Running the New Bay Bridge Bike Path: It’s Not Perfect, but It’s a Kick

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Running the New Bay Bridge Bike Path: It’s Not Perfect, but It’s a Kick

4 Comments 11 September 2013

Does the years-in-the-making bike path live up to the hype? I definitely think it's worth running or cycling, at least once to check it out. Here's why.

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Grand Canyon Rafting and Camping: Eight Sublime Days for One Extraordinary Family Trip

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Grand Canyon Rafting and Camping: Eight Sublime Days for One Extraordinary Family Trip

8 Comments 04 August 2013

I didn't know how much I didn't know about the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River before rafting its length. Going all 277 miles from Lee's Ferry to Pearce Ferry, and stopping frequently along the way to hike around the rocks, is a profoundly awe-inspiring, humbling, fascinating and thrilling experience. This post includes a section on what you need to know to plan a Grand Canyon rafting trip.

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Maine by Backroads: Don’t Miss These Must-Do’s

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Maine by Backroads: Don’t Miss These Must-Do’s

No Comments 21 July 2013

Where to run, bike, eat and stay around the coast of Maine based on our week-long trip with Backroads. I highly recommend this destination!

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A Rusticator’s Dream: Running and Biking the Carriage Roads of Acadia National Park

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A Rusticator’s Dream: Running and Biking the Carriage Roads of Acadia National Park

2 Comments 11 July 2013

I ran and biked a network of wide trails so idealized, perfectly groomed and thoughtfully designed that they don't qualify as "trails." But they're not dirt roads, either. They are the Carriage Roads of Acadia National Park, and like the people who live around this neck of the woods, they're in a class by themselves.

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Two Summer Adventure Trips for Running and Rafting

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Two Summer Adventure Trips for Running and Rafting

3 Comments 07 April 2013

I'm sharing the details of two group trips that my husband and I booked because both still have space available and sound amazing—so sign up to join us running the Tahoe Rim Trail or rafting the Grand Canyon if you can!

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Way Too Cool 2013 Race Report: A Few Crappy Miles, But Overall Just Right

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Way Too Cool 2013 Race Report: A Few Crappy Miles, But Overall Just Right

7 Comments 15 March 2013

I decided it was finally time to run Cool, which is widely viewed as the spring kickoff to the year's ultra racing season. Could I make it a PR?

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Running the Ridge in Ojai: A Long Trail Takes Me Above and Beyond the Familiar

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Running the Ridge in Ojai: A Long Trail Takes Me Above and Beyond the Familiar

10 Comments 07 February 2013

From my perspective as a child growing up in Ojai, the mountains that make up the Nordhoff Ridge always looked so big and far away. I could only reach them on horseback. On my last visit, I decided to step out of my comfort zone of running familiar streets and go up and along the ridge. It gave me a whole new perspective on my hometown.

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Merry Christmas from Kauai and Hello 2013

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Merry Christmas from Kauai and Hello 2013

6 Comments 25 December 2012

Taking a break this week from regular life—from work, chores and even running—gives me a chance to reflect on the past year and set some goals for 2013.

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My Running and Travel Dreams Are Clouding Reality

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My Running and Travel Dreams Are Clouding Reality

12 Comments 17 November 2012

Researching and fantasizing about ultra runs made me moody and distracted. This post describes being in a funk and snapping out of it. Also included: a list and links to 17 self-supported stage races around the globe.

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Tour of Beauty: An Alaska Family Adventure Trip Exceeds Expectations

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Tour of Beauty: An Alaska Family Adventure Trip Exceeds Expectations

6 Comments 31 October 2012

We had never traveled with a tour before. Thankfully, we found a group that gave us a superlative experience around the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska.

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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
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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