Race Report: 2010 Mount Hood Pacific Crest Trail Ultramarathon

My first DNF. (Did Not Finish.) We camped the night before the race. This was a big deal for me. I do not camp. Sweetie was a start/finish area aid station volunteer and they threw in a free campsite. And the nearest motels were at least a half hour away. And the race started atContinue reading “Race Report: 2010 Mount Hood Pacific Crest Trail Ultramarathon”


Around mile 25, my left knee started feeling a little sore.  Around mile 26, I felt the first sharp twinge in there. By 27, the sharp pains were frequent unless if I shuffle or walked. I dropped at the mile 28 aid station (which was also the start finish area). I took about 4:20 toContinue reading “DNF”

Now, wait a sec, what have I signed up for?

It’s five days until the Mount Hood Pacific Crest Trail Ultramarathon, my first 50-mile race. Whenever I try to focus on any sort of race planning, my thoughts go something like this: OK, then at mile 42 there’s a… LOOK! A butterfly! Wow! Hmm, what was I thinking about earlier? Oh well, it couldn’t haveContinue reading “Now, wait a sec, what have I signed up for?”

Wildwood through-run, complete, at long last

Yesterday afternoon I  thought to myself “you know, my legs are feeling pretty good!” I was pleased that I didn’t have anything funny going on down there to throw a monkey wrench into today’s epic 30.16-mile training run. Naturally, I was woken up at six this morning by a sharp cramp in my right calf.Continue reading “Wildwood through-run, complete, at long last”