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Speed work, it's a grey area in running... but it sure as shit shouldn't be :) The track is more packed than ever these days but its mostly packed with training groups that are either just logging miles and cross training or skimming the surface of speed work. Don't get me wrong there are definitely some serious track clubs out there that some of the best non-professional runners belong to

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Training Tips

"Confidence: the food of the wise man, and the liquor of the fool"

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I signed up for The Golden Gate Dirty Thirty 50K because it was my last chance for a long organized run before Black Hills 100M.  I really didn't know what I got myself into, until Sandra and I headed up to the park a few weeks ago.  When an 18M run took us 5 hours, we knew we'd be in for a long day.

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On May 12, 2012 I ran the QUICKSILVER 25 km race near San Jose in the Almaden Quicksilver State Park. This race is a small part of the well known Quicksilver 50 Mile Race which is also held on the same day. The race was well organized. There were about 100 people in the 25km. It starts out with some steep climbs for the first couple miles on fire trails. Note that this part of the trail is

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Saturday was a learning experience, Bayshore was my sixth marathon, the first marathon where the last five miles felt like eons. The first marathon where I cursed under my breath and out loud, walked, and got water at every aide station, including four cups at the final aide station (less than two miles from the finish). I have never been so incredibly grateful for my family and friends' cheers at mile 21. They jumped and screamed in their shirts (my mom made shirts specifically for me and my cheering crowd), my nephews gave hi-fives, and Sam reminded me to keep turning my feet over. Later I would hear that he texted my family, "She looks as smooth as butter."

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2012 has been filled with frustrating races...I've been either sick or not fully recovered going into each race, therefore performances have come up short.  On the positive note, I know my fitness is in a good place, so I can't wait to step on the line a hundred percent.

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If you want a taste of the CPTR race in Buena Vista, CO, Chase and some other dude videoed their 25M and 50M journeys:

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Once we arrived at our motel and changed into sneakers, Kate and I headed two miles up the road to the Drive Thru Tree in Leggett, CA. The owner of the Stonegate Villas had warned us of the steep climb coming back, but we ignored his precautions. Who the heck wanted to drive? We’d already spent 4 hours in a car and it was beautiful outside! About half way down the decent, Kate and I shared glances. Do we take a chance and keep walking downhill? Ok I am not trying to pull some hippy dippy nonsense (don’t get me wrong, I love both granola and incense), but this is exactly what we decided on our decent:

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I've been making it a point to get outta the city and hit the beautiful hilly trails that surround us in the San Francisco Bay Area. This time of year the weather is great, wild flowers are popping and the trails aren't quite so saturated with the summer crowds. Last weekend I embarked on what I have since dubbed "The Dot Com Death Run", a 15 mile run with 4200' of elevation gain and descent

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Personal

Armando drove Chase and I over to Buena Vista on Friday evening, and because we were stuck in rush hour traffic, we missed the pre-race meeting.  We foolishly tempted fate by eating Mexican for dinner in the small town.  We got up Saturday morning a bit after 5am for breakfast and headed over to the community center to check in.

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I'm not really sure how to put the World 100K experience into words. I'm still not sure that it actually happened. The month leading up to it had been trying, and had you told me at any point during that period what the final result would be, I would have laughed. I was definitely not a favorite going in from my point of view or anyone else's.  Exactly five weeks prior to race day I was discharged from the hospital after suffering from a pulmonary embolism, which was the follow-on to the deep vein thrombosis that showed up in my right calf after a flight from Istanbul.  I've already blogged ad nauseum on the experience, so please see the previous four posts if you'd like the full story.... In short, after a frustrating week of calf pain which resulted in 3 days in the hospital with PE and follow-up guidance from my ex-doc not to run for at least a month, I found a doctor who gave me the advice I wanted to hear (run) and was cleared to ease back into training. I did so, and after a few days, didn't feel any adverse affects from the DVT/PEs.  The five weeks leading up to Worlds mileage-wise were 11, 50, 79, 85, 42, and this was following a month on the road for work.  Not ideal, but less-than-ideal training seems to be the story of my life.

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A couple Saturday's ago (4/14/2012) I had the good fortune to run in Pacific Coast Trail Run's Woodside 17km Race. For those who do not know, Woodside is a beautiful small town located about 30 minutes south of San Francisco. It's nestled up against the Coastal Range (I think generally it's the Santa Cruz Mountains) with some horse ranches, vineyards, Redwoods and some bad-ass-hilly-windy trails

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Madison Square Garden, New York city.  If walls could talk, you'd hear whispers of prestige and awe.  The blood, sweat and tears of championships won and dreams lost add to the aura.  The countless hours of work and dedication all lead to this one moment.

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First shot in the Sunsweet Duds.  Photo: Bob/Drymax

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I've been running in the mountains for two months now.  Learning to run uphill with much less oxygen has been quite a challenge.  But the views I've experienced thus far with Chase and Sandra have distracted me!  

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I don't often write posts about running advice but after coming back from an injury I have been focused on what makes my running engine run smooth. I think one of the most important things about being a successful runner (successful = healthy and running as much as possible) is to keep as versatile a training schedule as possible. Mixing up the terrain that you run on, the shoes that you wear,

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Diet and Health Training Tips

This year, I had the opportunity to race in the 40th Cherry Blossom 10 mile on April 1st in Washington D.C.  The race is part of the larger National Cherry Blossom Festival, which celebrates the blooming of the 3,000 cherry blossom trees that were given to D.C. by Tokyo, Japan in 1912.  

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March was an odd month.  Some highs, several lows.  It's easy to get negative, so I'll try to balance my psyche:

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I have never spent more than a few minutes in Vacaville, California. To be honest, I never envisioned it as the place for an epic adventure. But, Saturday proved me wrong. Before the race, the rain hadn’t started, but it was windy with a touch of humidity. I kept wavering between a t-shirt or sports bra. I opted for the sports bra, which was my first mistake. Throwing my arm sleeves off at mile two was my second mistake. And, my final mistake was taking off my gloves around mile five (luckily I kept them with me, wrapped in a ball in my right hand).

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The Big Four-Oh.  A number dreaded by women everywhere, at every age.

But time rolls on and Father Time waits for no one.

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…Feel pretty sore, pretty much everywhere, post-Chuckanut.

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I believe Coca Cola is the absolute best thing ever as it basically saved my ass at Way Too Cool. I would still be sitting at the top of Goat Hill, mile 26.3, even a week later (ok maybe not a week, but at least a few hours). So let’s just say, it got me another five miles, which I absolutely did not think I had in me.

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