Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Country Girls Half Marathon

I made it! After my fall hiking South Sisters, Cascade Lakes Relay, knee pain, ortho and physical therapy visits (and the stress of my mother's death) I really did make it to the finish line of my final half marathon of 2016! I kind of surprise myself!!

 We stayed close by and I had my son and girlfriend drive me to the starting line. (they are here waiting for their Visa's to Vietnam)
 It's a relatively small race as this is only their 2nd year.
 Let's get this party started!
 You can see the pacers in front of me. (holding a turtle sign!) My plan was to keep up with them as long as possible.

 They pulled ahead of me at the mile 5 water station.
 It was such a lovely race course. Here's Mt Hood in the distance. (along with my pacers)
 I've never seen the Columbia River so calm and peaceful.
 I finished at 2:34. If I would have kept up the 11 min mile it would have been 2:24. Because my training didn't go as planned I actually thought I'd be walking more than I did. Maybe I'll try this one again next year since it was a flat and fast course.
We went out to Peruvian lunch in Portland later that afternoon. I can highly recommend Los Primas if you are ever in the area and looking for wonderful food.

Keep on moving!

Monday, September 12, 2016

R & R

We were going to be having a busy week with 2 employees out on vacation so we decided to take a quick night away to the mountains. 

 Last time we went camping I left the coffee! I did have decaf Starbucks via which wasn't too bad.  This time the coffee was the first thing in the camper!
 Unfortunately Clear Lake was only 1/2 the lake it usually is so fishing was out of the question.
 The dogs still enjoyed a swim.
 And we enjoyed a little time tucked into the woods away from phones and chores.
And then we slept.....

Find joy in your day!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Aging is Not for Sissies!

 On July 18th we climbed South Sisters. On the flats I fell directly on my knee. As if the descent wasn't hard enough on knees! I rested it and iced it for 4 days then did a training run to prepare for....
 Cascade lakes relay, which took place on July 29th. My knees were feeling pretty good at that time. Then I realized I needed to start training for my half marathon which is September 25th. So I did.
I kept hiking while training and was still feeling pretty good. Until I upped my mileage and  my pace. Then the knee I fell on was waking me up at night throbbing and hurting about the first 5-10 minutes of a run. 
I made an appt with the orthopedic doctor. 
Not only do I have arthritis in my back (diagnosed some time ago) it is in my knees. (I am not a lifetime runner so it isn't from running, but likely genetics,  Thanks mom!) The one I fell on especially was more traumatized because of the fall. The dr gave me a cortisone shot and told me to rest it from vigorous activity for a month to let it heal and then after that  she recommended shorter runs only 3 x a week.  Talk about bummed! It is strange because it didn't hurt previous to the fall.
Funny, I was just reading A Man Called Ove and came across this line:
“One of the most painful moments in a person's life probably comes with the insight that an age has been reached when there is more to look back on than ahead."
― Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

I don't feel like that is painful, but it got me thinking. I'm going to do the half marathon (against the judgment of my dr). I'm going to be proactive with my arthritis, and I'm going to look ahead and make the next 30years or so the best I can make them! I'm running out of time!! LOL

Wish me luck! A few prayers would be helpful too.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Weekend Chill

It was another hot weekend but we were in the mountains so it wasn't too bad. 
The sky both nights was amazing! We didn't stay up late enough to watch the stars but there were plenty after the sun went down. Oh it was super quiet too.
We camped at a hunting spot. The fire pit was about 6' across and 2 feet deep! Needless to say we only made a tiny fire.
We hiked on Saturday. 6.37 with an elevation gain of 1000'. I contemplated trail running  but the trail was rough. Several times we had to make our way around blow downs and even lost the trail at one point.

I could see on my GPS (using you do not need cell service to use it) Independence Mine which we hiked to.

 The Ochoco Forest has huge ponderosa pines that help put life into perspective.

It was a relaxing weekend and a good time to regroup mentally.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Hiking Moran State Park

There is a gorgeous state park on Orcas Island and thankfully Diane likes to hike as much as I do. 

 Love this archway entrance.
We chose Cascade lake to hike around with a little side hike to Cascade falls.

 I live in the desert with very few trees, so I LOVE this type of hiking! The moss is awesome.

 My favorite photo from the hike.
And I went for a swim when we finished. My GPS said 6.1 miles. 

It was fantastic!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Seen on My Run on Orcas Island

I love running in new places! You see so much when on foot. 

My first run on vacation brought me to more water so I had to turn around and figure out how to add to my run. It was fun to see it on my gps map!

The beaches on Orcas Island are beautiful but not soft and sandy. 

 Little rabbit foo-foo hopping through the meadow.....
 This is a madrone tree, native to the western coast of USA and Canada. 

This was the start of the public path right outside our hotel! I loved it!

I managed to run 8.75 miles and hiked 6.1. I'll share hiking photos next week! It was amazing!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Cascade Lakes Relay 2016

It was July 15 when my friend Michele asked if I wanted to be on a relay team that was racing July 29-30. Someone had to drop out and they were looking for one more. We had talked about the race when she was here for the Sisters show, so I knew a little about it. It didn't take me too long to say I'd do it. I really had no idea what I was in for.

There is 2 vans, 6 people per van. Our van was starting the race at Diamond Lake at 6:40. We had 6 race legs, then we'd pass off to the other van and they would run 6 race legs, and continue that 3 times to the end. The race legs were varied in difficulty and length.

Leg 4 - photo from CLR website

It was so nice to have lots of information about the leg you were going to be running. This was my first leg. It was HOT and dusty!
The trail ran parallel to the highway. By mile 3 I thought I was going to pass out from the heat. I took a Gu and dumped water on my head and felt better. My last mile was seriously slow, but I made it!

While the other van was running we got to rest up, eat and take an icy shower! (mosquitoes were eating us up even with DEET on) 

My next leg was going to be at night! I've only ran at night on new year's eve, so I knew this was going to be an adventure.
There was a bit of hills but because it was at night, it was hard to tell. (thanks goodness!) The elevation at 4300+  makes running more difficult as well.
 I started my run way past my bedtime! LOL I enjoyed this run a lot.
There were rules about being lit up and wearing reflective vests. This is my friend Michele ready to rock her leg and pass off to me.
Decorating the van and adding lights for our night run made it way easier to find our van day or night.

 I wasn't that excited to run the next day in the heat of the day again. I told myself I'd take it 2 miles at a time. Nice, slow gradual incline..... Look at that elevation! That killed me more than anything. I could hardly breathe!

Some of it was shady like this, but mostly in the direct sun. It was hot, but thankfully only in the 80's and not 90's like the day before.

 Here was our van when the last person finished their last leg! The race was over for us!! Woo-Hoo!
Here's the whole team at the finish line. We finished in 37:26:59. At this time I thought I'd do it once and call it good. It was grueling and hot, not enough sleep...... But if I would have been able to train I could have done so much better. It is such a challenge that I may need to do it next year!