Monday, April 28, 2008

Capitol Peak 50 mile

         Photo by Glenn Tachiyama

What a weekend! I traveled to Tacoma to meet my mom for our shared birthday dinner on Friday night. We had a spectacular time eating and visiting on the waterfront. I then drove to Olympia to spend the night for Saturday's run. Shawn met me at the hotel at 4am and I followed her to the start of Capitol Peak. When the sun started rising I knew it was going to be a great day. The sky was clear and the moon was lighting the trails. John (race director) started the run promptly at 6am and we were off! The course had to be adjusted due to snow but we still encountered plenty of the white stuff and it did not lack any climbing! I was told by several people that this course tended to be muddy but I did not think it would be too bad since we had a couple dry days before the race. I WAS WRONG!! Deep mud. Poor Kendra had her shoe pulled off her foot by it. My Cascadias felt great. Even with the mud and snow my feet dried out quickly and the shoes were able to grip the ground to keep me from falling (which I have a tendency to do). I drank a lot of Nuun and felt well hydrated throughout the run. Although the course was well marked, I got turned around several times. I think I was enjoying the views so much that I was not paying attention to the bright ribbons. Brian Morrison was first male and I was first female. It seemed that a great day was had by all. Congratulations to Shawn for breaking 10 hours! Thank you to all the volunteers and to John Pearch for organizing such a perfect day!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Kristjan and I took Emma and Riley to Maui for their spring break. Early morning runs, lazy days on the beach, aahhh!!! While there I thought it would be fun to come back next year for Hurt 100. Is that crazy? I know it is a brutal race but Hawaii in January sounds pretty good!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

My very first entry!

Well, here I go.  I am entering the computer world.  This is my attempt to share my experiences with running, the products I use, the people I meet and the places I go.  I was so excited to hear from Scott that I was going to be a part of the Wasatch Speed Goat Mountain Racing Team!  This team is an amazing group of runners from all over the country.  Scott Mason and co-team director Tim Barnes worked hard to get a wonderful line-up of sponsors. These companies are true supporters of ultra/trail running. I look forward to meeting all you teammates at the races!  I plan to get some pictures posted after Capitol Peak 50 miler (April 26).  I just hope this Washington wind, rain, hail stops before then and spring will officially arrive!