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A Girl’s Guide to Trail Running » Ultramarathon


Posted on Jul 15, 2009

Okay, so yeah, I do really like food.  And as a runner, food is my powerhouse. It can really make a workout feel solid or if eating badly, it can make a workout and a stomach, a problem. I find the more quality things I eat, the better I run and feel.  I do really like cooking, trying new restaurants and having a good glass of red wine almost every night. I thought I would list the staples of my diet and the vices that also find their way in every now and again.

Enjoying that glass of wine

Enjoying that glass of wine

Foods that power me-

  • Oatmeal or whole grains for breakfast with yogurt and lots of berries…  good food
  • Coffee with breakfast, sometimes more than one cup…. can be bad if it makes me shaky
  • An apple- my favorites are granny smith and fuji
  • For lunch, I try to do a protein, like turkey and mix it with a whole grain bread and lots of spinach
  • More fruit in the afternoon… grapes that are slightly frozen are awesome.
  • Raw almonds- power food and so satisfying
  • Dark chocolate- a square or two a day is usually enough to keep me happy
  • Pre-workout snack- a small cup of Kashi cereal
  • Dinner is usually baked salmon with lots of veggies or maybe a grilled turkey burger usually without a bun.
  • A good glass of red wine


  • I have  a sweet tooth, so baking for me is like therapy, which usually means I taste while I bake… bad…
  • A second glass of wine…
  • Frozen yogurt (probably way too much sugar, but I love it)


  • Estela’s Fresh Sandwiches- they have the best veggies sandwiches ever
  • Green’s- a fine dining experience for vegetarians… a yummy treat
  • NOPA- a great restaurant with a fun atmosphere and within walking distance to me- a problem for my checking account
  • Whole Foods- I swear I feel healthier just walking in there
  • Peet’s Coffee- I don’t think anyone can make a better Skinny half-calf double latte
  • Farm Fresh to you- Organic, Sustainable produce and fruits delivered right to your door.

    Feeling good....

    Feeling good....

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So here we go…

Posted on Jun 5, 2009

Why start a blog?  I wondered this myself for quite some time…. but, also why not? This is my attempt to share my adventures with you all!  I have loved reading blogs by other ultrarunners, but realized that most were by the guys- what about us girls? We can fly down technical trail, we love to kick ass too!  And yes some of us do it in our Lululemon run fast skirts.

So, about me: I live and work in this fabulous city called, San Francisco.  My day job is a critical care pharmaceutical sales rep- what does that mean? I work in the O.R or cardiac cath lab in hospitals to educate physicians, specifically those involved in critical care medicine- cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, anaesthesiologists, ect. I love my job- it provides me with constant challenges and I get to be around some amazing people. I also get to watch some awesome surgeries- chests cracked open, skulls exposing grey matter… it’s very cool!

My husband, filmmaker JB Benna, created a small outdoor/adventure film company called Journeyfilm about 5 years ago.  So I also help him produce and make documentary films. We have been ultrarunning since 2004, and we are hooked.  Only in the last 2 years have we really ramped it up and began competing and training seriously.  I don’t know how I ran all those races before on such little training?  I guess the mind is a powerful thing.

JB and I are parents to our three rescue animals: Mr. Big (a seriously ugly/so cute mix dog) and Tazzoe and Gracie (seriously cute cats).  We love, love, love to travel when we can and running adventures take us all over the world.  Ok enough background already… lets get on with on with the present adventures!

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