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Lava, canyons, and losing the trail near Mt St Helens

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When a coworker described the Mt St Helens trail loop she had just spent the weekend hiking as "great for a run," my interest piqued. I told Ann about it and we searched diligently, finding mostly accounts of mountain biking in the area. But the photos had us hooked-- we planned the route for our monthly summer adventure in July.


We were excited when plans aligned and our coach, Willie McBride, could join us-- and even better (for us) he would be tired from running 42 miles on the Olympic National Park only two days before.


Ann picked me up Monday morning and we were off. She immediately turned to me and let me know that Willie had texted her the night before, saying he was worried about a possible injury and wouldn't make it. We both breathed sighs of disappointment and relief. We were really looking forward to running with Willie and asking him tons of questions... at the same time as being nervous that we wouldn't be fast enough, or that somehow the group dynamic…

Last long run

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This 24 miler was our last long run before tapering for our race-- the Overlook 50 Miles on Sept 6. It was a nice rambling route in the northern half of Forest Park.



Saltzman trailhead

FL5 to LE (6.58)-- 1.1 miles  Leif (6.58) to Canon (le 11.17)-- 4.59 miles (5.69 total) Canon to WW (24.63)-- .32 miles (6.01 total) WW (24.63) to FL15 (ww 28.63)-- 4 miles (10.01 total) FL15 to FL12-- .37 miles (10.38 total) FL12 to BPA-- .51 miles (10.89 total) BPA to WW (27.45)-- .25 miles (11.14 total) WW (27.45) to Newton (ww 26.3)-- 1.15 miles (12.29 total) Newton to Parking lot-- .6 miles (12.89 total) Parking lot to WW (25.58)-- .15 miles ( 13.04 total) WW (25.58) to Saltzman (ww 16.01)-- 9.57 miles (22.61 total) Saltzman to TH-- 1.12 miles (23.73 total)