Sunday, February 15, 2015

2015 Crap I'm Getting Into

The following post is accompanied by many Marshawnisms (all taken verbatim from this). Enjoy.

"Don't trip. It's alright." 

Patience. While the foot has healed, I've stayed patient, engaging in plenty of other activities. So now on to the fun. If you're reading this, and you want in, let me know. It's the company that makes it fun.

"It's gettin' real in the field." - Running Races

  • Sun Mountain 50M, May 16 - The Sun Mountain races are where it all started in 2010. Last year I missed for the first time since then. It's my own personal 'homecoming'. I'll run it hard, assuming I'm healthy, targeting a 50M PR.
  • IMTUF 100, September 19 - The Idaho Mountain Trail Ultra Festival 100 is the 'race' 100. I say that lightly, because I don't think looking at 100's as races makes much sense. A beautiful, tough, remote, full loop 100, that starts and finishes at the Burgdorf Hot Springs. 

"I don't know what the hell that was, but I like it." - Adventure Runs

  • East Pasayten 100 Mile/Boundary Trail CrossingLuke's blog post deserves all credit. I wanted to do this last fall. Legit point-to-point 100.
  • Hells Canyon Rim-to-RimNorth America's deepest river gorge (bet you didn't know that). This is potentially nuts, and involves a major crossing of the Snake River.
  • Mount Hood Circumnavigation - Volcano in Oregon. Lots of people have done it. I haven't.
  • Olympic National Park Crossing - Basically, some form of thorough molestation of the Olympic National Park. Various route options available.

"I respect your pimpin', gangsta." - Swimming Races

  • Portland Bridge Swim - 11 mile open water swim under a bunch of bridges in PDX. My buddy may be having a bachelor party conflict with that weekend though, so this may not happen.
  • Masters Swim Meet - I figure it would be good to go to a meet, and test some sprint speed. I'll feel old. 

"That's that new jack city, boy!" - Other Activities

  • Mount Rainier Climb - May happen, may not. Kresser practically lives on it, so why not.
  • Race a 5K
  • Race a road marathon
  • SUP Race - Need to purchase a SUP for this to happen. Would be fun, even if I get dead last.

I'm sure other things will be added. Just looking to have fun, keep a variety of interests and activities, and include some major long runs. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Deception Pass 50K Sweeping Report 2014 and THE PORCH

Sweeping: the act of clearing a course of all course ribbons marking the trail, signage, and any trash (hopefully mistakenly) left behind by runners. It's best performed while strapping on a backpacking pack, carrying some water and food, and preparing for a very long day on your feet.

Sunday was nothing but non-stop smiles, high-fives, and good people doing good people things.

This was my second year sweeping the event, and both years I have had the pleasure of enjoying the wonderful accommodations at 'The Porch' on Cornet Bay. The Porch' is a particular house that has a outdoor porch prepared for all Seahawks games. They have ample seating, hot food, plenty of beer, and have invited us to their party every year. We had the pleasure of catching the prime moments of the 'Hawks game, enjoying beers and good company before we had to get back to the finish before it got too dark.  PICTURES OF THE PORCH ARE NOT INCLUDED. IT'S SPECIAL. IT NEED NOT BE DOCUMENTED IN PHOTO.

All in all, a wonderful and special day with the community and friends.


Kayak Race in Background

Litter and it will HURT

Rocks you find in random places when moving slowly along the trails.

Mile 10 break for hydration

Pep talk and weird selfie for Mr. Abel