Week 5: Lake Spring, Ralphine 7-Miler @ 8am

This week we’ll do two loops around both lakes: Spring and Ralphine. This is a good mix of trails and pavement, with some small hills to vary the elevation. Total mileage is 7- 7.4 miles.

Be sure to drink lots today and tomorrow. This heat wave is no joke!

Next Sunday we’ll start out run from El Molino High School along the West County Trail. A nice, flat, scenic 8-mile run. Be sure to bring water – there are no water fountains along the way.

Have a great week and enjoy your mid-week workouts.


Week 4: Sunday, September 28 – 6-miler @

Spring Lake + Lake Ralphine

This week’s long run will incorporate trails around both lakes: Spring and Ralphine. The terrain is paved and unpaved with small hills. It will increase last week’s mileage by about 1.4 miles. We’ll take it nice and slow and cover the mileage with plenty of talk, as always. As the mileage starts to increase, remember all the tips about form and breathing, but most important of all is the mental approach. Picturing yourself running light and easy, flowing like water over and around rocks, will enhance your running and enable you to go farther.

We’ll meet at the top of the hill at 8am off Montgomery Drive. 

See you Sunday morning!


June 29 – August 17 Schedule

Hi Runners,

This is a look at our Advanced class schedule. Start times might change according to weather, group consensus, etc. But this gives an overview of how we’ll be gearing up for the marathon.

June 29: 13-14 miles @ 7:30am

July 6: 20 miles @ 7am (Don out of town)

July 13: 14-15 miles @ 7:30am (Don out of town)

July 20: 20-22 miles @ 6:30am

July 27: 15-16 miles @ 7:30am

August 3: 22-24 miles @ 6:00am

August 10: 12-14 miles @ 7:30am

August 17: 10-12 miles @ 7:30am

August 24: Marathon!





Sunday, June 22 – 18-miler @ 7am

Hello Runners!

This Sunday’s run concludes the Intermediate Class, and marks the 2/3 point in the training. One more class, one more 8-week push towards our goal.

We will be running 18 miles along the Santa Rosa Marathon course, in preparation for the actual marathon. From here on out we will  be spending considerable time running and getting to know the course very well. Meet at the Youth Community Park on Fulton Road (across from Piner High School) at 7am and away we go from there.

Now is the time to use Vaseline on the feet and other places where chafing might occur. A hat, sunblock, and protection from the heat is important as well.

See you in the morning!

June 15 (Father’s Day) Annadel 12-miler @ 7:30am

Hello Runners!

This is our “recovery week” long run. After two weeks of tough runs – first Armstrong Woods and then a 16-miler along the West County Trail – we have a nice trail run through Annadel State Park. We’ll start near the park’s entrance (please check the map) where public parking is available adjacent Channel Drive. If you have questions of where to park, how to get there, please text or call me.

If you consult the map, you can trace our trail: Channel Trail – North Burma Trail – South Burma Trail – Marsh Trail – Canyon Trail + loop Lake Ilsanjo – Louis Trail – and back to the park’s entrance. It is roughly 12 miles. We’ll take it nice and slow, and enjoy the scenery.

I hope you’re having a nice week. See you Sunday!


Sunday, June 8 @ 8am 16-miler

Hello Runners,

Last week was our epic run through Armstrong Woods. Yes – more of an endurance test than a run, and one that will stay with you for awhile. This week we’re going to re-create our high school to high school run (in reverse from the last one) from Analy High School to El Molino and back. This will be along the now-familiar West County/Joe Rodota Trail.

Meet in the Analy High School parking lot by 8am. We’ll do our best to have an aid station at the halfway point.

Upcoming: if I haven’t gotten your singlet size, please remind me to do that on Sunday (for those who wish to sport the E.A.R.T.H. Runners safety green uniform during the Santa Rosa Marathon). I’m trying to keep the cost down as much as possible; they should run between $20-25.

I hope all is going well with your weekday runs. I won’t be able to do a Wednesday run this week, but am shooting for a Thursday 7pm run at Spring Lake. Email me if you’d like to meet up and go for a 6-8 mile run.

Rock on,


hunched over


Sunday, June 1 – Armstrong Woods!

Hello Runners,

Last Sunday was a tough 14-16 miler along the West County Trail. The heat is adding to the challenge of increased distance, but it’s what we need to prepare for. However, continue to use caution and your smarts. During this heat wave be sure to wear sun block, a hat, and HYDRATE like crazy. If you start to feel dizzy during a run – shut it down.


We are at the half way point of training. From here on out we become more and more focused on the marathon itself. As it inches closer, we start to discuss our preparation for it in more specific terms, we start to finalize our running gear and personal routines, and we start to strategize for what lies ahead. This is a very good time for renewed vigor and a re-commitment to those weekday runs (they can slip away during the long training season). It’s also good to keep yourself interested in overall good health and committing yourself to eating, drinking, and feeling well. In short, keep feeling strong and vital, and thanking yourself for being able to do what you’re doing.

This coming Sunday we’re going to aim for a 10-12 miler through Armstrong Woods. Yes, indeed. This stands out as one of the more challenging runs we’ll do. The distance may be shorter, but it’s a pretty grueling trail of relentless inclines and terrain. When you finish this run, you’ll feel it for sure. But it is absolutely beautiful!

If you would like to carpool, please meet at the fruit stand on River Road (west of Fulton Rd.) at 7:30am in Santa Rosa. Otherwise, go straight to the parking lot at Armstrong Woods by 8am. See below for the map of the run. We’ll be doing the pink and yellow trails (10.9 miles)

Armstrong Redwoods map 2

Also, I will try to make a mid-week run on Wednesday night at 7pm at the Parktrail trail head. Those interested and able to make it, please email me and let me know.

Happy Memorial Day and have a great week.


Sunday, May 25 @ 8am 14-miler

Hello Runners,

This Sunday we’ll be running from high school to high school along the West County Trail. Meet at the El Molino High School parking lot (next to the tennis courts) at 8am. We’ll run the familiar course along the West County Trail (Joe Rodota Trail) to the halfway point at the Analy High School parking lot and back. There will be water and fruit at the halfway point.

Next Sunday, June 1, we’ll be running Armstrong Woods. This is a tough trails course – so be prepared. Also, if you have a whistle that you carry with you as you run, please bring it. Navigating the course can be tricky and staying within earshot of the group is helpful.

Lastly, I plan on doing a mid-week 6-mile run on Wednesday, May 28 @ 7pm for those interested. Meet at the Parktrail trail head (Parktrail/Comfrey) just outside Annadel State Park.

Have a great week!


run through woods


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