Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Marathon for Susan

Wow, it has been a long time since we have posted anything. This doesn't mean we haven't been running, since our last post we circumnavigated Mt. Rainer and Mt. Hood and ran Hood to Coast, post are forthcoming. 

View from the Pittock Mansion

As we normally do on Friday afternoon we text about how far we want to go on Saturday and Susan wanted to run 26 miles this week. It was my turn to come up with a route, so I decided to add on a little more so we could run at least a marathon. I mean if you are going to run 26 miles, what is another .2? Not that it really matters, but there is something fun about thinking you planned and ran a marathon with 12 hours notice. 

Text with Susan, obviously it didn't take much to convince me.
We both had a new pair of Altra's we had been wanting to try, but I didn't want my first real run in them to be 26+ miles. I had us start at NW 53rd and Wildwood, so it was east to stop by the car part way through the run and change shoes and get more water. 

View from Firelane 4

The first part of the run we ran to the Pittock Mansion and back. The second half we ran Wildwood to Firelane 1 to Leif Erickson to the bottom of Firelane 4 which meets Saltzman, back to Wildood and back to the car. It was a great route with a good mix of climbing. It is nice to see the fall colors start to come out, I am not ready for running in the rain quite yet. But I am glad that fall means we are back to a more consistent running schedule and starting to plan races for 2016.

Susan at Wildwood and Satlzman


The full route:
53/ww - alder: .22
alder - leif : .84
leif - aspen: 1.92
apsen - ww : .23
ww - pittock : 2.58
pittock - ww/53rd : 5.4 total 11.9 (car "aid station")
ww/53rd - fl 1 : 2 total 13.19 (half way)
fl 1 - leif : .50 
leif - fl 4 : 2.05
fl 4 - saltzman : .55
saltzman - ww : 1.83
ww - dogwood : 7.51
dogwood - keil : .66 
keil - 53rd : .17

total: 26.46



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