April 26th, 2015

The adventure begins. Me and R will climb Kilimajaro within 2 years. The adventure begins.

MTRP 5 Summit Marathon Event

October 9th, 2011

When: January 2012

Cost: $0

What: Easy parking.  Not punctual. Minimal (no) runner support.  No fan support.

Course: Visit all 5 summits in MTRP and Lake Murray.

MTRP 5 Summit Marathon

MTRP 5 Summit Marathon

September 28th, 2011

Registration is now open for the MTRP 5 Summit Marathon.  I think it’s going to be this winter.

I ran 14 miles last Sunday that included Cowles Mountain, Pyle’s Peak, and the Fortuna Saddle.  It was pretty tough with some of the ‘trails’ just not runnable.  The final mile on the full will be a great challenge.

More to come.

Carlsbad 5k Weekend

April 11th, 2010

Fun weekend of running.

On Saturday, Ruby broke the finish tape at the Junior Carlsbad. And her photo made the North County Times.

Ruby in NC Times On Sunday, I ran all 5 5k events in the 25k All  Day event.  Here are my times:

Carlsbad All Day 25k 1 2 3 Total
1 0:08:45 0:08:25 0:08:16 0:26:31
2 0:08:08 0:07:51 0:07:44 0:24:42
3 0:08:21 0:08:04 0:08:02 0:25:28
4 0:08:26 0:08:23 0:08:16 0:26:03
5 0:07:53 0:08:10 0:08:36 0:25:39

Jill ran/walked a 5k run with her friend Dorothy.

The weather was perfect, overcast and 64′. We had pizza and beer at Pizza Port after the run with Dorothy and Stan.

Fun day!

199th Run Over Fortuna (31/32)

February 13th, 2010

Today (2/13/10) was my 199th run over North Fortuna.  It was a cool (62) and sunny morning.  Zeke ran with me.  We’ve had a few days without rain so trails are drying up and not as muddy as the last 2-3 weeks.  Since it’s a Saturday, there were more people than normal on the trail but not too many.

Zeke did good.  He did disappear near the summit for a minute but then cam running out of the bushes to catch up.  Since it’s sunny, he followed the now mud only creek bottoms in search of puddles for a sip of water.

When we got home, he smelled like chaparral and sage.  I think Estor thought he was a giant catnip toy and she has been attacking him for the last 30 minutes.

Tomorrow is the San Dieguito Half.  Can’t wait for post race beer and chili.

Cool and Sunny Cachde Run (25 of 32)

January 30th, 2010

This was run over North Fortuna number 193 and 25 of 32 in my training target to run over NF 32 times before the Catalina Marathon.  It was a fun run.  It was cool but sunny.  I stopped to find 4 geocaches along the way.  They were all good sized caches.  There were a lot of people on the trail today including a group that looked like 25 scouts preparing for a big camping trip.  Not sure if I’ll try a mega cache day or another NF run tomorrow.

Challenge Weekend

January 22nd, 2010

Yuma and Carlsbad scheduled for this weekend.  The forecast was for rain all week but is now sunny for both locations today (Friday).  Need to slow down to survive the 39 miles.  Target is 4:22 on Saturday and 2:11 on Sunday.  Rain has cut my miles this week but I got extra sleep.  We’ll see.

80′ and Sunny (14 of 32)

December 19th, 2009

Nice weather today provided a pleasant run over Fortuna. I had a busy week at work and missed a run so added Fortuna to a 2 hour run in MTRP today.  After the Fortuna Summit I ran through the BMW track int he valley then dow to the oak tree picnic table, around the quarry loop, then back home.  About 8.8 miles.


Motivating Morning Over Fortuna (11 of 32)

December 10th, 2009

The cliche is “a picture is worth a thousand words.” But, I say 1000 words are worth much more than a picture.  This morning’s run would have made a beautiful picture.

As I hit the Fortuna summit, the sun was just reaching above the mountains to the east causing a bright yellow orange glow outline about the dark purple mountains.  The sun reflected off the puffy clouds in pink, dark red, and dark orange.  Just above the sun, a cloud formed a purple swirl like the top of a good soft ice cream cone.  In the valley, the city lights were still glowing as the sky turned from black to gray to blue.  The cars on the 52 freeway had headlights and taillights on.

As I try to remember the details, I wish I had a camera at the time. But a picture would not show by the steam from my breath and also rising from the sweat on my arms in the cold morning air.  The smell of the sage.  The sound of a helicopter taking off from Miramar.  The crunch of the decomposing granite under my trail shoes.  Birds. And the rest of the silence on the top of a mountain at 6:25 am. A picture would not tell you that a little girl was sleeping (or waking up) in one of the houses in the patch of trees down there about 1.5 miles away.

Trail runners know that you don’t get to see the views when trail running. You have to focus on the trail so you don’t trip. I often hear sounds in the bushes but don’t look at the sound anymore because I rarely see anything besides a bird, lizard, rabbit, or occasional jack rabbit. But as I left the summit, I was startled by the sound of pounding earth. It was from a male mule dear bounding over the trail and then through the chaparral about 50 feet away.  I only saw it for a few seconds it headed down the hill out of site.  The gray and brown mule dear blend into the plants and rock.

Some of my runs over Fortuna are uneventful.  I rarely see animals or people. Sometimes it’s clear skies, sometimes coastal haze. Today was amazing.

North Fortuna, South Stairs and Visitors Center (9 of 32)

November 29th, 2009

A 3 hour run in MTRP today. I started with the South Stairs and went over South Fortuna then North Fortuna then along the North Forty rollers.  That is a tough segment but the rain last night added traction to my worn out shoes that now have 415 miles on them.  The grassland valley was relief after the hills and I ran up Junipero Trail to the visitor’s center to fill the back pack up with water.

I crossed the San Diego River at the old crossing since the new bridge was 3 feet under water.  I still had to go through 12 inches of cold water that soaked my socks and shoes.  Headed up the big hill then home.  It took 3:04:20 to cover 12 miles with 3200 feet elevation change (up and down).

That was North Fortuna run #177, ahead of schedule to reach 200 by Catalina.