Saturday, December 7, 2013

Same temperature same milage

blowing snow
When we started our 22 mile run, the temperature outside was 22℉. It didn't take long for the tubes on our water bladders to freeze and for Susan to slip and fall. 

I used an old trick that I use to use snowshoeing before I got an insulated tube to unthaw the tubes, put the tube inside of your shirt so warmth of your body keeps the water above freezing. Another trick is to try and blow back into the tube to remove any excess water, but it wasn't working very well for us. 

Trying not to fall was a little more difficult since the ice was hiding under the dirt. Luckily we could see where people before has had slid, which made avoiding the ice a little easier. We did our part and left enough "warning" marks for the people behind us. 

I think this was one of the first runs where we ran up to the Pittock Mansion and Susan didn't complain about the hills, but only because they were keeping her warm. Unfortunately once we reached the Pittock we turned around and ran back down hill which didn't help our body temperature much and it took us several miles for our hands warm back up and not feel numb. Other than that most of the run I felt "warm enough", but I am thankful that the winter days in Portland aren't normally this cold.  I will leave the below freezing temperatures for Mt Hood and snowboarding. 

frozen!

Susan trying to warm her hands up. 





Hay mixed with gold tinsel = unicorns were here!


Frozen creek

Wall o' icicles

Massive 'cicles

Snowy trail to Mt St Helens
Route:
birch - ww .23
ww - pittock (7.5 - 4.30) 3.2
ww - wild cherry (4.30 - 7.89) 3.59
wild cherry - leif .56
leif - cleator (.26 - 5.5) 5.24
cleator - wild wood .24
ww - birch (15.5 - 7.5) 8
birch - 53rd .23
total: 21.29

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