SF Marathon 2016 Race Recap

On July 31, I ran the SF Marathon as a long training run for Tamalpa Headlands 50K. As you may know, I had not been planning to run SFM this year and changed my mind a little over a week before the race. This was basically the best decision ever - I had a fantastic day and ran really well!  Leading up to the week of SFM, I was worried because my 50K training plan had burned me out pretty badly. I'd been feeling very low on energy and unmotivated on training runs. However, the idea of running SFM, which is my favorite marathon course, perked me up and I decided I should go for it. I mean, nothing else was making me excited to run anymore, what could it hurt? This decision was made a little over a week before the marathon, enough time for Coach Sarah to change my schedule for the weekend before from a 24 mile trail run to an 18 mile trail run. This gave me a little bit of a taper into SFM while still getting me out on the trail for one more long run. Road and trail running ar

Training Update & Race on Deck

Wow, the summer is flying by faster than I could have imagined. At this point I'm about 4.5 weeks out from my goal race, Tamalpa Headlands 50K , and I've been focused on this race goal since mid-May. The training cycle has been filled with epic trail runs, and I'm seriously enjoying the challenge, the views, and the training time with friends. Tam Summit long run with Charity and Maili. (Photo credit: Maili) The big difference this time around is that it's my first time working with a coach for any distance; I've been learning a lot and working harder toward a single goal race than I ever have in the past. Usually I struggle to focus on a goal and instead sign up for way too many races, therefore becoming overwhelmed with my schedule. Now that I've swung the opposite way, I miss the race energy and I'm feeling the pressure of one major 'goal' hanging over my head. My sweet spot is likely somewhere in between the two, which I will keep in mind

Olympic Trials 2016 - What a Week!

The Olympic Track and Field Trials happened during the first week of July, and I was lucky enough to make the trip to Eugene, OR, to spectate and cheer for the athletes. It was fantastic! The energy in Eugene was high, and we constantly ran into Olympic-hopefuls (some now Olympians) while running in the area.  I headed to Eugene on the evening of July 2, so I missed the first couple of racing days including events I wanted to watch, the Women's 10K and 800m prelims. That decision was due to wanting my 22 mile long run to be on home trails before flying out, and that really did make my life easier with regards to my 50K training plan. Marilyn picked me up from the airport when I landed, and we headed back to our house to meet up with the rest of the crew. I stayed with an awesome group of ladies I met via Oiselle: Marilyn , Tara , Kaleigh, Krysta, and Lynn. Marilyn's husband, Travis, joined us for a few days too. This is a tough one to recap - at least in one post - but I

Olympic Trials Bound

Someday I'll update the blog more regularly again, but for now I want to share how excited I am about heading to Eugene tomorrow! I'm going to spectate for the Olympic Track & Field Trials, staying with a bunch of fun ladies, and hanging out with tons of runners. I'm a huge fan girl and love cheering for others in general, and it'll be awesome to see track races on such a big stage. Add the fact that I spent this past weekend running, volunteering, and spectating at Western States and you could say I'm riding high on running inspiration right now. I will definitely do a post about Western States soon, it's my favorite event and this year was better than ever. Running the Western States trail on race eve.  All of this has come at the perfect time, too. I realize I didn't update my goal decision; I'm now training for Tamalpa Headlands 50K on August 27 and not for the SF Marathon. That's what my body and brain wanted right now, and I ha

Vancouver Half Marathon Recap

It's time for my long-overdue Vancouver half marathon race recap! Kevin and I took a trip to Vancouver for the race events on May 1. This was Kevin's goal marathon, and I signed up for the half because I thought it'd be a fun way to see more of the city. In hindsight, this was not my best idea; my brain wasn't ready to run a race yet after the 50K. I decided to use it as an easy run and to enjoy it the best I could. We flew to Vancouver on the Thursday before the race, and I loved going in a few days ahead of time. What an amazing city! We enjoyed the time to relax, eat awesome food, and to do a few runs along the water. Kevin felt the runs were helpful because we had happened to run the end of the marathon course, giving him an idea of what was coming.  Coastal run after arriving on Thursday. Another coastal view, this one was on the marathon course. We had an amazing brunch at Cafe Medina on Friday, then hit the expo before it was crowded. The expo wa

A Goal or Not a Goal

This is supposed to be the post where I excitedly share my next new and exciting race goal. I've thought about starting this post many times, but I keep getting stuck. Why? Because at this moment in time, I'm not excited about the goal I've set for myself: attempting a marathon PR at The SF Marathon on July 31. I love the event and the course, and I'm not necessarily saying I don't want to run it at all. I'm just not sure if I want to make it a PR goal and focus on it for the next 3.5 months. The marathon finish excitement that caused the early SFM race sign up. Now this might have been an easy issue to solve - don't do it, right? - except that I went one step farther and was planning to work with a running coach for the first time on this goal. At some point in the last few months, I started to want to get faster mostly because I love social running. I want to be able to keep up with people and talk to them, not be the girl always dragging behind ju

Woodside Crossover 50K Race Report

After months of focus and preparation for one specific event, it feels strange to have my spring goal race completed. I chose this race back in the fall because I love running in the Redwood forest, and I'm very happy with my choice. Woodside Crossover is organized by Inside Trail Racing , which provides runners with beautiful courses, friendly interactions, and excellent swag. I am personally excited about the pint glass they give to 50K finishers; that may or may not have influenced my race choice. Ok, it did a little. Race day dawned with light rain, heavy cloud cover, and temperatures in the low 60s. I could do without the rain part, but overall the conditions were great because the tree cover prevented pellets of rain and the clouds kept us cool. The conditions made it look misty and eery in the woods. Kevin took me to the start line and hung out for a few minutes, then he headed up to Skyline aid station where he would be volunteering all day. I grabbed my race bib, at