston to watch them all run to victory and earn a spot on the 2012 USA Olympic Marathon Team. The course ran through downtown and then made an 8-mile loop, which the athletes ran three times.  This…

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,…

Everything is updated for 2012

Hi Local Runners! Just a quick note that the local race calendar is all updated for 2012. I will keep adding as I learn more. I also added a tab of mapped routes, which I have created using MapMyRun. It will give you the route, distance, elevation, and description of local favorites. Additionally, I updated…

2011 In Review

I started 2011 with only two goals: Run 100K and Have Fun. OMG! It totally worked! I won a local 50K and a local 10K (how cool is that?!). I ran at 3:00AM with legend Pam Reed (how cool is that?!). I finished my first 100K with some of my best friends and got to…

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…

Henry Coe 10K – I won what might be a race of the past

There is a reason people stay in California despite the less than stellar state government, state of our public schools, and ridiculously high taxes and cost of living.  Being from Texas, which boasts the opposite of everything I just mentioned, my family struggles to comprehend why we stay.  I tell them that besides our friends…

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: Napa Valley Marathon

Ran the fabulous Napa Valley Marathon today.  It is fabulous for three reasons: the course (rolling), the organizers (very well done), the location (one of the world’s most beautiful wine regions).  In addition, my running club was out in force today, which meant I ran into friends (pun intended) from start to finish.  I highly recommend this…

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…