Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Serious Crowding at Hood to Coast


The Hood to Coast Relay expanded by 250 extra teams this year. That's 3000 extra runners on the course! And 500 extra vans!

Now, you would think that someone would have thought to think, "Hmmm, maybe this could cause some congestion problems..."

You think?

Oh boy, here comes the pain:

First, the Oregonian talks about the main issue: too many runners. I give HTC spokesperson Jude Hubber credit here; he seems to realize they made a mistake. And it sounds like they're going to drop the number of teams back down next year.

The Oregonian Running Bloggers get into the discussion here and here and here. They make some good points, but man, the reader comments are just brutal at times.

Hey, let's face it, the HTC seems to have overstepped the team limit, that's clear. But enough with the "they're just in it for the money!" crap. A race like this is hugely expensive to run and find me another race that donates $500,000 to their charity. Go ahead, find one.

There isn't another one. HTC gives a lot of money to a good cause. People need to hold that up in front. It's a touch more important than the "all those HTC runners are so entitled and rude" comments.

Let's hope Hood to Coast shrinks it up a bit next year and we get a more positive light shining on the running community once again.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

One Day Left for a Sweet Tech Tee!


Hey, if you're running the Health Heart Home Classic, you've got to sign up by Sept. 1st to guarantee yourself a sweet tech tee. So get on it!

Let's Race!

RACES FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 12th TO SEPTEMBER 18th

September 17th / Bainbridge Island Sprint Triathlon / Bainbridge Island, WA

September 17th / Kirkland Sprint Triathlon / Kirkland, WA

September 17th / Prefontaine Memorial 10k / Coos Bay, OR

September 17th / Seek Justice Challenge 10k / Sammamish, WA

September 17th / Cle Elum Ridge Run Ultra 50k and 25k / Cle Elum, WA

September 17th / Ranger Run 4m / Quilcene, WA

September 17th / Pine to Palm Ultra 100m / Ashland, OR

September 17th / Dickey Prairie Strut 5k / Molalla, OR

September 17th / Believe in Heroes 8k / Tacoma, WA

September 17th / YMCA Hidden Springs Road and Mtn. Duathlon / Boise, ID

September 17th / Harvest Classic 8k / Nampa, ID

September 17th / Joint Base Half Marathon and 5k / Fort Lewis, WA

September 17th / Oly Run 10k and 5k / Bremerton, WA

September 17th / Project Fit Kid 5k / Beaverton, OR

September 17th / Ignite Change 10k and 5k / Bend, OR

September 17th / Good Samaritan Challenge 12k and 5k / Corvallis, OR

September 17th / Airport Run for Hope 10k and 5k / Arlington, WA

September 17th / Wallowa Lake Sprint Triathlon / Joseph, OR

September 17th / Oktoberfest Road Race 10k and 5k / Mount Angel, OR

September 17th / Puffer Butte Huff and Puff Trail 5m / Clarkston, WA

September 17th / Newport Trail Half Marathon / Newport, OR

September 17th / Army Base Race Half Marathon / Selah, WA

September 17th / RiverBend 5k / Springfield, OR

September 17th / Palouse Days 7k / Palouse, WA

September 17th / Fitness Friends 5k / North Bonneville, WA

September 17th / Grand Columbian Iron, Half-Iron, Olympic Triathlon and Full, and Half Aquabike / Grand Coulee, WA

September 17th / Last Gasp of Summer 2m and 1m Swims / SeaTac, WA

September 17th / UPS Logger 5k / Tacoma, WA

September 17th / River Run Half Marathon, 10k and 5k / Wenatchee, WA

September 17th / Run Like a Pirate 10k and 5k / Yakima, WA

September 18th / Summer's End 10k and 5k / Covington, WA

September 18th / Elephant Stampede 5k / Seattle, WA

September 18th / You Go Girl! Half Marathon and 10k / Tacoma, WA

September 18th / Cedar Creek Beach Challenge 10k and 5k / Pacific City, OR

September 18th / Komen Race for the Cure 5k / Portland, OR

September 18th / Oktoberfest Sprint Triathlon / Mt. Angel, OR

September 18th / Run for Wellbriety 5k / Siletz, OR

September 18th / iRun for Kids 10k and 5k / Albany, OR

September 18th / Champoeg Half Marathon and 5k / Champoeg State Park, OR

September 18th / Scenic Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k / Sandpoint, ID

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hood to Coast 2011 Results


Made you look!

Yeah, they take forever to post the results over at the official Hood to Coast site, but there is a decent article over at the Oregonian.

I can tell you that the hometown Bowerman Athletic Club team won the HTC...and then didn't win...because they received a time penalty for missing an exchange and having the same runner run two consecutive legs. Man, that's a big mistake right there - how's that happen?

So anyway, the Knoxville Track Club, which finished a mere 21 seconds behind anyway, takes the official victory.

There you have it.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Two Weeks to the 6H Half Marathon




Last long run before the 6H Half Marathon on Sept. 10th. Well, not quite as long as I wanted because it was in the low 90s and I ran out of water after about an hour. Ah well...

So to prepare for the oh-so-hilly 6H Half, I took, not one, not two, but THREE trips up and down Bald Hill. Probably not a big wonder that I ran out of water.

You can see on the map that I took the first loop up the front side of Bald Hill, then down the back side. It was sunny and HOT on that side, so I didn't do that again. Just went both up and down the front side for the next two trips.

Have fun running in the heat out there. Take water!

Hot Wet Female Triathletes...and Beer








From left to right, on the podium at the Women's ITU World Championships: Emma Jackson, Emma Moffatt and Emma Snowsill. The Aussies swept the medals in Hamburg, Germany in July.

Just a couple comments here:

-I want to visit Australia.

-Beer is cold.

-Athletes are hot.

-Are all women in Australia named Emma?

Yeah, that should bring the hits back up...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Sometimes a run is just a run...




Sometimes you just don't get a chance to do an exciting run. Trees, trails, sunsets, ocean, beaches, vistas...nope, sometimes you get none of it.

Case in point, my run last night. Dixon is closed for two weeks. The wife is out of town at an art show. I'm in charge of the kids. It's hotter than Hades outside.

Sometimes, things just conspire against you. So last night, at about 10:00 pm, after the kids and grandparents were finally in bed, I went for my run.

And then we have Problem Number Two... Although we have an awesome bike/running path right by my house, it's totally dark. No lights on the trail at all. There are also very few lights and/or sidewalks around my house - it's just not the type of neighborhood where you can go on a long run. It's a newer development; not like living in downtown Corvallis. So...

I ended up doing the Safeway - Bi-Mart - Burger King loop! Multiple times! Hey, it's lit, and it's fairly flat, and it doesn't have a whole lot of traffic coming in and out of the driveways at ten at night. Not too exciting, that's for sure, but...

Sometimes you've just got to do what you've got to do.

If you're a runner.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Enough with the Mud Already...


OK, it's probably just me...it usually is...but I don't get the huge number of "adventure" races all over the place all the sudden. You know the ones: there's mud, there's climbing, there's falling, there's bare chested guys with tattoos drinking a beer with a race number stapled onto their chests.

Yeah, that kind of adventure race.

As an example, we've got the Warrior Dash coming up soon.

Now, for all I know, since I've never done one of these types of races, these adventure races really are the cat's pajamas, so to speak. Maybe if I did one, I'd never go back. I'd get a tattoo. I'd lose my shirts. I'd suddenly enjoy mud up my nose.

Or not.

But hey, to each their own, right? Right? Moving on...

Just an unbelievable number of races this weekend.

Let's race!

RACES FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6th TO SEPTEMBER 11th

September 10th / Aluminum Man Olympic and Sprint Triathlon / The Dalles, OR

September 10th / Run Fido Run 5k / Eagle, ID

September 10th / McKenzie River Trail Run 50k / Blue River, OR

September 10th / Kelso Highlander Festival 5k / Kelso, WA

September 10th / Palouse Sprint Triathlon / Moscow, ID

September 10th / Free to Breathe 5k / Tacoma, WA

September 10th / The Patriot Run 5k / Clackamas, OR

September 10th / Plain Trail 100m / Plain, WA

September 10th / Salmon Marathon / Salmon, ID

September 10th / Health Heart Home Classic Trail Half Marathon, 10k and 5k / Corvallis, OR

September 10th / Talent Harvest Festival 10k and 5k / Talent, OR

September 10th / Newcastle Days 5k / Newcastle, WA

September 10th / Dayton Fiesta Run 10k and 5k / Dayton, OR

September 10th / Warrior Dash / North Plains, OR

September 10th / Brooks Runner's Soul XC Fest 5k / Hermiston, OR

September 10th / N.A.M.E.S. Foundation 5k / Bothell, WA

September 10th / Master of Faster 10k and 5k / Olympia, WA

September 10th / MAC Dash Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon / Madras, OR

September 10th / Walk, Roll 'n Run for UCP 8k / Portland, OR

September 10th / Survive the Burn 10k and 5k / Salem, OR

September 10th / Uberthons Champoeg 10k and 5k / St. Paul, OR

September 10th / Sublimity Harvest Festival Road Run 10k and 5k / Sublimity, OR

September 10th / Best in the West Half Iron and Sprint Triathlon / Sweet Home, OR

September 10th / Fairhaven Runners Waterfront 15k / Bellingham, WA

September 10th / Shore to Shore Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k / Chelan, WA

September 10th / Lake Stevens Olympic and Sprint Triathlons / Lake Stevens, WA

September 10th / Columbia Crossing Swim 1.5m / Pasco, WA

September 10th / Seattle Swim Across America 2m and .5m / Seattle, WA

September 10th / Dash Point Trail Half Marathon and 10k / Tacoma, WA

September 10th / Harmon Tap Room Hustle 5k / Tacoma, WA

September 10th / Sporty Diva's Half Marathon, 15k, 10k, and 5k / Tacoma, WA

September 10th / Cottage Lake Tri and Tri Again Sprint Triathlon / Woodinville, WA

September 11th / Pints to Pasta 10k / Portland, OR

September 11th / Rainier 5m / Ashford, WA

September 11th / Lincoln City Sprint Triathlon / Lincoln City, OR

September 11th / Max Muscle Vancouver Olympic and Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon / Vancouver, WA

September 11th / Skagit Flats Marathon and Half Marathon / Burlington, WA

September 11th / Run to Remember 5k / Salem, OR

September 11th / Iron Girl 10k and 5k / Seattle, WA

September 11th / Moscow Mountain Madness Half Marathon / Moscow, ID

September 11th / Seattle Escape from the Rock Sprint Triathlon / Mercer Island, WA

September 11th / Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5k / Ferndale, WA

September 11th / Bandon Lions Cranberry Run 10k and 5k / Bandon, OR

September 11th / Best in the West Olympic Triathlon / Sweet Home, OR

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Where's Waldo 100k 2011 Results!


And Dave Mackey brings it home in 9:06:51. Wow. That's an 8:48 pace over 60 miles...going over three different peaks above 7000 feet. That's impressive.

Aliza Lapierre, all the way from Vermont, takes the women's crown, in 10:33:24.

Check all the results here and/or here.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The PR List!


So maybe all of you "real" runners out there already have this...but I just spent some time working up my "PR" list. Of course, I'm not a spring chicken anymore, so I actually made two lists: one for "All-Time PR's" and one for "Masters PR's."

So obviously, not many of the Masters PR's are present among the All-Time PR's, but there are a few. One is the marathon, mainly because I've only run two marathons in my life, one before I was 40 and one after. Let me tell you, neither time is anything worth bragging about, but hey, when you're 44, any All-Time PR you can set is an accomplishment.

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

Anyway, I'd love to crack a few more of those All-Time PR's. The 5k and 8k times will be tough. Respectively, they're 14% and 20% faster than my best time as a Master. That's a lot. But the 10k and up are all very achievable. Well, I may never run a 50k again in my life, but considering that the one I ran in May (the Mac 50) had about 8000 feet of climbing, I'm thinking it may not be that hard to best that one.

Oh, and the Olympic Tri PR, which I already hold as a Master, looks like a good bet to be lowered as well.

This should be fun...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

And 84 Days After the Mac 50...


...the toenail finally fell off.

It's now floating in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Maui. Unless some lucky tourist found it and took it home as a souvenir. Let me tell you, that baby is better than a stinking seashell any day of the week!

Let's race!

RACES FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 29th TO SEPTEMBER 5th (Labor Day!)

September 3rd / Stumptown Long-Course Triathlon and Duathlon / Fairview, OR

September 3rd / Umpqua Ultimate Olympic and Sprint Triathlon / Sutherlin, OR

September 3rd / Sole 2 Soul Half Marathon, 10k and 5k / Delco, ID

September 3rd / Garden City Olympic Triathlon / Missoula, MT

September 3rd / Sunriver 5k for a Cause 5k / Sunriver, OR

September 3rd / Bonney Lake Labor of Love Olympic and Sprint Triathlon / Bonney Lake, WA

September 3rd / Over the Narrows 10m / Gig Harbor, WA

September 3rd / North Bend Multicross Sprint Triathlon / North Bend, WA

September 3rd / Titanium Man Olympic Triathlon / Richland, WA

September 3rd / Parkland Pace or Race 5k / Tacoma, WA

September 3rd / Lake Padden 10.35m Run / Bellingham, WA

September 3rd / Harbor Days 6m / Olympia, WA

September 3rd / Run the Dam Loop 1/3 Marathon and 5k / Cottage Grove, OR

September 3rd / Pocatello Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k / Pocatello, ID

September 3rd / Soaring Eagle Park 50k, Marathon, 15k and 8k / Sammamish, WA

September 3rd / PCT Bunker to Bonneville 50k Trail Run / Bonneville Hot Springs, WA

September 4th / Port Townsend Trail Run 4m / Port Townsend, WA

September 4th / Steve Braun Memorial Sprint Triathlon / Orcas Island, WA

September 4th / Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon / Carlton, OR

September 4th / Eugene Women's Half Marathon / Eugene, OR

September 4th / Sunriver Marathon for a Cause Marathon and Half Marathon / Sunriver, OR

September 4th / Stumptown Olympic Triathlon and Duathlon and Sprint Triathlon / Fairview, OR

September 5th / Labor Day 5k / Tigard, OR

September 5th / Labor Day Half Marathon and 4m / Woodinville, WA

September 5th / Little Cross Trail 5k / Pasco, WA

September 5th / ORRC Wildwood Trail Trial 10k / Portland, OR

September 5th / Sagebrush Skedaddle 10k / Redmond, OR

Monday, August 15, 2011

Why Is Running So Damn White?


Very interesting article, from the Anniston Star, of all places (it's in Alabama, I checked), about how the sport of running is very...white. And also educated and wealthy, but mostly white.

Now, if you're a regular reader of the R's, you know how I feel about the way the sport of triathlon is heading. It's becoming a rich, white-man sport, much like golf or skiing. I absolutely hate it, but that's the way I see it going. When you have to spend $5000 just to compete with the rest of the crowd, there's something wrong with the sport.

But running? The writer at the Star, Tim Lockette, actually does a pretty nice job of trying to check all the angles. It's not easy to understand. I mean, running isn't triathlon. Running isn't pricing anyone out. If you've got a pair of running shoes, you can run. Another $25 will get you into most races. That's pretty good.

So why is running so white? I mean, 90% white. The running community is under 2% African-American. That's sad.

And it's a harder fix than triathlon. With tri, you can almost write the whole sport off. If you don't have money, choose another sport. Period. But that's not the case with running. There's no money issue. So...how do you fix the problem?

And I do think it's a problem. I love running. I want other people to love running. I don't want barriers to keep people from enjoying my favorite sport. If America is made up of 64% white people, 13% African-American people, 8% Hispanic people...then those are the numbers that should make up American running crowds! If not, why?

I don't know. But if you've got a great idea, let's hear it.


Well, you'd think I would have expected it, but...just try to find a decent picture of a distance run with a runners from a bunch of different races. Good luck. The front-runners at Boston, yes. A picture of the other 99% of the races run in America, not so much. I finally gave up...as you can see.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Strap Your Melon In!


Good article here by Joseph Rose at the Oregonian. A lot of people have been hit, and yesterday, killed, by cars while riding bikes in Portland lately. And frankly, everywhere. It's always going to be a bit of a challenge for bikers and drivers to share the road - I don't know if that will ever change. But one thing we can change is the practice of wearing a helmet. It's pretty simple: wear one. Every time.

I don't know about where you live, but Corvallis only makes kids wear helmets - adults do not have to wear a helmet. Dumb. I say make it a law that everyone on a bike has to wear a helmet, stop the arguments, save some lives. But that doesn't seem to be the trend these days. So don't be an idiot - wear your helmet.

Oh, and if you want to go make fun of the goober from Rose's article with the "No Helmet Manifesto," please do so. His name is Dave Feucht and his baseless generalizations and hopeless rationalizations would be funny except that they could lead people to kill themselves on a bike.

Fight the good fight.

Let's race!

RACES FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 22nd TO AUGUST 28th

August 25 / Sternwheeler Days 10k and 5k / Cascade Locks, OR (Thursday Race!)

August 26th / Run the Fair 5k / Salem, OR (Friday Race!)

August 27th / Priest Lake Olympic and Sprint Triathlon / Priest Lake, ID

August 27th / Aumsville Corn Festival Fun Run 5k / Aumsville, OR

August 27th / Cutthroat Classic Trail Run 11.1m / Winthrop, WA

August 27th / Mesa Falls Marathon and Half Marathon / Ashton, ID

August 27th / The Dirty DASH Boise 10k / Boise, ID

August 27th / Run Like a Dog 5k / Olympia, WA

August 27th / Quest for the Capitol Olympic Triathlon / Boise, ID

August 27th / Kitsap County Fair and Stampede 5k / Bremerton, WA

August 27th / Hells Gate Sprint Duathlon / Lewiston, ID

August 27th / Beaverton Fun Run 5k / Beaverton, OR

August 27th / Run a Muk 10k and 5k / Mukilteo, WA

August 27th / Canby Charity Half Marathon and 10k / Canby, OR

August 27th / Camano View Dash 10k and 5k / Camano Island, WA

August 27th / Eugene Celebration Mile / Eugene, OR

August 27th / Brave 5k / Seattle, WA

August 27th / Highway to Well Half Marathon, 10k and 5k / Pendleton, OR

August 27th / Bellingham Youth Sprint Triathlon / Bellingham, WA

August 27th / Lake Sammamish Sprint Triathlon / Issaquah, WA

August 27th / La Center Our Days 5k / La Center, WA

August 27th / Seattle Marathon 10k / Seattle, WA

August 27th / Dwight Dash 10k and 5k / Spokane, WA

August 28th / Raise the Bar Lake Meridian Olympic, Sprint and Super Sprint Triathlon / Kent, WA

August 28th / Alki Beach 5k / West Seattle, WA

August 28th / Art and Air Festival 10k and 5k / Albany, OR

August 28th / Triathlon Eugene Olympic+ and Sprint+ Triathlon / Eugene, OR


Photo by The Oregonian.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Best Running Song for August!


Now personally, I listen to fast, uptempo music pretty much 100% of the time when I run. Slower stuff just doesn't do it for me. It basically just reminds me about how much pain I'm in.

But that's me. I know other running type people folks actually enjoy a slower song once in a while, especially on a long run.

So, thinking of you, as I always do, and because it was one of our favorite songs while in Hawaii, here's a running tune that's just a bit slower, but still ohsogood.

So here's Collie Buddz and his super-smooth "Holiday." Collie is from Bermuda, and the proximity to Jamaica definitely paid off.

Man, this song is just so, so good. If you're feeling a bit down, this one will totally perk you back up. It's also a great song to put on the speakers if work is getting just a little stressful. This one puts your mood right back on the islands.

Enjoy!

Past Best Running Songs:
July: Pretenders / "Tattooed Love Boys"
June: The Wombats / "Moving to New York"
May: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros / "40 Day Dream"
April: Foxy Shazam / "Unstoppable"
March: Pharrell / "Fun Fun Fun"
February: Puff Daddy / "Come With Me"
January: We Are Scientists / "The Great Escape"
December: Cee Lo Green / "F**k You"
November: Tokyo Police Club / "Breakneck Speed"
October: Two Door Cinema Club / "Something Good Can Work"
September: Stone Temple Pilots / "Cinnamon"
August: Louis XIV / "Guilt by Association"
July: Devo / "Fresh"
June: Saliva / "Your Disease"
May: Metric / "Gold Guns Girls"
April: OK Go / "This Too Shall Pass"
March: The Hours / "Ali In The Jungle"
February: Los Fabulosos Cadillacs / "El Matador"
January: White Rabbits / "Percussion Gun"
December: Deftones / "Knife Prty"
November: The Kooks / "Always Where I Need To Be"
October: At the Drive In / "One Armed Scissor"
September: Silversun Pickups / "Lazy Eye"
August: Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros / "Johnny Appleseed"
July: Deathray / "I Wanna Lose Control (Uh Oh)"
June: Raconteurs / "Salute Your Solution"
May: Tea Party / "Save Me"
April: Bloc Party / "Like Eating Glass"
Ever: The English Beat / "I Confess"

Monday, August 8, 2011

Triathlon is Like Russian Roulette?


Holy moly, Loretta! You've got to be kidding! Russian Roulette?

Yes, it is, according to one Scott Stringer, who apparently is something called a Manhattan Borough President.

If you haven't heard, two athletes died during the Nautica New York City Triathlon last weekend (article here). Now there's no doubt that's a horrible tragedy. But can we have just a little perspective here?

Meth is like Russian Roulette.

Smoking is like Russian Roulette.

Hell, even driving is a bit like Russian Roulette.

But triathlon is absolutely, positively, nothing like Russian Roulette.


Yes, that's a photo of Mr. Stringer himself...in all his glory.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Habitat Half Marathon Coming Fast!


Yeah, we've got quite a gap here between races in the EPIC 2011 series: almost six weeks between the Out to the Ballgame 5k and the Habit for Humanity Health Heart Home Half Marathon Trail Run (yeah...let's just call that one the 6H Half). But this is no time to slack off on the training! The 6H Half (or 10k or 5k if you wish), is a beast of a trail run. It's basically just about half of the Mac 50 course, so yeah, it's tough!

With that in mind, the R's hit the Bald Hill trails today for a little hill work. It was a good hard 11 miler, two trips up Bald Hill, with about 1000 feet of climbing. Good for what ails ya!

You've got about four weeks of training left before the 6H Half - get on those hills!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher?


GTFO.

No, seriously.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, let me clue you in. Jack Reacher is the main character in a series of 16 books, over the last 15 years, by Lee Child. In my opinion, Lee Child is the best action/mystery/suspense writer since Elmore Leonard and his one and only main character in every one of those books, Jack Reacher, is a classic hero. Check out Child's website here to learn more about the books.

OK, here's the problem: Reacher is 6'5", 250 pounds. And his size isn't just a throw-away point. Reacher's size is a huge part of his personality. His size drives the twists and turns of every plot in every book. The guy is an ex-Army M.P. who has used his size and strength to get through life since he was a kid! And you're going to tell me Tom Cruise, all 5'7" of him, is the guy to be Jack Reacher on the big screen!?!?

Hey, there are different takes on this out there. Check out what writer Alexandra Sokoloff thinks of idiot fans like me right here. Yeah, she's big on saying "you just don't get it," but I've got to say I don't think she gets it either. If she had read the novels - and frankly, I'm not sure she has - she'd know that there's more to the situation than "Reacher's size and six-pack are completely incidental to the man."

Sorry, but a 5'7" Reacher isn't even Reacher.

Yet another lesson to enjoy the printed word on the page, and in the mind's eye, and leave the movie screen to the comic book heroes.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Woodstock on Wheels!


Yeah, I wish I had come up with that line, but no, it was a Hood to Coast Relay spokesperson, Jude Hubber. Which leads me to...

A new article is out! That's right - new ink, hot off the presses!

So the August/September issue of RaceCenter is now on the newsstands. Grab one before they're gone. As I've mentioned, I've got a little article in there about the Hood to Coast Relay: 30 years old this year! Wow. And I still have not done it. I need to get on that.

Check out the article in digital format here.

This is also the 2011 Women's Issue with all sorts of women-like stuff to read...and inspire...if you're a woman...I guess. What do I know? Just read it.

And it's got Kara on the cover, so that's all good.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Back in the Northwest


In body, if not in spirit....we'll get back to the old NW running in just a bit. But for now, I'm going to relive a couple of Hawaii runs.

First, on the Big Island, running down Ali'i Drive in Kona. If you want to run hills on the Big Island, it's not hard, just turn inland and you go up fast. Personally, I said "no thanks" and stayed by the water. Hey, what's better than running where you can see the waves, right?



Next, we've got Maui and the Ka'anapali Beach Boardwalk. A lot of people to dodge, but a sweet ride right along the shore. You've got to love it when the Garmin shows an elevation of negative six feet. Ah Hawaii...


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Coming Home...


Back to your normally scheduled programming...

Monday, August 1, 2011