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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!

Three iconic routes in NYC

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I recently spent three days in New York City for work, where I did some research on the best routes around Manhattan and picked a different one each day. Of course, nothing ever goes exactly as planned, so each one had a few detours and unexpected changes. But none lacked for stunning scenery and a feeling of adventure.


17 miles of ups and downs

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After 11 days of mostly snowboarding in Austria I was back home less than 24 hours and Susan I went on a 15 mile run (on Monday). 15 miles is normally not much for us, but after not running for almost 2 weeks it felt hard. Well instead of taking it easy durning the week, I kept running and doing heavy weight workouts. Saturday comes around and we decided to do 20 miles. Still being some what jet lagged I fell asleep at 8pm on Friday night without coming up with a route. 

Well Saturday morning at 4am.... jet lagged and can't sleep? Create a new route. I decided to create a route that zig zagged between Leif and Wildwood to keep things interesting, I ended up a ~17 mile route instead of 20. I figured we could add on if we wanted.

I was glad the route was only 17 miles, we were both feeling the ~45 mile week on our legs. Even Cedar was slowing down the last few miles, which never happens. Despite our tired legs, the route is pretty fun with all the ups and downs. 

Route:

Firelane 1 - Lei…