Arriving at Orcas Island

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…)

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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…)

The precious finishers' hardware.

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…

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