March: Let it Be

Rodeo Beach, Way too Cool, American River 50 Course

Rodeo Beach, Way too Cool, American River 50 Course

March was a struggle. My goal was to run a 50K and continue to build mileage in preparation for the American River 50 Mile in April. Unfortunately, I had to take some time off after a training run gone bad, and as a result ran less days, miles, and vertical than I had planned. But I learned one very important lesson — I am a trail runner, not a road runner.

1 race, 10 running days, 105 miles, 22:53 hours, and 12,347 ft. of climbing.

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30. March 2014 by Nico
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February: Here Comes the Rain Again

Fox Trail, Marin Headlands, due west towards the Pacific Ocean.
Fox Trail, Marin Headlands, due west towards the Pacific Ocean.

Fox Trail, Marin Headlands, due west towards the Pacific Ocean.

February’s rain was much needed to soothe the current drought in Northern California, but the wild, wet, and windy weather proved to be a challenge on the trails of the Golden Gate Marathon in Marin on the first week of February. Besides grinning and bearing it when it rained, my focus this month was to methodically increase weekly mileage and get the legs used to longer runs.

1 race, 14 running days, 125 miles, 26:12 hours, and 19,009 ft. of climbing.

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28. February 2014 by Nico
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January: Start Me Up

Stinson Beach in Winter

Stinson Beach in Winter

With the arrival of the New Year and promise of a fresh start, I am always eager to hit the trails. But being careful of overtraining, my focus in January has been about starting slow:

1 race, 15 running days, 100 miles, 21:04 hours, and 14,753 ft. of climbing.

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31. January 2014 by Nico
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2014: The Journey to Leadville Starts Today

Hope Pass Summit on the LT100 Course
Hope Pass Summit on the LT100 Course

Hope Pass Summit on the LT100 Course

I celebrated the New Year by doing one of my favorite things: planning my race calendar. My goal for 2014 is simple — to complete the Leadville Trail 100 Run in under 30 hours. 100 miles in the beautifully rugged Colorado Rockies. Through the night. Simple, right? With breathtaking views from Hope Pass summit at 12,600 ft. elevation, it’s no wonder this run is called the “Race Across the Sky.” Here’s how I plan to accomplish my goal:
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01. January 2014 by Nico
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Running in the High Country

Leadville High Country
Leadville High Country

Leadville High Country

As 2013 is coming to an end, I am planning my running adventures for the New Year, but before looking forward, I am taking a look back at what I learned in 2013. As often is the case, nothing turned out according to plan, but what did turn out was probably exactly what I needed to truly experience, for the first time, running in the High Country.
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25. December 2013 by Nico
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