An ultramarathon (also called ultra distance) is any sporting event involving running longer than

the traditional marathon length of 42.195 kilometres (26.2188 mi).

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do.

Last Saturday, I ran in Woodside Hills at Huddart Park. If you are unfamiliar with this area, it is next to Palo Alto and is a must if you are looking for a new place to hike, go on a picnic with the family, or even explore! I am beginning to truly love trail running. It is so much more enjoyable than running on pavement or flat surfaces.

We had perfect weather for our run and we managed to miss the rain yet again. Mama Lisa invited a friend of hers named Milo to help mark our course and lead us. We were immediately informed that he wasn't very friendly, but very knowledgeable and an amazing person once you get to know him. He was very stern and focused to start on time...one of those NO messing around kinda guys (I think someone said he was a Navy Seal...Ah that explains it). I liked him and respected how he lead us.

The climb started immediately on our course. I'd say the first half was all uphill until our turnaround point. I was suppose to run about 12-15 miles, but I had to cut it short to about 10 to make it to work on time. So that was 5 miles of incline in the beginning (about 3,950 ft incline). Saturday made me appreciate ROLLING HILLS <--Favorite! After our turnaround, it was smooth sailing. Gina, Angela, and I ran almost the entire way back without stopping. I got into my groove and didn't want to stop. I definitely could have ran another 5 miles if I didn't have to work.

This upcoming Saturday will be my first official trail race. Kinda excited and nervous at the same time. We are going to run the Pirates Cove Trail Run. I had to sign up for a 30k cause the 20k was sold out but I will probably change that day of. I don't know if I could manage 18 miles of trails and then head to work. If you didn't know, I work EVERY Saturday at Nordstrom immediately after my runs (usually showering at my gym near work to make it on time). It will be a beautiful course. I ran part of it a few weeks back and it was very challenging. I look forward to it.

Still Running,


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