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Dog Gone Wildwood

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I have wanted a dog ever since I used to run with my friend Karrla's sled dog Oscar years ago. I really wanted a dog that was capable of running long distances and I didn't particularly want a puppy.  Karrla researched breeds years ago and decided that a German Shorthaired Pointer would be the perfect breed for me. I researched breeders numerous times, but never followed through on contacting one. I also felt a little guilty not getting a dog from a shelter, but it all was really moot since for one reason or another I never got a dog.  

Two weeks ago while Susan and I were running my husband who was in Germany sent me text to an article about 53 dogs who had been rescued from a La Pine, OR breeder and 22 of them were going to be available for adoption at the Oregon Humane Society in Portland. The article said that Labs, German Shorthaired Pointers (GSP) and Dachshunds were going to be available for adoption starting on Friday. Since 2 days had passed I wasn't sure if any of…

The one time a year we run Firelane 15

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It's that time of year again-- when we grow tired of our usual, old routes in Forest Park and look at the All Trails Challenge for some inspiration. We like to start with the north end of the park, and check off all the nastiest firelanes first. So this time I decided to knock out Firelanes 15 and 12. I made the route, then we decided to adjust the distance by starting at Springville rather than the original at Germantown. I think this turned out much nicer-- although to our surprise Springville trailhead was just as crowded as Germantown.



Route: Start at Springville trailhead off Skyline FL7 - Ridge-- .38 Ridge - WW-- .44 Ridge WW to Newberry (ww 30.16)-- 9.48 Newberry (ww 30.16) to FL15 (ww 28.63)-- 1.53  FL15- Kielhorn-- .32 Kielhorn out & back-- .36 FL15 to Skyline-- .65  FL15 back to FL12-- 1.34 FL12 down to Creston St-- 1 FL12 to BPA-- 1.51  BPA to WW (27.45)-- .25 WW (27.45) to Waterline (ww 24)-- 3.45  Waterline (ww 24) to Leif (10.17)-- .35  Leif (10.17) to Springville (le 9.37)-- 0.…

A week of running in the snow

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I returned home last Saturday after 2 weeks in Europe, mostly snowboarding in Austria (this is another blog post) and a little bit of work in London. The snowboarding was amazing, but I had not run in almost 2 weeks and was really looking forward to running with Susan on Sunday. 

Susan planned a new 20 mile route for us at the north end of Forest Park, but we woke up to it snowing. The forecast had predicted snow later in the day, so not knowing how much snow we were going to get we decided to run closer to my house in case we needed to bail. Being extremely jet lagged, l looked up a 20 mile route in our blog while Susan drove over. We quickly got off the original route, don't trust someone with a few hours of sleep to navigate. Luckily, we know Forest Park pretty well and improvised and ended up with a new 20 mile route. 



We had a lot of running in the snow and catching up. I thought not running for 2 weeks would make the run feel easy, but I guess all the snowboarding and lack of …

Three days in Wonderland

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16-18 Aug 2015
No run has reshaped the borders of my soul like circumnavigating Mt Rainier. No run has infiltrated my dreams like spending three days just running and not much else, in the middle of the longest summer in the Pacific Northwest's recent memory. No run has made me fall so deeply in love with the magical combination of mountains, wilderness, and summertime.

Like all of our great long runs, Ann researched and planned this one. She discovered that most people run the 93-mile Wonderland Trail clockwise, and that we could split the route into three days with a cushy hotel stay each night. We, however, would run the route counterclockwise to start with the longest day of running first. We had a beer with our friend Heather McGrath, who had run around Rainier the previous year, to hear more about her trip, get tips, and make sure that our plan wasn't too crazy.

New Year, New Route

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I created a new 22 mile route at the beginning of the year, but due to weather, being out of town and not feeling well we didn't get to run the new route until beginning of February. It was the perfect weekend to run our longest run of the year, since neither of us had anywhere we had to be on Saturday. 




We decided that we would try to do the all trail challenge this year, where we run every trail in Forest Park in 2018. This route touched on several trails that we rarely run: Firelane 8, 9, and 10. Firelane 9 is especially nasty and steep and not recommended on a muddy day. This is definitely a good route if you are training for a race with some good climbs. 




We had fun taking selfies with all the Firelane signs. 




Route:
Newton - BPA: 1.88 BPA - Skyline: 1.99 BPA - WW: .46 WW - FL10: 2.02 FL10 - Keyser - FL10 - Germantown: 1.69 Cannon - WW: .32  WW - Wiregate: 6.5 
Wiregate - Leif: .31 Leif - Germantown 4.11  FL 9 - out and back 1.28  Cannon - WW .32  WW - FL8 .31 FL8 out and back: .34  WW - FL10…

2017 the year of adventures

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In 2017 we only ran one trail race together, didn't get a lot of new gear, didn't suffer from any major injuries. 2017 was definitely the year of adventure runs. We love running races, but we really love taking a day off of work and going out to the mountains. A lot of our adventures tested our skills as ultrarunners: an 18 mile run that turned into 37, major mental toughness skills in the Grand Canyon, having to plan new routes on the fly because of forest fires, just to name a few.



I also bought a Sprinter Van in 2017, which my husband and I are in the process of converting to a campervan so we can use it for our adventures. It will allow us to drive out the night before and camp at trailhead, which means we can expand the radius of our adventures. 

Our 2017 highlights

Bucket List Run: Grand Canyon R2r2R


Most Epic Run: Siouxon Creek or when 18 miles turns into 37



Newest Circumnavigation: Three Fingered Jack


Best Views: Badger Creek Wilderness


Best Midrun Treat: Doughnuts




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