Monday, October 24, 2011

game on

My dad called me yesterday morning to tell me that he ran a half marathon in Dallas in 2 hours. I had no idea he was running one, nor did he know that I was running one the next day. If he had realized I was running one he probably would of egged me on about beating him, and the fact that I am 31 years younger than him and I should really be running 1:35 or something crazy.
Of course the first thing I tell Susan when I see her is about the conversation with my dad, and I said, "It's game on!" Susan's brother Ted, who flew in for the run had told her months ago that we have to run the half in less than 2 hours if he was going to run with us. I hadn't given much thought to actually trying to run the race in less than 2 hours until I talked to my dad.
My half marathon pr is 2:05 and we ran the same race last year in ~2:11.
They changed the start location this year for the Columbia Gorge Half Marathon and we had to wait 45 minutes for a shuttle to take us to the start line. The race ended up starting 20 minutes late because of shuttling everyone to the start. By the time the race started I just wanted to finish and get to Double Mountain for a beer, I didn't care if we did it in less than 2 hours or not. Susan was still set on finishing the race in at least 2 hours, every mile she would check her watch and say we should be at X time, but wouldn't actually tell me what time we were at. We were 1.2 miles from the finish, Susan checked her watch and said that we should be at 1:50, I finally asked her what time we were actually at. I was expecting her to say 2 hours, but she said 1:45. I thought, "holy shit we are actually going to do this!" We finished in 1:55! Of course the first thing I did was call my dad.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Wildwood


Highlights: seeing a Pacific giant salamander, giving directions to two Irish runners, running through two patches of sun.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

runner's high


Today Susan and I ran 17 miles on Wildwood, via the Hardesty trail (Springville trailhead). I wasn't really into the run when we first started out, it probably was a combination of not sleeping well because of Hood to Coast anxiety, more wine than water from the night before and running the day before. Luckily Bob ran the first 6 miles with us and kept us entertained with his stories, so I could just concentrate on running and waking up. By the time Bob left us I was feeling great, the feeling remained for the rest of the run. Somewhere around mile 11-12 we started talking about how we really wanted OJ and plotting on how we were going to get it and get Susan home in time for her appointment. Unfortunately by the time we made it to the car we didn't have time to stop for OJ, after I dropped her off I headed straight to New Seasons for the coveted juice.
When I was checking out at New Seasons' the cashier asked me how I was doing and I said, "good, no I am doing great!". He asked me why my day was so great, and I replied that I had just got done with an awesome run in Forest Park. He asked me how far I went, I told him and he perked up and told me that he use to run ultras in the Sierras when he lived in California. I walked out of New Seasons with a huge smile on my face. It wasn't until I got home that I realized I bought everything I needed at New Seasons besides OJ. Doh!

Monday, August 1, 2011

another 30 mile weekend


Susan and I ran 12.5 miles on Friday in Forest Park. Our route was Leif Erikson - Alder - Wild Wood - Maple - Leif Erikson. The last 4.25 miles was on Leif and that about killed my feet, I much prefer ending our runs on the soft trails than the rocky old fire lines / forest roads. Being Friday morning there were barley any people out there, it was very peaceful. I wish I could figure out a way for us to be able to do all our long runs on Friday mornings.
Saturday John and I took off for a quick one night backpacking trip. At the last minute we chose to do Badger Creek Wilderness due to the low snow level everywhere else. I gave John 2 options: hard and not as hard, of course he picked hard (yay!). We started at the Gumjuwac trail head and climbed about 3000 feet to Lookout Mountain. We had amazing view of Hood, Jefferson. Rainier, Adams, and Mt St. Helens, but the horseflies were bugging John so we didn't stick around long. We did hit a few patches of snow but nothing that kept you from finding the trail. We continued along trail 458 for a few miles until we came upon a TON of angry bees, someone must of upset their nest. I wasn't sure we were going to be able to pass them, because it appeared they were in the middle of the trail. After carefully assessing the situation we realized they were in the V part of the switchback and not the actual trail. I put on my mosquito net mask and ran for it. After a another mile we started down hill on trail 477. We thought this was going to be an easy down hill to our camp site. Oh no we had to climb over and under quite a few trees. A few hours later we finally made it to our camp site, tired and happy.
The hike out in the morning was only 5 miles, but the first 2 miles were up hill on another unmaintained trail. So again we were climbing over and under a lot of trees. My legs are pretty scratched up from our little adventure. Once we made it to car it was 11:30 am, we were 30 minutes from Hood River and there was no question where we were going to have lunch. Double Mountain!

Monday, July 25, 2011

3 girls, 3 days, 31 miles (and 1 dog)


Thanks to only having to work a half day on Friday and Susan's mother-in-law baby sitting, we were able to get our long run in for the week before I took off on my backpacking trip. We did ~11.25 miles in Forest Park. We started out at the Leif Erikson trail head, ran to ~4.25 mile to where Leif connects with Maple. We took a left on Maple and ran to Wildwood, which puts you at mile marker 12.75. We ran Wildwood to Wild Cherry which is between mile maker 8 and 7.75. We headed down on Wild Cherry to connect back with Leif and back to the car. We celebrated with very late lunch at our favorite food cart, Kitchen Dances.
Saturday morning Karrla and I headed out towards Bull of the Woods wilderness for our first backpacking trip of the summer. We weren't quite sure which trail we wanted to do, but we were pretty sure we wanted to end up at Twin Lakes. We had originally thought we were going to start at the Whetstone tail head then after some debating we decided that we wanted to see the look out tower. We started out at the Bull of the Woods trail head, hiked a few miles in the snow with a gradual up hill to the look out tower. We were rewarded with a 360 degree view of the cascades: Mt Hood, Mt Adams, Mt St Helens, Mt Rainier, Mt Jefferson, and I am sure I am forgetting a few. It was breath taking. We continued down hill for 6 miles to the lake, the whole time I was trying not to think about the fact that I was going to have to walk back up this huge hill in the morning.
The lower twin lake is absolutely beautiful, still clear waters. Someone even hiked in with a raft and was floating around the lake. Somehow we lucked out and got one of the last camp sites next to the lake and we had the added bonus of a creek next to the site as well. As soon as we got there Karrla and I went and sat on a log next to the lake and drank wine (that we made Oscar hike in), it was really nice to sit with our boots off and rest. We hung out and chatted with our neighbors for a bit, ate a late dinner and passed out. I also have to add I didn't get stung by one mosquito that night at the lake, it was different story on the actual hike.
I wouldn't say the hike out was as epic as I thought it was going to be since the inclines were broken into 2 different segments, but they were difficult and I was glad when each one of them were done. We hiked back to the tail head via Pansy Lake, which was nice, wooded and blocked the sun for the most part, it didn't offer the view we had the day before though. I think we estimated 20 miles and 3500-4000 feet of elevation gain over 2 days. Not bad.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

marathon training started today


Today we started our training for the crazy Lithia Loop trail marathon, there is something like 4000+ feet of elevation gain. I have been a little anxious this week about the whole thing, I wasn't sure how I was going to be able to fit all long training runs in with everything else I am doing this summer and fall, backpacking, climbing South Sister, Bail, etc. I also want to be able to do the majority of my long runs with Susan, who is a new mom and has her own summer plans. I finally decided I am going to take this one run at a time, and I know we are both dedicated to doing the marathon even if we have to walk it, and despite our busy lives we will find a way to fit in our runs.
Our run today was 9.10 miles and 1400 feet of elevation gain. We started on the Wildwoood trail at the Pittock Masion, ran to the Dogwood trail to connect with Leif Ekikson. From Leif we ran to Aspen to connect back to Wildwood and back to the car. The cruel part of this loop is the last 2 miles is an unrelenting hill climb. We made it without walking and we ran a part of Wildwood we hadn't done this year, which helps us with the Forest Park All Trail Challenge.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

50+ mile week


I set a crazy (for me) running goal this week, because for some reason I am obsessed with out doing my dad. I totally blame him for this, every time I talk to him he is one upping me. I decided I would run a total of 50 miles this week. Even when Susan and I were marathon training last year we never had a 50+ mile week. To obtain 50 miles I had several days of running before work, at work, and after work. Tuesday I was a little tired and a bit cranky at work, and not sure I would be able to make it, but I had a goal and I couldn't back down. I accomplished my goal, with the help of Susan and Oscar. Total for the week 51 miles.
Wonder how my dad is going one up this, but I am waiting for his next challenge.

getting muddy

I haven't done a good job of keeping up with our Forest Park runs, but if I don't start documenting them we might end up doing the All Trail Challenge twice. Though that might not be a bad thing.
After several months of long runs in Forest Park we have determined it is much nicer to start on rocky Leif and end on softer Wildwood, trust me your feet will thank you for it.

Run for 1/20/2011
start at newton road
firelane 10 - leif 1m
leif to cleator (mile markers 11 - 5.25) 5.75 m
cleator to wildwood .1m
wildwood to firelane 7a/gasline (mile makers 14.75 - 20) 5.25m
firelane 7a to ridgetrail .5m
ridgetrail to wildwood .5m
ww to newton (mile markers 21-25.5) 4.5m
total: 17.60
Trail Notes: The Cleator trail is actually at mile marker 5.75 on Leif, so we added on a half a mile or so. It was pretty steep and muddy, we ended up walking it. Firelane 10 was a pretty steep down and up, one hell of a way to start 17+ mile run.
Run for 2/5/2011
Start at 53rd trailhead (new one!)
Dogwood (all of dogwood!) to Leif (just before L1): 1mi
Leif to Chestnut (Just before L3 1/2): 2.5mi
Chestnut to WW: .34mi
WW (W12.12) to Maple (W12.87): .75mi
ALL OF MAPLE: .61 + .34 + .31 + .13 + .59 + .48 + .75 + .43 = 3.64mi
Leif (L6.4) to wire gate trail (L7.12): .75mi
Wire Gate to WW (W18.2): .29mi
WW (18.2) to WW (W9.2): 9mi
Cooldown: Keil Trail cut over to trailhead (or along 53rd)
Total: 18.27mi
Trail Notes: Wire Gate is a muddy mess and pretty difficult to run up. Chestnut on the other hand is a great connector trail between Leif and Wildwood, not too muddy or steep.