Kevin's birthday run

Amazing blue sky and autumn colors
When I first started running in Portland, I was lucky to find an amazing group of people who became my friends and running crew. We logged miles, trained for marathons, cheered each other on, and have run countless events together. Although most of them don't want to run quite as far as I do recently-- and I don't want to get up quite as early as some of them do!-- we still run together on a regular basis.

Sunbeams cut through the fog

Friday was Kevin's birthday, so Saturday morning Gretchen, Travis, Bob, Kevin, his wife Chris, his daughter Cat and I all met up at the Leif Erikson trailhead at the end of NW Thurman, and ran a 5 mile out-and-back. Then we met at St Honore for coffee-- I ran and the others drove. After hanging out, chatting and enjoying our beverages, I set off back up hill.

Pickle tower sculpture, seen on NW Thurman
Whew, what a slog! Going up Thurman felt tough, and I wasn't sure I was good for more than just another out-and-back on Leif for a total of 10 miles. Then I got to Dogwood Trail, and ran up to Wildwood. It started to feel good. So I went past Wild Cherry to Aspen Trail, for a slightly longer loop-- about 11 1/2 miles total. It was a beautiful, sunny day with the saturated colors of autumn and the joy of sharing stories with good friends.




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