Well kids, the NYC marathon was every bit as mind-blowing as it was billed. One week later, I’m looking back in awe of it knowing I’ll probably make it to the end of my days with that still sitting high on my list of transcendent experiences. I’ve been floating all week– spiritually anyway, my physical … More Big Run Done! 26.2 Miles Through the 5 Boroughs
Running gear is laid out. I’ve packed my Gu and Metro card, made my meet-up plan with David, thought through my transit plan for getting to the Staten Island ferry by 7am. Traded texts with other runners and well-wishing friends. I’m ready. I can feel myself on the verge of letting go of all this … More Eve of the Run
It was after dark and a little chilly, coming in past Bellingham’s Victorian storefronts and through the salt air to Boundary Bay Brewery. So happy to be done! 130 miles all told. A long ass way. And I do mean ass. They set the Chuckanut Century ride up in two big loops, each 62 miles. … More Part Two of the Broken Ironman: Ride Done!
Tomorrow morning around 7am, I launch on Part Two of the Broken Ironman, the double metric century bike ride. 200K equals 124 miles, a good 40 miles longer than the longest training ride I’ve done. It’s the Chuckanut Century out of Bellingham, Washington. It’s gorgeous up here and the weather is perfect. I’m feeling a … More Big Ride Eve
What feelings do you associate with letting go of a goal? relief clarity motivation excitement This isn’t a trick question. A woman I started working with recently set a goal to run the Rock and Roll Half Marathon. She’d done half marathons before, but hadn’t been running or exercising much recently. So that was great–I’m … More
With Boston marathon thoughts spurring me on, I just completed my Monday long run. This one was 12 miles, with the last 30 minutes being at a sustainably hard effort. It was a great day to run–about 55 degrees (better/cooler than Boston!), somewhat overcast, but with dabs and sprinklings of sun. My Route: I live … More Today’s Run with Boston on My Mind
Some of you know that I have committed this year to doing each of the three segments of an Ironman triathlon, each by themselves. I want them to be official, on-the-record events–not just a long ride or swim that I do on my own or with friends. (Though I do want to do them with … More Big News: 2014 Milestone Event #1 is Scheduled!
Some races I enjoy. Some I gut out. The Mercer Island Half Marathon on Sunday was the latter. It’s a beautiful event. While it’s been going on for over 40 years, and has a big registration, it still feels home-grown, with so much community support and not a lot of commercialism. The route is gorgeous … More What Kept Me Going
I just opened Facebook to see the top post in my feed from a friend in Memphis saying that the St Jude Marathon in Memphis is canceled due to bad weather. My heart sank. The St Jude marathon is the race I did last year and had such a profound experience with my Dad showing … More The Flip Side of Disappointment
Here in Seattle it’s 32 degrees, and brilliantly sunny. Though it’s a bit of a shock going outside, I’ll easily trade temperature for that light. Winter sun is a precious gift in this region. It feels extra shimmery somehow, to see the bare branches illuminated with an orange glow. The extreme slanted angle brings it … More Winter Sun Running