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Spring 21

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We are officially training for the Waldo 100k in August, the last 100k we finished was Miwok in 2015. We have had a few DNFs since then and I feel like my mental toughness isn't where it use to be, so decided it is time to get a coach again. We trained with Wille from Wyeast Wolfpack for Miwok and had good success, this time I decided to ask Yassine if he had availability for another client and luckily he did. 




For my long run this week Yassine had me doing 20 miles with 3000 - 4000 feet of elevation gain. We have plenty of 20 mile runs on the blog but we never record the elevation gain, I could search Strava but I decided it would be more of a pain in the ass than it was worth. So I decided to create a new route. 




I knew going up to Pittock would give me at least 1000 feet of gain. I thought about doing all of Saltzman, but it was too far from Pittock for the 20 miles we were looking for. I picked Firelane 1 instead. I also added in Dogwood from top to bottom just in case the other…

The North Incredibly Disgusting

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Ann picked our weekend long run of 22 miles: New Year, New Route from our blog. The problem is that I was the one looking at the directions. I got ahead of where we were, and sent us down Firelane 9 early, chunking all of the brutal climbs of this route into the first half.

Peterson Ridge Rumble: Cedar's first trail race

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The Peterson Ridge Rumble is a classic laid back community trail race that takes place in Sisters, Oregon. Almost every trail runner we know has run it at least once, most people at least few times. The trails are at a low enough elevation that snow normally isn't an issue and you get amazing views of the central Cascades. It's a race that people hangout for hours after they cross the finish line cheering people on and catching up with friends. It is a great way to kick of the season. 



Susan and I have ran the Peterson Ridge Rumble 40 mile race twice, but now that we a four legged trail runner as part of our pack we decided to include him. The 40 mile race does not allow dogs but the 20 mile does. I was so excited when I signed Cedar up for the race, I was equally as excited to run the shorter distance. 


I had a work trip to San Francisco the week before the Rumble, but luckily there is a direct flight from SFO to Redmond/Bend. My husband and Cedar drove down in the van and pick…

Boulder: Snow, Running and Beer

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My husband John, Cedar and I recently spent a week in Boulder working, running, and snowboarding/skiing. We decided to drive our Sprinter from Portland to Boulder to see what all the hype was about. 
Since we were working while we were in Boulder we had to limit our exploring time to before and after work and the weekends on the drive to and from Boulder. So our days were broken down into 3 areas: working, activities and eating & drinking. 

Working:
The company I work for has an office in Boulder with free food. John and I would work from the Airbnb in the morning and head over to the office around lunch for free food and to work the rest of the afternoon. We did find a place called The Rayback Collective that had a great indoor area for co-working, it also had an amazing beer garden with several food carts. We especially liked the Indian food cart, I wished I remembered the name, they had so many tasty bite size items for $1-$2. 


Eating & Drinking: We went to several different bre…

Good Trail, Bad Dog

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I took the whole week off for spring break, which I spent in Austin, TX, with my family. But just before we left I realized that we'd be back Thursday evening, which left Friday free for a long run! 
Ann checked on the Wilson River Trail, which we tried (and failed) to run last month due to the amount of snow blocking the trailhead and covering the hilly trail itself. All clear!