The Road to Texas, episode 1

February 16, 2021. 6:45am. Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California.

A real, live, in-person track meet has felt unfathomable during these Dark Ages of racing. But thanks to Trials of Miles and Citius Mag, Holly and Lizzy have landed the cherished opportunity to run a real, live track meet at the end of the month: an elite invitational in Austin called the Texas Qualifier.

The next two weeks, their training will be laser-focused to prepare for this special chance to PR in the developmental heat of the 5000m in Austin. Today featured a set of 800s at race pace or faster. Holly and Lizzy were joined by Tasia, who was running her first workout after a long bout of injury. In typical Tuesday morning fashion, a slew of speedy friends populated the track for various workouts to help create an electric atmosphere at sunrise.

11 days until the Texas Qualifier.

Selections from Moab

January 30-February 2, 2021. Moab, Utah.

The San Francisco girls found more than just ultra marathons during their long weekend Utah: Other highlights included post-race celebrations and unplanned treacherous drives that led to spontaneous workouts.

Jenny en route to a second place finish in the Arches Ultra 50-miler.
Holly congratulates Jenny at the finish line.
Anna runs afternoon hill sprints on Long Canyon Road.

Pre-race routines in the heart of the desert

January 29, 2021. 10:00am. Arches National Park, Moab, Utah.

Armed with negative COVID test results, face shields, and multiple layers of face masks, the San Francisco girls traveled to the high desert for an ultramarathon. For most of them, this will be their first race in almost one year.

Pre-race excitement ran high for the crew, which included Jenny, Sophie, Holly, and Lizzy. The girls settled into a day-before-race routine of jogging, stretching, and quiet, grateful anticipation amidst Utah’s dramatic scenery.