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Summer days driftin' away

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Hi! We are still here and running but we haven't been writing about it the last few months, obviously. I have so many blog post in my mind about our summer adventures, but when I think about writing about them I get overwhelmed and find other things to do. So instead of abandoning the blog, I am going to do a quick blog post on all our summer adventures.  Ramona Falls FKT We started the summer with setting a few Fastest Known Times (FKT) as part of Women Who FKT project.  The majority of FKT records are held by men, the idea behind Women Who FKT was to get more women to set FKTs to flips the stats. Susan, Cedar and I set the FKT at Ramona Falls . Cedar and I set the out and back FKT on  Surveyor's Ridge Trail . Hopefully they will have a Dogs Who FKT soon.  Surveyor's Rige FKT  I spent a few weekends in June on Orcas Island running and kayaking. Every time I go to Orcas Island I say the next time I go to the San Juan Island I will go to a different Island, but I don't.

Gorge Waterfalls 50k 2022

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  Gorge Waterfalls 2013 courtesy  @stevenmortinson Gorge Waterfalls 2022 courtesy  @stevenmortinson When we ran the Gorge Waterfalls 50k nine years ago , in 2013, we were still new to the sport. It was a big deal for us to run the distance, and we had some good luck superstitions like wearing our Performance Enhancing Kokopellis (PEKs). The course was out-and-back, which isn't normally a favorite, but allowed us to be a bit starstruck seeing some of our favorite runners as they ran back past us. While we enjoyed the route, there was a sizable amount of painful road, and since we already run in the Columbia River Gorge regularly, we didn't consider the race again for a while. Selfie at the finish line while waiting for the shuttle The massive Eagle Creek fire destroyed much of Gorge in 2017, and the race was cancelled for a few years. Then, of course, the COVID pandemic put a halt to all events. So when we learned the event would be held this year, in 2022, on a modified course

Beacon Rock State Park

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near the top of Phlox Point We took last Friday off to have a long over due running adventure. We knew we didn't want to run in Forest Park, we do that ever weekend, and we didn't want to run on the Oregon side of the Columbia Gorge. With the snow levels still pretty low that only left a few other options. We had our mind set on the Oregon Coast trail around Manzanita. But as it got closer to Friday the weather forecast for the coast was 100% chance of rain. We debated a few other options and landed on Beacon Rock State Park.  racing Cedar at the Saddle I decided to combine two classic routes in the park Hamilton Mountain and Hardy Ridge to Phlox Point . We started at the equestrian trailhead, which is the starting area for Hardy Ridge. We decided to run up to Hamilton Mountain first knowing it's a more popular route and thought we could avoid some of the crowds. No matter how many times I run up Hamilton Mountain I get fooled by a few almost false summits. Susan actually

2 medium runs equal 1 long run?

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Susan has been gone the last 2 weekends and for whatever reason I find it hard mentally to run more than 3 hours by myself. Physically I know I can, because I do it almost every weekend with Susan but I have a real mental block doing long runs solo. Some would say forcing myself to do this is good mental toughness training and I don't disagree and I have done it plenty of times. But after 2+ years of covid, 4 years of Trump, and all the other awful things that have been going on in the world recently, I don't feel like I need more mental toughness training. So I have broken my long weekend run into 2 medium size runs on Saturday and Sunday. Only running a few hours on both days still gives me the better part of both days to do non-running things. I have also been able to avoid a lot of the crowds since I start super early and end when most people are starting their runs. Though when I have looked on the blog for routes we don't have a lot of routes that are less than 15 mil

Run more than Ann

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My co-workers decided to create a challenge to see if they could collectively run more than me in a week. I  consistently run 50 miles a week, but I thought for the challenge I should add a few more miles. Since most of my co-workers are Canadian and the challenge is in kilometers, I decided 100km was a nice number and archivable in a week. Doing some math, I decide to make this work I should probably run 30 miles / ~50km for my long run on Saturday. I texted Susan and of course she was game.  I decided to create a new route for us instead of doing an end to end on Wildwood. This also helps me achieve my goal of create 1 new route each month this year, even if I am a few weeks behind in posting it. The route was also good training for the Gorge Waterfall 50km in April, since we were both gone several weekends in March.  I just knew I was going to beat my co-workers, but what I didn't know is they got a few extra people to join the cause right before the weekend. They even created a

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