Thursday, December 23, 2010

Your birthday is a special time to celebrate the gift of 'you' to the world.
Happy birthday to me. Yep 46 years I have been alive and what a wild time it's been. I have been through so much but keep dusting myself off when I fall down and move forward into the next phase of life.

I am heading to Southern Cali. to spend the holidays with Andy & Rocky. Looking forward to it. I just love being with Andy we have so much fun. It's the best when the whole little family is together.
Who would of thought this little baby would grow up to be such an adventurous girl. By looking at the picture you would never have known. But in those eyes I see the spark of someone who would accomplish many things in 46 years.

I am truly looking forward to another 46 years on this planet it has been good and it has been not so good, but without all my challenges along the way I would never have become the me who I am today.
Have a very Merry X-Mas friends and Happy Birthday to me!!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. ~Edward Everett Hale

46 hour birthday run is in the books. I ran 135.5 miles and raised $2160 for Chance 2 compete a non profit organization that I ran for and will be running for in the future.
This birthday run was not easy some years they are made easy because of the good weather.
This year a huge storm was hitting while I was running. I never wanted to quit or give up because it was not about me it was for the kids I am helping. It was important that I raise money for those who are in need. My plan was to raise $1000 dollars during the run. I had no idea that I would double my goal.
I want to thank all of you who donated what you could. I also want to thank those of you who could not donate, but sent me the gift in the form of comments and positive vibes.
I want to thank Mark
Gingrich CEO of HTFU and founder of Chance 2 compete. It was because of him I had a cause and charity to run for. He was awesome through the whole 46 hours updating the FB the whole time. I am proud to be a part of Team HTFU and charity runner for C2C.
Also want to thank my friend Almine Barton who was awesome updating post and posting to her wall and other friends walls. Thanks girl!

I enjoyed most of the journey and just accepted the fact that the weather was not my best friend, but I have been through worse.
I want to thank my pacers and helpers, Jerry Roninger Kathy D'Onofrio, Linda McFadden, Joe Pham, Mylinh Nguyen, Mike Palmer, Clifton Carter and of course Rocky Ridge. They kept me laugh through the good times and bad times.
I want to thank HOKA one one for making an awesome shoe that made my legs, feet and body feel great all the way. Not one blister and I don't feel like I ran 135.5 miles today at all.
I made it through the cold, pouring rain, fog and 50-60 mph gust of winds at night. I hurt my ankle but took a break at home for a couple hours to ice it and rest and came back out stronger and in no pain. I only had to take two advil which is a big deal, since this last year I have taken many to get through hundreds. My hamstring never even bothered me.
I am blessed ,because there are so many wonderful people in my life.
I want to thank my boyfriend Andy Kumeda who wasn't here in person to help but I was able to talk to him on the phone and hearing his voice always makes me smile. He is the best boyfriend in the whole wide world.

Today I picked up my supply box in Sunol and ran 2 miles with no pain. Just in shock how awesome I feel.
Thank you again for following my crazy journey you are all amazing.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

46 hour birthday run starts December 16 at 4pm and finishes on Saturday 18 at 2pm. If you want to join the fun let me know ;-)


This years 46 hour b-day run is for a cause, I run for myself all the time and this time I'm hoping to make a difference. If you can donate something great. My goal is to raise $1000 dollars for the run. The Chance to compete is an awesome foundation so hopefully we can all make a difference in a kids life and allow them the opportunity to become great at a sport they love. You can follow me on Facebook during my run. I will post along the way.

Thanks, Catra

From Mark ceo of HTFU:

On Thursday...December 16th at 4 pm, Catra Corbett will begin a solo 46 hour endurance run she has dedicated to raising money for not for profit foundation Chance 2 Compete . What is normally tasked as an annual birthday run is now turned into something much more. HTFU couldn't be more honored to have someone like Catra spearhead an effort like this

"...and in support of her efforts HTFU will donate a wristband and sticker to donors who make contributions in the amount of $20 or more, a Visor or Beanie for... donations in the amount of $40 or more and any one of our shirts for donations int he amount of $60 or more. Donors will also be added to the founding donors wall for contributions in the amount of $100 or more.

Please visit http://www.chance2compete/ to learn more and send Catra your support today.

Please email me, Mark Gingrich what you would like HTFU to send you way!

Best of luck Catra...we'll all be watching!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day.

Last week was a fun week trained in my HOKA one one shoes all week and just love them.
I ran Mt. Diablo on Friday 20 miles in the rain and it was fun!
I love running in the rain when its not to cold out ;-)
On Saturday I did my first orienteering event. It was a ROGAINE, did it with my roommate Jerry. I had a blast we found 5 check points. we did the 4 hour event. It was at Henry Coe state park which is an awesome place to run.
I met so many cool people looks like I'm hooked. Planning on doing a ROGAINE 24 hour next year ;-)
Ran with Linda on Sunday and got to catch up on life with her.
Found a couple of cow skulls shot in the head. They must of been sick so the rancher shot them ;-(
Ok the big news of the week. I will be running my 46 hour birthday run starting on Thursday at 4pm and finishing Saturday at 2pm.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

"Impossibilities are merely things which we have not yet learned."
Charles W. Chesnutt

Andy and I had an awesome run at Ridgecrest 50k Sunday, finished in 5:57. It was my 4th fastest 50k time ;-) We had a blast!!! Andy is seeing a Doctor for a heart issue he is having but it's not effecting his running.
The weather was perfect the rain held off and it was even a little warm at times.
I wore a brand new pair of shoes out of the box the Hoka one one. I knew it might not be a smart move but I did it anyways. And let me tell you I love the Hokas they are amazing so comfy and light. My legs and feet felt so good after I didn't feel like I ran at all. I give the Hokas 5 stars out of 5. They are my new favorite shoe!!!

Andy and I played a fun game during the run. I would sing and he would have to name the tune of the song I was listing to on my ipod. Time flew by that's for sure. Looking forward to HURT 100 we will have hours to play that game ;-)

These pics. were from yesterdays run up Mission peak along the Ohlone. I was able to run fast on the down hills with my Hokas and not be afraid. They are super stable and you feel nothing. It all makes sense the concept of the shoe. Would you ride a road big on trails?? No you need fat tires not skinny for the trails. Why not wear light cushion shoes with a wide bottom that creates a stable platform.
These shoes are really awesome.
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This weekend I'm trying something new I'm doing an Orienteering event with my roommate should be fun ;-)

Monday, November 29, 2010

"Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional."
~Chili Davis~

These first couple photos were taken on Fridays long run in Sunol. It was an awesome day.

This picture was taken Saturday right after I finished my 13th Quad. dipsea 28 mile race. It was my 4th fastest time in a time of 6:36. The trail was muddy, slippery and wet. It rained off and on with periods of Sun. The weather I thought was awesome, it was perfect training for HURT 100.
These last few photos are from Sunday(yesterday) a little 10 mile recovery run around Maguires peaks in Sunol with Rocky it was a bit on the muddy side but was an awesome day for a 3 hour run ;-)
Next up for me is Ridgecrest 50k in SoCal next weekend. Hopefully the doc. gives Andy the ok to run it. The best part is I get to spend 4 days with my love ;-) Yay for that!!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

RIP 1996-2002

I Only Wanted You...They say memories are golden well maybe that is true. I never wanted memories, I only wanted you. A million times I needed you,a million times I cried. If love alone could have saved you you never would have died. In life I loved you dearly, In death I love you still. In my heart you hold a place no one could... ever fill.If tears could build a stairway and heartache make a lane, I'd run the path to heaven and bring you back again. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same.But as God calls us one by one,the chain will link again.

Oskar 96-02 gone but never forgotten. I miss you still my little guy
;-( You are in my heart and I love you Oskar. It's been 8 years since
you went away. See you in the next life. xoxo

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

"Say what you want and be who you are because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr Seuss
We had a blast working the Spooner cove races for Coastal trail runs last Saturday.
We lucked out with nice weather since it rained all night and a bit in the morning . The clouds parted and the sun came out.
Andy & I worked the aid station then swept the course we had so much fun. The course is spectacular with awesome views.
I am getting excited about running Quad. dipsea this weekend I think it will be number 12 or 13 for me.

I hope everyone has a safe and awesome Thanksgiving. I will be doing what I do best and that is a long run on Thanksgiving. I will be giving thanks for being healthy and alive.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real.
Deepak Chopra
What a beautiful Fall day for a 30+ miler I think I ran at least 33 ;-) forgot my Garmin and only wanted to run 30 but got swept away and lost in my thoughts and just kept going.
I always try to do my Friday long run alone , it's my time to push myself and just run and have fun. And I love being alone in the wilderness too.
I love not being on a schedule and go out and see where my body takes me.
Tomorrow I will do a 40+ mile run with my friends. Jerry, Mike, Julia and Mylinh & Joe will meet us somewhere along the way.
I hope everyone gets a chance to play in the wilderness this weekend ,wherever you live ;-)
BTW top picture is the New HTFU hoodie it kept me nice and warm this morning.
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Monday, November 08, 2010


A friend is someone who sees through you and still enjoys the view.
Awesome weekend of running. Ran 35 miles on Saturday. Julia started with me and ran around 9 miles with me then turned around she was tired and sore from a weight workout from the two days before.
I continued on and it was a beautiful day. Ran down to Ed Levin/Sandy wool lake It is and awesome place to run to. I forgot how much I like that area.
On the way out I saw tons of hang gliders at one point there was 10 in the air and at the highest launch point there were at least 15 waiting to go.
I was surprised I saw a lot of hikers out there, I ran into a group of 10.
I enjoyed the quite solitude and the alone time with myself to reflect on things to come ;-)

On a 9 hour run you have lots of time to think about life.
I really felt good most of the run, which is nice I didn't really have any low points which means I'm getting stronger and able to push harder ;-)

I ran Sunday with Mike and the weather was a totally different story. We started around 12:20 and it was pouring, we were both freezing our asses off by the time we were on the top of the peak. We decided a 3 hour run was good enough for the day.
There were actually a few people out there which makes me smile knowing we are not the only hard core people out there.

Next Saturday I am taking a few friends on a 40+mile run we will start at my house run to Ed Levin and back to my house then to Sunol and back . If anyone whats to run let me know you can make it shorter and just go to Ed Levin and back 22 miles ;-) or not do the whole thing and do 30 miles or even less.
Have a great day!!

Friday, November 05, 2010

I think Rocky is the most amazing dog; he gives me unconditional love. For me he is the role model for being alive.
wow another gorgeous day to run. I decided to take Rocky on a 6 mile Mission Peak run. I am trying to take him on 2 longer runs a week from 6-10 miles. He really enjoys being on the trail.
When he was younger it wasn't the case. But he has the confidence since he has gotten older and knows what he is capable of, just like a person.
I know he brings joy to people who meet us on the trail. I see them struggling then we pass by and they are amazed, such a small dog can move up hill so well.
I think it inspires them ;-)
Tomorrow I will be out and about with Julia on a 33 mile run it will be a blast since we haven't run together in a while. Looking forward to it.
Ok off to work enjoy your weekend people!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

MISSION PEAK.................

Can someone please tell Summer that it's actually Fall :-)
What an awesome morning to run 70 degrees at 9:30 and it's November.
I'm actually not complaining. I will take the nice weather why I can.
Ran 15 miles and every 2 miles I did 50 squats and 50 lunges a good ass and legs workout for sure.
I suggest you all get out on the trails today since we have this beautiful weather. I am headed to work soon.
I can't believe the amount of trash people leave on my trail I picked up 7 pieces of trash. Make sure when you are out on the trail to always try to pick up 3 pieces of trash like I do. We can make the trails a more beautiful place!!!

MY CHOICE MY DESTINY..............

My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.
Elaine Maxwell