Sunday, April 27, 2014

Lake Wanaka

As part of my trip to New Zealand, John and I rented a camper van for 8 days to tour down the west coast of the south island of New Zealand to do some hiking. After 5+ days in the camper van and  only hiking on really awesome trails, I was really itching to run, John told me that he was going to kick me out of the camper van in the morning if I didn't go for a run. So what's a girl to do? Luckily our camp site wasn't very far from Lake Wanaka, but we had to be checked out by 10am, so I need to get back and showered by then. I am not sure if the path goes around the whole lake, which I think is 74sq miles, but I did get to run at least 6 miles of the trail and got some excellent views. 

Lake Wanaka the day before the run, when it was a little sunnier.



my #trailrunning #selfie







Running with friends

Salmon River trail


After being back at work for a week and trying to get back up to speed on everything I was looking forward, but also a little nervous about my 22 mile run on Saturday with Susan and Sally, but I was really looking forward to catching up with Sally. I had been exhausted all week and wasn't sure that 22 miles was the cure for it. I had run more miles in the 8 days that I had been back then I did the whole last month of my trip to New Zealand (if you don't include hiking).

My view of the Trilliums this year in Forest Park.
I missed them in full bloom, since I was in New Zealand. 

It was my week to pick the route, I was being lazy about the route and first thought that we could just run a straight trough 22 miles on Wildwood, but then thought to myself, "why have we been publishing all these routes in the blog if we don't reuse them". Luckily we have started tagging the distances, so we picked the 22 miler from "Running in pain", hoping that we wouldn't get stung this time.

Someone had a sense of humor about the mud puddles


The route wasn't incredibly hilly, but the hills we did have, especially Saltzman back to the car, kicked my butt. Normally it is Susan who walks a little on the hills and I pass her, but this run was the complete opposite. At some point during the run, I realized it wasn't work that was making me so tired, it was trying to keep-up with Susan everyday with her new (mean) workout routine she came up with while I was gone.

Strange green tagging on all the large trees on the Ridge Trail.

By the time I made it to the car I knew I was probably going to go home and pass out the rest of the afternoon. But that never happened, I got a text from Chris asking if I was going to come up and stay at my Mom's house near Mount Hood for the evening. I wasn't planning on it because it was suppose to be windy on the mountain, but he said him and Karrla might go running on Sunday. I hadn't seen Chris and Karrla since I had been back I thought it would be fun to go up and spend the evening with them, regardless if I went snowboarding or running the next day.

Of course we had fun catching up and of course on Sunday when they decided to run Salmon River, I didn't say no. It started to down pour on us when we got to the trail head, which eventually turned to snow, but it was fun to be back on that trail nonetheless.

I had a lot of fun catching up with everyone this weekend #trailrunning. Almost as much fun as catching up with everyone at Double Mountain, maybe I'll save that for next weekend.





Saturday, April 5, 2014

Flowers for Sally

I wanted a 15 mile run, but had trouble planning a route for that distance. So I wrote down 11, 13 and 17 mile routes. I picked up Sally at 7:30am and we were off.
A bed of trillium
The Thurman Bridge was closed for [belated] repairs, so we started at Birch on NW 53rd. When we got down to Leif, we decided to go to the porta-potties about three-quarters of a mile away-- adding an additional mile and a half. Perfect! It added on just enough to bring us just about to the original mileage I wanted.

Sally laughed when I stopped to take photos of flowers, but she didn't mind the breaks too much-- despite being up for such a long run, she's only done double digits a few times. She's just a beast! Here's to a lovely spring run, without the rain.

Yellow dog violet
Birch to WW (7.49) is .22mi
WW (7.49) to Alder (ww 9.40) is 1.91mi (2.13 total)
Alder to Leif (1.49) is .84mi (2.97 total)
Leif (1.49) to Maple (le 4.22) is 2.73mi ( 5.7 total)
Maple to Koenig is .38mi (6.08 total)
Koenig to WW (14.23) is .28mi (6.36 total)
WW (14.23) to Birch (ww 7.49) is 6.74mi (13.1 total)
Walk up Birch for a .22mi cool down.