Before, During, After


Brand new pretty gore-tex shoes being tested for the first time (and little did I know how tested they would be!).



A reward of beautiful views of the CA coastline after climbing some messy muddy hilly trails.


A visit to the magical Muir Woods.


All on a preview of the North Face Endurance Challenge 50k course.

NF Course

With just a few hills over the course of my longest run ever.  Mile 10-12 and 25 were identifiable low points.

NF Elevation


Some seriously broken in shoes and 32+ miles run!  It was anything but easy, but we stayed positive, kept moving forward and finished with smiles. 


One more long run (but not that long!) between me and taper!

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21 Responses to Before, During, After

  1. Michelle March 17, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    Wow. Seriously. I have no other words! Amazing. Be proud. And now, be kind to your legs!

  2. allpointswholefuture allpointswhole March 17, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    That is so awesome!! Way to go!! I’ve been following you for a long time and love reading about this journey. Ultras are a must in my future

  3. meghan March 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    Oh my goodness. I cannot even begin to imagine running for 7 hours. That’s insane. I’m impressed and amazed! I am loving following your Ultra journey, not because it makes me want to do an ultra, but it gives me new perspective when I am procrastinating heading out the door for a 10 miler. I can’t wait to see how well your 50 miler goes for you! You’re going to be awesome!

  4. XLMIC March 17, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    Just amazing! Looks like so much fun…to my mind :)

  5. Kristen March 17, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    That’s one heck of a break in run!
    I love my gore-tex shoes. Though for me it is usually the snow and slush that they protect me from :)

  6. Kerry March 17, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    7 HOURS! That’s how long I slept last night :) That might be the prettiest 32 miles you can find!

  7. JoLynn March 17, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    You’re lucky I wasn’t there. That water crossing looks way too dangerous!! <3

    • Lynette March 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

      I agree, JoLynn! That crossing is ridiculous! Way too dangerous to be crossing! Running for 7 hours is one thing…Hang on…you’re almost there!

  8. Yo Momma Runs March 17, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    I feel really wimpy for complaining about any hill I have encountered lately. Those
    look amazingly bitt kicky.

  9. Keith March 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    Hi, got here from SUAR. Love Muir Woods! Go there every time I’m in the Bay area, and it’s been way too long. That is a beautiful place to run, though I think that 7 hours is just a bit excessive.

  10. Ricole Runs March 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    That is one SERIOUS creek crossing! I’d be scared of being swept away!! You’re almost TAPERING!!!

  11. Lisa March 18, 2012 at 5:05 am #

    now THAT’s the way to break in some new shoes

  12. shelly March 18, 2012 at 5:32 am #

    I’m amazed you get those long long runs in without a “race” to support you. And that water crossing was way too high! Anything above the knee with current can quickly become an issue for a fatigued runner. Be careful. Amazing job! 7 hours is crazy awesome. You are so inspiring. I can’t wait for your race!

  13. Sandy March 18, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    Seven hours of running WOW! You are amazing!

  14. Allen (notthatlucas) March 18, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    That elevation chart makes Way Too Cool look like a road race! Very impressive to do this after last weekend.

  15. marlene March 19, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    That’s some serious mud! Random question – do you bother to try cleaning up your trail shoes between runs??

  16. Page March 19, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    Oh man, I don’t know how I missed this post. This is bad ass!


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