Body Composition

A couple weeks or so ago, I did a body composition analysis at our local YMCA. I found it slightly remarkable. 1) It was free 2) It took about 2 minutes 3) It provided tons of fun data 4) All I had to do was stand on a scale, grab some electrodes, and hang tight The…

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,…

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,…

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…

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…

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. .

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…

Running at Henry Coe State Park

Went on a nice trail run at Henry Coe State Park yesterday and wanted to share. Two friends and I met at the Hunting Hollow entrance around 7:45 AM. It took 15 minutes from 101 to get there. It was freakin’ cold!  There was a surprising number of frosted cars that had clearly spent the night,…

Race report: PCTR Sequoia 20K (redemption on the trail)

I am not ashamed to admit that Pacific Coast Trail running kicks my butt. I have done about four of them. Today, I finally feel like I was a worthy opponent of a PCT course. I ran the PCTR Sequoia 20K in the hills of Oakland with my friend and SVRC clubmate, Kim. For once,…