Boston Marathon 2018

A marathon where the sight of every mile marker is a relief. My experience on running the marathon on Monday, April 16th. Running a marathon is already hard. Running it with a weather condition like the one we had on marathon day was just brutal. Cold weather, mixed with torrential rain, and headwind with gusts close to 40 mph made it miserable not just for the runners, but for the volunteers and the crowd who braved the weather. And it was the crowd, volunteers and spectators alike, that pushed us, runners, to keep going and finish the race. And I … Continue reading Boston Marathon 2018

A recap of 2017 events

A short recap of sports events I have ‘participated’ in 2017. I said ‘participated’ because a friend once said that only those who’s goal is to win do the ‘race’. We merely participate to achieve our own goals. 12/31-01/01. Coastal Runs New Year’s Eve One Day. My first 12hr event, covered ~60miles. This would become the catapult in my ultra-running participation in 2017.  Blog entry here. 03/04. Myrtle Beach Marathon. A vacation marathon in Myrtle Beach, enjoying an off-beach-season.  This was a cold marathon, considering that this is already in the Southeast area, and it’s March! 04/15. Breakneck Point Trail … Continue reading A recap of 2017 events

Whiteface Sky Race

which is more difficult? the heart pounding and lung busting steep ascent? where you will stop. more than once. to catch your breath. or the toe killing and quad trashing slippery descent? where you will slide. more than once. and you have to make sure it’s butt first. July 9, 2017. Whiteface Sky Race. 15.2 miles. 8000 feet vertical gain. The course description from the event website accurately describes this race.   And it’s worth repeating that most of the ascent comes from the 2.3 mile climb to the summit in the Alpine loop. The climb itself was not technically challenging. … Continue reading Whiteface Sky Race

Manitou’s Revenge Ultramarathon

They say you must be partially, if not fully, insane to do this race.  And whatever sanity you have had before the race, the devil would have taken it when you traversed its path. By the time you have finished the 4 summits of the Devil’s Path, you would be totally numb and void of sanity to finish the last 10+ miles of the course. June 17, 2017.  Manitou’s Revenge Ultramarathon.  And from the event’s website, in all caps. “THIS IS NOT LIKE ANY OTHER ULTRA YOU’VE RUN BEFORE!“. Prologue.   This was the reason why I chose to defer … Continue reading Manitou’s Revenge Ultramarathon

Weekends of April 15 and April 22

2 Fridays of experimental and sleepless car camping – checked. 2 Saturdays of exhilarating mountain trail running hiking – checked. 2 Weekends of therapeutic bliss and inner peace – checked. Breakneck Point Marathon. The pessimist in me:  A marathon 1 hour slower than my 50k. Hyner View Challenge 50k. The optimist in me:  A 50k 1 hour faster than my marathon.   April 15 – Breakneck Point Marathon. Friday.  My first car camping experience.  Sleepless, but I still would have preferred this rather than waking up very early Saturday morning and driving ~2hrs to get to the event.  Dinner was … Continue reading Weekends of April 15 and April 22

A Band of Brothers

A Band of Mischief Brothers. They seldom see one another.  And when do they do, they tend to become loud. They are full of BS talks.  They talk in a language none of those around them understand.  Others would not approve of some of the actions they do.  They couldn’t care less. They do events together.  And before the event, trash talks build up – either to stir some friendly conversation, or to intimidate and instill fear.  Those who know, know this is plain BS.  Those who get fooled, well… Today, they rode HoH – Hell of Hunterdon – a … Continue reading A Band of Brothers

Coastal Run New Year’s Eve One Day

Dec 31, 2016. Mike picked me up from my hotel in the morning and we drove to Crissy Field. We picked up our bibs and souvenir fleece shirt, pitched the tent, and waited for the 9AM start. The weather was sunny with some cloud and wind (oh wait… this is the San Francisco Bay Area – being windy is the norm). I had my Mizuno merino wool shirt + a light running tights. 10 minutes before 9AM, we all lined up at the start, the 24hr runners and a mix of 6/12hr runners. More 6/12hr runners would start later. I’d … Continue reading Coastal Run New Year’s Eve One Day