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Chasing Fog: Mount Lukens & Topanga

Some days a run is something I need to do to keep sane. Saturday was one of those days. I was pissed off at other people and at my inability to respond without frustration when I let them annoy me just a bit too much. I needed to run off steam. I…
Bart & Bernice
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The Old Man & the Wedding

My stepfather and I had not talked in 14 years. Our relationship had never been that terribly close because we're both suspicious, distrustful characters, and we'd both given up on each other by the time I got to be about 10 years old.My little…
Cheeseboro Canyon

Cheseboro Canyon, 21 Miles

Cheeseboro Canyon is located in the northernmost section of the Santa Monica Mountains Nation Recreational Area. Before the ranchers moved in, the Chumash Indians lived in the canyons. The canyons are said to be full of deer, bobcats, coyotes,…
Desert Dash Double Medal

Desert Dash Malibu Double Half Marathon

Two half marathons on one day, on a single track section of the Backbone Trail, up in Malibu. Technical single-track, with 2500' of climbing for each run. The first race began at 10 am. The second began at 6pm and was run in the dark. We…
Vasque Mindbenders

Feb 20 - Mulholland Fireroad, Topanga

Feb 20. 20.06 miles, 2668 feet ascent, Mulholland Fireroad, Topanga. Woke up this morning and there was snow in the mountains. Thought about it...and then opted for trusty Topanga instead. Good run. Cold, and windy in spots. 2 loops along…
Calico Hills

Calico 50K

2 weeks before the race, my friend Kista suggested I run Calico with her. I said yes. It would be my first 50K, just as it was her first 5 years ago. I loved it. It was, for me, the best 50K I could've picked for my first. Yes, the…
Bingo, Yermo

Yermo

My friend Kista and I headed out to the desert early the day before the Calico 50K so that we'd have a bit of time to roam around, see the sights, maybe even take a few pictures before picking up our race packets and then settling in for the…
bandaged knee, Topanga

Topanga #3

Nov. 27. A few days after bloodying my knees, and a week after the rains, I headed back out to Topanga for one of my make-it-up-as-I-go-along runs. This time I took off along a single-track about 2.5 miles in. A scramble uphill, a steep…
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Round and round and round

The original plan was to run 24 miles, but what's another 2, to squeeze in an impromptu marathon at years' end? 12 laps around the reservoir. 26.22 miles. You wouldn't think it would be an interesting run, but it was. I was out there longer…
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Oops. I Did it Again.

Usually when I run at night, I run trails. I have to pay attention when I do this, feel the ground with my feet, piece that information together with fragments I see under the moonlight or might remember from having run the trail before in…
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LA Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon

I couldn't run this inaugural event, so I got up early, headed down to the corner of Sunset & Logan in Echo Park, took photos (a gallery of which can be seen here) and cheered.It was fun. The course surrounded my neighborhood, I've run almost…
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Riverside Drive #2

Alessandro down to Riverside. Riverside to Fletcher. The new, yet-to-be-opened LA River Bike Path down 'till it ends, and then back up through Frogtown to Riverside, Alessandro, and home. 8 miles. Alessandro runs alongside the 2 freeway,…
Echo Park Rain

First Rain

Sometime today we are supposed to have the first rain of the season. It was supposed to start light yesterday and turn into thunderstorms by this morning, but they keep pushing it back. I guess it's lingering in Santa Barbara.The first rain…
Burned wood, Griffith Park
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Ultra

It's not quite been a year since my friend Buck dared me to run the LA Marathon with her. It had been almost 30 years since I last ran in earnest. For 20 of those 30 years I'd lived a life someone else described as a "bad Larry Clark…
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Run to the Hollywood Sign

Sunday morning, 6:30 am, a small bunch of us gathered at A Runner's Circle for the monthly run to the Hollywood Sign. I was running on tired legs - this was my third hill run in as many days - so I happily volunteered to sweep. A few of…