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January mini adventure: Hamilton Mountain

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Me: I wish I could retire early.
John (husband): You would be so bored.
Me: No, I wouldn't.
John: What would you do all day?
Me: I would run all day with Cedar and become a dirtbag. 
John: <rolls his eyes> 


This was a conversation we had my first week off during the holidays. I had not planned on taking 2 weeks off during the holidays, but I was on the verge of burnout at work and I knew for me and the team, I should probably take a few weeks off. Taking a few weeks off of work isn't foreign to me, I do it a few times a year and travel some amazing places. But taking a few weeks off and not having anything planned is not something I typically do. 



The holidays filled in a few of the blanks and I was hoping to do some snowboarding and snowshoeing during the days I wasn't running with Susan. That plan worked out perfectly the first week, but the second week it was pretty windy at Mt Hood Meadows so I decided to forego snowboarding. With Susan out of town and my husband workin…

Sunday Muddy Sunday

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Since I started working from home Forest Park has literally become my gym, which means I do a lot of routes that are 5-8 miles. Since I live close to the Birch trailhead a lot of my routes weave between Birch, Alder and Firelane 1 and I tend to make them up as I go. But every once in awhile I want something different, so I thought I would start posting some shorter routes to our blog in 2020. 



Cedar and I needed 8 miles on Sunday to complete our (my) goal of 50 miles for the week, so I decided to create a new route at the other end of the park. It was a very muddy and sloppy route, but it was nice to change it up a bit. 




Route:
Springville / FL 7 - WW: 1.01
WW - Hardesty: 2.25
Hardesty - Leif: .27
Leif - Cannon: 2.21
Cannon - WW: .32
WW - Springville: 2.17
Springville - car: .32
Total: 8.57


2019 - Feeling good as hell

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Baby how you feelin'?
Feeling good as hell Woo girl, need to kick off your shoes
Got to take a deep breath, time to focus on you  Lyrics from Lizzo - Good as Hell 



The end of the year recap is my favorite blog post to write of the year, it is always fun to go back and reflect on what we accomplished, learned from and pushed through throughout the year. Normally there is single event or thing that stands out for the year, yes we finished a 100k this year, but I wouldn't say that was it. Honestly, I think it was just feeling good and enjoying our time being together on the trails. Life in general this year has been pretty good, which helps my stress level on the trails (no DNFs), having a coach (Yassine Diboun) didn't hurt either. 
We have been trail / ultra running for almost 10 years and we have worked a lot of the kinks out. We still struggle and bonk, but we are better equipped to deal these situations. We have gotten a ton better about training, nutrition and gear. We have al…

December adventure: Tilly Jane

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For our December adventure run, we opted for snowshoes instead of running shoes. I gave Susan 2 options: Tilly Jane or Barlow Pass. She asked which route was harder, I said Tilly Jane, so that is what we did. 


Tilly Jane is an old A-frame hut that was built in the late 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corp, to support Mt. Hood climbing parties. The cabin can sleep 20 people and now can be rented on recreation.gov. It is about 2.7 mile (one way) and 1900' elevation gain hike from the trailhead, you also have the option to continue on to Cloud Cap Inn.



The route is challenging as a short day hike, but add snow and snowshoes and you have quite a workout.    





Unfortunately the trail didn't have as much snow as we would have liked and we ended up carrying our snowshoes half the way up. As we got closer to the top we did need our snowshoes and definitely needed them on the way down because of all the icy patches. 


The lack of snow didn't bother Cedar at all, he acts like 1 inch o…

Type 2 Fun on 1

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For our last long run of the year we decided to incorporate the Wy'east Wolfpack's Fun on 1 challenge. The TL;DR is you need to do an out and back on Firelane 1, post some evidence on social media and profit (possibly win a prize).  

Since running up and down Firelane isn't hard enough, I decided we needed to run to Pittock first and end with a little climb up Alder. All in all not a bad route to end a fabulous year of trail running. 




Route
Wildwood/53rd - Pittock: 5.45
Pittock - Wild Cherry: 4.53
Wild Cherry - Leif: .56
Leif - Firelane 1 2.7
(down) Firelane 1- St Helens Rd.: 1.43
(all the way up) FL 1 - to gate: 2.29
FL 1 - Leif: .78
Leif - Alder: 1.54
Alder - WW: .84
WW - 53rd/car: .22
total: 20.34 

Put a Santa hat on it 🎅🏽

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Our friends at Wy'east Wolfpack have been hosting a Santa Hat run in Northwest Portland for the last 5 years and for some reason or the other we have had to miss it. Since we missed it again this year, we decided to do it the following weekend on our own after our long run in Forest Park. 


We parked our cars at Wallace Park, the start of the Santa Hat route, and had my husband dropped us off at the Birch trailhead on NW 53rd. We zigzagged our way through Forest Park for 15 miles in the pouring rain. We exited the park at the Thurman trailhead and to be honest running another 6 miles on the pavement in the rain did not excited me. But as soon as we got to my car and changed into our Santa / Christmas gear my Grinch attitude went away.  


It was hard not to smile while running with a dog in an elf hat. The amount of people we passed that smiled seeing us made the whole run worth it. I can't wait to do it again next year, hopefully as part of the group run. 


We can't take credit …

Annual Birthday Wildwood End-to-End

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It's that time of year again! With our birthdays only 6 days apart, there's no better way to celebrate than running our website-namesake trail from one end to the other, for a grand total of about 30 1/4 miles.

With Thanksgiving so late this year and our long runs not really cutting it, distance-wise, we postponed til Friday, 13 December for a lucky day-off adventure. And we were rewarded with surprisingly good weather, few people on the trail, and a great day spent together with our favorite Dog Gone Wild, Cedar!