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Running for the sake of running

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It is so easy to get caught up in how many miles you are running each week or your strava stats, especially when you are training for a race. I spent the better part of this year training for the Waldo 100k in August. I really loved pushing myself outside of my comfort zone training for Waldo and feeling myself get stronger. Susan and I were so happy that we completed a 100k, which we had not done in 4 years. After the race a took a full week off of running to let my body recover and I thought I would be so excited to get back on the trails without having the pressure to train for the race. But that actually wasn't the case, I didn't feel like something was missing, I just didn't feel excited about running. I was doing it because it was part of my daily routine and I am afraid not to do it because it so much of who I am.



Honestly it wasn't until 2 weeks ago (it is now mid October) that I started to feel the joy of running again. Susan and my husband were both out of tow…

Badger Creek Wilderness loop

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Back in July, we scheduled a Sunday run in Badger Creek Wilderness to pre-fatigue us for our long, day-off run the next Friday (Timberline Trail around Mt Hood!). We started at Gumjuwac trailhead right on Highway 35, with a big climb up to the saddle and Lookout Mountain. 
Even though it was a perfect hiking weekend in summer, we only saw a handful of people—most of them at the top of Lookout, since there’s a nearby trailhead you can drive to for a nice three mile loop. It really feels like wilderness on the far side of Mt Hood.

July adventure run: Mt Hood circumnavigation on the Timberline Trail

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We timed our July day-off adventure to be the longest training run, four weeks before for our biggest race of the year, Waldo 100k. For a 40+ mile run, it's hard to beat the Timberline Trail loop around Mt Hood. Our last time on this route was four years ago, in 2015. Since then the infamous Eliot washout-- which was technically closed-- has been rerouted further down the mountain, adding a bit of distance and safety. We were excited to see the changes.

Girls Gone Pasadena: Part Two

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This is part 2 of 2. If you haven't read Part One, please click through.
For Saturday, our second day, we wanted to run in the Santa Monica Mountains with a view of the coast. We used the Trail Run Project app again to find a good start at the East Topanga Fire Road Trailhead, with a 4.8 mile point-to-point and 1,200 ft of elevation gain. Then we added a little out-and-back to the Parker Mesa overlook along the way, since that was said to be the best viewpoint.

Girls Gone Pasadena: Part One

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Many people who live in the Pacific Northwest plan for a "sun break" in the long rainy season-- a chance to escape the damp and darkness. After months of running routes limited by snow levels, muddy shoes, and pre-dawn starting times, we were ready for our own version: a long weekend in the Los Angeles area.

Mary's Peak 50k

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I've heard of Mary's Peak 25k/50k/50mi for a few years, but it hasn't been on my radar as it's not near a mountain or widely known as particularly scenic. This year, with our "A race" in mid-August, the 50k stuck out to us a a good training race with decent climbing (about 5,000 ft), only a two hour drive from home.


Ann drove down in her van to camp, and I drove down with my family to spend the night in Corvallis. As is customary, Ann picked up the race packets for both of us since I didn't make it in time. In a surprising move, however, I had my family drop me off early at the start at Blodgett Elementary School for fear of always being late, and I was one of the first people there.

The race director was hanging out and very friendly. He made a point to chat with everyone, and offered his cell phone number in case we needed anything during the race. We loaded up on two school buses and made the slow, windy drive on a narrow, gravel road to the start.

Aft…

May Adventure Run: Oregon Coast

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What do you do when you have a day off of work to go on a long run and all the trails you want to run on are covered in snow and you don't want to run on the same old trails close to the house you run on every weekend? You head to the coast! Which is exactly what we did. 






The forecast called for rain, but it didn't rain until we got back to the car. We were blessed with sun, blue skies and amazing view of the coast line throughout our whole run. Cedar even got a little beach time.




We had planned on running ~25 miles, but had to cut it a little short because of evening commitments. The Oregon Coast trail doesn't have as much elevation gain as some of the trails in the Gorge or Mt. Hood, but I it has tons of tree roots and slick rocks, which can make it hard to run on at times. I think we ended up running around 20 miles. It was still a fantastic day and left me excited for all our adventure runs this summer. 






















22 miles for Mother's Day

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Susan wanted to start Mother's Day off with a run so Cedar and I gave her a new 22 mile route for Mother's Day. We wanted to make it a memorable route so we made sure to give her a nice climb all the way up Saltzman, which actually was quite pleasant since it was at the beginning of the route. 

The nice thing about running on Mother's Day is there isn't a lot of people out, since most people are probably having brunch celebrating, but us trail runners are a different breed. 

After our nice long run, I got to go celebrate Mother's Day with my 2 moms. Moms are the best!

Firelane 1 - Nature: .32
Nature - Leif: .93
Leif - Firelane 2: .28
Firelane 2 - Wildwood: .46
WW - Maple: .01
Maple - Saltzman: 2.27
Saltzman - to the bottom: .45
Saltzman - to the top: 2.95
Saltzman - WW: 1.12
WW - Wiregate: 2.21
Wiregate - Leif: .31
Leif - Maple: .68
Maple - WW: 3.55
WW - Alder: 3.33
Alder - Leif: .84
Leif - Firelane 1: 1.54
Firelane 1- Car: .71
total 21.96

Spring 21

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We are officially training for the Waldo 100k in August, the last 100k we finished was Miwok in 2015. We have had a few DNFs since then and I feel like my mental toughness isn't where it use to be, so decided it is time to get a coach again. We trained with Wille from Wyeast Wolfpack for Miwok and had good success, this time I decided to ask Yassine if he had availability for another client and luckily he did. 




For my long run this week Yassine had me doing 20 miles with 3000 - 4000 feet of elevation gain. We have plenty of 20 mile runs on the blog but we never record the elevation gain, I could search Strava but I decided it would be more of a pain in the ass than it was worth. So I decided to create a new route. 




I knew going up to Pittock would give me at least 1000 feet of gain. I thought about doing all of Saltzman, but it was too far from Pittock for the 20 miles we were looking for. I picked Firelane 1 instead. I also added in Dogwood from top to bottom just in case the other…