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Badger Creek Wilderness loop

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Back in July, we scheduled a Sunday run in Badger Creek Wilderness to pre-fatigue us for our long, day-off run the next Friday (Timberline Trail around Mt Hood!). We started at Gumjuwac trailhead right on Highway 35, with a big climb up to the saddle and Lookout Mountain. 
Even though it was a perfect hiking weekend in summer, we only saw a handful of people—most of them at the top of Lookout, since there’s a nearby trailhead you can drive to for a nice three mile loop. It really feels like wilderness on the far side of Mt Hood.

July adventure run: Mt Hood circumnavigation on the Timberline Trail

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We timed our July day-off adventure to be the longest training run, four weeks before for our biggest race of the year, Waldo 100k. For a 40+ mile run, it's hard to beat the Timberline Trail loop around Mt Hood. Our last time on this route was four years ago, in 2015. Since then the infamous Eliot washout-- which was technically closed-- has been rerouted further down the mountain, adding a bit of distance and safety. We were excited to see the changes.

Girls Gone Pasadena: Part Two

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This is part 2 of 2. If you haven't read Part One, please click through.
For Saturday, our second day, we wanted to run in the Santa Monica Mountains with a view of the coast. We used the Trail Run Project app again to find a good start at the East Topanga Fire Road Trailhead, with a 4.8 mile point-to-point and 1,200 ft of elevation gain. Then we added a little out-and-back to the Parker Mesa overlook along the way, since that was said to be the best viewpoint.

Girls Gone Pasadena: Part One

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Many people who live in the Pacific Northwest plan for a "sun break" in the long rainy season-- a chance to escape the damp and darkness. After months of running routes limited by snow levels, muddy shoes, and pre-dawn starting times, we were ready for our own version: a long weekend in the Los Angeles area.

Mary's Peak 50k

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I've heard of Mary's Peak 25k/50k/50mi for a few years, but it hasn't been on my radar as it's not near a mountain or widely known as particularly scenic. This year, with our "A race" in mid-August, the 50k stuck out to us a a good training race with decent climbing (about 5,000 ft), only a two hour drive from home.


Ann drove down in her van to camp, and I drove down with my family to spend the night in Corvallis. As is customary, Ann picked up the race packets for both of us since I didn't make it in time. In a surprising move, however, I had my family drop me off early at the start at Blodgett Elementary School for fear of always being late, and I was one of the first people there.

The race director was hanging out and very friendly. He made a point to chat with everyone, and offered his cell phone number in case we needed anything during the race. We loaded up on two school buses and made the slow, windy drive on a narrow, gravel road to the start.

Aft…