Sunday, June 4, 2017

Back to Stevens Creek: another 100-mile work week...

I used to do more of these 100-mile weeks 10 years ago, so I'm happy when I can squeeze one in as it's not getting any easier. Still not much elevation (about 5,500 feet of elevation this week), running in the Alps in 5 weeks is going to be brutal. Just a moderately hilly 50K this Saturday with one climb to Black Mountain from the back side (Canyon and Bella Vista Trails). And an opportunity to run again along the Stevens Creek and its refreshing and healthy flow this year.

I also enjoyed stopping by the weekly Club meeting of the Stevens Creek Striders on my way up to Black Mountain. That was the first running club I joined in the Bay Area back in 2003 and it was great to see new faces and old friends alike, looks like the club is in great hands and healthy! (While I remained a member of the Striders for more than 10 years, I transferred to the Quicksilver Running Club of San Jose in 2008 when it put a serious racing team up under Adam Blum's leadership and sponsorship.)
For those who ran in our group this Saturday morning, you should be able to access them in Google Photos (I was only carrying my iPhone 6, which is still not the best camera for me).
In the upper left corner on this collage is Hugo de Groot, who is directing this year's edition of the Striders' trail races on Saturday September 23, with 3 options: a 50K (see my 3-peat in reports from 2011, 2012 and 2013), 30K and half marathon. More details on UltraSignup's page, a great event on our local trails, go for it!

Here is for another 50K training run, this time without GI issues and making it all the way down Montebello Road, phew!
And, courtesy of Striders Michael Dhuey who let me know about this new startup,, here is the corresponding flyover, pretty cool summary of a 4-hour 50K in 1 minute! (click on the arrow to start the video)

With that, please mark you calendar and don't forget, it's National and Global Running Day this Wednesday, no excuse not to log a few miles, ok? I'm organizing a group activity at my IBM site, check this website to pledge and log your own miles: , we are still pretty far from the 1,000,000-mile goal as of this Sunday!

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