Who doesn’t have some type of sports idol? And how many of us would swoon to hang with those admired elite athletes? In trail running, those elites are at the local races, cheering in runners and working aid stations. They’re mingling with the masses, not segregated in a separate start group, clustered in a special VIP… Continue reading Rubbing Elbows with Trail Running’s Speedy Elite
Fate, luck, opportunity, chance, divine intervention–I struggle with how to name the many intersections of people, places, and events that make the hair on my arms raise. For me, this is currently about career. Where am I going next? In her best seller Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg described moving along a career arc as climbing on a… Continue reading How Woo Woo Are You?
Here we are, nearing the end of January and the waning of many a New Year’s resolution. According to statistics from the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, 64 percent of those who made a 2014 New Year’s resolution were still going strong one month later. Six months on down the road, that number dropped… Continue reading How Do You Find Motivation When Success Doesn’t Seem to be Coming?
As I pack for this weekend’s Rocky Raccoon 100 miler (my first!) in Huntsville, I have to reflect on how so many things which, at the time, seemed to be wrong have been right. Had it not been for my experience at Pocatello, I would not have *my two fantastic Marmot jackets and two pairs of… Continue reading Things Happen for a Reason
It’s very rare that you have a wonderful race and actually recognize it while it’s happening. I got to have that day on Saturday at the Bandera 100K. My only goal was to finish. I did. It took me 21:12.11 — the first 12 hours or so were some of the best racing of my… Continue reading Bandera 100K Race Report
I haven’t been on a run in a week. Not what I had planned; the plan was that I would do an easy round trip on the greenbelt today, feeling strong and having fun and reaffirming my readiness for Bandera. My last long run was a success. I went out to Bastrop on Sunday, December 26,… Continue reading Miracle of Modern Medicine
On Sunday, I got up bright (well, not bright; it was pitch dark at 4 a.m.) and early to drive out to Bandera for BunMart. This is one of those events that I desperately try to make every year; I was lucky enough to be in on the first year, where I got my space… Continue reading A Reminder that Bandera is Not for Wimps
Sunday was the White Rock Marathon, and I’m so happy that I’ve had another “boring” successful event. Why was I doing White Rock? Well, I’ve always wanted to go back and wipe my horrid ’05 experience there out of my mind. It was my Personal Worst Marathon for many years (that is, until NYC in… Continue reading Run Faster–Betty White is Right Behind You!
Yesterday, a trail-running friend and I drove out to Warda to do the Wild Hare 50K. I am so happy to report that there was no awful foot pain, freak snowstorm, heat issues, harmonica-playing weirdos, or extreme allergic reactions involved at any point. Everything went right and nothing went wrong. I met all of my… Continue reading Getting My Wish: A Boring Race Report
I’m back from Germany. It’s so surreal…in some ways, it seems like ages ago that I was there. A lifetime, even. What an amazing experience! My friends Claire and Russ had a fabulous run and I have new-found (or renewed, not sure which is a better choice of words) respect for their spirit, determination, and athletic… Continue reading Baltic Run a Success!