Experience & Credentials

Racing a 100-miler in 2014

Racing a 100-miler in 2014

I began running in 1994, at age 24 while in graduate school, and for the past two decades I’ve participated in and covered the sport of road and MUT (mountain/ultra/trail) running. I’ve raced at distances on varying terrain from the 5K to 100 miles, and also twice finished a multi-day, self-supported 165-mile desert-crossing race.

  • Author of The Trail Runner’s Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Trail Running and Racing, from 5Ks to Ultras
  • Road Runner Club of America coaching certification
  • Contributing editor and columnist for Trail Runner magazine and contributor/co-host of UltraRunnerPodcast.com. New for 2018: columnist for UltraRunning magazine.
  • Creator and writer of TheRunnersTrip.com, a popular blog devoted to training advice, race reports, and destinations for runners and family travel, named 2017 Overall Best Blogger by the UK-based RunUltra.
  • Certified in Wilderness First Aid by NOLS and CPR certified
  • More than 75 marathons and ultramarathons completed since first marathon in 1995
  • PRs: marathon 3:05 (Napa Valley Marathon 2009); 50K 4:46 (Skyline 50K 2010); 50M 8:31 (Dick Collins Firetrails 50 2010); 100K 11:57 (Tarawera 2015); 100M 21:43 (Rio Del Lago 2014); 24 hours (Summer Solstice 24-Hour in San Francisco) 115 miles. At the peak of my road racing in the early 2000’s when I was in my early 30’s, I could break 19 min. at the 5K, 40 min. at the 10K and 1:30 at the half marathon.
  • Two-time top female finisher (3rd place and 2nd place) in 2012 and 2014 Grand to Grand Ultra 170-mile, seven-day self-supported stage race. 3rd place female in 2017 inaugural Mauna to Mauna Ultra 155-mile stage race (participants carry all their food and gear for the week)
  • Women’s winner and 7th overall at the 2015 Pacific Coast Trail Runs Summer Solstice 24-hour timed ultra event.
  • Sub-24-hour finisher of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run (23:44) from 2016
  • East Bay Triple Crown Trail Champion 2011 and runner-up champion 2013 (cumulative time from three trail races ranging from 9 to 13 miles each)
  • Oakland Marathon female master’s winner 2012
  • Age group winner and top-10 finisher of Salomon K42 Adventure Marathon in Argentina (2009)
  • Two-time age group winner and 3rd place overall at Ohlone 50K (2008, 2009, 2011)
  • First female finisher of numerous regional 50Ks including: Steep Ravine (2015), Berkeley Trail Adventure (2013), Diablo (2010), Rodeo Beach (2011 and 2008), Redwood Park (2007)
  • Winner and past course record holder of Golden Hills Trail Marathon (3:49, 2007)
  • Winner multiple times of the Diablo Trails Adventure Half Marathon
  • Four-time pacer at the Hardrock 100 with deep knowledge of the San Juan Mountain region of Southwestern Colorado, for those who need training or pacing/crewing advice for Hardrock
  • Past winner and age-group winner of Piedmont Turkey Trot 3-miler
  • Past assistant coach, Piedmont Middle School XC (2013 and 2015)
  • Guest coach/mentor, Team RWB Trail Running Camp 2015
  • Current or former member, Inside Trail Racing Team Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders PAUSATF Mountain Ultra Trail team and Grand to Grand Ultra Training Team
  • Former mentor, Team In Training

Running through the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Photo by James Richard Kao

Running and trekking in the San Juan Mountains above Telluride.

Demonstrating some do-anywhere conditioning exercises. (Photo by Tonya Perme)

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