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I Met Some Great People and I Ran Big Sur Naked

I Met Some Great People and I Ran Big Sur Naked



I’m home safe and sound. For a change I actually didn’t have any travel issues on the way back home after the race this weekend. I even got really lucky and happen to get on an earlier flight home. I thought STUFT Daddy would be really excited to see me three hours early, but rumor has it Grandma and Papap had a little martini and steak party while I was gone. Isn’t that nice.



I got to hang with some pretty cool people Saturday up in Monterey. I ran with Bart Yasso and the Runner’s World Challenge participants in the morning.


Tina and I practiced our stellar racing strategy for Big Sur of stopping and taking pictures every few minutes.


After our little shake out run it didn’t take me long to find my good old speedy pacer friend Robert.


The guy is a stud. I still give him credit for my half marathon PR since I was basically trying to find him the entire race.

I continued to tag along with the cool Runner’s World Challenge folks for a little VIP breakfast


and chatted with my man Bart for a bit.


Seriously, such a fun group of expert coaches and runners.

At the race expo I ran into Fran.


Cutest, nicest person ever. Yep, that’s her. She was running the marathon and I’m sure she rocked it.


Later on during round two of the expo Tina and I met up with Dean Karnazes.


I told him that I was supposed to run all these back to back marathons with him this year (SLO, Boston, Big Sur), but that I was injured and couldn’t stalk him like I had intended. I think he was only mildly freaked out.


Then we met the cute Laurel.


Her and her mom Lisa were running the 9 miler. Obviously we were all fast friends with our love of Mizunos.


Plus they showed us what booth to hit up to get the coolest bags around.


Speaking of those cool bags, I found something else at the expo I may or may not have been able to resist buying.



I’ll recap the full expo a bit more later, but thought I’d confess that I ran the Big Sur 10.6 miler naked.



During our little race strategies talk from the Runner’s World experts


we learned that Big Sur was a great race to run naked. It was Jeff who told us that if you want to point fingers.


No, he did not mean this kind of running naked, he meant running without a watch or GPS.

He meant to run just to run.

To enjoy the course


enjoy the scenery


enjoy the journey.


And for the first time ever during a race, I did just that.


No watch, no GPS, no Garmin, no time goal, no cool sport headphones.

Just me and my shoes.


And my friend who kept me great company the entire time.



The race was incredibly slow. I actually have no idea what our time was.

It was somewhat painful with my injury.

It was very humbling.


But, every single small step was a gift.


It quite possibly was a game changer in my running,

just like reading this book right now is a game changer in life.


A full race recap to follow because I have a bazillion great things to say about Big Sur and can’t wait to go back and run the full, but for now I’m going to bed.

Tomorrow morning is all about getting as much time with my little hooligans as possible.

I’m going to be in the moment as much as I can.


*Reminder- You can still enter the Sunglass Shop Oakley giveaway. Winner will be randomly chosen tonight.


Have you ever run a race naked?


*Thank you to Mizuno, Runner’s World and Big Sur International Marathon for giving me the opportunity to run this race even with my injury circumstances and giving me a little glimpse of what’s in store for next year.

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  1. 1
    Kathy says:

    Hmmmm…..Gamechanger??? In what way? Looks like a great group and lots of fun!

  2. 2

    I ran naked on Sunday! Did a 5K with some friends and didn’t bother bringing a garmin or music or anything! I love those races, where it’s just for the enjoyment of running with my fellow runners! Glad you enjoyed Big Sur!

  3. 3
    Mari says:

    I LOVE running “naked” No judgement, just running! It’s freeing and lovely.
    Good to see u out there!

  4. 4
    Pam says:

    sounds like a great weekend mama!! 🙂 I’d love to do the Boston/Big Sur challenge next year! 🙂 I’ve heard so many great things about Big Sur. Have a great day!

  5. 5
    meredith says:

    I am glad you felt well enough to run! So Awesome…anyway, I have not run a race naked but my iphone containing my gps and music likes to die on me often so I end up running a few miles naked. And it is a freeing and interesting experience! I don’t prefer it, however, it is fun and eye opening to experience my surroundings and thoughts without pitbull chiming in or checking my pace/time and distance. It is a whole different run really.

  6. 6
    Catherine says:

    Sounds like an amazing weekend in many ways! Good for you!

  7. 7

    Looks like a really fun experience! Love the roadrunner necklace!

  8. 8

    Congrats on a great run! Glad to see you were at least able to enjoy a run 🙂

  9. 9
    Kim Perry says:

    What beautiful views! I’m trying to convince my friend we should run Big Sur Half this fall (Its on her birthday weekend!!) Can’t wait to hear more about the race 🙂

  10. 10

    I have run a couple without any technology… I think I usually do better with a little music though! If I run with a friend I never use tech. Love the photos and can’t wait for the full recap!

  11. 11
    Holly Locke says:

    As a San Francisco Bay Area native and current Portlandian, my first thought was that running a race without clothes is totally plausible (opps! haha). I’ve stopped running with music outside, mainly for safety reason,s and I’m trying to get more comfortable with the idea of not tracking every single run. Beautiful pictures, it looks like you had a lot of fun!

  12. 12
    Kim says:

    So glad that you were able to do the 10.6. I hope that the running didn’t make your injury any worse!!!

  13. 13

    I’ve never run a race naked “on purpose”. I’ve had some watch snaffus before which caused it. It’s hard for me to do because I am a statistics freak and love plugging my garmin in and seeing every single step of the race, every mile split, every elevation change.. all of it. One of the reasons I am like this is I love going back to old races and looking at how I did, what worked and what I could have improved on. Other people can be inspiring, but its insanely inspiring to be able to look back and see how far you have come.

    Congrats on the race, I commend you for getting it done despite your injury. You had a friend which was great and beautiful views to look at. I am impressed with how you are handling everything. I know this year hasn’t gone the way you planned with races, but I have no doubt you will bounce back better than ever

  14. 14
    Chelsea says:

    Stunning. The absolutely perfect race to go naked on. I can only hope that I get to be there one day! 🙂

  15. 15

    Just ran the Nashville Rock n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon NAKED and LOVED IT! Despite the rainy weather, I ran it with a great friend and motivated her to run hard and strong. She ran her best race EVER and we did it together and it was a blast. I love running naked! 🙂

  16. 16

    What an awesome experience! I’m jealous you got to hang out with Tina, too. I have never run a race naked, but I really need to. I am a bit too dependent on my Garmin. So glad you got to run, even with the injury.

  17. 17
    Starr says:

    Hi Stuft Mama!
    I love the idea of running “naked” and I am going to try it in my next race.
    You have given me the inspiration to get up and start running. That was about a year ago and since then I have been running all the time, and this summer I am going to run my first marathon, although I think for that I should be clothed! 🙂 haha
    I would love to have a new pair of sunglasses for all of those early morning runs when the sun is just starting to come up and its shining right in your face 🙂 annoying but beautiful…
    Brown or Black works for me 🙂
    Really like the pictures from the race and I’m looking forward to the whole recap 😀

  18. 18

    Oh my friend, I’m so glad you had a great weekend! I love that you had some time to just enjoy the moment. xoxox

  19. 19
    purelytwins says:

    so glad that you had a great time at Big Sur, our sister was there with Raw Threads and we wish we could have been there but we had another tripped already planned, maybe next year 😉 looks like a lot of fun

  20. 20

    Loved the share of your time! It is amazing what life’s lessons we learn along the way! 🙂

  21. 21
    elizabeth says:

    I love to run naked and do it often….when I can run (injuries stalk me). I actually have never understood why people feel like they need a GARMIN every time, all the time—no thanks. I don’t like the tan line 🙂

  22. 22
    Robert says:

    Great seeing you out in Big Sur. Good luck bouncing back from the injury!

    • 22.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      So great seeing you! You’ll be on another post too if that’s okay. What was your time again? And.. I’m serious about you pacing me for a PR when I’m back in action. 🙂 Maybe MCM? Have a great week!

  23. 23
    Deb E says:

    Why yes I have run naked and enjoyed it. Hard not to, living in California. I ran cross-country in the seventies with the guys (we had no girl’s team). We had no headphones, cool watches, or nice running bras for that matter! We are blessed to have the technology, or terribly spoiled!

  24. 24

    I miss you so stinking much already!

  25. 25

    How fun!!

    I often run races ‘naked’–so much more fun that way, me thinks 🙂

  26. 26

    I’ve run the Chicago Marathon both times “naked” The atmosphere is electric and I didn’t wan to miss a thing!!!


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