Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday again?!

Seriously, where did this week go?  It got off to  slow start but then ended in a bur.  I had great intentions of blogging a bit more than I did, but at least I've been somewhat consistent with this rebound into the blogging world.  Anyway, here is some randomness to end the week:

I ended up taking off Monday, like I mentioned earlier in the week and never did make up the missed mileage.  I think it was a good call.  My hammy is still giving me a little bit of issue, but nothing out of the ordinary (for me) and after resting Sunday until Wednesday my hip doesn't seem to be having any residual issues from Saturday's run.  I did run 8 miles on Wed and 6 this morning.  We have 16 on tap for tomorrow and then this first week of 50 mile training will be in the books.  I didn't do as well with cross training as I had intended to do this week.  That is my big goal for this year.  I'm thinking about hitting up some lap swimming next week.  I think in order to be motivated to actually do legit cross training I need to go somewhere.  Also, I'm a fish and I miss the water.

Last night we went to art walk at my kiddos elementary school.  Calvin's project was "paint it big" and he spent the entire art block working on a giant O.
 I think he ended up coming home most days covered in more green than his painting did.  Leona's project was "trees" and she made some pretty cool things out of sticks and leaves.  She was most proud of this creation, however, that she made for our cat.

In other news, Euan (and Jonny but I don't have picture evidence) has turned into quite a little gamer.  Yay, all my dreams are coming boys are gamers.  (Hopefully, the sarcasm is evident even through the computer screen.)

Well, it's now 5:17 on a Friday night.  Let the excitement begin... either that or dinner preparations.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Girls Gone Rogue: 2 Days and 40 miles on the Rogue River Trail Part 2

(if you missed part 1 (which I posted several months ago) you can read it HERE.)

Saturday, July 12th... Day 2 Plan:  Paradise Lodge to Foster Bar 13ish miles

We woke up Saturday morning with a nice leisurely attitude.  We weren't in a big rush to get on the trail and the lodge wasn't serving breakfast until 8am so I don't think we even set alarms.  On our way to breakfast we happened upon this pile of loveliness
(spoiler alert) it was the closest we got to a bear... apparently pretty close, but we slept through it.
Heather's bed was right there by that open window on the bottom...pretty close.
Breakfast was pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham and orange juice.  It was good and I ate too much.  I think we all did, so we took our time getting our packs loaded and went on a picture tour of the lodge.  The sauna might have been nice in a cooler month...
 although, I'm not sure how I would've felt about this guy staring at me while I was getting toasty.
We also found the Fountain of Youth
 and the best looking guy on the trail.
Enough dilly dallying though, the day was wasting away and it was time to get back on the trail.
 Leslie pointed the way and we were off...
 which sounds a lot more simple than it was.  We headed in the direction the sign sent us, but ended up wandering around the property a bit before we found the actual way and were truly on our way.
 Once we did though, we found ourselves in a beautifully lush forest,
 followed by high up views of the Rogue River,
 and then wonderful waterfalls and bridges.
 Honestly, there was a little bit of everything.
 With no real rush, and only a little over a half marathon to run, we took our time seeing the sites and relaxing under freezing cold waterfalls

 and jumping off of rocks into the river.
But, alas, the day wasn't getting any cooler and we had to finish at some point, so we left the water behind and headed inland to find our way towards Foster Bar.
 I won't lie, there was a fair amount of walking towards the end of day 2.  There was this horrible section that was full of switchbacks up the mountain and then right back down.  It was crazy, we seriously covered close to 2 miles but had only moved about 1/2 a mile laterally.
 We had to take a quick stop at "Dan's Creek".  I figured if I came home with a picture of me getting all snuggly with Big Foot, I better at least take a pic with a creek named after my husband.
 Then we came out of the forest and it was a whole lot of open dried fields, with no shade and no water coverage.  I think we all agreed that it was our least favorite part of the adventure.  If we were to do a down and back trip, I think that we opt to turn around before reaching Foster Bar...right about at the entrance to these fields.
 However, before long, we were at the entrance to Foster Bar and happy to be almost done.
 A few hundred more feet and we were once again reunited with the Rogue River and what should've been the end of our running, which was a good thing because we had each pretty much drained our water.
 But wait! My watch didn't quite have the mileage to make the whole trip add up to 40 miles.  So what do any crazy tired runners do...well serpentine through the parking lot until those magical numbers are reached of course!
I'm pretty sure that Leslie thought we were insane as she didn't take part, but she was kind enough to get some nice photo documentation of Heather and my obsessiveness.

Day 2 Stats:
12.81 miles (for a total of exactly 40 overall)
2:42:24 total time
12:41 average pace
2,137 feet elevation gain
2,317 feet elevation loss

In summary, it was one of the most amazing adventures I've had to date. I couldn't have asked for better company or better conditions. We were so blessed with the perfect weather, especially on the first day when we had overcast skies.  I don't think I would've done anything differently.  I was happy with my pack and my clothing and my fueling as well as hydrating.  Definitely an adventure worth repeating...or maybe we should go down and back next time... anyone up for an adventure?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Today is THE DAY!!!

Today is a pretty big day.  First and foremost, it is the first day of my 50 mile training plan!!  I have been so excited... really looking forward to this day.  So, how did I celebrate it?  I took the day off. What?! Well, on Saturday, Heather, Katie and I went to Mt. Pisgah to run around in the mud and low hanging clouds (also known as fog) and it was a great time.  I should be more specific, it was beautiful and exhilarating and also really, really hard.  We ended up with 15.5 miles, about 3000 feet of elevation gain and it took us well over 3 hours to complete it, I think...I actually didn't have my watch.  Katie had never run at Pisgah and Heather and I hadn't been there for a's rough going, we forgot how rough, but oh so beautiful...take a look for yourself:
"She turned me into a newt"
"A newt?!"
"I got better."
This is halfway up one of the decent sized climbs.  I thought that if I got a picture of Heather and Katie further up it would give perspective to the steepness of it...doesn't even come close.  :)
Can you see the face?
I was of course tired after the run but not really too sore.  I took a long hot shower and Dan gave me a nice massage.  Then I sat on the couch and was really lazy until it was time to go to bed...well somewhere between all of that, I drained our house of anything closely resembling junk food too and Heather and her lovely family even brought me the best tasting Blizzard I've ever had in my life...I don't think I fueled very well.  Anyway, I was tired but not too sore until I got up to go to bed and then I realized that my hip really hurt.  I've been fighting with my hamstring for quite a while and have self-diagnosed it as a proximal hamstring strain (I actually can't find the site that diagnosed myself on, but that one seems fairly pertinent too).  It is kind of always there but doesn't keep me from running and I'm working on strengthening my hips and core and overall legs as a preventative/curing measure but I've never had too much issue with my hip.  By the time I went to bed the whole back side of my right leg was stiff and sore from my hip down to my Achilles and even around into my shin.  I had to get up in the middle of the night to re-up on ibuprofen so that I could sleep.  Unfortunately, I didn't get much relief on Sunday (if anything, sitting through church made it worse) and I did the smart thing and texted Heather to let her know I wasn't going to get up early to run today.  I've since decided to take the whole day off and may or may not look into making up the mileage tomorrow.  Not the best way to start a new training plan, but better to take a little bit of mileage off now than take a whole lot off later when it really matters...or so I keep telling myself.  I am feeling quite a bit better today and have been pretty diligent with my foam rolling so I have good expectations.  

So, the second thing that makes today THE DAY is that Oregon is going to be playing in the National Championship football game!!!! We are all so excited.  I think it's going to be a great game.  I don't think by any means it will be an easy game for the Ducks, but if we've ever had a chance to win the national title it's with this team on this day.  If you don't have a team to root for (and even if you do) you should enjoy a few hours rooting for my will be well worth your time.  5:30pm PST on ESPN