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Spontaneous 20

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Recently we had the unexpected pleasure of running 20 miles together, without a plan. We know the trails well enough, so Ann made wraps for both of us to eat during our break and we set out with only a vague idea of a route.

We lucked out with a beautiful, sunny (!) day. It was on the chilly side, but it was thrilling to be out in the woods with nothing but time on our hands.


We usually plan our routes in detail, so this was a refreshing change. And we ended the day by drinking beer in Ann's hot tub and eating dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. Who could ask for more?


Route: Wildwood, Leif, and Maple... who knows?!

Ann is mean

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"I am lazy and reused a route," stated Ann in her email. She went on to explain that when we originally ran this, it was the day after we had trained with our coach, so we might as well do it again.


What terrible logic! My legs started out shot, and the climb up to Pittock felt tough. The weather was nice and we had a gorgeous view (made particularly sweet by the break). Then another gratuitous downhill and back up, whereupon Sally broke off.

Ann and I continued, and took our break after the long slog up Saltzman. Thankfully, the rest of the run was nice and flat.  Next time she mentions the word "lazy," I will be wary!

Route:

holamn - ww .76
ww - pittock - 2.06 pittock - wild cherry - 4.01 wild cherry - leif - .56 leif - dogwood - .59 dogwood - ww - .34 ww - alder - .93 alder - leif - .84  leif - maple - 2.33  maple - saltzman - 1.45 saltzman - ww - 1.38 ww - birch - 8.5 birch - 53rd - .23  total: 23.98

Muddy Sunday with Bob

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Ann got back from a work trip to China on Saturday morning, so we ran on Sunday. Bob joined us with a 9 mile loop, after which we continued for another 14 miles. I tried out my new Hoka Stinsons for the first time, christening them in some good mud. They were great-- a very similar feel to my usual Brooks Pure Grit and not too squishy as I had feared.

It wasn't too rainy while we were running, but everything was sodden from hard rain the night before, and some of the creeks were higher than we could remember seeing them. It's always fascinating to see the trails we know so change with the seasons and weather.

This was a nice loop-- nothing too mean after missing Ann for a long week!

And here's how we crossed it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6eJKAGCFdQ


Start at Springville

Bob ~9 mile loop:
Springville to Trillium-- .13 miTrillium to WW (18.57)-- .25 mi (.38 total)WW (18.57) to Waterline/Tolinda (ww 24)-- 5.25 mi (5.63 total)Waterline (ww 24) to Leif (10.17)-- .35 mi (5…

Running in China

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I was lucky enough to visit Shanghai and Ningbo, China on a work trip. Unfortunately the air quality was pretty bad the whole time I was there and I was too chicken to run outside, so I ended up on the hotel's treadmill every day.

I cannot even remember the last time I ran on a treadmill, I can't say it was an enjoyable experience but even 5 miles on a treadmill was a test in mental toughness. The first few days I started the treadmill with the goal of 30 minutes, I figured if I could run at least 30 minutes each day I would satisfy my daily need for some sort of exercise. After 30 minutes and realizing I had only ran 6km, I knew if I ran ~8km I would get at least 5 miles in. The second day on the treadmill, there were more people from work who were in Shanghai for the same meetings as me on the treadmills. I could only tell because they were covered head to toe in swooshes. I found myself upping the speed on my treadmill and running faster and harder, who knew I would be compe…

Caleb's first end-to-end

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On Wednesday (December 10) I got a text from Caleb: "What runs do you have coming up in the next several days? Thinking of doing all of wildwood this weekend." Ann and I had just run all of Wildwood (and then some) two weeks previous for our birthdays, but how could I resist?

We planned to run from the north, Newberry end, with Ann & I ending up Birch (Wildwood mile marker 7 1/2) for a nice 23 miler. I picked up Caleb and his friend Billy at the log-lined parking lot next to the zoo, at the south end of Wildwood. We drove to Ann's house, where her husband drove and dropped us off at Newberry.


There had been strong winds the past few days, and we were awestruck by the damage there on Newberry-- huge downed tree limbs and power lines. It was time to start the journey. Caleb hadn't run the distance in a long time, and Billy's longest-ever run was 18 miles... and off we went.


We had never run with Billy before, but I know that Caleb is fast. I was worried about …

First long run of 2015

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I only ran once in the six days I was away for the holidays, and Ann had spent the previous three days snowboarding. We knew it was going to be a tough run. I tried to pick a route with less climbing. 
It was chilly, with some ice but mostly nicely solid ground from not much rain recently. And it turned out to be a pleasant start to our new year of running.


Start at Wildwood/53rd

Wildwood/53rd (mm 9.18) to FL7/Gas Line (ww 19.96)-- 10.78 mi FL7/Gas Line (ww 19.96) to LE (8.03)-- .28 mi (11.06 total) LE (8.03) to Maple (le 6.44)-- 1.59 mi (12.65 total) Maple to LE (4.22)-- 2.66 mi (15.31 total) LE (4.22) to Dogwood (le .92)-- 3.3 mi (18.61 total) Dogwood (le .92) to WW (8.47)-- .34 mi (18.95 total) WW (8.47) to 53rd (ww 9.18)-- .71 mi (19.66 total)

2014 Superlatives

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Looking back on 2014 we have nothing to complain about; it was simply an amazing year for us. Sometime in late 2013 we got the crazy idea to run an 85km in New Zealand, which we thought would be our A race. But when that got shortened to 47 miles due to Cyclone Lusi, we decided we had to find another 50 mile race. 

We started hearing interviews / podcasts with the legendary Ann Trason and in one of them she mentioned she was putting on a 50 mile race on the Western States course. Next thing we knew we were signed-up for it. In preparation we ran around the Three Sisters in Central Oregon, which was around 53 miles. 

We also had many self-supported adventures in the Columbia Gorge, Mt. St. Helens area and Mt. Hood National Forest. We dialed in our hydration and food more; I feel like we are eating less but better on our long runs. We had amazing training and support from Animal Athletics

Of course none of this would've been possible without support from our family and friends. I hop…