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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…

The North Incredibly Disgusting

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Ann picked our weekend long run of 22 miles: New Year, New Route from our blog. The problem is that I was the one looking at the directions. I got ahead of where we were, and sent us down Firelane 9 early, chunking all of the brutal climbs of this route into the first half.

Peterson Ridge Rumble: Cedar's first trail race

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The Peterson Ridge Rumble is a classic laid back community trail race that takes place in Sisters, Oregon. Almost every trail runner we know has run it at least once, most people at least few times. The trails are at a low enough elevation that snow normally isn't an issue and you get amazing views of the central Cascades. It's a race that people hangout for hours after they cross the finish line cheering people on and catching up with friends. It is a great way to kick of the season. 



Susan and I have ran the Peterson Ridge Rumble 40 mile race twice, but now that we a four legged trail runner as part of our pack we decided to include him. The 40 mile race does not allow dogs but the 20 mile does. I was so excited when I signed Cedar up for the race, I was equally as excited to run the shorter distance. 


I had a work trip to San Francisco the week before the Rumble, but luckily there is a direct flight from SFO to Redmond/Bend. My husband and Cedar drove down in the van and pick…

Boulder: Snow, Running and Beer

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My husband John, Cedar and I recently spent a week in Boulder working, running, and snowboarding/skiing. We decided to drive our Sprinter from Portland to Boulder to see what all the hype was about. 
Since we were working while we were in Boulder we had to limit our exploring time to before and after work and the weekends on the drive to and from Boulder. So our days were broken down into 3 areas: working, activities and eating & drinking. 

Working:
The company I work for has an office in Boulder with free food. John and I would work from the Airbnb in the morning and head over to the office around lunch for free food and to work the rest of the afternoon. We did find a place called The Rayback Collective that had a great indoor area for co-working, it also had an amazing beer garden with several food carts. We especially liked the Indian food cart, I wished I remembered the name, they had so many tasty bite size items for $1-$2. 


Eating & Drinking: We went to several different bre…

Good Trail, Bad Dog

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I took the whole week off for spring break, which I spent in Austin, TX, with my family. But just before we left I realized that we'd be back Thursday evening, which left Friday free for a long run! 
Ann checked on the Wilson River Trail, which we tried (and failed) to run last month due to the amount of snow blocking the trailhead and covering the hilly trail itself. All clear!

Three iconic routes in NYC

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I recently spent three days in New York City for work, where I did some research on the best routes around Manhattan and picked a different one each day. Of course, nothing ever goes exactly as planned, so each one had a few detours and unexpected changes. But none lacked for stunning scenery and a feeling of adventure.


17 miles of ups and downs

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After 11 days of mostly snowboarding in Austria I was back home less than 24 hours and Susan I went on a 15 mile run (on Monday). 15 miles is normally not much for us, but after not running for almost 2 weeks it felt hard. Well instead of taking it easy durning the week, I kept running and doing heavy weight workouts. Saturday comes around and we decided to do 20 miles. Still being some what jet lagged I fell asleep at 8pm on Friday night without coming up with a route. 

Well Saturday morning at 4am.... jet lagged and can't sleep? Create a new route. I decided to create a route that zig zagged between Leif and Wildwood to keep things interesting, I ended up a ~17 mile route instead of 20. I figured we could add on if we wanted.

I was glad the route was only 17 miles, we were both feeling the ~45 mile week on our legs. Even Cedar was slowing down the last few miles, which never happens. Despite our tired legs, the route is pretty fun with all the ups and downs. 

Route:

Firelane 1 - Lei…

10-4, buddy

I needed a short run because I had a guest in town. Ann wanted a bit longer. So I created this ~10 mile loop with a ~5 mile add-on. It's nice to have options!

Girls Gone Texas -- A weekend in Austin

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Courtney and I spent last weekend in Austin and after reading a lot of how to spend a weekend in Austin guides, we thought we'd share how we spent a weekend in January in Austin. Overall we had a wonderful time, I think our only regret was not buy tickets to the show we wanted to go to before hand, but we ended up a cool bar instead. 
Friday night
Beers at Craft Pride -  a nice surprise that it was fairly chilled. They only carry beers from
Texas, so it’s a good place to go if you want to sample a lot of local beers. They also have
a big patio for live music and a pizza truck.




Tacos at a Sirena Taco Truck on Rainey Street - pretty good and cheap.

Sleeping: The W Hotel is in a central spot in downtown, lots of good places within
walking distance.




Saturday

Morning: 

Run along the Colorado River on the Ann and Roy Butler Bike and Hike Trail.
Despite the trail being pretty popular it didn’t feel overly crowded.




Coffee at Caffe Medici - decent coffee at a chill location close to the hotel.

King of the Hill - Lantau Island

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When I found out at the end of December that I would be traveling to Hong Kong for work the first week of January I immediately Googled "Trail Races Hong Kong January". I found a trail series called King of the Hills, with a 1/2 and full marathon on Lantau island the weekend before I needed to be in Hong Kong. I signed up for the full marathon right away.


I was scheduled to arrive in Hong Kong the Thursday before the race, the race was on Sunday, but I felt like I was getting a cold and rescheduled my flight, which meant arriving the night before the race. What kind of crazy person flies 20+ hours to run a race they don't know much about the next day? Well I am that crazy person, but I did email the RD to see if I could change to the 1/2 marathon instead, luckily they let me.

My co-worker Eric who was in Hong Kong already and who speaks Cantonese decided to meet me Sunday morning and go to the race with me. This helped my anxiety a bit, since he could help make sure we go…