Orcas Island 50K – 2015 Race Report

The 2013 Orcas Island 50K was my first Rainshadow race – and a real eye opener.  I’d run a 50K and a 50M the prior summer, but nothing that compared to this monster – either in beauty of difficulty.  The Power Line Trail… that’s all I could think about after.  That trail nearly defeated me (and certainly left me feeling defeated at the time).  After missing the 2014 Orcas Island 50K, I was really looking forward to a return trip and a chance to test my mettle (and two years of experience) against this beast again… (more…)

Seattle Marathon (plus) 2014 Race Report

I was looking forward to running my first road marathon in about two and a half years.  Considering all my training had been focused on ultra distances and climbing mountain trails, I knew this wouldn’t be a fast marathon, so I just decided to cruise the course at a relaxed pace, take in the views, and remember what 26.2 felt like.  Then Seattle got cold and I got a bad idea from one of my trail running buddies… (more…)

Cascade Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run

45 miles into the 2014 Cascade Crest 100. My mind went back to a year ago, when I was dealing with my first race DNF: the prior year’s edition of the very same race.  I had spent the better part of the year preparing for this race, but now I had come to terms with a second DNF.  Maybe 100 milers just aren’t my thing? 50s had become simple enough; I should just stick to those. Running through the Snoqualmie Tunnel on the John Wayne Trail, I picked up the pace, despite the pain.  My headlamp shown into the darkness, not yet finding the end to the dark, damp walls.  I weaved between the water streaming from the ceiling of the old railway tunnel. It was time for this race to be over and I wanted that to happen ASAP.  I just had to move forward for a couple of miles, then I could go home and get a good night’s rest.

However, my friends were waiting for me at the end of the tunnel with other ideas…