2018 Race Schedule, Or This is What 58 Looks Like

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I’m turning 58 (58!) in a few short weeks. I don’t feel that age (does anybody, ever?!) except for a few things I’ve noticed:  it takes longer to recover from a hard workout.  The days of scarfing an entire medium pizza without gaining an ounce? Yeah, gone (dang).  And I’m hearing those whispers from the Universe more frequently, subtly &…

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MdS Peru: Contaminated Water, Inept Race Management + Grace, Kindness and the Magic of New & Good Friends

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Part I: The Race There are well-known risks in signing up for a first-year race: 1) race director could cancel the race and run off with your registration fees, or 2) the race organization could make “first-timer” mistakes that screw up the event. I’ve experienced both (ugh!) — but as MdS Peru was marketed as part of the long-running, well-established…

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Javelina Jundred (K) – or, Elton & I Run the Sonora

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  I’ve had Javelina Jundred on my radar list for several years .  Twice I’ve registered, then had to defer (injuries, recovery from stage racing) – so when end-of-season schedule shifted & cleared part of October, I was delighted! and signed up right away. That’s the good part.  The not-so-good? My decision to add a heavy-pack beach marathon 2 weeks…

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Habanero & Harvey: Sand, Sand, Sand, Hurricane!

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I signed up for Habanero 50K for the heat training –  the race starts at noon (!) in South Texas, so pretty much guaranteed to be scorching.  Also for the sandy conditions, as prep for upcoming Marathon des Sables Peru.  The race delivered extra on both counts. Temp for the noon start was 105* F with ridiculously high humidity. Carefully…

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Brazos Bend 50-Mile: Gators! 100th Marathon & a New PR

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  “We all know sometimes life’s hates and troubles Can make you wish you were born in another time and space But you can bet you life times that and twice its double That God knew exactly where he wanted you to be placed “ — “As”, Stevie Wonder I love this race for all kinds of reasons:  beautiful setting, simple…

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The Woodlands (Almost) Marathon

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The Woodlands Marathon is my (now) hometown marathon – pretty course, zero logistical issues, good timing as an early spring road marathon. Perfect! I had done the race two years before & it was well organized with a small town kinda’ feel.  It would be my 90th (!) race at marathon-or-longer distance and first race with my new last name. …

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Lucy Bear

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Lucy Grace Kurzava – a.k.a Lucy Bear, Lucy Pagoosi, Lucy Choo– passed away on February 9, 2017 just short of her 7th birthday (or as near as we can guess was her 7th).  She was super smart, exceptionally silly, and the closest I have ever come to pure love in this lifetime (unless you were a squirrel, then yeah –…

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Fire and Ice Ultra: Love, Grace, and Hypothermia

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    “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”  — Time Magazine “Fuck-ity fuck fuck fuck!” (in your very best Irish accent) – Ellen, very awesome tentmate, Tent #5   This race was incredibly hard – far more challenging…

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Brazos Bend 50-Mile or Me & My Gator

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  50-mile race in a park where alligators run-swim-roar in the wild? Oh yes, please. Brazos Bend 50 was incredible! Yes, I was afraid – a lot afraid– but running a path with egrets, bullfrogs, alligators (!), turtles for 50 miles was one of the most magical experiences in my lifetime. Race is super-well organized with fully-stocked aid stations, a…

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