Mt Um 52k: A race to start the 2018 season of racing

Finishing a race is always an accomplishment, knowing that my training paid off.  The feeling I get after doing a good race is always satisfying and rewarding.  I did Mt. Umunhum 52k yesterday, a race that took us through the Santa Cruz mountains along the Almaden Quicksilver and Sierra Azul open space preserves/ parks.  The

Quicksilver 100km trail run

They were not kidding when they say, “Running with mountain lions since 1983.”  I am talking about the Quicksilver Running Club, the organization that put together the Quicksilver 50km/100km trail race last Saturday, May 12th.  I got my money’s worth for the race fees, as it is a well-run event.  In addition to all the

AR 50 – race day: April 1st This is not a Joke.

I just realized that this was only the 3rd time I’ve ever raced a 50 miler, and all of them were at this American River 50 mile run.  The goal initially for this race is:  stretch goal = sub-11 hours; reality goal = 11:30; finish = finish within cutoff (14 hours).  I was feeling great

Reflecting on North Face 50k

Last Saturday, Dec 3rd, I participated at the North Face Endurance Challenge 50km run, held in the Marin Headlands area (near Sausalito). I wanted to do one last race to end this 2016 year on a high note, and this hit the spot. We had gorgeous weather, perfect for running. We ran through mountains with views of

IMSC 70.3 Aquabike?

The race was actually the Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz.  It was my younger sister, Raciel’s, first half-ironman distance, so I decided to do the race as my only 70.3 for the year.  Ever since my very first 70.3 distance tri, I decided to do one each year.  I feel that I trained well, I even