26 Days – Too much of a good thing… can be wonderful!

September 10, 2012

“Hey look!”  I smiled, pulling a glowstick off a tree. “A course marking!” “You know… you just ruined a conversation topic for runners who have come up here on weekend adventures,”  Monte said. It was a Saturday morning and I was where I usually am at this time every week… deep in the Angeles National Forest with a few […]

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44 Days Until The Rio Del Lago 100 Mile Run

August 22, 2012

“So… do you guys always eat like this or are you just eating like this because you’re with each other?”  David A, Dawn, Mark and I were sitting on the patio of our local pub, waiting for the rest of our teammates to return from the mountain after practice.  It wasn’t an accusatory question at all.  Mark was […]

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The 2012 Mt. Disappointment 50k

August 12, 2012

In reflection of the Mt. Disappointment 50k race last year, sometimes I do still feel a little guilty for leaving my teammates suffering on Edison Rd, as Alexa and I, with our experience in the heat and distance, blew past them with only one thing on our mind – Eric’s new tattoo.  But I am […]

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Reflections on my Second 100 Mile DNF.

July 27, 2012

“Can I count my chickens now, Alexa?” “Yes you can!”  She smiled, as the two of us raced up Kenyon Devore.  I did it.  I REALLY did it.  I beat my coach!  On our last climb I could see my fellow team members, yelling and screaming for us.  As we crossed the finish line of the Mt. Disappointment […]

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The Angeles Crest 100 – Round 1

July 23, 2012

“Really, if you think about it, it’s a downhill course,”  I slowly turned my head to Kellie and shot her a look that sent her into immediate laughter. “I would suggest that comment doesn’t come up DURING the actual event, Kellie!” It was early Friday morning as Kellie weaved her big red truck up the […]

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12 Days – “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. “

July 9, 2012

“Rainer, what time is it?” “2am!”  He smiled.  “We made great time to Chantry!” Side by side, Rainer and I marched ourselves up the long road to the mile 75 aid station, feeling much better than either had expected.  But what was that ahead of us? “It looks like a carnival!”  Rainer said. “Whoa, it totally […]

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19 Days – “Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”

July 2, 2012

“Did you guys know that when the body is focused on processing alcohol, it is not able to properly break down foods containing carbohydrates and fat. Therefore, these calories are converted into body fat and are carried away for permanent storage on your body?” I was greeted by 3 blank stares, as Forrest, Monya and […]

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24 Days – “The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now.”

June 27, 2012

4:45am came way to early this morning, but I seemed to wake up rested – and hungry!  Did I forget to eat last night?  I stumbled into the bathroom, put on the clothes I had laid out for CrossFit (a trick I learned to keep myself from giving up on the very difficult task of choosing […]

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30 Days – Everything you want is on the other side of fear.

June 21, 2012

At some point during an ultrarunner’s quest for their next 100 mile race a transition occurs.  Months to a year out something possesses you to sign up excitedly for your next big event.  Typically alcohol is involved in this decision.  And so it begins - fun adventurous training runs that have no cut off times, seeing old […]

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33 Days – The ‘Golden Balls’ in Life

June 18, 2012

“Once upon a time, there lived a princess.  Her father promised that if anyone could beat her in a foot race, that man would marry her and inheret the land.  If he did not, he would die.  Many men tried, but they all failed. One day a suitor came along who wasn’t the fastest, but he trained […]

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