Friday, June 23, 2017

Trail Jeranto Punta Campanella

One of may views from the race
I recently traveled to the Amalfi Coast and Naples in Italy for my Sister's 40th birthday. I arrived in Naples a day earlier than everyone else, so a week before I left I googled 'trail running in Naples'. One of the first results was a page that had a list of trail races in area and one happened to be the Sunday I was Naples waiting for Courtney and Russ to arrive. The race was Trail Jeranto Punta Campanella, it was 15km and only 7. I immediately emailed the race director to see if there was still space left. A day later I was signed up for the race, I just had to figure out how to get to the race.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A run in the Gorge.... a year later


Enjoying the view on a break
I was originally going to write 2 blog posts, one about our day off of work run and another about my year of recovery from a herniated disc. But the route I picked for our Gorge run was based on the route I created a year ago for a day off of work run which we weren't able to do because I ended up in the emergency room. So I thought it was appropriate to combine the two blog post into one. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Chuckanut 50k

Dinosaurs make the best cheerleaders

The Chuckanut 50k is one of the classics of trail ultrarunning. Year after year, people ask us if we've run it and our curiosity finally piqued. The timing has been difficult as we've always had other races; the two previous year's we've run Peterson Ridge 40 miler, and before that it was our cyclone-enhanced Tarawera race in New Zealand. This year is also Chuckanut's 25th anniversary, a milestone we seem to enjoy since we ran Miwok on its 20th and Hood to Coast on its 25th.

At the start

Saturday, March 11, 2017

30 mile taper




Susan planned out our long runs leading up to the Chuckanut 50k and for some reason she put a 30 mile run on the calendar 12 days before the race. I would never do anything like that before a race. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Searching for Savory: Part 6

Full disclosure: I love olives in general and have gone through nearly a dozen Oloves packs during the course of my running career.

When I am at REI (which is not very often), I almost always pick up a package or two of Oloves. They're shelf-stable, convenient, and delicious. They have four flavors, and I enjoy them all. I think lemon & rosemary is my favorite because it's delightfully piquant, and although I love the spicy flavors, you don't always want spice or garlic on a runner's stomach. You know what I mean.

Olives make for a great running food. They're savory, salty, and juicy, not messy or crumbly, and easy to eat. In fact, I would bring olives more often if I could find a good way to carry them, so they don't leak juice or go bad. Oloves solves those problems and provides a great portion size.

Unfortunately they also cost more than I'm willing to spend on a regular basis... at least at full retail. For some reason I've never purchased them on Amazon until today, when I looked and discovered that you can get variety packs or even just one flavor in multiples for just over a dollar each! Woohoo! A search successfully completed.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Searching for Savory: Part 5

Go Umami baked tofu
I was at a different grocery store from my usual, and saw these Go Umami tofu sticks in the refrigerated section. I was excited at the prospect of a savory protein-- baked tofu meant for immediate consumption, rather than to be used in cooking. There were three flavors available, so I bought one of each.

I brought two on a snowy run, and we shared them to try both. The packages weren't too hard to open (a plus with cold, stiff fingers, and something that's been an issue with some other, similarly-wrapped products) and the tofu was firm but juicy with a good, firm texture.

The flavor, however, was too bland for me. I couldn't taste much difference between the two; couldn't taste much at all, to be honest. Ann liked them a bit more than me. Based on their relatively short shelf life (the best-by date was within a week of purchase) and limited availability, I likely won't buy these again. Primal Strips are a much better option-- they don't need to be refrigerated, last ages, and have really bold flavors.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Landslide marathon



I started with an old 24 mile route, knowing it would be easy to add 2 miles on somewhere. I thought a little loop out along Wildwood on the way back down Saltzman would be perfect, but it only added 1/3 of a mile... or more than 3. Ann suggested adding the Dogwood-Kiel loop, which sounded perfect.