Sunday, March 1, 2015

Jay's 2015 Race Calendar

With acceptance into the 2015 Wasatch Front 100 several weeks ago, my 2015 race calendar is more or less complete. This year brings a nice mix of races I have run before and several new races, as well as some adventure runs in places like the Dolomites, El Valle Panama, and Mt Fuji. Happy trails!

  • March 7 - Nomads 54K - Marrakech, Morocco
  • April 17 - 100 Miles of Istria - Umag, Croatia
  • May 31 - Comrades (54 miles) - Durban, South Africa
  • August 15 - Swiss Iron Trails T91 - Davos, Switzerland
  • September 11 - Wasatch Front 100 - Salt Lake City, USA
  • November 7 - Relentless 24 Hour - Chiang Mai, Thailand (Tentative)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Running the GR (Grand Randonnee) 51

This past weekend we played the "find the least expensive plane ticket to where there are some trails" game. A web search and Euro 77 later we were in Marseille running the GR51 through the spectacular Les Calanques, steep walled inlets along the coast between Marseille and Cassis. The first day was a bit of slog in moderate to heavy rain, and having to be careful on the slippery limestone rock. I logged 21 miles with 6,000 vertical. The second day was bluebird gorgeous. I covered 19 miles and 4,500 vertical in just a shade over three hours! The Calanques are just 25 minutes by bus from central Marseille. How easy is that! Enjoy some pictures….

Trailhead in Marseille

Some Good Vert!

Along the GR 51 to Cassis

GR 51 Looking Back Towards Marseille

A Calanque

GR51 - Marseille to Cassis

Running High

A Calanque

View from the Water

Marseille in the Distance

Endless Trails!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Rome to Lago Albano - 50K History Tour

Today I took advantage of good weather and the possibility of a ride home from Lago Albano to piece together a stunning and historical 50K run from Central Rome to Castel Gandolfo (The Pope's summer residence) overlooking Lago Albano. My run included spectacular sights, stretches of trail, and finally meeting fellow runners who were running around the lake for a post run lunch outside on the shore of the lake. Enjoy the historical tour della storia...

Porta Portese Market - more than 1000 vendors each Sunday

Crossing the Tevre

Victor Emmanuel 

The Forum

The Colosseum

Porta Latina - Old City Gate

Caffarella Park

Along the Appian Way
Trail Along the Appian

Old Roman Pavers Along the Appian

Chariot and Wagon Ruts

The Appian

Lago Albano

Castel Gandolfo - Pope's Summer Residence

Post Run Lunch with Fellow WFP Runners

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Running in Rome - My Daily Commute

People often ask me, "Where do you run in Rome?" While there are some great places to run such as the Appian Way, Villa Pamphili, or even the streets of old Rome on an early Sunday morning, my running consists primarily of my almost daily 20K run to work.

This weekend I had to run (figuratively) to work so I decided to run (literally) and take some pictures since most of the year my morning commute is in the dark and there is not much to see. While not the most pleasant run, my route along the Tiber is definitely varied and includes busy boulevards, passing through Roma camps, sections of bike paths and even a bit of dirt as I pass through a farm before arriving at the office. Here are a few photos…

Crossing the Tiber
Past Old Farms
Through a Number of Housing Blocks
Passing through a Roma Camp
New Bridge on Top of an Old Bridge - New on Old, The Story of Rome
A Nice Section of Bike Path
Water Along the Way 
Blackberries - Yum!
Crossing the Tiber - Again
View of the Tiber from the Bridge
A Few km of Dirt!
The Office 
The Train Home

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ski Tuning

For the majority of the MRC this last ultra running season was not very productive. At all. We have some pretty good reasons why but none of them are worth taking up space in this post. 

No, this post is about ski tuning and not the kind that involves wax and sharpening edges, instead it's about knocking the dust off the skis and the cobwebs from the boots. It's about making the first turns of this very young winter season and re-connecting with the Wasatch in what is quickly becoming my favorite season. Perhaps it should be called "Winter Tuning". Here is the evidence of our winter tuning from the past two days.
The only pic from Day 1, Greg in less than ideal conditions

Day 2 - Peter and Greg enjoying the ascent




Saturday, November 8, 2014

Cinque Terre Trail Running

Home Base - Vernazza

This past weekend was a long holiday weekend in Italy which afforded a great opportunity to travel to Cinque Terre (literally translated as 5 lands), a rugged section of the Italian Riveria with exceptional trails. While most tourists opt for the seaside trails that connect the five villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomagiorre, we took advantage of the higher trails that are seldom frequented and surprise and delight as one runs through vineyards, forests, and along windswept ridges. Here are some pictures of three great days of trail running followed by good food and wine (not necessarily in that order). 

Post run recovery drink and afternoon nap in the sun
Running through vineyards
Forest Trails

The trails would go through the heart of villages

Climbing out of Corniglia

Adrienne catching the train to the start of her run

The possible outcome of running along cliffs

Endless views of the sea

One of many surprise ruins along the trails