Monday, March 31, 2014

Rain, Snow, Funnel Clouds, Lucy... AR 50M must be coming, so are Miwok and Comrades!

First of all, I'm excited to report that I've reached (and surpassed) my Comrades (ultra) Marathon fundraising goal!!!  I'm overwhelmed by the donations and amount of support I've received from my friends and family.  As I write this, we've raised $536.08 (my goal was $500) for the Wildlands Conservation Trust!  Additionally, I've found that the amount of money raised places me 23rd out of the 387 Comrades charity runners and 3rd out of the 60 runners who are raising money for Wildlands!

I will continue to GREATLY APPRECIATE any donations that can be made.
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The latest fundraising totals for Comrades charity runners can be found here:

Secondly, the American River 50 Mile Endurance run is almost here, oh my!  With my recent race schedule and life events (just bought a new home and will be moving shortly!), it really snuck up on me!  On Saturday, April 5, I will be running my third consecutive AR 50 Mile and am looking forward to receiving another jacket and in some sense, what it takes to get that jacket.

Aside from that, my Dad and I enjoyed a fantastic day on the slopes of Sierra at Tahoe last week and I've taken advantage of a couple of opportunities to enjoy the weather and our local Sierra Nevada mountains.

Friday ski day!
Dad and I hitting the slopes.
On the drive to and from Sierra at Tahoe, I observed that it might be a good idea to get some trail time on the slopes of Ralston Peak.  On Saturday, I ran 14 miles with the Folsom Trail Runners, and on Sunday I scooped up Lucy for a spontaneous trip up the hill.  We scampered around on the mostly snow-covered trails on the slopes of Ralston.
Let's do this.

Lucy, Pyramid Peak.

~7,500 ft.


Managed to not get stuck up here.
Back in Folsom, a long stretch of beautiful weather was interrupted by... some beautiful weather, which brought funnel clouds, lightning, and periods of heavy rain to the area.  I nearly skipped out on my run to take a nap, and very well may have, had I not caught a glimpse of an impressive looking radar map!  I flipped on the news and saw that funnel clouds were being reported in the area.  I sprung up off the couch and got on my running gear.  The pictures that follow will explain why.
One of my favorite local oak trees, during the first batch of beautiful weather.
Lucy and a funnel cloud, getting their rotation on.

Above average looking sunset.

Saturday AM brought more sustained rain.  I had the good fortune to enjoy a 10 mile run with friends in it.  Shortly thereafter, it seemed a good idea to drive up highway 50 to grab some Might Tacos at the Cozmic Cafe in Placerville and then play in the snow with Lucy.
Ramon, as usual, chose to stay home.
Looks like a good place to stop.

Not even chasing anything, just loves running.

Lucy met Emily near Echo Lakes

Dreaming of getting back to the mountains.

Flashback to the 2012 American River 50, my first 50 mile run.

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