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Ultra Inspired with Krissy Moehl

This post is sponsored by YC Media. All opinions are my own.

Krissy Moehl is best known for several significant ultramarathon wins, including the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc in 2003 and 2009, the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run in 2004, and the Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji in 2013. In the past 15 years, Krissy has completed over 100 ultra races and to me- someone who has only considered attempting the ultra distance- that’s downright amazing! I was very excited to read Krissy’s new book, Running Your First Ultra to see if an ultra could truly be a part of my 2016 running goals.

As Krissy writes in her introduction, “Your first ultra has the potential to impact, change, mold, and direct your life from this point forward… This is an exciting and challenging endeavor and one I hope to provide an obtainable, less daunting path to by sharing my experiences, both good and bad, to help you thrive in your first ultra.”

Krissy begins with a quiz of sorts, asking the reader to consider where you are currently in your running routine to determine if training for an ultra would fit into your lifestyle given the number of days you run, average mileage, the amount of time you have to train, the type of terrain you have access to, and your life dynamics.  Considering my As to Krissy’s Qs and the easy-to-follow training plans therein, I realized that I can easily fit training for a 50K into my life! If I follow Krissy’s advice, I CAN do this! Running Your First Ultra effectively removed my fear and doubt of the ultra distance.

Krissy in her ultra element!

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Retreat Recap: Run Voyages, Sonoma

When Adam, the owner of Run Voyages, invited me to attend his running/yoga retreat in wine country this winter, I immediately jumped at the opportunity- a weekend of running, yoga, and wine, a midst a beautiful backdrop with people who also enjoy all the same things?!  Sign me up! With the running sessions being led by Magda Boulet (recent Western States 100 winner and Olympic athlete) and the yoga sessions led by Reba Gray (a very well known Bay Area yogi), I knew I was in good hands and happily packed all of my best active-wear and headed to Sonoma for a fabulous weekend filled with food, fitness, and friends.

Unfortunately, I was a little too carefree and careless during a trip to our cabin the weekend prior to the Run Voyages retreat.  I went sledding late at night, in the dark, and somehow severely pulled my right adductor muscle- very painful and I could barely walk on it so I knew there was no way I was going to be able to run at the retreat. Boo. Surrounded by fellow runners, however, everyone sympathized and understood (and only laughed at me a little bit- who gets a sledding injury?!?!?) and I was able to still really and truly enjoy the weekend nevertheless! And what a FABULOUS weekend it was!

3 cheers for our wonderful instructors, Magda and Reba! (PC: Jennifer Leahy Photography)

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13 Reasons Why I Love Racing

My injury is on it’s way to recovery and I am feeling very excited to start racing again! In fact, I miss racing so much that I have completely re-adjusted our summer vacation plans in order to give 100% focus to my training, getting my body/endurance/stamina back to where it was pre-injury.

Last week, my doctor gave me the okay to run/walk the 2nd half of the San Francisco Marathon at the end of July, I am beyond elated. As an ambassador for the race, my initial plan was to run the full but my injury totally shattered that dream, I was even dubious about the half given those SF hills but after hearing of my accomplishment at SLO, the doctor said “You’re definitely getting better, so go for that SF half!” so of course I will and I CAN’T WAIT!

I started racing in April 2009- that First Race Ever was a hilly trail 5K but as soon as I crossed that finish line, I was hooked. At that race, I saw other runners wearing matching shirts and decided to get a bunch of like-minded friends together to run and make our own matching shirts, then challenged my “team” to at least one race a month. Sometimes two. And, yeah, okay, sometimes three in one month- just because there are so many great races out there and just because I love racing that much! And here are 13 reasons why… Continue reading

WTF? (Part 1)

Run 26.2 while juggling FOUR balls. WTF?

Run 26.2 while juggling the entire time. WTF?

Running the road for many years, I’m sure you’ll agree, you see some pretty strange things along the way- be it an easy run down the street, a weekend long trail run, or even at races, I’ll often run by/near/past something so incredibly strange and/or annoying that I can’t help but think, “WTF?”

The above photo I took during the San Diego Rock n’ Roll marathon, about mile 22. I know this guy juggled the entire race because I recall starting in the same corral with him. Despite my physical issues, I ended up catching back up to him at this point, thinking, “Okay, now all I’m doing over here is RUNNING yet I’m ACTUALLY getting passed by the JUGGLING guy? Really? WTF???” Continue reading

Race Recap: Diablo Trail Adventure 10K

I was honored to be asked by the Save Mount Diablo organization to write a handful of trail running tips for their upcoming Trail Adventure race in exchange for an entry. As I’ve been spending a lot more time running trails lately, I was completely thrilled with this writing & running opportunity so I selected the half marathon distance- my first trail half- happily wrote the tips for SMD’s weekly email blasts and moved on with my life…

Moving on with my life included getting over a nasty post-Nike chest cold as well as celebrating my 39th birthday this past Friday night with way too many tequila shots. Needless to say, come race morning on Sunday, I was still coughing a lot and feeling pretty out of it so I went ahead and downgraded to the 10K. In over 60 races to date, this was the very first time I have ever downgraded! Look at me making the right decision! How very different!!!  Continue reading

Road Versus Trail

I have a handful of friends who, once dedicated road runners, now give 100% of themselves to trail running (these are my crazy ultra friends like Kate and Anya). When I spend time with trail runners they often say, “Laura, I really don’t know why you are still running the road! I hate road running!”  That’s fine and all but I honestly love road running. I also love trail running. Both are incredibly different experiences and suit my needs in a variety of ways.

I’ve been spending a lot more time running trails lately mainly because of the post-run effect on my injury- I was diagnosed with a bone spur on top of my right foot back in June after the SF half and since then, when I complete any road mileage, my foot is left black and blue, swollen, and SO PAINFUL for the next couple days.  After I complete a trail run, the spur is still black and blue but the pain just isn’t there- such a relief!

So, after 4 years of road running, I have to admit that the pavement has finally become- for me- more risk than reward…  Continue reading

Race Recap: Angel Island 12K

On August 3rd (way late, I know, I’ve been SO busy!) I completed the Envirosports Angel Island 12K and it was such a great day and race! I signed up for the run after being asked by The Guardsmen to join their team and do a little fundraising for the cause and I couldn’t resist. On the heels of my 3 week vacation, I was dubious about the challenge of a trail run like this but was excited to finally participate in a race I’ve wanted to do for several years now!

One of the main reasons I’ve wanted to do this race is, well, Angel Island. LOVE it there, it is so beautiful and there is little that I find more entertaining than that ferry ride out to the island. I’ve never run there before but now I can officially say that I’ve run the perimeter of Angel Island! And this was my first Envirosports race too- I’m an EnviroVirgin no longer!

There, right there, I want to run THERE.

There, right there, I want to run THERE.

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