Race: North Face Endurance Challenge 50K Finish Time: 7 hours 12 mins which was in line with what I expected. Slightly better than middle of the pack for females. Mileage: 32.9 miles (almost 2 miles longer than expected!) Elevation Gain: 6,591 ft (consisting of 6 large hills, each with roughly 1,000 ft of elevation gain) Fastest… Continue reading North Face 50K Race Report
The day before any big race can be wrought with a range of emotions -- nerves, excitement, anxiety, edginess, worryness, confidence and/or pumped up. I'm happy to report that I'm full of EXCITEMENT right now and I can't wait to get on the trails tomorrow. We are so lucky to be able to train and… Continue reading Tomorrow’s the DAY for my first 50K!
We're one week away from race day and I'm getting super excited because 1) I'm almost at my $1,000 fundraising goal, and 2) it's TAPER TIME!! Taper is the time between peak training and race day. Depending on the race, this usually lasts about 2 weeks. Taper is time to focus on shorter workouts, quality… Continue reading Week 9: A little R&R in Wine Country
For the last several weeks we've been running 20+ miles with several thousand feet of elevation gain. So, when I saw our training plan for Saturday's run was a measly 15 miles, I thought "no big deal, we totally got this!". Mark and I even stayed out late the night before at the Bruno Mars concert… Continue reading Week 8: Hiking the Northern Loop
This is the most running mileage I've done in the course of 2 days EVER! I ran 23 miles on Saturday followed by 10 miles on Sunday. Saying it out loud, or even typing it here, seems pretty nuts. Did I really run 33 miles in a single weekend? Holy smokes. I didn't know I could do… Continue reading Week 7: Peak Week!
Before the Wine Country wildfires I never gave much thought to clean, fresh air. But I'll be honest, I'll never take clean air for granted again. Going from long runs on the treadmill to long runs on the trails is a completely night and day experience. I can't possibly complain about running on a treadmill, or staying… Continue reading Week #6 — Clean, Fresh Air
Last Sunday, the smell of smoke permeated through our condo in San Francisco and woke me up in the middle of the night. At that time, there were 200 acres burning in Sonoma County and the wind was blowing the smoke South towards San Francisco and beyond. As of today, a week later, 220,000 acres… Continue reading Week 5 — Praying for Napa and Sonoma
As Stephanie and I conquered the second big climb of the day, I huffed and puffed "do it for the views!" and she said "and food!". No truer statements have been made on the trails 🙂 We love our 360-degree views from the top of big hills, but we love a nice, warm meal after… Continue reading Week 4 — Do It For The Views (and Food)
Whenever Mark and I arrive in a new city, the first thing we do is "runsplore" the area. When we arrived in Mendocino, California we couldn't wait to lace up our running shoes and head out the door to explore the Pacific Coast trails. We started the run from downtown Mendocino with a vague plan… Continue reading Week 3 — “Runsploring” Mendocino
There's a notoriously long and steep trail in the Marin Headlands called "Miwok" and as much as I tried to stay positive and strong, I kept thinking in my head "Mi-wanna-wok"! I powered up the hill but did take a couple power-hike breaks. Pacing is key in endurance events! On Saturday I met my Golden… Continue reading Week 2 — Mi-wanna-wok