Sunday, January 29, 2017

Rerouting

Most of our recent runs have started at one of the trailheads on NW 53rd, which is convenient since it is close to my house and cuts down on travel time and gives us more time to run. This week I decided to start our route from the Springville trailhead, to give us a change of scenery. 

Mt. Hood from Firelane 7A


Right off the bat we took a wrong turn going down Springville instead of Firelane 7, once we hit Wildwood we decided to head to Firelane 7A and readjust the route at the end. We headed down 7A to Leif, but it wasn't obvious where 7A continued on the other side of Leif. We ran back and forth on Leif looking for the trail and finally decided to head down what appeared to be an overgrown trail without a trail sign. The trail ran parallel with wire gate for while, making us feel like we were in the tv show Lost. We got some good views of Portland and Mt. Hood, it wasn't until we made it to the end of the trail that we knew we were on the right trail, only because there was a trail sign. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Product Review :: NANOSpikes

After sliding around on icy trails during the last ice storm in Portland, I decided it was time to invest in some Yaktrax. I did a little Googling to figure out the best pair to buy for trail running and I came across NANOSpikes by Kahtoola. A lot of reviews said the coil/spring system of the Yaktrax didn't actually work that well for running especially on the ice, this didn't seem to be the case with the NANOSpikes, so I bought a pair. 




This Saturday we got 0.5 inches of snow, which turned to ice by Sunday morning. Since our street was covered in ice I wasn't going anywhere for awhile, I decided to give the NANOSpikes a try. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Good Bye 2016

One of the last runs of 2016

2016 was a good year, but it wasn't a great year. 2016 was the year of readjustments, I spent a good part of the year dealing with a knee issue, a herniated disc and an iron deficiency, Susan dealt with knee and achilles issues. We were an hour slower at the Oregon Coast 50k, Peterson Ridge 40m and Wildwood end to end

Despite all the set backs we still had a pretty eventful year. We crewed our first race at Bandera, we traveled to France to run CCC and experience all that is UTMB. Every race we ran this year we had family who traveled with us and sometimes crewed for us, which made the experiences even more special. 

I learned a lot about recovering from an injury and that taking a break is ok. Susan and I both want to be running trails many years from now, I think this year taught us a lot about what we need to do to accomplish this. 

One thing we didn't do much of in 2016 was self supported runs outside of Forest Park; this is our 2017 running resolution. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Wildwood E2E 2016

It's our yearly tradition to run Wildwood from one and to another during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, which is usually in between our birthdays. This year, however, the weather was awful and we just weren't feeling it... so we postponed til the next weekend.

When the next weekend came around, Ann had just got back from a conference in Las Vegas, and we postponed again.

Then there was snow, twice, then Ann was in Michigan, then it was Christmas... and finally, we had a day when everything aligned.

Festive bird feeders that look like donuts (chocolate, pink, and rainbow sprinkles) 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Searching for Savory: Part 4

I subscribe to a monthly box of vegan snacks, which is how I first tried these "nori wrapped energy sticks." There's a light crispiness to the seaweed wrapping, and the sunflower seed filling gives them a substantial chew. I had never eaten anything quite like it, and I immediately looked for where to buy more.

I have the POWER (wraps)!
I ordered two of each flavor from the maker's website, and enjoyed them all. I discovered that my local vegan grocery store carries them. Then I don't know if I got tired of them or I just got a bad batch, but suddenly they didn't taste good to me anymore.

A couple of years passed, and I decided to try them again for this experiment, specifically for running.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Fun in the snow



Last weekend we got snow in Portland which turned into freezing rain. It took out a lot of trees in Forest Park and the surround streets, which one of them I live on. The tress took out power lines on their way down. There was also a mud slide on NW Cornell, closing down access into Portland. And that was just my little area of Portland. Since we knew we weren't going anywhere any time soon, us and a few neighbors got out chainsaws and started to clear the tress on our street. Since NW 53rd was closed, it was a ghost town at the normally very crowded trailheads, it was nice feeling like I had that area of the park to myself. 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Holman 25


Susan and I normally run all of Wildwood Thanksgiving weekend because it falls between both of our birthdays, this has been our birthday tradition for the past 4 years. This year there were torrential downpours over Thanksgiving weekend, so we decided to push it out a week. The problem with that plan was, I was spending the week before in Vegas at a work conference. Knowing that I was going to run all of Wildwood the day after I got home from Vegas definitely made me behave in Vegas. But a week in Vegas is still a week in Vegas, no matter how much I tried to behave and I was feeling exhausted when I got home on Friday, and Susan was getting over a stomach bug, so we decided to push all of Wildwood out again. Instead of running ~30 miles we decided to run 25, makes perfect sense, right?