• Lake Martin 50, Lake Martin 100, Southeastern Trail Runs, Lake Martin, David Tosch, DNF ultra marathon, ultra running, trail running, Alabama trail running, five stages of grief in trail running
    50 Miler Training,  Race Reports,  Running,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    Anatomy of a DNF – Lake Martin 50 Race Recap

    Why am I so bad at race reports? Why don’t I just admit that they’re the worst to write and just abandon them? Because my Type A personality won’t let them go, dammit! So I’ll continue to be a slave to my blog. This Lake Martin 50 race report will be a stream-of-consciousness post, so roll with me here. My old race report is much more useful. Lake Martin 100/50/27 is a fantastic race. If you’ve considered running it but haven’t yet, do it! The course is a pleasant mix of rolling (read: hilly) single track and red clay jeep roads. It’s scenic and not technical and the perfect place to…

  • Cascade Crest 100, Lake Martin 50, Mercedes Marathon, Statue 2 Statue, Run for Kids Challenge, Rockin Choccolocco 50k,
    100 Miler Training,  Running

    2016 Shenanigans (So Far)

    Buenos dias, amigos! Remember that thing I sometimes do but haven’t mentioned in ages called trail running? Yeah—I still do that. A lot, actually. And I’m going to use this week to play catch-up on everything that’s happened in my running world over the past few months. Not because I think you care, but because I want to show this to my offspring and say, “Look how cool I was back in the day!” And they’ll roll their eyes and go, “We get it, The Mom,” as they fetch me my water because my legs are too tired to function. Yes, The Mom. Like The Dude. “Mom” is so…boring. I digress. February—Way…

  • Mercedes Marathon, Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend, urban trails, ultra road running, Mercedes race recap
    Race Reports,  Running,  Ultra Training

    Mercedes (Ultra) Marathon Race Recap

    I have been struggling to write a recap for the Mercedes Marathon, because this race was unlike any other I have run. When people have asked how it went, I’ve just stared blankly and said, “Uh, interesting?” What I’m going to do is divide my experience into two posts to make this easier on us all—The Race and The Incident. Today, you can read about how I turned Mercedes into a 30-mile training run. Tomorrow, if you make it through my disclaimers, you can read about The Incident. Darnell and I signed up for the Mercedes Marathon with the intention of using it as a very long training run to…

  • Race Reports,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    Behind The Scenes Of The Lake Martin 50

    On Saturday I volunteered at the Lake Martin 50 as the course sweeper. Basically, the sweeper follows behind the last runner on the course and picks up all the course markers and any trash left behind. I was the balloon lady at marathons. The Lake Martin 50 is a part of the Southeastern Trail Runs organized by David Tosch and his wife Mary Jo. The races that David puts on are great—well-run, personal, and a lot of fun. David and Mary Jo work tirelessly to make sure that everything is just right, and it was nice to see them greet every runner by name as they came into the aid…