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!