Monday, July 18, 2011

Mud Makes a Great Accessory

"The whole world is, to me, very much "alive" - all the little growing things, even the rocks. I can't look at a swell bit of grass and earth, for instance, without feeling the essential life - the things going on - within them. The same goes for a mountain, or a bit of the ocean, or a magnificent piece of old wood."  Ansel Adams, artist-activist, Sierra Club leader

Training is going terrific lately! After logging 249 miles in June, Karl and I kicked off July with a 100 km weekend including over 12,300' ascent. We discovered new terrain on a 20 miler at Portola Valley and revisited favorites on an 18 miler in Redwood Park and 24 miler in Tilden on July 4th. I'd also run 12 milers on the 2 days prior, so after 3 long runs, 3 barbecues, and a dinner and theatre outing, I was one tired girl and skipped the fireworks in favor of grilling at home. Goat and pork kebabs hit the spot!

The following week I had the pleasure of spending every one of my 81 miles on trails. One highlight was the Transports run at Briones Reservoir. The winding singletrack of Bear Creek trail is serene and a joy to the senses. Such a privilege to run trails like this on weeknights with friends!

Bear Creek Trail, Briones Reservoir

Ever have one of those days where you've just got to squeeze in a run before a party? That's how I learned that mud makes a great accessory! Keeps the mosquitoes away too! Karl and I joined Marcy and friends in Tahoe for a weekend filled with scrumptious food, trail adventures, and swimming in the lake. Weekend running tally- Fri night 5 miler at Jenkinson Lake, Saturday 13.3 miler at Sugar Point Pine State Park, Sat night 5 miler at Fallen Leaf Lake, and Sunday 12.6 miler on the Rubicon Trail at Bliss State Park. Weekend eating tally- two of the best brunches ever, grilling fun, watermelon, cherries and pie oh my!

 Covering new territory in Sugar Point Pine State Park

Karl negotiates snow in the Desolation Wilderness
Rubicon Trail in Bliss State Park (Photo by trail runner extraordinaire Gretchen Brugman)

Lake Tahoe makes everything better. Time to go find new mud!


  1. Sounds like a fantastic weekend! You're so hardcore!

  2. Thanks for stopping by and for the encouragement!