Boston-Bound Magdalena Boulet: Past Olympian and Rising Ultra Star

Training & Racing

Boston-Bound Magdalena Boulet: Past Olympian and Rising Ultra Star

1 Comment 18 April 2014

A from-the-archives 2008 post on Olympic marathoner Magdalena Boulet of Oakland, who is rising on the ultra racing scene and will race Boston on Monday.

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The Best Lighting Combo for Nighttime Running

Training & Racing, Travel & Gear

The Best Lighting Combo for Nighttime Running

7 Comments 24 March 2014

After years of trial and error, I finally found a lighting combination that works well and gave me the confidence to run the trails hard in the darkness last Saturday night.

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The Heart, Soul and Legs Behind the Longest-Running 50K

Training & Racing

The Heart, Soul and Legs Behind the Longest-Running 50K

4 Comments 21 March 2014

Trail Runner magazine asked, "What would you nominate for the best 'old-school' trail race and why?" Like a favorite old shoe, the Skyline 50K feels good and doesn't wear out. Always friendly, never flashy.

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Inside Trail’s 3rd Annual Lake Chabot Race: A Success Story After an Inauspicious Start

Training & Racing

Inside Trail’s 3rd Annual Lake Chabot Race: A Success Story After an Inauspicious Start

5 Comments 26 February 2014

A look at Inside Trail and a conversation with its RD, Tim Stahler, as the organization turns 3. Plus, my mini race report from the 30K.

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Book Review: Jeff Galloway Trips and Falls in Trail Running

Training & Racing

Book Review: Jeff Galloway Trips and Falls in Trail Running

6 Comments 14 February 2014

I trusted this guy, so I'm sorry to say this is the worst book on running I've ever read.

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Running Again After Injury & Learning From the Layoff

Training & Racing

Running Again After Injury & Learning From the Layoff

9 Comments 24 January 2014

After a hiatus from running and blogging, I'm coming back slowly and carefully. Here are 12 pieces of advice for anyone recovering from a running injury or trying to prevent one.

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The Terrible Process of Letting Go of Something You Love

Training & Racing

The Terrible Process of Letting Go of Something You Love

21 Comments 16 December 2013

I closed my eyes and imagined running and wondered if I'd ever run four hours straight again. I visualized Teddy on our walk in the park and wondered if he'd ever run at full speed down those paths again. I rode as hard as I could during the final hour to reach 85 miles before the 240 minutes were up.

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My 2014 Race & Family Travel Calendar

Lake Chabot 30K, Feb. 22. Race report.
"Uncool 50K," March 8
Night Sweats Marathon, March 24. Related post
Diablo Trails Challenge 50K, April 19
Miwok 100K, May 3
Pacing at Hardrock 100, July 9 - 11
Family trip to Honduras and Costa Rica, late July
Grand to Grand Ultra self-supported stage race, Sept. 21 - 27
North Face Endurance Challenge 50M, San Francisco, Dec. 6

Proud to race on the team of Inside Trail Racing. Check out their calendar of great trail races.

Recommended Products

I use Honey Stinger waffles, chews & bars for long runs.

Wear Road ID for safety when you run, www.RoadID.com:

This Fenix flashlight is perfect for nighttime running; see this post on the lighting system I recommend.

I recently discovered the Nathan Quick Shot Plus 10 oz. hand-held bottle with a pocket, and I really like it for shorter races when all you need to carry is a gel, your car key and a small amount of liquid.

My 2013 Race & Family Travel Calendar

mid-February: Telluride
Way Too Cool 50K Mar. 9. Race report.
Oakland Marathon, not racing but volunteering as leader for the 3:40 pace group, Mar. 24
Lake Sonoma 50M Apr. 13. Race report.
mid-April: exploring Vancouver for Spring Break
East Bay Triple Crown Series: Tilden Tough 10M May 19, Lake Chabot Half June 2, Woodminster 9M June 16. Short recap.
Marin Ultra Challenge 50M training run, June 22. Story & pics.
6-day Maine biking trip, trip report.
8-day Colorado River rafting trip! Trip report.
Aug. 11: Skyline 50K in the Oakland hills. Injured.
Pine to Palm 100M Sept. 14 Injured.
Berkeley Trail Adventure 50K Sept. 28. Finished 1st F!
Rio Del Lago 100 Mile Endurance Run Nov. 9 Injured.
Quad Dipsea, Nov. 30 Injured.

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