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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Hells Hills! or Happy Birthday 50K

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Last year, I celebrated my birthday by running across the Sahara at Marathon des Sables.  This year, it was a 50K trail race.  (Do I know how to party or what?) SO much fun! Cold! at the start (42 degrees) and very, very dark.  Decided on shorts, sleeveless top, & arm warmers – knowing it would warm up through the…

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Austin Valentine’s Marathon

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Austin Marathon – on Valentine’s Day this year! — was my 84rd lifetime marathon-or-longer race distance. It wasn’t speedy – I had tacked the race on to the end of a high-mileage, heavy pack wearing, tire pulling training week! but it was a blast. And a celebration. My amazing wizard-y friend Fabeku has a Friday tradition of posting a video…

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New Year’s Double Double or 5th Time’s a Charm

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This year was the 5th year in a row for the New Year’s Double event– and 5th year for me, too. It is one of the few (ok, only) races I do every year. Because it’s fabulously organized. Because the race director is a friend and ultra runner who makes sure every single thing is done with care and high…

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On Legacy, Bling, & Thank You Notes

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It’s been years & sometimes it feels like forever and yesterday at the same time.  He was my son’s father and my husband for 22 years and we lost him too soon. Now that I’m clearing and resorting lots of things everything! in my life (hellooo empty nest) I’ve started to open and sort the boxes from his study –…

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Recovery, Everything Changes, Fire & Ice

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“The Marathon des Sables is animalian and primal and like a tattoo for your soul and a way to stay grounded to this life and a church and the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in my 33 years on this massive blue-and-green planet.” –Meghan Hicks, 2012* It’s been 3 ½ months since I got home from Morocco.  Still healing up…

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