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 […]

Oregon Coast 50k Training Recap: Week 17

Oregon Coast 50k Training Recap wk 17

As this week began, I had a pretty quiet weekend planned. I was going to run the Drag-n-Fly trail half marathon on Saturday, but other than that, my schedule was open. But as the week went on, I got a […]

Oregon Coast 50k Training Recap: Week 16

Overgrown trees shading a trail

Ahh, that point in training when running simply takes over your life. 10 miles on a Wednesday? 23 on Saturday? I can only make myself get up super early for runs when we are in the midst of a heat wave, […]