25 August 2008

Me Running and Photos to Prove It (Allegedly)

Okay, so the photos don't prove anything. You can trust me, though. Right?

With the summer weather as amazing as it's been the past few weeks it's been really hard to be inside on the computer. We've been going camping, going to the river, going to parks, etc. But I have been putting in my mileage and I've been getting some amazing photos along the way.

Here are some photo highlights from the past two weeks:

Just before harvest

The roads through these wheat fields
are some of my favorite places to run

Sadie likes water

Golden wheat

Yesterday I went on a nice 19 mile road run. It was the longest run I've done on pavement since the Portland Marathon last October. We were meeting some friends down at the Snake River so I thought I'd get up early and meet everyone down there. Minus a couple stops for photos I ran the entire way at about an 8:55/mile pace. It felt good. No Sadie for the run, though, which was okay because she got some good exercise swimming in the river later.

Harvest bird

Some great views through the Palouse

Heading down to the Snake River Canyon

Near the park at the end of the run

I love the river in the summer

And jumping into it

I still haven't decided about the Cle Elum 50k in a few weeks. There's a few spots open but because of logistical reasons I'm leaning toward skipping it. But, there's still a few spots open...

When the weather starts turning I'll find myself on the computer more. And the Olympics are over, so there's not that "distraction." :)

Keep running!


12 August 2008

Up and Running

My computer crashed when I was away to Iceland. Jealously, maybe. So the last month I've been using Jeanie's here and there when she wasn't working on her dissertation. We tried to salvage mine, but it was starting to cost more then what I thought was worth it. Plus, I just really wanted to get a new one. :) I didn't lose much because we had recently backed it up on our external hard drive. Anyway, I got a new one. So I'm back up and running at my full blogging capabilities.

Sadie and I went to Moscow Mountain on Saturday for seventeen miles. I was my first long run since White River. The first twelve miles or so felt great - but the last few I was hurting pretty good. Tired legs and sore joints. I think I'm getting too old for this running stuff.

I'd planned to run the Cle Elum Ridge 50 km next month (it was my first ever ultra last year) but am not sure about it now. I'll probably end up making a last second decision -- if there are any spots left at the last second. I'm already thinking about my destination race next summer and have some very good places in mind. Anyone want to go to Scotland?

Keep running!