Joshua Tree

Desert: Calico 50K, Joshua Tree, Salvation Mountain.

I haven't posted in a while. This site is about to undergo a major overhaul. I've gotten so dissatisfied with this presentation that I haven't been feeling like adding any more to it. Of course, I'm tinkering far too much with the new design…
bandaged knee, Topanga

Christmas Morning

Christmas morning, Elysian Park. A 4 mile run with Kista while the turkey roasted in the oven. Beautiful morning, low 70s, lots of folks out walking their dogs, lots of dogs in new Christmas sweaters. Kids driving a pink Barbie SUV through…
bandaged knee, Topanga

Mt. Lukens, April Fog

Back in April I took my first run up Mt. Lukens with Maggie Beach and the gang, soon to become The Delicate Little Flowers trail running club. Here is a little chunk of video from that run.
bandaged knee, Topanga

Brasil 135

My friend and running partner Maggie Beach, who, you can see, is no slouch, has been accepted to run Brasil 135, a 135 mile footrace through the mountains of Brazil; inspired by, reputed to be as difficult as, and granting admission for the…
Kista Cook

Javelina Jundred

This weekend Kista Cook is running Javelina Jundred in Arizona. It's her second 100 miler this year; Nanny Goat was the first. Like most runners, she's camping at start. She says "You should see all the tents. Some are off the hook condos."…
Maggie Beach Eaton Canyon

Eaton Canyon

Mt. Wilson was kind of a home-away-from-home this summer.The Mt. Wilson Observatory, parking lot, and cafe at the top of Mt. Wilson will be closing in a few weeks, and won't open again until April. We took another run up the tollroad this Sunday,…
bandaged knee, Topanga

Bob Holtel

Maggie and I took a run from Inspiration Point to to top of Mt. Baden Powell and back, part of the AC100 course, a little altitude and hill training for me, taking the opportunity to run and familiarize myself with the entire AC100 course,…
bandaged knee, Topanga

Mt. Disappointment Test Runs #2 & #3

I'd run the Mt. Disappointment training run a few weeks back, crashed at about the 3 mile mark, and did the rest in pain. I decided to have another go at it.Not knowing what she was getting into, Kista joined me. The climb up back up Mt. Wilson…
Kista and the Twins

Kista and the Twins, Mt. Wilson Twice

Angeles Forest. The idea was to head down a singletrack that I'll be following during Mt. D. but Kista & I could't find access to the trail (and anyhow, it's all overgrown with poodle dog bush) and took the fireroad down instead. Hot, no shade,…
bandaged knee, Topanga

Mt. Wilson

I have two friends running Western States this weekend: Maggie Beach & Sheri Okamamoto.Kista & I will be driving up to Auburn early Sat am to cheer them as they finish. This year there've been record snows up in Squaw Valley. Folks on the…
bandaged knee, Topanga

Henninger Flats & Mount Luken

Sun, fog, hot, cold, inquisitive deer, snarling bobcats, 2 mountains, 7,300' of climbing.Saturday I decided to try a heat & sun training run, 3,700 feet up Mt. Lukens at high noon on a hot, sunny day.The two other times I've run this, it was…
bandaged knee, Topanga

Ragnar Relay

Ragnar Relay, Socal. 12 runners, 2 vans, 229 miles, Huntington Beach to San Diego. We assembled Friday morning at 6:30 am and drove down to Huntington Beach to check in and start painting our vans. On the way we discovered things like our…
bandaged knee, Topanga

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…
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…