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36 hours in Bornholm

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I was in London and Copenhagen for work with a weekend in between each city, I had planned on spending it exploring Copenhagen, well that was the plan before I googled "Trail running Denmark". Hammer Trail, the most famous trail race in Denmark takes place on an island called Bornholm and the more I researched the island the more I wanted to go.  Bornholm is actually closer to Sweden than it is to Denmark. You can fly from Copenhagen to Bornholm or you can drive and take a ferry from Ystad, Sweden. Since I was planning this a week out, plane tickets were ridiculous, so we rented a car and got ferry tickets. 


I booked us a last minute room with an amazing view at Nordlandet, a small hotel boutique hotel on Northwest side of the island. 
Friday night:

The ferry arrived into Bornholm around 6 pm. By the time we checked in and settled into our room it was around 7pm. Instead of venturing out we decided to checkout the Underbar which is in the cellar of Nordlandet. It is an intimate…

Dog Gone Wildwood

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I have wanted a dog ever since I used to run with my friend Karrla's sled dog Oscar years ago. I really wanted a dog that was capable of running long distances and I didn't particularly want a puppy.  Karrla researched breeds years ago and decided that a German Shorthaired Pointer would be the perfect breed for me. I researched breeders numerous times, but never followed through on contacting one. I also felt a little guilty not getting a dog from a shelter, but it all was really moot since for one reason or another I never got a dog.  

Two weeks ago while Susan and I were running my husband who was in Germany sent me text to an article about 53 dogs who had been rescued from a La Pine, OR breeder and 22 of them were going to be available for adoption at the Oregon Humane Society in Portland. The article said that Labs, German Shorthaired Pointers (GSP) and Dachshunds were going to be available for adoption starting on Friday. Since 2 days had passed I wasn't sure if any of…

The one time a year we run Firelane 15

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It's that time of year again-- when we grow tired of our usual, old routes in Forest Park and look at the All Trails Challenge for some inspiration. We like to start with the north end of the park, and check off all the nastiest firelanes first. So this time I decided to knock out Firelanes 15 and 12. I made the route, then we decided to adjust the distance by starting at Springville rather than the original at Germantown. I think this turned out much nicer-- although to our surprise Springville trailhead was just as crowded as Germantown.



Route: Start at Springville trailhead off Skyline FL7 - Ridge-- .38 Ridge - WW-- .44 Ridge WW to Newberry (ww 30.16)-- 9.48 Newberry (ww 30.16) to FL15 (ww 28.63)-- 1.53  FL15- Kielhorn-- .32 Kielhorn out & back-- .36 FL15 to Skyline-- .65  FL15 back to FL12-- 1.34 FL12 down to Creston St-- 1 FL12 to BPA-- 1.51  BPA to WW (27.45)-- .25 WW (27.45) to Waterline (ww 24)-- 3.45  Waterline (ww 24) to Leif (10.17)-- .35  Leif (10.17) to Springville (le 9.37)-- 0.…

A week of running in the snow

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I returned home last Saturday after 2 weeks in Europe, mostly snowboarding in Austria (this is another blog post) and a little bit of work in London. The snowboarding was amazing, but I had not run in almost 2 weeks and was really looking forward to running with Susan on Sunday. 

Susan planned a new 20 mile route for us at the north end of Forest Park, but we woke up to it snowing. The forecast had predicted snow later in the day, so not knowing how much snow we were going to get we decided to run closer to my house in case we needed to bail. Being extremely jet lagged, l looked up a 20 mile route in our blog while Susan drove over. We quickly got off the original route, don't trust someone with a few hours of sleep to navigate. Luckily, we know Forest Park pretty well and improvised and ended up with a new 20 mile route. 



We had a lot of running in the snow and catching up. I thought not running for 2 weeks would make the run feel easy, but I guess all the snowboarding and lack of …

Three days in Wonderland

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16-18 Aug 2015
No run has reshaped the borders of my soul like circumnavigating Mt Rainier. No run has infiltrated my dreams like spending three days just running and not much else, in the middle of the longest summer in the Pacific Northwest's recent memory. No run has made me fall so deeply in love with the magical combination of mountains, wilderness, and summertime.

Like all of our great long runs, Ann researched and planned this one. She discovered that most people run the 93-mile Wonderland Trail clockwise, and that we could split the route into three days with a cushy hotel stay each night. We, however, would run the route counterclockwise to start with the longest day of running first. We had a beer with our friend Heather McGrath, who had run around Rainier the previous year, to hear more about her trip, get tips, and make sure that our plan wasn't too crazy.