Yesterday, my friend Ana—of Will Run for Whisky fame—pointed out that winter is a great time to catch up on the past season's race and trip reports. My kids and work have filled all of my nonrunning time, and I've missed the chance to reflect on my adventures so I'm giving it a try. I … Continue reading Badger Mountain 50 Miler Race Report
It was a successful weekend in Phoenix for our group of friends: Elly ran her first 100K in fine fashion, and Heidi and I ran our first hundreds and are coming home with buckles! It's so hard to put together the words to describe Javelina. The course itself features desert beauty—highlighted with green grass and … Continue reading Javelina Jundred Race Report
After a long stretch in the darkness at Black Canyon 100K earlier this month, I was thrilled to see in the distance a tiny spark of light on the horizon. It would disappear and reappear many times as the trail I was on undulated along the contours of ravines and hillsides. Gradually, it grew and … Continue reading Race Volunteers Make the World Go ’Round (and trail runners have the best manners)!
The Black Canyon Ultras—put on by Aravaipa Running, which also hosts the ultra party known as Javelina Jundred—offers 60K and 100K courses through the desert paralleling I-17 just north of Phoenix in Arizona. While it has a net elevation loss (total loss about 9,000 feet and total gain around 7,000 feet), much of the climbing … Continue reading Race Report: Black Canyon 100K
Yesterday I ponied up to a starting line for the first time since my DNF at White River 50 last summer. I’ve had some wonderful runs on gorgeous trails since that DNF—including a weekend in the Olympics, the UltraPedestrian Owyhigh Loop, and of course R2R2R—but still feeling the sting of that DNF, doing a race … Continue reading Bridle Trails Winter Running Festival 50K … or, How Did I Get So Lucky?