Yakima Skyline Rim 50K – 2014 Edition

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more… -Henry V, Act III, Scene I

Back to Yakima

Last year was my first time attempting Rainshadow Running‘s Yakima Skyline Rim 50K.  It was also the first time the thought that I might not finish a race entered into my head.  I finished the brutal trail run, but it was definitely a death march the last 6 miles in to the line.  I told myself: “never again.”  So, of course, a year later I found myself back at the Umtanum Recreation Area, ready to start the race.
“Once more unto the breach.”  That’s all that kept going through my head.  Why was I doing this again?  Too late for that, though.  The plan?  Repeat nothing I did last year.  The result would have to be better!

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Little Si / Mt Si / Teneriffe

Spring time.  For the Seattle mountain runner, it means we can start venturing further and further up I-90 to “the good stuff.”  Don’t get me wrong: It’s amazing to have access to the Issaquah Alps all winter, but the melting snow provides access to some amazing trails.

I’d recently been doing some exploring around Mt Si and, as is often the case, got lost a couple of times… and ended up finding some great, unexpected trails.  The first was the “Old Big Si” trail connecting the Little Si trailhead to “Big” Si (or… just plain old Mt Si).  The next was an unnamed, unmarked trail connecting the Talus Loop trail on Si over to the Teneriffe Road.
One of the reasons I’ve avoided Si is feeling that I couldn’t run far enough without running repeats – and I don’t think many non-pros feel like running Si repeats.  It was time to take these connector trails and see what kind of long trail run can be strung together in good ol’ North Bend, Washington.

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