Marathon du Mont Blanc: the other huge ultra running party in Chamonix - 6 races, 65 nations represented, 7,000 trail runners, what an ultra party! And it was this weekend, and I was in Chamonix, what a great opportunity! Yet I ...
Friday, July 31, 2009
It has been awhile since us Ultraholics and friends have played that old game called Blog Tag. Here is how it works (or should work in theory). I pose a few questions, answer them and then tag three other blog owners to answer the same questions, and so on and so on (they also have to tag the person who tags them). So, here it goes:
1. Do you have a favorite race you ran this year - if yes, which one and why.
For me it had to be The Barkley. Although it was my second DNF, it was an unbelievable experience. The people who participate in this insane event are a wonderful group. The course is beyond hard but beautiful. I loved it.
2. Have you selected any race goals for 2010?
Yes, I want to do the "fun run" at Barkley. This is 3 of the 5 loops (I don't dare dream of being able to do all 5 loops.....692 out of 700 people have failed at the full 5).
3. Did you discover any new (non-race) trails this year?
I stayed mostly on my San Bruno Mountain trails, but did find a neat trail system in Central Park, Rome, Italy.
4. Why do you run?
I hate to swim. Seriously, I love being in the outdoors, seeing nature, burning off all my stress....it makes me feel alive.
5. There are extreme ultramarathons - Spartathlon, Run Across America, Badwater, etc. are you planning any?
I would really like to try Vol State one year....and Christian is planning a Run Across Georgia that sounds cool.
6. Favorite food during ultras and favorite post-race food?
I found that plain tuna fish is a great race fuel. I love hot cheese pizza after a race (although at Keys 100 MUST have conch fritters).
7. Are ultrarunners part of your life outside of races?
I consider some ultrarunners my best friends. People like Rajeev Patel, Chihping Fu, Bob Becker, Mandy Miller, and others are people that I am proud to call my friends. We talk of ultras, but we also share life experiences such as birthdays, weddings, new (and terminated) jobs, etc. The best part of ultrarunning are the people. Plus, of course, my wife Cori will be doing her first ultra - so, that would be a YES!
8. What do you consider the most beautiful ultra course you have run?
That is tough. Mont Blanc is beautiful - with its high snow covered peaks, European valleys and stream. Leadville is very similar. Barkley was beautiful also - loved the deep forests and the stream. I still think Badwater has some of the most unique and beautiful scenery.
9. Favorite race director?
Ouch - that is a tough one. Bob Becker and Rajeev Patel tie for first, Laz for second, and so many others coming in third.
10. What is your longest streak at running the same race?
I have done Ruth Anderson 50k two years in a row and I have done Keys 100 two years in a row. Only being in this sport for 3 years kind of limits my streaks.
I will tag Rajeev Patel, Chihping Fu, and Christian Griffith.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
On my birthday a few days ago, Cori's mom, Cori and our 4 boys joined me on a short hike on San Bruno Mountain. It was a great way to spend part of my birthday.
We hiked the Guadeloupe and Bog Trails
The blackberries were just beginning to ripen.
It was a great birthday hike.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Yesterday, Cori and I decided to take my 3 boys on a short hike through Mills Canyon Park in Burlingame. This is a small regional park located in right outside downtown Burlingame. One almost needs to know it exists or one would drive right by it.
The park has the Ed Taylor Trail...a short loop trail that goes along Mills Creek and around the Mills Canyon Nature Perserve.
My son Brandon was breaking in a new pair of hiking boots for an upcoming camping trip and also getting used to his new CamelBak backpack. The trails winds through some very pretty areas.
Along the route, we saw much poison oak
and many wildflowers.
This is a pretty short and mostly easy hike for young kids. It would also work well for a good loop course for trail running (actually saw one trail runner out there yesterday). After finishing this one, my kids now want me to take them on a hike to the top of San Bruno mountain where they are hoping to see some snakes :)