Pine to Palm recap, part 3: Way Off Schedule 4

Pine to Palm recap, part 3: Way Off Schedule
Long John Saddle The night was only just beginning when I rolled into Long John Saddle. This was where I had originally hoped to pick up a pacer, but instead where I found a small group of volunteers and a few runners waiting in the darkness. It was around one in the morning, and while ...

Pine to Palm recap, part 2: Happy Trails 2

Pine to Palm recap, part 2: Happy Trails
The First Flag The run to Hanley Gap, the halfway point, was mostly a blur. The miles spun away like so much sugar. I played leapfrog with my Neil Diamond dance partner and took a few pictures of the rolling Siskyou Mountains, the clouds hovering in the deep blue sky. I could see the smoke ...

Pine to Palm 100, part 1 3

Pine to Palm 100, part 1
Not According to Plan I went into the 2014 Pine to Palm feeling not terribly confident. My training this summer has not been what I had hoped. My longest run after MMT was the pacing I did at the Eastern States 100 last month. After my less than stellar finish at MMT in May, in ...

The Finish Line, and Beyond 1

The Finish Line, and Beyond
On Monday, while I was working on our new dining room table in the garage, a USPS truck backed up the driveway. The postal worker emerged from her vehicle wearing a yellow rain parka and holding a box. “Package for you,” she said. I wiped the glue off my hands and took the small square ...

First day of public school 1

Little m has had a lot of school firsts. Her first day of day care. Her first day at Kiva School in Cortez. Her first day of pre-school here on the Eastern Shore. Yesterday was a first first as it was the first day of public school and the first day she finally got to ...