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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…

May Adventure Run: Oregon Coast

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What do you do when you have a day off of work to go on a long run and all the trails you want to run on are covered in snow and you don't want to run on the same old trails close to the house you run on every weekend? You head to the coast! Which is exactly what we did. 






The forecast called for rain, but it didn't rain until we got back to the car. We were blessed with sun, blue skies and amazing view of the coast line throughout our whole run. Cedar even got a little beach time.




We had planned on running ~25 miles, but had to cut it a little short because of evening commitments. The Oregon Coast trail doesn't have as much elevation gain as some of the trails in the Gorge or Mt. Hood, but I it has tons of tree roots and slick rocks, which can make it hard to run on at times. I think we ended up running around 20 miles. It was still a fantastic day and left me excited for all our adventure runs this summer. 



22 miles for Mother's Day

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Susan wanted to start Mother's Day off with a run so Cedar and I gave her a new 22 mile route for Mother's Day. We wanted to make it a memorable route so we made sure to give her a nice climb all the way up Saltzman, which actually was quite pleasant since it was at the beginning of the route. 

The nice thing about running on Mother's Day is there isn't a lot of people out, since most people are probably having brunch celebrating, but us trail runners are a different breed. 

After our nice long run, I got to go celebrate Mother's Day with my 2 moms. Moms are the best!

Firelane 1 - Nature: .32
Nature - Leif: .93
Leif - Firelane 2: .28
Firelane 2 - Wildwood: .46
WW - Maple: .01
Maple - Saltzman: 2.27
Saltzman - to the bottom: .45
Saltzman - to the top: 2.95
Saltzman - WW: 1.12
WW - Wiregate: 2.21
Wiregate - Leif: .31
Leif - Maple: .68
Maple - WW: 3.55
WW - Alder: 3.33
Alder - Leif: .84
Leif - Firelane 1: 1.54
Firelane 1- Car: .71
total 21.96

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.