132 Days – The Old Goats 50 Mile Race

March 24, 2013

It was 6:40am on Saturday morning when I heard a familiar beeping noise.  But this was not my alarm clock.  I’d actually been up for over 4 hours at this point. “One mile?”  I asked Ben, signaling to his GPS watch. “Yep,”  he smiled back at me from the technical descending single track. “Only 49 […]

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136 Days – A Year From Now, You’ll Wish You Started Today

March 20, 2013

“You kicked my ass today,”  Emily smiled up to me from her newly formed sweat angel. “Yeah but weren’t you working with 20 lbs ABOVE the prescribed weight for the WOD??”  I responded, still unable to move from the box I had collapsed on post work out. It was another morning at the 5:30am CrossFit Survival […]

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144 Days – Adapt or Overcome

March 13, 2013

“Would you ever want to go rucking with me?” “We’re not rucking now?”  I said, pointing at my 10 lb Camelbak. Carlos laughed.  It was another beautiful day on the trails of the Cleveland National Forest with one of my San Diego running friends.  This time, I had dragged along a few Bastards as well: […]

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157 Days – Beautiful Mistakes

February 27, 2013

It was approaching midnight as I picked up the pace, finishing up my last lap on trails, around a small park in San Diego.  I’d been running since 6pm that evening, in 5k circles, watching the sun fade and the full moon shine brightly.  My finish line approach was a bit anti climactic.  I had […]

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180 Days – Perspective found on the top of a mountain

February 5, 2013

“When we retell this story, the ice patch was 50 meters long.” “And you did a pirouette!”  Said Jenna. “Perfect!”  I smiled. Just as surprising was the simple fact that I’d just hit a solid patch of ice in my running shoes, in the dark and slid across, I dare say gracefully, managing not to […]

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216 Days – The Bastard 50k

December 30, 2012

“Kristin!  We forgot our space blankets!”  I said as we raced out of the chilly mountains in Azusa, headed towards Sierra Madre. Typically for the Bastard 50k, our end of the year team run, all of our required supplies were checked at the start, but this year they were being checked at mile 22.  If […]

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229 Days – Taking Chances

December 18, 2012

“Ya ready?” “Hang on… let me find a good Taylor Swift song!”  I said, making fun of Eric who was turning up what sounded like death metal music, blasting from his iPod. It was a beautiful morning as most of our Bastards ascended into the snow.  Eric and I both had committments after practice so we paired up […]

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290 Days Till The Angeles Crest 100

October 18, 2012

“Hey Summer, look!”  Tommie smiled, as we gazed over the city.  “Beautiful, huh?” We were just above the mile 75 mark of the Angeles Crest 100, on a helicopter landing area, gazing out over the city.  It was a usual Tuesday night Bastard practice but Tommie was nursing an ankle sprain and I was nursing, […]

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The Rio Del Lago 100 Mile Run

October 8, 2012

“Whatever it is that you are looking for… it lies at that finish line tomorrow.”  I don’t remember if that is exactly how Jimmy stated it or not, but that is what I heard, as he addressed us at the pre race meeting on Friday night.  Jimmy is the coach of the Coyotes, an ultramarathon […]

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16 Days – The Greater The Risk, The Greater The Reward

September 20, 2012

“What are you doing?”  Eric smirked at Dawn and I when he found us stopped at the switchbacks. “Waiting for you, as usual.” The other team members laughed and Eric fired back with some comment about my broken tailbone.  Typical Saturday morning. He had separated us off into 3 groups for training at the bottom of the […]

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