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22 for 2022

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I originally started this blog 10 years ago to record our different routes in Forest Park, because I needed a better way to organize all my scraps of paper with routes and ideas. We have done such a good job of capturing our routes that we have slacked off in the last few years in creating new routes. I have a new years resolution to create at least 1 new route a month and revisit and update existing routes. We know Forest Park so well that include directions (turn right or left) in our route descriptions. In some cases it is obvious and other times, like when you turn on Wildwood or Leif Erickson, it's not. We even get confused on which way to go at times and we are the one writing the routes! For January I decided to create a 22 mile route for 20 22. I did not include left and right, but I will go back and update this route.  New year, new route! Route  wild cherry - ww: .31 ww - birch: .39 birch - 53rd: . 25 53rd - holman: .10 holman - ww: .76 ww - aspen: .43 aspen - road: .23 r

2021 - 10 years of Girls Gone Wildwood

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Looking back on what we have done and accomplished each year, and summarizing it in a blog post is always my favorite thing to write. This year is even more special: it's our 10 year anniversary of trail & ultra running. So for this year's recap I want to highlight some of the fun stuff for 2021, and some of our favorite memories and adventures from the past 10 years.  2021 almost felt like we got back to normal racing, albeit with masks, staggered start times and regulated aid stations. Honestly I didn't mind the changes at the races, especially the staggered times; it makes things a lot less congested. We must have been so eager for some sense of normalcy, because we toed the line at FIVE different races this year.   But really the best part of the last 10 years has been our friendship and our love of running in the mountains and going on crazy adventures together. There is no one I would rather have type 2+ fun with, than Susan.  We hope you have enjoyed following ou

10th Annual Wildwood End-to-End

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 In 2011 we ran the Lithia Loop Marathon, our first trail race, and fell head over heels in love with trail running. We decided that since we were all trained up and our birthdays were both just a few weeks later, we would run the longest trail in Forest Park, Wildwood, from end-to-end to celebrate. An annual tradition was born, one that we both look forward to, no matter the weather. It has become a day to slow down, enjoy the journey, and spend time together reflecting on our closing year of adventures. At the Newberry end, our finish This year, Ann picked the Sunday at the end of the US Thanksgiving holiday. Well she might have a future career as a weather forecaster, because it was perfect: partly sunny, surprisingly warm, and starting with a gorgeous sunrise. Every year we do this, I feel awe at how fortunate I am. I have the health, fitness, and time to spend the day running. I have a best friend I look forward to spending time with, week after week, who shares so many of my type

Enchanté

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We haven't been quite as scheduled as pre-pandemic times, but back in July, the week before Cascade Lakes Relay, we drove up to Leavenworth for an epic day-off adventure run. Colchuck Lake selfie I had never been to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and I was in for a treat. We stayed the night at the Snow Lakes Trailhead, and caught an early shuttle to the Colchuck Lake Trailhead.  Enchantments map It's a good 4 miles to Colchuck Lake, getting a feel for the elevation, with the massive payoff of seeing the shockingly bright blue water. We got a little lost at one point, trying to follow the trail over big boulders, but figured it out and made the boulder-hopping journey over to Aasgard Pass. Sunrise morning view from Snow Creek Trailhead Just a note here: I'm so glad I knew absolutely nothing about this trail and Aasgard Pass. When Ann pointed it out across the lake, I thought she was just pointing out a feature; I had no idea that it was the trail. Bridge to... a bunch of boul