Orcas Island 50k 2016

Orcas Island 50k 2016

The smiles were never forced and rarely forgotten, although once 18 miles were under my belt I found that they had to be at times forcefully remembered. Despite the hurt and blur of it all these middle miles were likely the most notable, because it was here I pushed through the drawl of weaknesses revealed. The incredible doses of elevation proved both climbing and falling to be strong suits of mine—I was even deemed Strider during this race as a result—resumed running, however, is where my legs turned to jello and fault was found.

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 There came a huge relief upon reading today's race brief about the Forest Service reopening a part of the course, previously closed due to a fire. I'm definitely looking forward to this run! #elkhorncrest50 #elkhorncresttrail #runhighs #runnersofthewild  #TARRT2017 It's been such a gift and blessing to experience Alaska with this great of community, especially sharing this with Katy. #runhighs #denalistatepark #trailrunning  Like the early days. #runhighs
 There's a brittle, ever shifting landscape all about us. #wyeast #runhighs #runnersofthewild  Tyler Green cruising past Dog Mountain on his way to Augspurger Mountain earlier this morning. After setting the FKT on the Wildwood trail only three days ago, he still had plenty of energy for this 15 miler with 6800ft of elevation gain. The guys an inspiration for sure! #runhighs #thegorgehasteeth #columbiarivergorge #dogmountain #runnersofthewild  The trail is not where it seems. #runhighs #thegorgehasteeth #pnw
 Looking back on another brutal and beautiful traverse of the summer season from yesterday: Here's Tyler Green at 7500ft, 10.5 hours, 31 of 44 miles, and soaking it all up. #runhighs #runnersofthewild  Homestead Cowboy Run: Bring your cowboy hat, because there ain't a lick of shade on this one. The Deschutes river trail was once an old railroad, but it's funding went dry before completion. Eleven miles out lies this old relic of a home, but who lived there remains a mystery. #runhighs #niketrailrunning #heattraining #pnw  This is running free — Angel's/Devils Loop #runhighs #thegorgehasteeth
 Learning from the goats how one ought to traverse. #runhighs  National Day of Norway Remembering treks high above the #storfjorden and #geirangerfjord in #sunnmøre and continually feeling grateful for receiving immeasurable favor and kindness from those we met along the way. Special thanks to my relatives the Hystad's, @thomas_prichard and especially @jacucoffeeroastery !!! #norway  Rest Early Tonight: With the Tillamook Burn 50 on the horizon, and a feverish cold [hopefully] packing its bags in the opposite direction, I cannot help but begin to feel excited once more. . . #runhighs #runtheburn #tillamookburn #trailrunning #pnw



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