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A Love for the Trails!

In early 2013, I plan to run an ultramarathon. The very idea strikes some fear into my heart – not so much the five-ish extra miles past my comfortable 26.2 distance, but the endless climbing and hills. (I am much less proficient at running hills than a San Francisco local should be).

Despite the fear and quad-burning hill climbing, working towards an ultra has provided the butt kicking I need to hop in my car, head out across the Golden Gate and hit the trails. To me, trail running has hundreds of wonderful qualities, but three stick out to me:

Gorgeous views. Hooray!
You can run very, very slow.
You can walk. A LOT.

Road running, at a certain point, can become routine – Golden Gate Park is beautiful, but I see it every day. Paying close attention to speed and pushing the pace can be invigorating, but exhausting and can take some of the joy out of running just to run. Getting off the road has been the change of pace I’ve needed to rekindle my love of running.

This weekend, Alyssa and I headed to the Muir Woods area to catch up over a 10ish mile run. The terrain was varied – three hours of sun, shade, jagged coastlines, and serene woods.

Our pace never went above a 10 minute mile (and that was downhill and felt like flying). A couple miles were pretty much just hiking uphill. And that was fine. There was no worry about hitting a target or to hurry through as fast as possible. We were just enjoying the ride.

On the road, I find myself subconsciously competing with myself and with other runners much more than I’d like to. Don’t let her pass you. Don’t […]

By |January 16th, 2013|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on A Love for the Trails!

Running Injuries: Recovery via Cross Training

New blog post from Ambassador Elise! Running Injuries: Recovery via Cross Training
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The Challenge

New blog post from Ambassador Chris!
By |January 7th, 2013|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on The Challenge

Do. Not. Quit.

New blog post from Ambassador Courtney!
By |January 2nd, 2013|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on Do. Not. Quit.

Open to Injury: Everyrunner’s Story

The will to win is nothing without the will to prepare.  –Juma Ikangaa

If we could imagine an Everyrunner–our running community’s version of Everyman–then Everyrunner would periodically be hobbled by injury, with the actual frequency governed by wisdom or luck.  Anyone who regularly laces up running shoes knows this.  But as it turns out, injury harbors its own teaching.

My own story goes something like this.  I fell too in love with racing in my second year of running, and raced far too often for my level of training and weekly mileage.  I ignored small injuries and pains because all I could think about was running fast–and I was very good at denial.  And then I ignored a meniscus strain not long before the San Jose Half Marathon on October 7.  I ran, with pain, and still achieved a P.R. at 1:36:32–which only encouraged me to race more.  On October 14, I paced the back half of the Nike Women’s Marathon.  And then, on October 21 came the coup de grace–I attempted the Humboldt Half Marathon, even though I had been in pain that week.

The race started, and immediately I knew I didn’t have it.  My pace dipped from 7:30, to 8:00, to 8:15.  The teammates I’d anticipated running with left me in their dust.  I resigned myself to a training run.

And then, at mile 7, a searing pain shot through my right calf.  I was well and truly done, unable even to walk the rest of the way.  The dreaded season-ending injury had arrived, cutting me out of all remaining races for 2012.

It was three weeks before I ran again at all, thanks to the guidance of a wise friend and coach who convinced me not […]

By |December 31st, 2012|Categories: Latest News||Comments Off on Open to Injury: Everyrunner’s Story

Making Time For Your Run

New blog post from Ambassador Meg!
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The Challenge

New blog post from Ambassador Chris!
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A New Year Ahead

New blog post from Ambassador Courtney! A New Year Ahead
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Running Injuries: Dealing with the Setback

New blog post from Ambassador Elise -Running Injuries: Dealing with the Setback
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Sight Set for LA/SF Marathon Challenge

New blog post from Ambassador Chris - Sight Set for LA/SF Challenge
By |December 10th, 2012|Categories: Latest News, Uncategorized||Comments Off on Sight Set for LA/SF Marathon Challenge