Sunday, October 30, 2016

Easy like a Sunday morning route

Mushroom cluster at the end of our run
The last 2 weeks I have been dealing with headaches and general fatigue, so much so that I skipped the Columbia Gorge 1/2 marathon for the first time since the race started 8 years ago. Susan had come down with a cold and an infection on one of her fingers, so we decided we would take it easy and only run 15 miles. I was just going to reuse one of our previous routes, but we only had one 15 mile route labeled and we had used it recently. I came up with moderate 15 mile route that I thought would be perfect for a mellow Sunday morning. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Product Review :: Saucony Women's Bullet Capris

Running the Oregon Coast 50k in the Saucony Bullet Capris - photo credit Glenn Tachiyama 

My current favorite running capris are the Saucony Bullet, which I came to own by happenstance. 

In March I traveled to Denver for work. If I stay in a hotel for more that a day I always hang up my clothes or put them in drawers, so I don't feel like I am living out of a suitcase, which is exactly what I did in Denver. After Denver I flew to Michigan to work from my Dad's house for a week. The first morning in Michigan I was digging through all my clothes looking for my favorite Nike trail running capris and I couldn't find them, I also couldn't find most of the running clothes I had packed for the trip. I slowly realized that I didn't grab anything out of the bottom drawer at the hotel. I called the hotel and they said they didn't find anything in my room. GRRRR! 

There was no way I was going to spend a week surrounded by trails and not run. We made a trip to Gazelle Sports in Grand Rapids so I could buy some new running clothes. The capris I lost had big pockets on the sides that were large enough to hold my iphone, which is perfect for when I am running without my running vest. The pocket on the sides was the only requirement I had. The only things they had at Gazelles with side pockets were a pair of short shorts with a pocket big enough for a Gu and the Saucony Bullet capris. They only had a medium and a large of the Saucony capris, I normally wear a small, but I tried on the medium because I was getting desperate. The medium fit perfectly! 

Photo from saucony.com of the Bullet Capris
The Bullet capris have become my go to capris. I love the deep mesh pockets on the outside of each leg, they hold an iphone with no problem, even when I use my heavy waterproof iphone case the pants stay in place. Other running pants with similar pockets start to slip down when I use my Lifeproof case. 

Me trying to show my iphone in the side pocket
I am also a big fan of the length of the capris, they hit just below my knee. A lot of capris seems to hit me mid-calf, which durning the warmer months is just too hot. The capris come in a lot of different colors and patterns. I own just black and the black print, I don't branch out much. 

As someone who spends a lot of time running in capris, I highly recommend the Saucony Women's Bullet Capris.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Girls Gone Wildwood releases limited-edition stickers



Show Your Wild Side on the Trails
Girls Gone Wildwood releases limited-edition stickers reflective of Portland’s Forest Park

Portland, Ore. – Girls Gone Wildwood, a one-stop shop about the adventures of two ultra-trail runners, has released new limited edition, weather-resistant stickers. Designed after trail signs in Portland’s quintessential Forest Park, these new stickers reflect Girls Gone Wildwood’s Oregon roots, but showcase the global footprint of two dedicated outdoor enthusiasts.

Be a part of a movement that celebrates women who lace up their sneakers, hit the trails and rack up hundreds of miles both at home and abroad. GirlsGoneWildwood.com was founded in 2011 by best friends Ann Wallace and Susan Kelley as a place to record all their Forest Park running routes. It is now the largest repository of running routes in Forest Park and has grown to include race reports, hiking and running routes from all over the world.


The stickers are free and available while supplies last at GirlsGoneWildwood.com, where you can also follow along with Ann and Susan’s running and travel adventures. Also, visit them at Instagram at @girlsgonewildwood.

To get a sticker email your name and address to info[at]girlsgonewildwood[dot]com. We don't share information. 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Running and a Wedding in the Olympic National Forest

Lake Crescent first thing in the morning
Last week a good friend of mine, Wes got married at Lake Crescent, in the Olympic National Forest. The first time I went to Lake Crescent was 20 years ago, with Wes, Chris and several of our other friends. I was captured by it's beauty then as much as I am today. Though 20 years ago hiking a few miles was probably enough for me.