Saturday, April 30, 2016

Peterson Ridge Rumble 2016

A pre-race view of the mountains
This is the second year that Susan and I ran the Peterson Ridge Rumble 40 miler and the first time we ran a trail race more than once. Last year when we ran Peterson, we had a great day and finished the race in ~7 hours, I expected that we would finish the race in the same amount of time this year. Sadly I was wrong and we finished the race 50 minutes slower than the previous year. I beat myself up over this for several weeks after the race. 

The trail opens up to mountain views
There were several reasons that we were slower this year. Last year we were training for Miwok 100k and Peterson Ridge was our last long run before Miwok, so we were more trained up than we were last year. This year was also one of the hottest years on record for Peterson Ridge, which definitely had an affect on me. I also had been dealing with an injury and had to take it easier than I would of liked for a few weeks. Oh, and the week before Peterson Ridge, Susan and I ran 30 miles, despite Ann Trason telling me not to run more than 15 miles. Regardless of all these facts, I still was down that we weren't faster.

Despite beating myself up about being slower and walking some of the hills, I had a great time. Peterson is a well organized race and has a nice community vibe to it. 

Not to long after we started running we met a guy named Michael who is a South African transplant who lives outside of Portland now. We had a great time running most of the race with him and talking about all our racing and travel adventures. 

Thank you, fellow runner, for taking this photo

Our friend David caught up with around the 20 mile mark, despite starting an hour after us. He ran the rest of the race with us too. Having Susan, Michael and David to run the race with definitely helped pull me out of my mental funk.

Black Butte
My sister Gretchen flew in from Texas to run the Peterson Ridge Rumble 20 miler. She finished not long before we did, it was awesome to see her, John and Susan's family as we crossed the finish line. 

The last few miles of the race I finally started to chill out mentally and just enjoy all the people we got to hangout with while we got to do what we love to do, run! 




Some interesting spectators


Mid-race selfie









Sunday, April 17, 2016

Peterson recovery

Massive trillium

Ann was out of town and I wanted to recover after the tough time we had the previous week at Peterson. My achilles was really been bothering me, and I was worried about how painful this run would feel. I snagged an old 18 mile route starting from the Leif trailhead at Thurman-- that's where I start when I'm feeling particularly lazy because it's the closest to my house, and it's always nice to end on that downhill.

Headed somewhere off-trail

8-ft high stinging nettle selfie

The first 6 miles or so were tough. I really didn't think I was going to make it. I listened to podcasts and tried to ignore the various pains and twinges all over my body. Soon, though, something magical happened. I noticed how amazing the light was this morning. I saw new plants unfurling-- signs of spring that made me smile, look around, and pay less attention to myself and the physical.

Unfurling at the side of the trail

Deep magenta trillium on a leafy platter

And just like that-- the magic of running long-- I was immersed. I made a quick decision and some bad-running-math calculations, and added a couple of miles. Instead of coming back down Dogwood, I ran Wildwood to Aspen and came back to the trailhead along the road. Not even running on the road could dampen my spirits by then. I'm so glad I pushed on and and ended up having a good run.

Fiddleheads (in a sea of nettles)

All dried up, huh, Ann?

Tender fungus

Horses tethered on Aspen Rd

Start at Thurman
Leif - Maple (le 4.22): 4 mi
Maple (le 4.22) to Leif (6.44): 2.66 mi (6.66 total)
Leif (6.44) to Wiregate (le 7.13): .69 mi (7.35 total)
Wiregate (le 7.13) to ww (18.15): .31 mi (7.66 total)
ww (18.15) to Aspen (ww 6.36): 11.79 mi (19.45 total)
Aspen to road: .23 mi (19.68 total)

road to car: .1 mi (19.78 total)

Monday, April 4, 2016

Not listening to good advice






We started just before dawn and got to watch the sun rise


Sometimes you listen to the advice your coach gives you, sometimes you don't. This weekend was one of the times I didn't. Not that I think I know more than Ann Trason, but the weather was perfect and my husband and Susan's husband and son were all out of town, so we didn't have to be home by a certain time, which made it really hard not to run far. Ann Trason suggested that I run ~12 miles, since we are running Peterson Ridge 40 miler next weekend, but instead we ran 30 miles. Luckily I am feeling great the day after the run, now I just need to make sure I take it easy this week, so I don't over do. 


Throwing away trash that was left on the trail 


Portland from the Pittock Mansion 
I did feel really guilty when Ann sent me an email asking me how far I ran and I had to admit I ran ~30 miles. I am the worst client ever (not really, but I feel like it).





We modified this route a little while we were running because firelane 7a from Leif seems to be missing. 

53/ww - pittock : 5
pittock - apsen : 2.18
aspen - road : .23
road - thurman / lief : .50
leif - dogwood : .85
dogwood - wildwood: .34
ww - alder : .93
alder - leif : .84
leif - maple : 2.41
maple - leif : 2.73 (16.01)
leif - fl7a : 1.16
fl7a - ww : .25
ww - keil : 10.8
keil - dogwood : .17
dogwood - ww : .66
ww -53rd : .71 
total 29.76

Sunday, April 3, 2016

A Leif-less route

In a very unusual situation for us, we both made routes for this run. Usually when it's my turn, I create one around 11pm on Friday night before the run. So I was proud to create and send this on Friday afternoon. 

Fiery sunrise

But right after I sent it, I saw that Ann had just emailed me a route. Two for the price of one! We decided to use my route this time, and modify Ann's for next week's 30 miler.

The sun peeking up to start to illuminate the trail


This route has the distinction of never touching Leif Erikson, which is a nice change to avoid the rocky gravel and crowds. We started at 6am to get some time in the dark, using our headlamps. We were treated to an amazing, fiery sunrise, none of the expected rain, and a great run.

Ann in the shelter on FL 5


Start at Wild Cherry/Dogwood trailhead 

Dogwood to WW (8.47)-- .22 mi
WW(8.47) to Morak (ww 10.65)-- 2.18 mi
Morak (ww 10.65) to FL1-- .08 mi
FL1 to WW (11.18)-- .33 mi
WW (11.18) to Trillium (ww 18.57)-- 7.39 mi
Trillium (ww 18.57) to FL 7-- .25 mi
FL7 to Gas Line to WW (19.96)-- .8 mi (11.25 total)
WW (19.96) to FL 5 (ww 16.69)-- 3.27 mi (14.52 total) *** nice break point here
FL5 (ww 16.69) to Saltzman-- .87 mi (15.39 total)
Saltzman to WW (16.01)-- 1.12 mi (16.51 total)
WW (16.01) to Wild Cherry (ww 7.88)-- 8.13 mi (24.64 total)
Wild Cherry to trailhead-- .32 mi (24.96 total)