A Year Ago, I Made New Year’s Resolutions. Here’s How I Did.

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A Year Ago, I Made New Year’s Resolutions. Here’s How I Did.

No Comments 29 December 2011

Most of us set goals around January 1 and forget about them by February. This past year, for the first time, I tried to remember and make progress on my goals all year long. Here's how I measured up--and my resolutions for 2012.

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The Runner’s Trip Turns One: Favorites from the First Year

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The Runner’s Trip Turns One: Favorites from the First Year

6 Comments 25 December 2011

One year and 80 posts since I started The Runner's Trip, I'm reflecting on this blog by digging into the archives and creating a "best of" list.

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Trail-Running Camps, Tours & Retreats for Dream Chasers, Adventure Seekers & Wild Women

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Trail-Running Camps, Tours & Retreats for Dream Chasers, Adventure Seekers & Wild Women

No Comments 20 December 2011

Going to camp isn't just for kids. It's also a great travel option for active people who'd like to be coached and cared for while developing their outdoor passion. This post spotlights three respected providers of camps, tours & retreats: Dreamchasers Outdoor Adventures, Adventure Running Co., and Run Wild Retreats.

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Go For It: My 2012 Running and Travel Calendar

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Go For It: My 2012 Running and Travel Calendar

9 Comments 18 December 2011

I'm going on 43 and starting my 18th year of running. Why not make it the best year yet? Why not explore new territory and go farther than ever before?

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Lessons Learned from the 2011 North Face Endurance Challenge 50-Mile Championship

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Lessons Learned from the 2011 North Face Endurance Challenge 50-Mile Championship

10 Comments 11 December 2011

My legs cramped, toes bruised, gut blew up and skin chafed over the 50 miles. My mind sunk into a funk of negativity and aimlessness, but strong running and a steely determination book-ended those dark middle miles. Throughout this past week, I pondered questions about what went right and wrong, reflecting on how much I learned in a single day—and how much I still have to learn about ultrarunning.

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Getting Ready for the Ultimate Day Trip: The North Face Endurance Challenge 50M

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Getting Ready for the Ultimate Day Trip: The North Face Endurance Challenge 50M

7 Comments 02 December 2011

My thoughts the day before attempting The North Face Endurance Challenge 50M (gulp).

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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. Race report.
Miwok 100K, May 3. Related article
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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