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Men's winner Igor Campos, mile 18

Griffith Park Trail Marathon

The Inaugural Griffith Park Trail Marathon took place Saturday, April 13 in (you guessed it!) Griffith Park. I showed up armed with a hydration vest packed with about 20lbs of cameras (as well as gatorade) and the idea to get in about 15 miles,…

Griffith Park Half Marathon

The second Annual Griffith Park Half Marathon was held Nov 17, the same day as Chimera 100m (which I'd registered for but ended up transferring my registration).Race Director Keira Henninger is a top ultra runner, and she's put together a tough,…

Sycamore Canyon

The first day of autumn, although it didn't really feel like it.I headed out to Sycamore Canyon because I wanted to run some of the trails, or at least territory, run in races like the Ray Miller 50/50, or the Lasse Virren 20K, both of which…
My feet, at Chantry, mile 75

AC100 2012 Race Report

Build upLooking through the last 6 months of entries into this blog, I see that almost all are about the build-up to this race. I'd trained long and hard, and made a lot of great new friends doing it. In the last 2 months, my doubt grew. …
Branches, Mt. Williamson

Lost

We started at Islip Saddle at about 5:30am, after having stashed water at stops along the way.The run began with a nearly 2 mile climb up Mt. Williamson. It was a beautiful run as the sun was rising. I took the lead, which was probably not…
Maggie Beach- Chantry - 10:45pm

AC100

Angeles Crest 100. 100 miles through Angeles Forest and the San Gabriel Mountains, starting at Wrightwood and finishing in town in Alta Dena, almost all trail, often technical, 23,000 feet of up and 26,000 feet of down, lots of the run at not…
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,…
Hollywood Sign

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…
Wild Wild West 50K

Wild Wild West Marathon & 50K - 2011

Don't follow me, I'm lost too. It's never a good sign when the runner you are following ends up on the edge of a cliff, calling out "Hello? Hello? Is anybody out there?"Traversing the Eastern Sierras, running along the base of Mount Whitney…
Hollywood Sign

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…
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…
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…
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…
Hollywood Sign

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…