Dirtbag Trail Runners: The Bryce Canyon 50 Miler

We arrived in Las Vegas on Thursday, backpacks and duffle bags in tow.  We were there to pick up a camping van that would be our home for the next four nights, taking us through Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. Ultimately landing at Bryce Canyon to run one of the most beautiful races in North America. For…

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: 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…

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…