American River 50 Training Recap: Week 2

American River 50 recap week 2

Week 2 of (officially) training for the American River 50 miler (AR50). This week was a rainy one for us here in the Bay Area and I was reminded of how out of practice I am running in the rain. […]

American River 50 Training Recap: Week 1

American River 50 Recap 1

This is my first week of official and focused training for the American River 50 Mile Race (AR50). I reviewed many 50-mile training plans this week and found they all vary wildly. Some aren’t that much more mileage than a […]

Well That Was Unexpected…

American River 50 mile kick off

I’m the first to admit my training through the winter has been a little lackluster. I’m a coach and pacer for my running club’s marathon training program, and I’ll be a pacer for the Oakland Marathon, but I’m not thinking […]

Oregon Coast 50k – Race Recap

Oregon Coast 50k

Pre-Race Thoughts Goal Generally speaking, the bigger the race, the less likely I am to set specific goals. I know that seems backward. It probably makes more sense to get super specific for ‘A’ races since they are the focus […]

Oregon Coast 50k Training Recap: Week 20

At long last, my last training recap! I feel like this ultra training simultaneously went on forever, and was over in the blink of an eye. While anything can still happen on race day, I’m shocked (and pleased) at how […]

Rocky Ridge Trail Half Marathon: Race Recap

Rocky Ridge Trail Half Marathon

Pre-Race Thoughts I’m not sure why I thought running Rocky Ridge was a good idea. It and Drag-n-Fly (which I did two weeks ago) are the two hardest half marathons around. I’m all for a challenge, but two impossibly hard half […]

Oregon Coast 50k Training Recap: Week 19

Trail runners with a cow

This was the first week of my ultra taper. While it was a step back from last week’s nearly 60-mile running extravaganza, it didn’t feel like much of a taper. I’m finding it hard to believe running over 40 miles […]

Alameda Running Festival Half Marathon: Race Recap

alameda half marathon medal

Pre-Race Thoughts I hadn’t planned on doing the Alameda Half Marathon. I did the Drag-n-Fly Trail Half the day before, and while I had back-to-back long runs planned (thanks ultra training!) Back-to-back races seemed like a bit much. But I got […]

Oregon Coast 50k Training Recap: Week 18

Oregon Coast 50k Training Recap Week 18

At long last – my peak ultra training week! I ran nearly 60 miles this week, which is a lot of miles for anyone, but when you are a slower runner like me, it all but takes over your life. […]

Drag-n-Fly Trail Half Marathon: Race Recap

Drag-n-fly half marathon medal

Ahhhh, Drag-n-Fly. My one-time trail running nemesis. Now, just a crazy trail run I voluntarily inflict on myself. I’ve written about Drag-n-Fly several times before so I won’t go into too much detail. The short version: Drag-n-Fly was one of […]