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King of the Hill - Lantau Island

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When I found out at the end of December that I would be traveling to Hong Kong for work the first week of January I immediately Googled "Trail Races Hong Kong January". I found a trail series called King of the Hills, with a 1/2 and full marathon on Lantau island the weekend before I needed to be in Hong Kong. I signed up for the full marathon right away.


I was scheduled to arrive in Hong Kong the Thursday before the race, the race was on Sunday, but I felt like I was getting a cold and rescheduled my flight, which meant arriving the night before the race. What kind of crazy person flies 20+ hours to run a race they don't know much about the next day? Well I am that crazy person, but I did email the RD to see if I could change to the 1/2 marathon instead, luckily they let me.

My co-worker Eric who was in Hong Kong already and who speaks Cantonese decided to meet me Sunday morning and go to the race with me. This helped my anxiety a bit, since he could help make sure we go…

2018 - Year of the Dog

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2018 was the year of the dog according to the Chinese zodiac. If you have been following our blog you know that 2018 was definitely the year of the dog here, or more specifically the year of Cedar Sunbeam.  


Cedar has been the highlight of our running year. I adopted him in March from the Oregon Humane Society, he was a wild child. Since then he has run trails around Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson and ran all 30 miles of Wildwood with us. He has been to the beach and is currently in love with the snow. Cedar has turned into a total dirtbag runner, he would live in our Sprinter Van if we let him, he licks our beer taps clean after we pour beer.  We are looking forward to many more running adventures in 2019 with him. 



2018 was also the year that we had to say goodbye to Oscar my first dog crush. Oscar was my good friend Karrla's dog who we took on a lot of backpacking and mountain biking adventures. Once Susan and I started running trails we took Oscar on a lot of our long runs, …

Ultra Dog

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This was mine and Susan's 8th year running Wildwood end to end to celebrate our birthdays, but this year we included Cedar. The full Wildwood trail is ~30.25 miles which officially makes Cedar an ultra runner. Most humans don't run 30 miles, let alone dogs. Cedar is a German Shorthaired Pointer, a breed that was developed in the 19th century in Germany for hunting and also known for being able to run long distances. But just because a breed is known for running doesn't mean every dog is capable of it. 



One could say that Cedar has been in training for this since I adopted him in March, he has gone on almost every long run with me and Susan since then. We ramped him up slowly and despite his protest kept his runs short durning the heat in the summer. He has his own running pack for carrying water and treats; Ruffwear's Single Track, which he loves. His longest run until 2 months ago was 20 miles, which I thought was enough, but we would get home and he would still be ful…

The Enchantments

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The Enchantments is probably one of the most photographed areas in the Cascades and there is a good reason. The drama of the sharp peaks of the Stuart Range reflecting in the blue waters of the lake basins makes it hard to take a bad picture. The picturesque beauty has made a popular area even more popular, which makes it extremely difficult to an overnight permit in the permit lottery.




Last year John and I got a permit to the Eightmile Lake zone, but there was a forest fire and our pass got pulled. We put a reminder on the calendar for the lottery in 2018, but somehow missed the reminder. When we finally got around to getting a pass we got one for midweek the first week of October for Eightmile Lake. I was happy to have a pass but weather at the beginning of October can be a little iffy. 




Looking at the weather before we headed out there was a 50% chance of rain and was suppose to be close to freezing overnight, so we decided to camp in the van and to do day hikes instead. The nice thi…

The summer of Cedar

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In March I adopted an underweight, stubborn, wild but very loving German Shorthaired Pointer named Cedar. Very quickly everything in my life seemed to be about the dog, especially my running. Luckily, he loves to run long distances as much as Susan and I do, and also gets antsy if he hasn't gone on a run in a few days. His longest run to date is 20 miles. 



I wish I could say it was easy running with Cedar from day one, but it wasn't. He is 5 years old and has never been leashed trained and pulls like crazy. He is also a bird dog and is obsessed with small animals, which includes small dogs. So, he is never going to be the dog that I can run with off leash with and pass people with other (smaller) dogs and say, "oh don't worry he is friendly". 



Over the last several months he has gotten better on a leash, but not great. He has had the chance to hang out with other dogs his size and he doesn't mind them, he mostly ignores them. When people with small dogs approac…